Gabriel Rosenberg, presently Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Program in Women's Studies at Duke University, has written a compelling essay for Notches, a scholarly blog devoted to the history of sexuality. Exploring the technologies of pig breeding in the twentieth-century US, Rosenberg argues, "that the very normal practice of agriculture contains within it an extraordinary fluidity, promiscuity, and complexity of pleasures and bodies that remain curiously excluded from the history of sexuality." Rosenberg's book Breeding the Future: 4-H and the Roots of the Modern Rural World is forthcoming in 2015 with the University of Pennsylvania Press. He tweets @gnrosenberg.
Oriana Shulevitz-Rosado, a junior History concentrator from Humacao, Puerto Rico, held a prestigious Karen T Romer Undergraduate Teaching and Research Assistantship (UTRA) from the Dean of the College Office this summer to collaborate with Professor Nancy Jacobs in developing a new undergraduate seminar HIST 1970G: "The Recent History of Life on Earth: The Anthropocene." As Shulevitz-Rosado explains, "The Anthropocene is a human-driven geological age, which started around the nineteenth century and is characterized by rising green-house gases."
In addition to compiling a bibliography of recent scholarship and reviewing books and articles for possible inclusion on the syllabus, Shulevitz-Rosado prepared a research poster which she presented at the Undergraduate Research Fair on August 16. "The UTRA symposium was a great experience where I got to see and learn about a number of student projects from a variety of fields, as well as get the wonderful opportunity to describe my work to a group of students, professors, and friends," said Shulevitz-Rosado summing up her summer research experience. "Working so closely with Professor Jacobs allowed me to see firsthand the work and thought that goes into creating a class and the importance of primary source work. This summer has helped me gain a greater understanding of both the research and teaching side of history, which will be a great aid for when I begin my efforts to write an Honors thesis." Professor Jacobs concurred regarding the successful of the summer's collaboration: "Oriana brought an invaluable perspective and contributed a lot to the course design by recommending how to arrange the reading assignments. Additionally, I had been playing with some out-of-the-ordinary ideas for the research project and Oriana worked the kinks out of the system by preparing a model. A new syllabus can be a challenging project and it was great fun having a partner."
Mo Moulton, a 2010 Brown History Ph.D., has published Ireland and the Irish in Interwar England with Cambridge University Press. A full description of the book can be found here. As one reviewer in the Times Higher Education recently declared, “Moulton’s book is a tour de force, and a compelling argument for studying Irish and British history together.” Moulton is currently a lecturer in Harvard’s History and Literature Program. You can find an academic profile here, or follow Moulton on twitter @hammock_tussock
Congratulations to Brown History professor Maud Mandel, who was recently named the new Dean of the College at Brown! http://news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2014/06/mandel
From May 26 to June 1, the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University in Prague will host Jews and Gentiles in East Central Europe in the 20th Century, a conference bringing together young academics and graduate students from four continents to discuss Jewish-Gentile relations.
John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History Omer Bartov will serve as the keynote speaker, delivering a talk titled "The Voice of Your Brother's Blood: The Holocaust as Communal Genocide." Giving a glimpse into Bartov's forthcoming book about the town of Buczacz in eastern Galicia, the talk will examine how this community of coexistence between Jews and Gentiles transformed into a community of genocide during German occupation in WWII.