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FALL 2012 NEWSLETTER

Fall 2012

UMAINE HISTORY NEWSLETTER

A Forum for News and Events in the History Department

Professor Jay Bregman writes:This summer I completed some articles and a large section of a book on Neoplatonism in North America, in the University of Toronto Library, where I have an official connection with the Religious Studies Dept.”  Bregman also published a book review of “Studies in the Reception of Greek Political Thought in Victorian Britain” by Kyriakos Demetriou in the International Journal of the Platonic Tradition  6 (2012) and refereed an article entitled “Emerson, Plato’s True Rhetoric, and the Democratization of Eloquence” for Philosophy and Rhetoric.  In October Bregman will present the paper “Synesius and ‘Synesii’ from Late Antiquity through the Renaissance to the (post-post) Modern Age” at the SSIPS/SAGP Conference on Global Philosophies and Religions at Fordham University.  In November he will attend the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature Conferences in Chicago, both as a co-founder and a member of the Steering Committee of the AAR Group on Platonism and Neoplatonism.

Doctoral student Rob Gee writes: “I spent academic year 2011-12 on a Fulbright at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  During that time I published an article called, “Bays and Barrens and Culture in Cans:  Reconceptualizing Coastal Space in Downeast Maine,” in Blake Harrison and Richard Judd’s collection, A Landscape History of New England, published by MIT Press.  I’ve also co-authored a Forum piece for Acadiensis with Katherine O’Flaherty called “Inviting Coworkers: Linking Scholars of Atlantic Canada on the Twitter Backchannel,” which is forthcoming this fall.  I presented an article on scientific knowledge networks, the development of marine science, and the 1883 London International Fisheries Exhibition at the annual American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) conference in Madison, Wisconsin.

I’ve also been doing considerable work on Stillwater Historians, a team blog I co-founded with Katherine O’Flaherty last year (www.stillwaterhistorians.com).  The site has developed a global readership with devoted audiences amongst environmental and digital historians in particular.  Articles published at our blog have been featured on the AHA website, the NiCHE newsletter, and a variety of history and higher ed blogs and compilations.  My article, “Am I a Digital Historian?” was featured as an Editor’s Choice at Global Perspectives on Digital History (www.gpdh.org), maintained by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, and all of our work is now syndicated at Environmental History Top News (www.envhist.com).  Recently I have also joined GradHacker, a team blog hosted by Inside Higher Ed (http://www.insidehighered.com/taxonomy/term/835) –where my contributions appear twice each month.

And after a couple years hiatus, I’m back to teaching in the Maine Studies program this fall, while doing some research on fisheries around Grand Manan and the history of the blueberry industry of the Downeast coast, which grows out the article noted above.”

Professor Mazie Hough is pleased to announce the publication of Sex, Sickness and Slavery: Illness in the Antebellum South (University of Illinois, 2012) by the late Dr. Marli F. Weiner.  Hough edited Dr. Weiner’s book for publication.  The book explores “how white southern doctors used science to support slavery” and has been praised by numerous reviewers. Dr. Todd Savitt of East Carolina University called it “imaginatively conceived and executed…a very interesting and useful view of antebellum Southern medical history… she has given voice to whites and blacks, males and females, physicians and non-physicians in a way we have never heard before, leading to new insights into the complex relationships of medicine, slavery, and gender in the antebellum South.”

In addition, Hough co-edited Somalis in Maine: Cross-Cultural Currents (North Atlantic Books, 2011).  This book grew out of Hough’s long-standing work with the Somali Narrative Project at the University of Maine.  The book combines academic analysis of the Somali experience with personal narratives supplied by the Somalis themselves.  Professor Cawo Abdi at the University of Minnesota praised Somalis in Maine as an “impressive interdisciplinary volume that breaks down the academic-activist boundaries… Somalis emerge as dynamic actors shaping their own destinies while also struggling against complex borders, boundaries, bureaucracies, and biases. This is a welcome counter-narrative to recent portrayals and ‘othering’ of Muslims and a must read for all interested in the emerging African Muslim communities in America.”

Professor Richard Judd co-edited with Blake Harrison A Landscape History of New England, with afterword by John Elder (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2011).  Professor Anne Knowles of Middlebury College wrote in its praise: “Each of these finely honed essays offers fresh insight into iconic landscapes we thought we knew. The authors explain the changing meaning of emblematic structures, views, and places, as a craftsman might open the back of a pocket watch to reveal its inner workings. A great read for professionals, students, or anyone who loves New England.”  Judd also co-edited with Stephen J. Hornsby The Historical Atlas of Maine, which will be published by the University of New England Press in Spring 2013.

In addition to those major projects, in October 2011 Judd gave the Maine Heritage Lecture at the University of Maine, entitled  “Saving Second Nature:  The Environmental Movement in New England,”  Judd gave the keynote address at the Atlantic Canada Studies Conference in Saint John, New Brunswick in May 2012.  His talk was entitled “Saving Second Nature: The Environmental Movement in New England and Atlantic Canada.

Professor Nathan Godfried published a chapter: “‘Love That AFL’:  Organized Labor’s Use of Television, 1950-1970,” in A Moment of Danger:  Critical Studies in the History of U.S. Communication Since World War II (Milwaukee:  Marquette University Press, 2011), edited by Janice Peck and Inger Stole.  In March 2012 he presented “Millard Lampell and ‘The Inheritance’ (1964):  Organized Labor’s Use of Film in Historical Context” at The Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference in Boston.

Professor Beth McKillen writes: “I was on sabbatical this past year working on a book project.  University of Illinois Press has recently accepted my book manuscript, entitled “Making the World Safe for Workers? The Labor/Left Debate over Wilsonian Internationalism, 1912-1920, for publication. In addition, I have recently had the following two articles published: “Beyond Gompers:  The American Federation of Labor, the Creation of the International Labour Organization, and U.S. Labor Dissent,” in ILO Histories: Essays on the International Labour Organization and its Impact on the World During the Twentieth Century, eds. Jasmien Van Daele, Magaly Rodríguez García, Geert Van Goethem, and Marcel van der Linden (Brussels, Peter Lang, 2010) and “Integrating Labor into the Narrative of Wilsonian Internationalism,” in a special forum on “Workers, Labor, and War: New Directions in the History of U.S. Foreign Relations,” Diplomatic History 34 (September 2010).  I was also editor, introducer and coordinator of the forum.

Second year MA student Cody Miller has been working on his M.A. thesis which examines how New England farmers reacted to and resisted commercial farming in the late nineteenth century.  Over the summer he conducted research at several archives and libraries, including the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Concord (MA) Free Public Library, and the Maine Historical Society.  When not researching agriculture, Miller attempted to work in his own garden as well.  He needs to get back into the archives, however, and do some research on how to prevent certain bugs from devouring radishes and rhubarb. 

Professor Stephen Miller has had four publications over the past year, including “The South African War,” in I.F.W. Beckett, ed., Citizen Soldiers and Empire: The Amateur Military Tradition in the British Empire, 1837-1902 (London:Pickering & Chatto,  2012);  “Jingoism,” in Gordon Martelís, ed., Encyclopedia of War.  New York:  Blackwell, 2011; Review, “Roberts & Kitchener in South Africa 1900-1902” by Rodney Atwood,  Journal of Military History 76:3 (2012): 889-890; and Review, “Going to War:  British Debates from Wilberforce to Blair” by Philip Towle, Journal of Military History 75:4 (2011): 1291-2.  In addition, Miller presented at three conferences: “Politics on the Frontier,” Comment, Society for Military History,  Annual Meeting, Washington DC, May 2012; “The Impact of Victorian Stereotyping on Strategy and Practice in the South African War, 1899-1902,” North American Conference on British Studies, Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, November 2011; and  “The British Way of War:  Cultural Assumption and Practices in South African War, 1899-1902,” Society for Military History, Annual Meeting, Lisle, Illinois, June 2011.

Miller also had a busy year of academic service, including: evaluating manuscripts for Journal of Military History, Canadian Journal of History, and University of Oklahoma Press, serving on the editorial board of the Journal of Military History, committee service with the Army Heritage Center Foundation, Huntington Library Fellowship Committee, and the University of Maine, John M. Rezendes Ethics Essay Prize Committee, and as a Grad Expo judge at the University of Maine.

Miller’s current project is a book manuscript, “The Queen’s Generals:  Roberts, Wolseley, and the British Empire.”  In general news, Stephen, Jessica, Max and David are all doing well.  So too are the dogs, Wellington (Wellie) and Kitchener (Kitchie), and the cats, Scratch and Goalie Obama (go-go).

Annie Morrisette writes:Last year, on review, seems to have been a “maritime” year. In the fall I presented a paper on smuggling in England at UMaine/UNB (“‘Damn your eyes, we are resolute!’ Smugglers on Trial at the Old Bailey, 1733–1814”); in January I presented on a 19th-century shipwreck with my old ECU mates at the Society for Historical Archaeology conference in Baltimore (“Strathairly: Voyage to Disaster”) and in April my work on 18th-century merchant ship construction was presented at the Maine Maritime Museum’s conference in Bath (Eighteenth-Century Merchant Ship Construction: A Historiography.”) Last fall, I published an article on the 19th-century shipwreck in the North Carolina-based journal Tributaries (Strathairly: Voyage to Disaster,” Tributaries 16 (October 2011).

As for academic service, I was HGSA president last year and am co-coordinating the UM/UNB conference with Rebecca and the help of a great committee. This year I’m planning to take my comps and put together and defend a dissertation prospectus on something that has to do with smuggling, collective violence, or both, in Canada. In general news, I spend a lot of time hanging out with my three dogs and following the Cubs (groan, don’t look at the standings for the next couple of years) and the Illini. My awesome husband, Adam, is working to start a brewery with his buddy, so I’m becoming an accomplished brewer’s assistant and event schmoozer. If you want to try some crazy beers, lemme know!”

Recent PhD and adjunct faculty Dr. Katherine O’Flaherty writes: “I guess my biggest accomplishment was graduating (again). In May I received a C.A.S. degree in Higher Education Leadership with a concentration in Student Development in Higher Education from UMaine.  I also finished two publications so far this year. I completed a chapter entitled “Maine Immigration Post-1945” for a new book: Contemporary Immigration in America: A State by State Encyclopedia edited by Kathleen R. Arnold, scheduled to be out in Fall 2012.  I also co-authored an article for Acadiensis with Rob Gee titled “’Inviting Coworkers’: Linking Scholars of Atlantic Canada on the Twitter Backchannel.”  This article is also forthcoming, Fall 2012.  I finished research on a new project about Toy Len Goon a Chinese immigrant who lived in Portland, ME during the early 20th century and I am currently wrestling that research into an article.  I will be presenting a portion later in the fall at a WIC lunch.

I also gave some talks last semester.  I was a roundtable participant and spoke about “Teaching Modern U.S. History: Best Practices and Approaches.”  I also served as a panelist at a CETA event: “Teaching Toolbox: Best Practices for the College Classroom.  I will be teaching in the Honors College this fall and will also continue teaching online and hybrid courses in the Maine Studies program.  Next semester I will be teaching a graduate level course in the School of Social Work: SWK 691, Social Work Research II.

I am involved in a number of digital humanities projects that allow me to connect with scholars and projects around the world.  I am serving as an Editor-at-Large for Digital Humanities Now, a Center for History and New Media at George Mason University project: http://digitalhumanitiesnow.org/  Since August 2011 I have co-authored the Stillwater Historians blog with Rob Gee : http://stillwaterhistorians.com/  Posts from our blog were recently featured on the American Historical Association’s AHA Today “What We’re Reading” section.  In May AHA featured our post titled “Coffee at Tim Hortons with Bill Cronon”: http://blog.historians.org/what-we-are-reading/1658/what-were-reading-may-24th-2012  and in July AHA featured “History Carnival 111: Environmental History Edition”: http://blog.historians.org/what-we-are-reading/1691/what-were-reading-july-19-2012.  In addition, stillwaterhistorians.com was selected to host the July History Carnival, a Digital History project originating at The Humanities Research Institute at the University of Sheffield.  History Carnivals feature the best history blogging from around the world and around the web.  You can access our carnival here: http://stillwaterhistorians.com/2012/07/01/history-carnival-111-environmental-history-edition/  and read a UMaine news article about this digital humanities work here: http://umaine.edu/news/blog/2012/07/20/historians-blog-hosting-digital-humanities-project/  I started a scoop.it where I curate the Digital Humanities Toolbox, a collection of current scholarship and ideas on emerging topics.  You can visit the Digital Humanities Toolbox here: http://www.scoop.it/t/digital-humanities-tool-box  I also jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon: http://pinterest.com/katherineofl/

I also adopted a new dog from the Bangor Humane Society! Well, new to me…she is 15 years old and her name is Jasmine.  My other dog is Piper who is also adopted from BHS. Jas is now Piper’s bff.”

Erica Quin-Easter attended the CONNECT Canada Studies seminar in Ottawa in July – “a great opportunity to meet other scholars from a wide variety of disciplines and get the lay of the land for funding and professional opportunities.

Professor Liam Riordan was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Glasgow from January to July 2012.  He writes about this experience:  “As part of this I did research on a new project about Glasgow’s ties to the British Atlantic, ca 1760-1820 and taught an upper level undergraduate course on the American Revolution and Early Republic.  My research also led to consulting on a forthcoming museum exhibit at Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Museum, and I gave lectures at three Scottish universities, two in Germany, and one in England and France.  I also had the chance to serve as an external dissertation examiner for a King’s College, London, PhD defense–called a “viva” there.”

On a personal note, ” We loved big city life with its never ending choice of things to do, and what a joy to have good mass transit—six months without a car was liberating!…we thrived in urban Glasgow from the dining and shopping options in our fashionable pub-filled West End neighborhood near the university to the city’s great live music scene.  We also attended a huge number of plays from a weekly one-act lunchtime series (a play, a pie, and a pint for under $20!), to Alan Cumming’s one-man Macbeth, and even an adaptation of King Lear that one of our son’s performed in as part of an acting class at the famed Citizens Theatre.  My wife, already a great fan of British lit from classics to Christie probably embraced life abroad even more quickly and fully than the rest of us—shopping at local markets daily, voraciously reading Scottish literature of all kinds (her current top recommendation is Denise Mina’s mystery Garnethill), and developing her skill as a photographer and travel blogger.”

In addition to his Fulbright, Riordan had three major publications over the last year, including: The Loyal Atlantic:  Remaking the British Atlantic in the Revolutionary Era, co-editor of ten-essay collection with Jerry Bannister (Dalhousie University) and co-author of Preface and Chapter One, “Loyalism and the British Atlantic,1660-1840” (University of Toronto Press, 2012);  “Is there an ‘Urban History’ of the American Revolutionary City?”, review essay solicited by associate editor Timothy Gilfoyle  (Loyola University Chicago), Journal of Urban History, 37 (November 2011);  “‘O Dear, What Can the Matter  Be?’:  The Urban Early Republic and the Politics of Popular Song in Benjamin Carr’s Federal Overture,” Journal of the Early Republic, 31 (summer 2011).  He also published online: “Loyalism,” online annotated bibliography (28 manuscript pages), solicited by Trevor Burnard (Warwick University), ed., Atlantic History, Oxford Bibliographies Online (www.oxfordbibliographiesonline.com), Oxford University Press (summer 2011).

Professor Scott See’s new book Affront to Peace and Order: Collective Violence in Nineteenth-Century Canada will be published by the University of Toronto in 2014.  He also recently served as first Director of the University of Maine Humanities Initiative, and was primary author and team leader of a funded $300,000 University of Maine PRE-VUE grant in 2012.

In March 2012, See traveled to Oxford University to participate in a conference on “Contested Elections and Democratization in the Americas During the Nineteenth Century.”  His talk, “A Tumultuous Decade: Elections in British North America During the 1840s,” will be published in the conference’s proceedings.  He also gave invited lectures on the history of the Northeastern Borderlands for the Maine Humanities Council.

See’s recent professional service includes serving on the editorial boards of Acadiensis and The American Review of Canadian Studies, chairing the Program Creation and Reorganization Review Committee for the Faculty Senate, and serving on the Program Committee for the 2011 Canadian Historical Association meeting at the University of New Brunswick.

Professor Howard Segal new book is entitled Utopias: A Brief History from Ancient Writings to Cyberspace Communities (US and UK: Blackwell-Wiley, May 2012).  He has given two talks recently, including a talk at the annual senior banquet of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at Colby College in April, 2012 and the paper “Beyond Huxley, Orwell, and Other Twentieth-Century Dystopians: The Revival of Technological Utopianism in the 21st Century” at the sixth annual Camden Philosophy at the Edge Conference” in July, 2012.

As for professional service, Segal was elected Senator for the New England District at the Triennial Council of Phi Beta Kappa held in Palm Beach in August, interviewed by Irish radio about his Utopia research, and appeared several times on the Pulse morning program on Stephen King’s radio station to discuss various topics in historical perspective.

PhD student Rachel Snell presented “The Little Lady who Started this Great War:” Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Power of Persuasion at the Maine Women’s Studies Conference (University of New England, March 2012).  She also was selected for the CONNECT Seminar, held in Ottawa in July 2012.  This Fall, she will present “God, Home, and Country:” Women, Historical Memory, and National Identity in English Canada and the United States at the Middle Atlantic and New England Conference for Canadian Studies (Philadelphia, September 2012).

On June 22, 2012, Rachel married fellow UMaine history grad student Joe Miller at an outdoor ceremony in Northeast Harbor, Maine.  Congratulations!!   In her spare time, she also completed the Sugarloaf Marathon in May 2012!

Recent PhD and adjunct faculty Dr. Stefano Tijerina has had two refereed articles published recently: “The Role of Canadian Financial Entities in the Development of Colombia’s Financial Market, 186-1939″ Ensayos sobre Politica Economica, Spring 2012 and “One Cinderblock at a Time: Historiography of Canadian-Latin American and Canadian-Colombian Relations” Desafios, Spring 2012.  He has also published a book review: “New Approaches to the Analysis of Violence in Colombia and the Americas” Ethnohistory, Review Essay, Spring 2012.  Together with co-investigator Dr. Stephanie Barngarth, he was awarded a $3500 research grant by King’s University College at Western University.  Most recently, the Bangor Daily News published Stefano’s op. ed. “No Cohesive Latin American Policy” on May 4, 2012.

Rebecca White is starting her fourth year as a PhD student this year, and is moving with excitement and trepidation into the writing phase of her dissertation.  She presented at five events over the past year, most memorably at the Association for Canadian Studies in the US Conference in Ottawa in November 2011.  Most recently, she presented “Citizen-Mother?: State Aid to Mothers in Maine and New Brunswick, 1930s-1950s,”  at the Rural Women’s Studies Conference in Fredericton, New Brunswick.  At the meeting, she was elected Grad Student Coordinator for the RWSA until 2015.

She has also been busy, along with Ann Morrisette and many others, organizing the upcoming UM/UNB graduate student history conference, which will be at UMaine October 12-14, 2012.  She also served as Vice-President of the HGSA for 2010-2012 and co-organized the 2011-2012 history roundtable series.

This summer, she enjoyed her work as a research assistant for the Feminist Oral History book project in Women’s Studies, particularly cataloguing their large collection of women’s alternative press publications from the 1970s-1990s.  http://umaine.edu/womensstudies/library/  She also made time for several camping trips with her family to Maine’s excellent state parks, and enjoyed a truly bumper year in the vegetable garden (see me for zucchini!)


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