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Richard Pryor Biographer to Speak at Loyola

Scott Saul, the author of Becoming Richard Pryor, will give a public lecture on the comedian entitled "Living with Richard Pryor: A Biographer's Tale" on Friday, April 24 at 3 PM.  

History Students Present at the Weekend of Excellence

On Saturday, April 18, the research of eleven history undergraduate and five graduate students will be featured in posters and presentations at the Weekend of Excellence, a research and engagement symposium.

Timothy Gilfoyle on "The Changing Forms of History"

Should history be a book discipline? What constitutes "acceptable scholarship" in history? Professor Timothy Gilfoyle considers the rich and diverse forms that historical scholarship take from books, digital media, and public history projects in his article "The Changing Forms of History" in April's edition of Perspectives on History, the AHA newsmagazine.  

History Students to Present at Student Forum on Eastern Europe

On April 8, five history majors and minors will present their research on Eastern Europe at the Polish Studies Program's Seventh Annual Forum for Undergraduate Students.

Samantha Smith Receives Louisa Bowen Memorial Scholarship

Samantha Smith, a dual degree graduate student in Public History and Library and Information Sciences, was named the recipient of the Midwestern Archives Conference's Louisa Bowen Memorial Scholarship.

Announcing the 2015-16 Ramonat Seminar

The History Department is very pleased to offer the inaugural Ramonat Seminar in American Catholic History and Culture for the 2015-16 academic year. The Ramonat Seminar is an interdisciplinary, two-semester course that provides Loyola undergraduates with the unique opportunity to explore changing topics within American Catholic history, literature, and culture through hands-on research.

Michelle Nickerson to Speak at OAH Luncheon

Next month, Dr. Michelle Nickerson will deliver the talk "Burn Draft Cards Not Cities: Catholic Leftist Politics of the Vietnam Era" at the Urban History Association Luncheon at the Organization of American Historians meeting in St. Louis.

History Faculty Honored for Teaching and Research

Professor Steven Schloesser, S.J. will receive the Sujack Award for Excellence in Faculty Research and Professor Suzanne Kaufman will be named a Master Teacher in the College of Arts and Sciences at an awards ceremony on April 21 at Loyola. In Springfield on April 25, Professors Ted Karamanski and Eileen McMahon (Ph.D. Loyola, 1989) will be award the Russell P. Strange Book of the Year Award.

Steven Catania awarded Dissertation of the Year in the Humanities

Doctoral Candidate Steven Catania was awarded the Dissertation of the Year in the Humanities by the Graduate School.

Professor Hajdarpasic's New 500-Level Seminar on Nationalism Available for Fall 2015

History Graduate Students: Interested in the history of Nationalism and National Identity? Sign up for Dr. Edin Hajdarpasic's new course: History 533-Nationalism and National Identity. Fall 2015 Registration begins April 9th!

Amber Bailey named a 2015 Preservation Action Foundation Scholar

Public History Master's student Amber Bailey was named a 2015 Preservation Action Foundation Scholar and traveled to Washington, D.C. to lobby members of Congress on historic preservation policy issues as a part of this month's National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week.

Undergraduate History alumnus publishes article in The Atlantic

Michael Conway '14 publishes "The Problem with History Classes" and makes the case for including historiography in high school history curriculum.

Michelle Nickerson featured in New Books in History podcast

Dr. Michelle Nickerson's Mothers of Conservatism: Women and the Postwar Right is featured in the latest New Books in History podcast.

Dr. Miller to join the department and Dr. Hajdarpasic awarded tenure.

The arrival of Spring brings exciting news for the department faculty as Dr. Edin Hajdarpasic is awarded tenure and Dr. Tanya Miller will join the department next year.

Loyola to Host Conference on Women and Vatican II

In Fall of 2015 Loyola University Chicago will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the conclusion of Vatican II with a public symposium. Please join us in what promises to be a lively exploration of the Council's history and impact on women by proposing a paper, panel, or roundtable!

Students Piece Loyola History Together, One Book at a Time

Loyola Seniors Evan Thompson and Zac Davis piece together important discoveries about the history and significance of the Loyola and Jesuit communities.

Loyola History Alumna Chosen to Lead MacArthur Foundation

Loyola Undergraduate Julia Stasch (BA, History) has been chosen as the next President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Elizabeth Shermer on right-to-work proposals in the Midwest

Right-to-work or "right-to-starve?" Loyola History Professor Elizabeth Tandy Shermer investigates the history behind recent and hotly disputed right-to-work proposals in the Midwest.

Public History Alumna Promoted to Director of Education at the Illinois Holocaust Museum

Kelley Szany has been named Director of Education at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center. Kelley joined the Museum’s staff in 2001 and will now oversee all of the Museum’s education and public programming initiatives.

Dean of Libraries Named 2015 ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year

The Association of College and Research Libraries recognizes the outstanding achievements of Dean of University Libraries, Robert A. Seal, and names him Librarian of the Year.

Check out the Feminist Forum Records at the Women and Leadership Archives!

The Feminist Forum is a student organization at Loyola University Chicago which seeks to provide students with a supportive, safe, and open environment to discuss feminist issues. Founded in 1995 through the Women’s Studies and Gender Studies Program, the first meeting was held on September 19, 1995 on the Lakeshore campus.

Three History Professors Nominated for Sujack Award for Teaching Excellence

History professors Aidan Forth, Suzanne Kaufman, and Michelle Nickerson receive nominations for the College of Arts and Sciences' Sujack Award for Teaching Excellence.

Student Spotlight: Pamela Johnson

Meet Pamela Johnson, a Masters student in European History, who specializes in French history and has interests in micro-history, women & gender, race relations, and urban studies. After reading about Pam in the Lakefront Historian's Student Spotlight, find out how you can apply to graduate programs and be a part of the History Department's brilliant and supportive student body.

Charles Heinrich Publishes Book on Madonna della Strada Chapel

Masters student Charles Heinrich writes a history of the Madonna della Strada Chapel in connection with the recent Crossings and Dwellings exhibit.

Public History Project Commemorates Ellacuría & Salvadoran Martyrs

The History Department of Loyola University Chicago commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador through the launch of the public history project, The Ellacuría Tapes: A Martyr at Loyola. We applaud the vision for and management of this project by the department’s Professor Dina Berger, and her collaborative work with PhD Candidate Katie Macica and undergraduate student Albert Salatka, among many others from other departments within the university.

Two Undergraduates Present Conference Papers

History Majors Megan Meagher and Evan Thompson presented their research this semester at conferences at Freie Universitat Berlin and Bucknell University.

Professor Patricia Mooney-Melvin Profiled in AHA Member Spotlight

Learn more about why Professor Mooney-Melvin first developed an interest in History and the book she is currently writing.  

New Members Inducted into Phi Alpha Theta

On November 3, twelve students were inducted into Loyola's Chi Mu chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta history honor society.

Atlantic Research Earns Di Lorenzo Newberry Residency

Discovering Atlantic Abolitionism in Chicago Archives: PhD Candidate Anthony Di Lorenzo on his Research and Residency at the Newberry Library

History Professor Johnson's Book Among Writer's Top 10 Books on Texas

John Phillip Santos listed Professor Ben Johnson's Revolution in Texas: How a Forgotten Rebellion and Its Bloody Suppression Turned Mexicans into Americans as one of ten books every Texan should read in a recent article for Texas Monthly. Dr. Johnson answers a few questions about Revolution in Texas and his current book project.

Graduate Students Nominate Chrysler Village to the National Register

Students in Dr. Karamanski's Management of Historical Resources class experienced the process of historic preservation firsthand when they set out to nominate the Chrysler Village Historic District to the National Register of Historic Places.

Loyola History Ph.D. talks Scottish Independence

Dr. John Leazer, a graduate of Loyola's History Ph.D. program and Associate Professor of History at Carthage College talks about the Vote for Scottish Independence.

Saints Preserve Us: Saints and Sanctity in the Middle Ages Lecture Series

Loyola University Chicago's Medieval Studies Center hosts an exciting line-up of presentations for their 2014-2015 lecture series "Saints Preserve Us: Saints and Sanctity in the Middle Ages".

Public History Graduate Creates Online Exhibit

Public History Master's Program Graduate Laura Pearce '14 creates an exhibit tracing the Legion of Polish Young Women from its founding at the outbreak of World War II to today for the Women and Leadership Archives.

Michelle Nickerson Talks Sunbelt Rising

Check out Professor Michelle Nickerson talking about her groundbreaking anthology on the Sunbelt (now out in paperback) on an inaugural podcast for a new series by the Urban History Association.

Loyola Undergraduates Win Competitive Research Fellowships for 2014-15

Over the coming academic year, undergraduate History majors will study Moroccan perceptions of the Arab Spring, examine the impact of the Chicago Metro History Fair, trace the ownership histories of Loyola's original library books, create an online exhibition commemorating the 1986 visit of Ignacio Ellacuria, SJ to Loyola, and uncover the social dynamics of modern-day sex trafficking.

Recent Graduates Secure Tenure-Track Positions

Several recent graduates of Loyola's doctoral program have accepted full-time teaching positions at universities around the world.

Public History Graduate Program Alumni and Students Find Success on the Job Market

Alumni and current students of the Loyola Public History graduate program are proving their value in even the most challenging hiring environment. A number of them have recently secured excellent jobs at institutions that represent the range of public history careers.

Introducing the Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project

An innovative new project designed by History students and faculty uses the social media imaging-sharing site Flickr to reassemble the surviving books from Loyola's original (1870) library collection.  

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