Loyola History faculty, graduate students and undergraduates are active both in and out of the classroom, publishing papers and books, presenting at conferences, developing web projects, and working in the field. Learn more about history department members are up to!
Undergraduate interns are hard at work diving deep into the stuff of history and sharing information with the public. Grace Furie and Aidan Kyle are immersed in Dr. Robert Bucholz’s Database of Court Officers. Furie, as she is known, is in pursuit of members of the court who moved from the position of Royal Chaplain to Bishop. Aidan is looking through the database index, noting which names appear in other online databases. The goal of his work is to make it easier for Dr. Bucholz to find biographies of this court officials. Melina Testin is interning at the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library. Melina is researching the lives of artists featured in the Museum’s exhibit Artists as Activists. Read her first entry here. Enjoy learning about activism and art and Melina’s artwork that is part of the blog post.
Investigate why Queen Anne’s powerful role in the forging of Great Britain has often been forgotten. Lucy Worsley shares the inside story of the salacious gossip about Anne’s love life that helped destroy her image and legacy. Watch “Queen Anne: The Mother of Great Britain”, episode three of Lucy Worsley’s Royal Myths and Secrets, will air nationwide on PBS on June 28th at 7PM CST, right between episodes of Masterpiece. The series as a whole looks at Elizabeth I, Anne, and Marie Antoinette to “learn how royal history is a mixture of facts, exaggeration, manipulation and mythology.” Catch a glimpse of Dr. Bucholz in the trailer here. WATCH VIDEO
Both our faculty and the History Graduate Student Association (HGSA) Executive Board have produced statements in response to the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other Black Americans and our call to action against white supremacy and systemic racism in our country. You can read both here. READ
The History Department mourns the passing of Dr. Lawrence John McCaffrey, Professor Emeritus, who died on Friday, May 15. He was 94 years old. Dr. McCaffrey shared his passion for Irish History with numerous students as well as in many publications. Dr. McCaffrey joined the Loyola History Department in 1970 as Department chair and retired in 1991.
Spring is a time for change! This spring, the History Graduate Student Association (HGSA) and the History Club both held elections for new officers. In addition, there are new members who will be inducted into Phi Alpha Theta and Alpha Sigma Nu.
Our students are getting hands-on experience! In the fall of 2019, students in the HIST 480: Public History Method and Theory, wrote blog posts for the Evanston Women’s History project’s Suffrage 2020 Illinois website.
The Urban History Association (UHA) Board of Directors announced the appointment of long-time UHA member Hope Shannon to the position of UHA Executive Director effective May 11, 2020. Hope will graduate with her PhD in United States history and public history from Loyola University Chicago this May.
Timothy B. Neary earned both his MA and Ph.D. (with distinction) in History from Loyola University. Now, he will be presenting "Education Practical and Sacred: Bishop Bernard J. Sheil's Vision for Lewis University" as part of the 17th Annual Signum Fidei Lecture.
Alum Maria Reynolds, Ph.D., works as a curator at Staatsburg State Historic Site in Staatsburg, NY. She will be sharing her knowledge and love of figure skating and the Gilded Age at a two-hour tea-and-talk series on February 22nd. LEARN MORE
This year's HGSA Conference took place on Nov. 2nd in Mundelein and McCormick Lounge. There were three panel sessions throughout the day with the first beginning at 9:45 AM. The theme, Conscience-Driven History, saw papers and presentations addressing questions of morals and ethics in producing and analyzing historical work. The HGSA conference has been organized and run by Loyola graduate students since 2003 and gives graduate students from around the country the chance to dive into the conference world in a friendly environment. Read on for a recap of this year's conference! READ MORE
On October 1st, Professor Theodore Karamanski and Joseph Karamanski, Loyola undergraduate alum now at the Alder Planetarium, led a docent training at the Chicago Maritime Museum. The recent workshop marked a longstanding relationship between the Loyola Public History program and the Chicago Maritime Museum. READ MORE
From September 26-29th, Loyola University was home to the annual Midwestern Conference on British Studies. Loyola welcomed over one hundred scholars with sessions on a wide variety of topics encompassing both history and English literature, from the Middle Ages to the present. Read on for a recap of the conference including interviews with two Loyola alumni who served as the Program Chair and Technology Chair at the conference! LEARN MORE