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December 13, 2013

Digital Research Projects by HIST 3959 Students

In Fall 2013, HIST 3959 - How to Do History was taught by Prof. Donna Gabaccia with a focus on digital history research projects. One additional feature of HIST 3959 this fall was that six graduate students earned graduate credit by working with the undergraduate groups as "project managers."

Here is a sample of innovative projects from class:

The Pacific Railroad Surveyors
Jewish Life in 1930s/40s Minneapolis
Why Public Education?
Rustication in the Chinese Cultural Revolution
Early Scandinavian Cartography
Korea, Forgotten War?
Political Leadership and Masculinity

December 6, 2013

Austin Mason, 2013 CGS/Proquest Distinguished Dissertation Award

Austin Mason was awarded the Best Dissertation Award in the Humanities by the Council of Graduate Schools. Runner-up was our PhD alumna, Caley Horan (2012), now a lecturer at Princeton. Congratulations, Austin and Caley!

December 4, 2013

JB Shank, CLA Receives Mellon Grant for Premodern Studies

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the College of Liberal Arts a $600,000 start-up grant to develop the conceptual and programmatic foundations for a new Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World.

The consortium will create a new confederation of the many existing premodern studies constituencies at the University and establish a new synergistic mission to promote integrated, multidisciplinary research and teaching in global premodern studies. The consortium will also pioneer a new approach to graduate education by working to combine graduate training in established humanities and social sciences disciplines with an integrated, multidisciplinary graduate program in global premodern studies.

J.B. Shank (history & Center for Early Modern History) served as principal investigator on the proposal, with Andrew Scheil (English & Center for Medieval Studies) and Marguerite Ragnow (James Ford Bell Library) as co-investigators.