Alan Ball has joined the ranks of administrative titans by assuming the role of Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) for the History Department.
Fr. Patrick Donnelly continues to publish! He translated, edited and wrote the introduction for: Year by Year with the Early Jesuits: Selections from the Chronicon of Juan Polanco. St. Louis: Institute of Jesuit Sources, 2004. Another book should hit the news stand any day: Jesuit Writings of the Early Modern Period, 1540-1640. Cambridge: Hackett, 2006.
He also translated Theodore Beza's Latin tract on divorce, sections of which are reprinted as documents in John Witte, Jr. And Robert Kingdon, Sex, Marriage and Family in John Calvin's Geneva, Vol. 1. Courtship, Engagement and Marriage. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005.
He reviewed two books, one for Theological Studies and the other for The International History Review, and has submitted a revised chapter on male religious orders of the Reformation to appear in the multi-volume Cambridge History of Christianity.
When not writing, Fr. Donnelly gave the key note address at the Veterans' Day Ceremony for Marquette ROTC units; presented "The Jesuits as Peace Makers: Negotiation with Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great and Sitting Bull" at the Justice and Mercy will Kiss Conference sponsored by the Manresa Project at Marquette; and gave a slide lecture "European Church Art and Architecture: Gothic through the Baroque" at St. Robert's parish.
In addition to his work on the history of Marquette University, Tom Jablonsky has also found time for other editorial duties and publications.
These include: General Editor, Milwaukee Stories, Marquette University Press, 2005, "Urban History as Public History," Journal of Urban History, January, 2006 and "Marquette's First Women Students: A Short Road to Co-education," Conversations, Spring, 2006
In addition to his responsibilities as Chair of the Department, James Marten has maintained his busy academic schedule. He organized the Third Biennial Conference of the Society for the History of Children and Youth, where he participated in a roundtable discussion of Huck's Raft by Steven Mintz and served as session chair and commentator for "Childhood Under Fire: American Children at War Across Three Centuries."
He also presented "Civil War Children and Civic Responsibility" to the Teaching American History Summer Institute at the University of Delaware in July 2005; and two talks at Monmouth College in Illinois in October 2005: a public lecture on "The Great Importance of Little Things: Lessons from the Children's Civil War," and to a Convocation of first year students taking the Introduction to the Liberal Arts course: "The Real War Did Get in the Books."
He published "Cry Me a River: The Challenges of Growing Up in America," Reviews in American History 33 (June 2005): 211-217, and "No Beer for Babies: The Child Welfare Exhibit," Chicago History 33 (Spring 2005): 36-51.
He has begun preliminary research on a book which is tentatively called Their Great Good Fortune: Civil War Veterans in Victorian America
He was interviewed for the article "Hallowed Ground: The Story of the Soldiers Home," Wisconsin Academy Reviews 51 (Summer 2005): 29-36.
He was appointed to the Advisory Board of The Civil War and Underground Railroad Museum of Philadelphia.
And finally, he continues to serve as editor of Milwaukee History, the journal published by the Milwaukee County History Society.
Professor Laura Matthew is on leave this year as a Mellon Fellow at the Newberry Library in Chicago, working on her book "Memories of Conquest: Becoming Mexicano in Colonial Guatemala." She ushered in the Christmas season in Guatemala during the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the patron saint of the town of Ciudad Vieja whose history she studies. In between watching a parade of locally-made floats (including a truly amazing mechanical dinosaur) and performances of the Dance of the 24 Devils, she did a television interview about the town's history. Her colleagues in Ciudad Vieja tell her that the interview caused a "sensation." She hopes since it was rebroadcast several times that this is good news.
Irish history is alive and well at Marquette. In 2001 the history department hired Tim McMahon as a visiting assistant professor after he completed his doctorate in modern European history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2004 McMahon—whose expertise includes the study of Irish nationalism and national identity—became a full-time assistant professor, and the department reinstituted History 160, the History of Modern Ireland formerly taught by Professor Tom Hachey, as a regular undergraduate course offering. Additionally, the Raynor-Memorial Library recently augmented the university's Irish-related holdings with the acquisition of a major collection of British Colonial Office papers. This series, "The British in Ireland," includes the microfilmed records of more than 170 boxes of files about policing, the judicial system, agrarian agitation, and underground revolutionary activity during the four decades prior to the foundation of the Irish Free State. McMahon, who was elected to the national executive of the American Conference for Irish Studies last year, hopes that such acquisitions will build upon Marquette's well established reputation as a destination campus for future Irish historians.
Daniel Meissner has published the following book, essay and article: Chinese Capitalists versus the American Flour Milling Industry: Profit and Patriotism in International Trade. Lewiston, NY: Mellen Press, 2005. "California Clash: Irish and Chinese Labor in San Francisco, 1850-1870" in Donald Jordan and Timothy J. O'Keefe, eds. The Irish in the San Francisco Bay Area: Essays on Good Fortune. San Francisco: Executive Council of the Irish Literary and Historical Society, (2005), 54-84. "The Business of Survival: Competition and Cooperation in the Shanghai Flour Milling Industry" Enterprise and Society 6.3 (September 2005): 364-394.
Julius Ruff is now editing a monograph series for Marquette University Press titled "Marquette Studies in History." The work includes European social and cultural history from 1500 to the present.
Annmarie Sawkins, Associate Curator, Haggerty Museum of Art and Adjunct Professor of History, published "The Charles J. Connick Windows of the Joan of Arc Chapel, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI." in The Stained Glass Quarterly [Stained Glass Association of America], (Fall 2005): 212-29.
Athan Theoharis continues his prodigious scholarship with the publication of "The FISA File," The Nation (March 6, 2006).