Fr. Steve Avella continues to research and publish on the history of the Catholic church in the United States. His impressively written and illustrated book, The Diocese of Sacramento: A Journey of Faith (Dublin: Ireland: Booklink, 2006) was released last year, and he has completed a new manuscript for publication with the University of Nevada Press, Urban History series: Capital City: The Catholic Church and the Shaping of Sacramento, California, 1850-2000. Dr. Avella still found time to organize and host the annual conference of the American Catholic Historical Association at Marquette this past March, and provide insightful commentary for Mary Van de Kamp Knohl's extensive article, "Catholics in Crisis," published in Milwaukee Magazine (March 27, 2006). See "MU Historians in the Spotlight" on the Department's main page for a link to this article (and to others by our faculty.)
In addition to his duties as Director of Graduate Studies, Alan Ball published an article, "Building a New State and Society: NEP, 1921-1928," Cambridge History of Russia Vol. III: The Twentieth Century (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), 168-91.
Showing no signs of slowing down, Fr. Patrick Donnelly, S.J. continues his hectic teaching and publication schedule. This past year, he translated and edited Jesuit Writings of the Early Modern Period, 1540-1640 (Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Co., 2006). His article, "Three Roommates Dream to Change the World" was published by Jesuit Journeys (Winter 2006): 9-11; and republished by Santa Clara Magazine (Summer 2005): 14-17. He also wrote a short piece on Carle van Loo's "The Resurrection of Christ,"for Perspectives on Art at the Haggerty Museum (Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2006): 18-19.
One of our newest faculty members, Michael Donoghue, has had a very successful first year. He was awarded both a Summer Faculty Fellowship (2007) and a Regular Research Grant for this year. He presented a conference paper, "Roberto Duran, Omar Torrijos, and the Rise of Isthmian Machismo in U.S.-Panamanian Relations, 1964-1989" at the Annual Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations Conference in Lawrence, KS; and has a new article due out next October: "Murder and Rape in the Canal Zone: U.S. Military-Panamanian Cultural Conflict 1955-1956" in Jessica Gienow-Hecht (ed.) Decentering America: Culture and International History II (New York: Berghahn Press, 2007).
Kristen Foster served as the Series Editor for publication of the Frank L Klement Lectures, and edited for publication, the speech by Stephen Engle, "All the President's Statesmen: Northern Governors and the American Civil War" for Frank L. Klement Lectures, No. 15 (Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2006.) She presented a conference paper: "American Reflections on Toussaint L'Ouverture, Racial War, and the American Revolution," at the Great Lakes History Conference, October 2006. She was also awarded a Marquette University Dean's Matching Grant for Summer Faculty Research Fellowship, 2005.
A recent Texas transplant, Irene Guenther is adjusting to the weather and other challenges of life in Milwaukee while keeping up a busy academic schedule. Prior to joining our department, she published an award winning book, Nazi "Chic"? Fashioning Women in the Third Reich (Oxford: Berg Publishers, 2004). This past year, she has published three new articles: "Otto Dix: Aus den Katakomben in Palermo II, ca. 1923-24." Perspectives on Art at the Haggerty Museum, exhibition catalogue. (Milwaukee: Haggerty Museum, 2006). "Modern German Art and Its Demise, 1914-1945." Broken Brushes: German Art from the Kaiser to Hitler, ed. Gus Kopriva, (Houston/Tokyo: Redbud, 2006), 21-39. And "The Destruction of a Culture and an Industry." In Broken Threads: The Destruction of the Jewish Fashion Industry in Germany and Austria, ed. Roberta Kremer. (Oxford: Berg Publishers, November 2006), 77-97. In addition, Dr. Guenther presented a conference paper, "'Nie Wieder Krieg': Painting for Peace in Unsettled Times," American Historical Association (AHA) Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, January 4-7, 2007, and served as Commentator on the panel "Audience and Agency: Women and New Media in International Perspective, 1920-1940," Social Science History Association (SSHA), Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 2-5, 2006.
Carla Hay has taken on the prestigious but onerous duties as Chair of the 125th Anniversary Committee, responsible for arranging the many speakers and events to mark this milestone in Marquette history. Among other duties, Dr. Hay also serves as the Chair of the History Department Undergraduate Committee, as a member of the Executive Committee for the University's Academic Senate, and as the coordinator of advising for the History Department. She also continues to serve on the Editorial Board of The Historian and Milwaukee History.
Tom Jablonsky is putting the finishing touches on his comprehensive history of Marquette University, a chronicle of the university's programs, administration, faculty, staff and students over the past 125 years. In addition to this tremendous task, he has found time to published: "Marquette's First Women Students," Conversations (Spring 2006) and to serve as editor of the Urban Life Book Series, Marquette University Press. And of course, he continues in his dual capacity as history instructor and Director of Marquette's Institute for Urban Life.
Lezlie Knox has completed another highly successful year as Director of Phi Alpha Theta, the History Department honors society. She has also been keeping busy with her research in medieval studies, publishing an article, "One and the Same Spirit": Clare of Assisi's Form of Life in the Later Middle Ages," Franciscan Studies 64 (2006): 235-254; and an editorial essay for Clare of Assisi: The Lady Early Documents. Revised 3rd Edition. (Hyde Park, NY: New City Press, 2006). She presented two conference presentations: "Religious Space in Later Medieval Volterra," at the 13th International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 2006; and "Beyond Clare: Comments on the New Clare of Assisi Early Documents," 41st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 2006.
Promoted to full Professor this year, John Krugler, serves as the Department's tireless advocate for Public History. He was awarded a Mellon grant to bring noted speakers to Marquette and to organize student trips to Chicago. Beyond the university, he promoted public history through his service on the advisory board for Old World Wisconsin, and through two conference presentations: "An Undergraduate Lament: 'I Love History: But What Can I Do With It?'" at the Organization of American Historians regional meeting, July 2006; and "Under Funded: Where have All the Funders Gone?" at the joint meeting of the Old World Wisconsin Foundation and the Wisconsin Historical Society. John was also a Co-organizers and speaker with Dr. James Marten for "'Old' and 'New' Americans: Immigration, Acculturation, and Community," a Teaching American History Workshop for the Milwaukee Public Schools, Marquette University, July 31-August 4, 2006.
Department Chair, James Marten, must enjoy keeping busy. He edited and introduced an anthology of original essays: "Children in Colonial America" (New York: New York University Press, 2006); and edited an essay, "A Very Sad Life: Civilians in the Confederacy" in David and Jeanne Heidler, eds., Daily Lives of Civilians in Wartime (Westport, CN: Greenwood, 2007). He is working on a book about veterans in Gilded Age America, and gave a talk on that project at a Civil War conference sponsored by the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA. He also delivered several public lectures, including the 2006 W. Augustus Low Lecture, University of Maryland-Baltimore County; an OAH Distinguished Lecture for the Civil War on the Western Frontier Days in Lawrence, Kansas; at the Metropolitan State College of Denver; the Gilder Lehrman Institute Junior Historians' Forum at Marquette; and at the Brookfield Historical Society. He will travel to Sweden this summer to participate in the Fourth Biennial Conference of the Society for the History of Children and Youth, where he will comment on a panel and fulfill his duties as secretary-treasurer of the Society. With Kristen Foster, he edited an anthology of selected Klement Lectures delivered over the last fifteen years, titled: "More Than a Contest Between Armies": Essays on the Civil War Era to be published by Kent State University Press. And finally, he and John Krugler were Co-organizers and speakers for "'Old' and 'New' Americans: Immigration, Acculturation, and Community," a Teaching American History Workshop for the Milwaukee Public Schools, Marquette University, July 31-August 4, 2006.
Laura Matthew concluded her Mellon Fellowship at the Newberry Library in Chicago, working on her book Memories of Conquest: Becoming Mexicano in Colonial Guatemala. She also found time to publish two articles: "Mexicanos and the Meaning of Ladino," Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History (April 2006); and "A Speculative History of Town-Specific Dress," in Traci Ardren, ed., Flowers for the Earth Lord: Guatemalan Textiles from the Permanent Collection. (Coral Gables, FL: Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, 2006).
Timothy McMahon was awarded a Summer Faculty Fellowship for 2006, and a Faculty Development Award for last year. He also presented a conference paper: "'Dash and Daring': Imperial Violence and Irish Ambiguity (Revised)," at the 44th Annual Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, University of Missouri-St. Louis, MO, March 2006. If your Portuguese is not too rusty, check out Dr. McMahon's interview for the Brazilian publication, Otempo, on recent events in Northern Ireland. To see the full article, click on the link under "MU Historians in the Spotlight" on the Department's main page.
Daniel Meissner was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure this year. He serves on the department's undergraduate committee and as a faculty representative for the University's Academic Senate. He published one article, "China's 1905 Anti-American Boycott: A Nationalist Myth?" The Journal of American-East Asian Relations 10.3-4 (Summer/Fall 2006), and translated an article, "Reng aiguo shiyejiade jingshen fayang guangda" [Carrying on the Great and Glorious Spirit of Patriotic Industrialists] for China Business History. He will travel to China this summer to conduct research for a book on students whom he taught in the early 1980s.
Displaying his musical as well as teaching talent, Phillip Naylor and members of the Western Civilization Blues Band (WCBB) performed what has become an annual "Valentine's Day Blues Show" before his classes (and departmental colleagues). The music was for those students who did not receive flowers, cards, or candies. You may want to check out the departmental Web page, which includes a cut from the WCBB's cd "Bluesbook" featuring "Western Civ Misery," a song about the Varsity Theater Western Civ experience. The WCBB has returned to the studio for a second CD.His range of interests and pursuits is demonstrated by the publication of a new book, The Historical Dictionary of Algeria 3rd ed. (Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 2006), and the award of a Mellon Grant for the "Creation of an Oral Archive of Popular Music." He presented a conference paper, "Algeria: A Work in Progress," at a Department of State/NIC conference, Washington, D.C., January 2006, and was invited to present another paper on "Algeria: Its Perspective," at a Department of State/NIC conference, Washington, D.C., February 2006. The department has also tapped Dr. Naylor to coordinate the new Global M.A. program set to begin in Fall semester, 2007.
In recognition of his outstanding work in student advising, Julius Ruff was named the University's Faculty Advisor of the Year for 2007. Keeping up with publishing as well as advising, he finished revisions on the sixth edition of the highly successful college text, Discovering the Western Past (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company) which he co-authored with Merry Wiesner-Hanks and Bruce Wheeler. The latest edition of this two-volume text will be published this summer. He also continues to serve on a number of important department and university committees, including sabbatical, and promotion and tenure.
In her dual role as Associate Curator of the Haggerty Museum of Art and Adjunct Professor in the History Department, Annmarie Sawkins maintains a very busy schedule. She published three exhibition brochures for the Haggerty Museum: "Marquette University Then and Now: Images Celebrating 125 Years of Faith and Learning in Action", gallery guide, Haggerty Museum of Art (2007); "Hokusai, Hiroshige and the Utagawa School: Japanese Prints from the Haggerty Collection," gallery guide, Haggerty Museum of Art (2007); and "Nicolaes Maes" in Perspectives on Art at the Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University (2006). She presented at three conferences: "The Golden Age of Japanese Woodblock Prints," exhibition opening, Haggerty Museum of Art (April 26, 2007); and "You are not fit to rule": Honoré Daumier's Representations of Women," 13th Annual Women's Studies Program Conference, Marquette University (March 22-24, 2007); and "Georges Rouault and Ambroise Vollard: The Artist and his Dealer: Commissions, Conflicts and a Court Decision for Perspectives on Georges Rouault: A Symposium" at the Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA), New York, NY. (May 13, 2006). Dr. Sawkins also was awarded three grants: Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences Mellon Grant in support of undergraduate education, Marquette University, 2007. A Travel Grant to attend the Association of Art Museum Curators, Annual Conference, New York City, May 13-15, 2007; and a Curatorial Research Grant - Étant Donnés, French-American Endowment for Contemporary Art, Paris, June 9-18, 2006. In addition, she served as a reviewer or juror for several local and regional art competitions.
Fr. Michael Zeps, S.J. continues to serve the department, university and community in a variety of ways. He is the resident minister for the students at Cobeen Hall, counseling students, holding weekly mass, and practicing with student musicians. He also plays violin with the University Symphony Orchestra, and frequently performs chamber music with other professional musicians and semi-professional organizations.