PhD Student Laurence Jurdem Publishes Article on Pair of Communists Turned Cold Warriors

Laurence Jurdem

Laurence Jurdem

Fordham History graduate student Laurence Jurdem has published “James Burnham, Sidney Hook and the Search for Intellectual Truth: From Communism to the Cold War, 1933-1956,” in the latest issue of American Communist History 13:2-3 (2014). The article, which originated as a paper in the US History seminar with Dr. Daniel Soyer, discusses the intellectual odyssey of the conservative foreign policy columnist James Burnham and the public intellectual Sidney Hook. Jurdem examines how the two academics were first fascinated and then disillusioned with the ideas of Karl Marx. That intellectual shift played a decisive role in causing the two men to spend the rest of their careers as advocates for the destruction of the Soviet Union. Jurdem is currently completing his dissertation, entitled “The Power to Define Reality: The Influence of Conservative Media on American Foreign Policy 1964-1984”.

Congratulations, Laurence!

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Fordham Seniors Selected for Early American Studies Workshop

John Taylor & Sons, the brewery at the center of a libel lawsuit brought against the teetotaler Edward Delavan

John Taylor & Sons, the brewery at the center of a libel lawsuit brought against the teetotaler Edward Delavan

Two FCRH seniors, Tim Derocher and Chris Nolan, were recently selected to participate in the McNeil Center for Early American Studies’ annual Undergraduate Research Workshop at the University of Pennsylvania. Together, Nolan and Derocher will present a panel on two unique libel cases in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, a product of research completed for Dr. Elaine Forman Crane’s “Laws and Outlaws in Early America” seminar. Over the next few months, they will be working with a graduate mentor from Penn to enhance their research and form a more cohesive panel on libel and slander cases in early America, which will be presented in April in Philadelphia. Read on to learn more about their research. Continue reading

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Digital Mapping Workshop, Wednesday February 11 2-5PM in LL 106

The Topics in Digital Mapping will convene another meeting on the topic: Thinking about Time with Maps: Timelines and Palladio

Digital map makers are often interested in animating the spatial visualization over time or linking their maps to a timeline. This workshop will introduce participants to how to map changes in time using Palladio.
Sample data-sets will include a project mapping medieval English libraries and the dates of their surviving manuscripts.

Wednesday, February 11
Fordham Lincoln Center LL 1106

Session Recap and Meet and Greet: 2:00-3:00
Workshop: 3:00-5:00

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Gauthier to Speak About US Portrayals of North Korea at NYU

Screenshot 2015-02-09 20.48.19Readers of this blog will be familiar with the achievements of Fordham PhD student Brandon Gauthier. In addition to publishing an  e-Dossier for the North Korea International Documentation Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, which provides primary documents on DPRK public diplomacy in the U.S. during the 1970s, Brandon also published a guest column for the Shreveport Times on U.S. diplomacy towards North Korea after the release of the film The Interview.

On Thursday, February 12, he will present at NYU’s Center for the United States and the Cold War Seminar Series.  His talk will be titled: “‘Bullwhip Barbarians…the Worst of This Breed': Postwar Portrayals of ‘North Korea’ in the U.S. media, 1953-1963.”  The event will take place from 5-7 PM at the NYU Tamiment Library (Bobst Library,10th Floor) at 70 Washington Square South. Come along and hear about Brandon’s latest research!

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Prize-Winning Article Appears in Portuguese Collection

40098While it is not unusual for books to appear in translation, especially if they are in a second printing or edition, it is much less common for articles to be translated, especially so soon after their original publication. It is a mark of the importance of the scholarship within Yuko Miki’s prize-winning article  “Fleeing into Slavery: The Insurgent Geographies of Brazilian Quilombolas (Maroons), 1880-1881″ that it has been published in translation only two years after its original publication in the journal The Americas 68:4 (2012). The article, translated by Miki and Giovana Xavier, has now appeared in Flávio Gomes and Petrônio Domingues, eds, POLÍTICAS DA RAÇA: Experiências e legados da abolição e da pós-emancipação no Brasil (São Paulo: Selo Negro, 2014). The department is thrilled to hear that Miki’s scholarship will now be available to a larger audience of scholars in Brazil!

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Fordham Student Presents at History Honors Conference

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Megan McLaughlin stands next to the statue of Roger Williams after the conference

Earlier this semester, Fordham senior Megan McLaughlin presented her first conference paper at the Phi Alpha Theta Northeastern Regional Conference at Roger Williams University. The paper that she presented was written for Professor Elaine Crane’s class “The American Revolution.” Read on for Megan’s account of her paper and the conference.  Continue reading

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PhD Student Jason McDonald Chronicles Famed Home of NYC Public Education

Elizabeth Irwin’s “Little Red Schoolhouse“ program at Public School 61, 1928

Elizabeth Irwin’s “Little Red Schoolhouse“ program at Public School 61, 1928

Current Fordham PhD student Jason McDonald contacted us with details of his work to help celebrate the legacy of New York City public school PS 61, which was founded in 1913 and located at 610 East 12th street. With the assistance of Fordham faculty member Daniel Soyer, McDonald has been amassing photographs, text, and video to document the history of his son’s school.  The history is being shared and distributed to East Village Community School (EVCS), Children’s Workshop School (CWS), and the SPECTRUM School P94M. All three schools occupy the former Public School 61 building. Nearly 100 photos and documents have been uploaded to http://ps61nycjubilee.org/ and provided a searchable database for teachers and students to find information. Read on for more pictures on the school and the celebration, and links to further information, images, texts, and a documentary.

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Leading WW I Historian Addresses Students at Lincoln Center

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On November 6 Professor Michael Neiberg addressed history students at the Lincoln Center campus. His presentation entitled “Images of the First World War” was the annual event organized by the Department of History for students in Eloquentia Perfecta 1 history courses at Lincoln Center.

Michael Neiberg is one of America’s leading military historians. He is Professor of History in the Department of National Security and Strategy in the Army War College in Carlyle, Pennsylvania. Neiberg is the author of seven books, and the editor or co-editor of five others. His Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of World War One, was selected by the Wall Street Journal as one the five best books ever written on World War One. Forthcoming next year is his study of the Potsdam Conference.

After his presentation Dr. Neiberg answered numerous questions in a lively exchange with students.

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In New Article, Durba Mitra Explores Medical Jurisprudence and Rape Adjudication in India

Together with her colleague Mrinal Satish, Professor of Criminal Law at National Law School Delhi, Fordham History department faculty member Durba Mitra recently published “Testing Chastity, Evidencing Rape: Impact of Medical Jurisprudence on Rape Adjudication in India” in Economic and Political Weekly, a key peer-reviewed publication on India that brings together academics, researchers, and policy makers. The article charts the development of forensic medicine for rape in colonial India and the role of forensic medicine in the adjudication of rape cases in postcolonial India.
Durba writes:
We undertook a comprehensive study of the role of forensic medicine in the legal adjudication of rape cases in postcolonial India. We studied all publications on medical jurisprudence for India from the late nineteenth century until today in South Asia and analyzed the use of medical jurisprudence in rape cases reported in the high courts in India from 1952 until 2011. Rape has received significant attention in the last two years in international media, leading to the substantial reform of rape laws in India. We argue that for legal reforms to be effective, changes must be made to textbooks, medical protocol, and the use of medical evidence in rape cases. Our research resulted in the publication of our article, “Testing Chastity, Evidencing Rape:” in Economic and Political Weekly, a key peer-reviewed publication on India that brings together academics, researchers, and policy makers.
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Crane Fund Research: America Imagines Korea

Article on Jimmy Carter in Nodong Sinmun

Article on Jimmy Carter in Nodong Sinmun

This is the second of our series of reports from graduate students working in US history who were awarded research funding from the Crane Fund, generously established by Professor Elaine Crane. This report is from PhD student Brandon Gauthier.

The generous assistance of the Elaine Forman Crane Research Grant enabled me to travel to College Park, Maryland in June and the Republic of Korea (ROK) in August to conduct research for my dissertation, entitled: “North Korea in the American Imagination, 1950-1996: Cultural, Intellectual, and Political Perspectives.” [Read on}

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