When ABC News was looking for an expert to provide historial background to the momentous vote for Scottish Independence this past September, they turned to Fordham historian Chris Maginn. Chris gives us some background:
though I am a Tudor specialist by training, and am interested in the history of state formation, I try to keep abreast of contemporary politics in Britain in Ireland. While on leave in Ireland I was interviewed by America Magazine about the importance of the President of Ireland’s state visit to England: http://americamagazine.org/issue/higgins-visit-suggests-sea-change-anglo-irish-relations. So, the afternoon before the referendum I went up to ABC’s studio on 66th street and did a television interview; the following morning, in the wake of the election result, I was asked to do radio interviews on some of ABC’s national affiliates.
When we think about the future of spaceflight, the names that most often come to mind are those of the science fiction authors and film directors: Andrei Tarkowsky, Arthur C. Clarke, Stanley Kubrick, George Lucas, and most recently, Christopher Nolan. We certainly don’t think of historians. After all, historians are concerned with the past, not the future, right?
Well, in 2010, the United States Congress set up a committee to explore the future of the already ostensibly futuristic concept of human spaceflight, they called on the expertise of a historian, specifically Fordham’s own Asif Siddiqi. In the summer of 2014 the committee’s report was published, and we asked Professor Siddiqi to tell us a bit about the process. Read on to learn more about the experience, watch a video featuring about the history of and to see the great snapshots he provided illustrating his time working on the committee.
Following a unique opportunity he had to take a special course at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus last Spring, PhD student Jason McDonald wrote to use to tell us his fascinating work on the history of set building and choreography. The project was such a success that an essay resulting from it was catalogued at the Metropolitan Opera Archive. Read on to hear Jason’s story about the course, his experiences at the Met, and the project that arose from them.
The History Graduate Student Association is pleased to announce the first Academic Professionalization Seminar of the year. All history graduate students are invited to join Dr. Durba Mitra on Monday, September 29, 2014 at 1pm for a Grant Writing Seminar in Dealy 208A. Dr. Mitra will provide an overview of the grant writing process and will lead a discussion on both internal and external fellowship opportunities.
With a world wide audience and a rigorous but efficient peer-review process, the Journal of Medieval History (JMH) is a popular venue for established historians as well as those publishing their research for the first time. It is a mark of the strength and vitality of Fordham’s History Department that consecutive issues of the journal will feature the work of no fewer than five Fordham historians at different stages of their careers. To learn more about these contributions and the people and research behind them, read on! Continue reading →
Thursday, September 25 the History Graduate Student Association (HGSA) will launch their new Research Seminar with a presentation by PhD candidate Lucy Barnhouse entitled “Nuns, Lepers and Archivists: Designing (and Redesigning) a Dissertation”. The presentation will be held at 6 pm in Dealy 202. Read on for details of the talk and the new seminar series.
Ricky Bordelon (FCRH ’15) at the Landesarchiv in Berlin
This summer, thanks to a research grant from the Fordham College Dean’s Office, Ricky Bordelon (FCRH ’15), a double-major in History and Political Science was able to travel to Berlin to do research for his History senior thesis. Ricky wrote to us with some details of his fascinating project and the archives and sites that he visited in Berlin.