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”.
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
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
Readers 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!
While 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!