In Slate’s review of Harriet, the first feature-length film and biopic of Harriet Tubman, Professor Manisha Sinha weighed in on what is fact and what is fiction in the film, specifically regarding black slave catchers and the abolitionist underground. To read the article, click here.
On October 31, Associate Professor and Department Head Mark Healey was interviewed by Historias, the official podcast for the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies (SECOLAS). Listed as Episode 64 and titled “Mark Healey and Ernesto Semán on Argentina’s presidential election,” the participants discussed the evolution of Argentina political culture and the emergence of today’s radicalized center-right political movement. To listen, click here.
On September 23rd, Professor Alexis Dudden published an op-ed, titled “America’s Secret History in East Asia,” in the New York Times. The article explores the history behind the history of the trade disputes between South Korean and Japanese officials and places blame in the hands of U.S. diplomats. Professor Dudden writes: “Neither South Korean nor Japanese officials point a finger at the United States for their dispute, and yet they should…the historical moment they are fighting about, more than a half-century later, was fundamentally shaped by America’s involvement. Even as it claimed to help resolve Japan’s and South Korea’s longstanding grievances with the 1965 treaty, Washington used one ally over the other out of expedience, to advance its own interests.”
To read more about the ongoing trade dispute and Washington’s past involvement, click here.
On Saturday, September 21st, Professor Manisha Sinha contributed a Saturday Essay to the Wall Street Journal titled “The Long History of American Slavery Reparations”. The article considers “the bitter legacy of bondage and racial oppression [that] has sparked demands for compensation”. To read online, please click here.
This week’s episode of UConn 360 features state historian and Professor Walter Woodward, as well as Professor Altina Waller. While Professor Woodward provides fascinating facts about Connecticut’s history, Professor Waller discusses the Hatfield-McCoy feud, which served as the subject of her third book. To listen to the podcast, click here. To read more about Professor Waller’s book, “Feud: Hatfields, McCoys and Social Change in Appalachia, 1860-1900,” click here.
Ph.D. candidate Nathan Braccio was named an Omohundro Institute–Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation fellow, which enabled Braccio to conduct research over the summer in Williamsburg and Jamestown. While Braccio’s dissertation, “Parallel Landscapes: Algonquian and English Spatial Epistemologies 1500-1700,” focuses on how New England colonists and Algonquians described and learned about their landscape before 1700, his fellowship enabled him to broaden his research to include the culture of professional surveying and mapmaking among early colonists.
Braccio shared his fellowship experience and details relating to his fascinating research on OI’s “Uncommon Sense” blog. A link to his post can be found here.
This past week it was announced that Manisha Sinha, the UConn History Department’s James L. and Shirley A. Draper Chair in American History, is a recipient of a 2019-2020 fellowship from Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
With an acceptance rate of 3.7 percent and an applicant pool of more than 1,000 distinguished academics, it is a well-earned honor for Professor Sinha to serve as one of the fellows. Specifically, her research on “the limits and possibilities of progressive constitutionalism through study of gender and race issues that arose during Reconstruction” will contribute to the Institute’s 19th Amendment Project associated with Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America.
For more information, please see the Institute’s fellowship announcement listed here.
The Department is extremely pleased to announce that Dr. Hilary Bogert-Winkler has accepted the position of Director of Pastoral Studies at Montreal Diocesan Theological College, an Anglican institution affiliated with McGill University.
Bogert-Winkler recently defended her dissertation, titled “Prayerful Protest and Clandestine Conformity: Alternative Liturgies and the Book of Common Prayer in Interregnum England,” in April 2019. In addition to studying liturgy and church history at UConn, Rev. Bogert-Winkler also has served in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts. Bogert-Winkler is “thrilled” to be joining Dio and states that “In learning more about the college, I have been so impressed with the creativity, excitement, and passion for the Gospel I see. The church is being challenged to find new ways to train all its members to be ministers of the Gospel, and I look forward to joining in that work in Montreal.”
The History Department is pleased to share that Professors Nu-Anh Tran and Emma Amador are two of the recipients of the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute’s (UCHI) 2019-2020 Faculty Fellowship Awards. The UCHI Fellowship provides scholars with the year-long opportunity to research, write, and collaborate on work “that extends and celebrates humanities scholarship.”
Nu-Anh Tran is an Assistant Professor of History who specializes in Vietnamese history, Southeast Asian history, and nationalism. Emma Amador is an Assistant Professor of History and Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies with a joint appointment between the History Department and El Instituto.
Our Department is extremely happy and proud to announce that Dr. Amii Omara-Otunnu, Associate Professor of African History, will be receiving one of South Africa’s highest honors for his contributions in the fight against apartheid. On April 25th, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will present Professor Omara-Otunnu with the Silver Order of the Companions of OR Tambo, one of the National Orders, which the government describes as “the highest awards that South Africa bestows on citizens and members of the international community who have contributed meaningfully towards making the country a free, democratic and successful nation, united in its diversity.”
Professor Omara-Otunnu told the Black Star News, “I’ve been immensely humbled. Especially by the fact that the honor is bestowed by a national government in the continent that respects democracy, the rule of law and human rights,” and that, “The award indicates that the leadership in South Africa is conscious of the fact that Pan African solidarity in particular and international solidarity in general contributed substantially to both the success of the struggle against apartheid and progressive developments in post-apartheid South Africa.”