"History will be kind to me for I intend to write it."
-Winston Churchill

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Writing Workshop Notes

Did you miss the writing workshops held this month? The notes for these beneficial workshops are now available under 2013 writing workshop notes. A huge thank you to Tim Moran for taking the notes.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Congratulations to Miriam Borenstein!

Congratulations to Miriam Borenstein for winning an essay contest through the Cohn-Haddow Center for her paper on Israeli Masculinity. The Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies was created in 1988 as a joint venture between WSU and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit/United Jewish Foundation.  
The center is still one of metro Detroit’s best resources for Jewish scholarship, continuing to sponsor and provide lectures, symposia and cultural events. Cohn-Haddow’s involvement throughout metro Detroit helps make Wayne State of the nation’s leaders in university-community relations.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Congrats to Beth Fowler for winning the Garrett Heberlein Award!

Congratulations to Beth Fowler for wining the 2013 Heberlein Award for Excellence in Teaching! The award, established by contributions from the former Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, Gary Heberlein, recognize Wayne State graduate students for demonstrating instructional excellence. The Awards are designed in part to elevate the attention given to teaching as part of graduate education and the preparation of graduate students to serve as college and university faculty. The Awards include an honorarium and a citation that will be presented at the Academic Recognition Ceremony.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

David Hopkins's AHA Meeting Experience

This year’s American Historical Association’s (AHA) annual meeting was help in the great city of New Orleans.  It was my 5th trip to the AHA meeting and, as usual, it did not disappoint.  Unlike smaller, more field-specific conferences, the AHA is quite large in terms of topical scope and attendance.   Considering the size of the meeting, the AHA manages to do a great job every year.   This year saw the debut of an AHA Meeting app – which made getting to the different panels very easy (it allowed you to add panels to your calendar as well as hotel floor plans and local maps).  The meetings (at least in my experience) are always very well organized and the staff on hand (usually fellow grad students) are always willing to help.

For me, at least this year, the wide variety of historical topics and themes limited the number of discussion panels in my research area (the Civil War and Reconstruction) and the few that they did have that were of interest to me were scheduled at the same time.  Panels usually run from about 8:30/9 a.m. until the late afternoon.  The few panels that I did attend were outstanding, including a panel that discussed the teaching of slavery and a panel on African Americans, racial violence, and collective memory (chaired by my advisor Kidada Williams).  I took advantage of my downtime at the meeting by going on a Reconstruction walking tour of New Orleans led by Jim Hogue of the University of North Carolina – a leading scholar of Reconstruction history in the city.  These tours are very cheap (I think I paid $12), a great way to see a new city, and meet other scholars in the same field.  The panels and tours are a great way to see what other scholars are doing and it is a means to remain inspired with your own work.

The fun and excitement of enjoying the nightlife in New Orleans (the French Quarter in particular) is a great way to wind down the night.  I took advantage of going to little, out of the way restaurants and bars to relax before retreating back to my hotel room.  I also took advantage of getting to know fellow grad students from Wayne State by meeting up with Jerry Sloan for a night out in the French Quarter.  Jerry and I met up for some food as well as a few drinks at the oldest bar in North America - Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar (named for the famed New Orleans pirate, Jean Lafitte).  A good time was had by all!

While I did not present at the conference this year (or interview for any jobs), the AHA annual meeting is still a great way to meet other scholars and see the local sites.  It is also a good way to get inspired for your own research (or remain inspired!).  Many of the people I talked to at the meeting had nothing but nice things to say about Wayne State and I look forward to going to the next one.--David Hopkins

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Congratulations to PhD candidate Beth Fowler!

Congratulations to PhD candidate Beth Fowler!  Beth won a 2013 Humanities Center Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship to help complete the writing of her dissertation. Candidates from across the University competed for these awards, provided by the Humanities Center in collaboration with the Graduate School.  The fellowships provide support for students in the final stages of writing their dissertations.