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Yvonne Berliner – Mexican Feminism in the Twentieth Century

Yvonne BerlinerYvonne Berliner, the department’s Latin American History instructor, will present a paper on ‘Mexican Feminism in the Twentieth Century’ at a Colloquium on Mexico to be held at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA. February 9-11, 2016.

Berliner will trace the struggle for political rights for women in Mexico, culminating in the right to vote in 1953. In addition, the presentation will include the bridging of class differences among women, as the fight for political rights began as a middle class initiative and only became more inclusive in the 1970s. In the last decades of the 20th century, feminism with popular and indigenous roots joined in advocating for gender and class equality. Industrial workers, employees, agricultural workers and indigenous community groups from poor urban sectors have become part of a wider movement for gender equality in Mexico.

In 2015 Berliner co-authored a book on the Mexican Revolution and a chapter on Feminism in the Americas for another book, with special emphasis on Mexico.

Jesse Spohnholz: New book accepted for publication

Jesse SpohnholzJesse Spohnholz’s new book, The Convent of Wesel: The Event that Never Was and the Invention of Tradition, has been accepted for publication with Cambridge University Press, and his co-edited volume Archaeologies of Confession: Writing Histories of Religion in Germany, 1517-2017 has been accepted for publication with Berghahn Press. Both books will be available within the year.

Lawrence Hatter: Oregon standoff

A long-running dispute over land use in Oregon escalated into the armed occupation of the federal Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by a “militia” led by the rancher Ammon Bundy on Jan. 2. Bundy and his followers dispute the constitutional right of the U.S. government to manage public lands in Oregon, which was also the cause of a standoff between Ammon’s father, Cliven, and federal officials in southern Nevada in 2014.

Read the rest of the opinion piece published in Portland’s The Oregonian:
Oregon standoff: Bundy-style land management has been tried and rejected (OPINION)

Clif Stratton: Teaching The Past Through the Lens of the Present

“This is not a course on the state of the contemporary world,” I tell my students on day one in Roots of Contemporary Issues (RCI), a 100-level, one-semester course required of all students entering Washington State University. The course topic may not be the contemporary world, but it pushes students to understand specific events and processes unfolding all around them by encouraging close examination of the historical origins of change and cultivating intellectual skills useful to a range of disciplines and career pursuits.

Read more of Clif Stratton’s blog post at Process: A Blog for American History, “Teaching The Past Through the Lens of the Present.”



Professor Karoline “Kaja” Cook: Multiple Announcements and Exciting News

Karoline Kaja CookOn October 23, she presented a paper entitled “Constructing ‘Spanishness’ through Empire: Representations of Muslims and Moriscos in Colonial Histories” at the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference in Vancouver, BC.

Her article, “De los Prohibidos: Muslims and Moriscos in Colonial Spanish America,” was published in Crescent Over Another Horizon: Islam in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latino U.S.A., edited by María del Mar Logroño Narbona, Paulo Gabriel Hilu da Rocha Pinto, and John Tofik Karam (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2015): 25-45.

And last but not least her book, Forbidden Passages: Muslims and Moriscos in Colonial Spanish America (University of Pennsylvania Press) is scheduled to appear in May 2016. It is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

Professor Jennifer Thigpen: 2015 Donald J. Sterling, Jr., Senior Research Fellowship

Jennifer ThigpenProfessor Jennifer Thigpen has been awarded the 2015 Donald J. Sterling, Jr., Senior Research Fellowship, which will support four weeks of research in the collections of the Oregon Historical Society Research Library. Professor Thigpen is currently conducting research for her next book length project, “Going Out to the World: The American Foreign Mission Movement in the Global West.”

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