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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.”

Professor Sue Peabody: Migration Rights from the French Colonies towards Mainland France in the Age of Slavery

sue-peabody-archives-reunion_352x336Professor Sue Peabody will deliver an invited paper, “S’affranchir ou s’enraciner : le droit de la migration depuis les colonies françaises vers la métropole à l’époque de l’esclavage [Emancipation or Integration?: Migration Rights from the French Colonies towards Mainland France in the Age of Slavery]” for an international interdisciplinary colloquium, “Archeology of Migrations,” sponsored by the Institut national de recherches archéologiques preventives (National Institute for Archeological Preservation Research), at the Musée de l’Immigration in Paris on Friday, November 13, 2015.

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