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Professor Sue Peabody, Vancouver, lectures this spring and summer

Sue Peabody delivered an invited lecture, “Complicating Freedom: Biographical Investigation of Transnational Migration in the Age of Emancipation,” in May at Stanford University’s Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures Forced Migrations Workshop.

  • The University of Bremen is hosting the conference, “Negotiating Status and Scope of Action—Interrelations between Slavery and Other Forms of Dependency in Early Modern Europe,” sponsored by the European Research Council. Peabody’s invited paper on June 17 will be: “Barriers to Accessing France’s Sol Libre in Early Modern France.”
  • Université Paris Descartes, Sorbonne Paris Cite, Penn State University, and the Institut d’Etudes Avancées de Paris are hosting the conference, “Working the Empire/Travailler l’Empire: Gendered Conversations and Circulations in Imperial History/Conversations genrées et circulations dans l’histoire des empires,” on 19-20 June 2017. Peabody’s invited paper is entitled, ““Enslaved Wet Nurses and Migration from France’s Colonies to the Metropole, 1763-1848.”

In addition to the lectures, Professor Peabody is the organizer of a series of workshops for graduate students on archival research, grants and fellowships, and publishing, sponsored by the French Colonial Historical Society at its annual meeting to be held at the Archives Nationales d’Outre-Mer in Aix-en Provence, June 14-18. Participants include several dozen students from a variety of international universities including Stanford, Columbia, and the Sorbonne.

Roots of Contemporary Issues (RCI) new faculty hires

In Spring 2017, Clif Stratton, Ashley Wright and Jesse Spohnholz constituted a search committee to hire new RCI Teaching Postdocs starting in Fall 2017. Michelle Mann was hired to work on the Pullman campus.

Another similar hire has occurred for the WSU Vancouver campus. Jennifer Schaeffer will be joining the Vancouver campus. Schaeffer has a PhD in History from Emory University (2015) and just finished a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Weisner Center for Emerging Democracies at the University of Michigan. Her book manuscript is Rebels, Martyrs, Heroes: Authoritarianism and Youth Culture in Argentina, 1966–1983. She has also held a Mellon/SSRC Fellowship and served as the Interim Director of Emory University’s Writing Center. She has published on refereed articles and has one more currently under review. Her teaching experience includes courses in world history, Latin American history and Atlantic history. She will teach primarily ROOTS (RCI) classes at the Vancouver campus.

Schaeffer will visit Pullman at the start of the new semester, so she can meet more members of the rest of the department.

Tri-Cities History Liaison hire

Professor Tracey Hanshew was hired for the History Liaison position at WSU Tri-Cities. She received her PhD from Oklahoma State University in 2017 and is currently teaching at the University of Central Oklahoma. Hanshew’s dissertation is titled Cowgirls, Rodeo and Rural Feminism, 1890-1935. She will teach one course per semester in U.S. history on the Tri-Cities campus and will manage the College in the High School Program for the department.

Assoc. of Washington Historians annual meeting April 22

The Association of Washington Historians (AWH) held their annual meeting at Columbia Basin College in Richland, Washington, on April 22, 2017. Dr. Clif Stratton of the Department of History at WSU delivered the invited keynote address “From Stories to Skills: Teaching History in the Age of Automation and Austerity.” The lecture addressed how college historians can better equip their students for a wider variety of information-centered professions by offering sustained and intentional emphasis on building skills through the practice of historical inquiry and research. It took as its example and centerpiece the Roots of Contemporary Issues (RCI) program, now in its fifth year at WSU.

Steve Kale (Department Chair), Jesse Spohnholz (former AWH keynote speaker and director of the RCI program), Sean A. Wempe (RCI faculty member and this year’s AWH president), Theresa Jordan (Clinical Associate Professor), Ken Faunce (Clinical Assistant Professor in the RCI program), and David Bolingbroke (Doctoral Candidate in the Department of History) attended from WSU Pullman.