I recently had an opportunity to contribute to the “First on the Moon” series of events sponsored by Auglaize County Historical Societyand the Armstrong Air and Space Museum that commemorate this year’s 50thanniversary of the moon landing. My discussion at St. Mary’s Community Public Library cautioned that our commemoration of the moon landing must firmly situate this episode in the tumultuous context of 1969. Although the lunar landing garnered immediate international admiration and adulation, its benefits were frustratingly fleeting, as other events at home and abroad continued to diminish America’s international prestige and moral authority. Continue reading
1968 was an explosive year. In Chicago, the Democratic National Convention produced riots, police violence, and vehement protest against the Vietnam War. Student unrest and demonstrations in the United States, Mexico, France, and elsewhere rocked political and educational establishments around the world. A different type of explosion occurred that year in Costa Rica; one that would change the nation’s rural community culture, terrain, and environmental policy. To commemorate the 50 year anniversary of the explosion of Volcan Arenal, last month my spouse, Dr. Lara Martin Lengel, and I visited La Fortuna, a popular destination in the Zona Norte region, and the gateway to Volcan Arenal, the site of the massive 1968 eruption and lava flow. A steep trek up narrow, rocky paths to the top of the lava fields reveals a landscape changed by tons of lava, now cooled into extensive swathes of black, volcanic rock, interspersed here and there with lone orange or white orchids, and patches of ground covered in blue berries. At some points along the lava trail, one also finds magnificent views of Lake Arenal, Costa Rica’s largest body of fresh water. Continue reading
The Department of History at BGSU is delighted to announce that Professor Mary L. Dudziak, a leading U.S. legal historian and the 2017 President of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), will present this fall the 2018 Gary R. Hess Lecture in Policy History on Monday, October 22ndat 4:00pmin the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Room 228.
Professor Dudziak’s lecture, tentatively entitled “The War Powers Pivot: How Congress Lost its Power in Korea,”will derive from the Korean War chapter in her forthcoming book, Going to War: An American History. Under contract with Oxford University Press, the book will present a revisionist account of the decline of political restraints on presidential war power. Her research on the topic has been influenced by Dr. Hess’s book, Presidential Decisions for War.We believe her discussion of the Korean conflict and presidential war powers will be particularly timely.
Professor Dudziak is Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law at Emory University. Her recent and current research lies at the intersection of domestic law and U.S. international affairs, examining war and political accountability in American history. She is the author of War·Time: An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences (Oxford University Press, 2012); and editor of September 11 in History: A Watershed Moment? (Duke University Press, 2003); She founded the Legal History Blog and contributes to Balkinization, a group blog on constitutional law, theory, and politics. .
Many of us have admired Professor Dudziak’s scholarship since the appearance of her earlier work that examined the impact of Cold War foreign affairs on civil rights policy. She is the author of Exporting American Dreams: Thurgood Marshall’s African Journey (Oxford University Press, 2008); Cold War Civil Rights: Race and the Image of American Democracy (Princeton University Press, 2000) (2nd ed. 2011); and co-editor (with Leti Volpp) of Legal Borderlands: Law and the Construction of American Borders, a special issue of American Quarterly(September 2005), reissued by Johns Hopkins University Press in March 2006. Other works on civil rights history and 20th-century constitutional history have appeared in numerous law reviews and other journals.
Prior to joining Emory Law in 2012, she was the Judge Edward J. and Ruey L. Guirado Professor of Law, History and Political Science at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law; she also held joint appointments in USC’s departments of history and political science. Prior to joining USC Law, she was a law clerk for Judge Sam J. Ervin, III, of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and a professor of law and history at the University of Iowa. Prof. Dudziak served as the John Hope Franklin Visiting Professor of American Legal History at Duke Law School and as the William Nelson Cromwell Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. She has also been a Distinguished Visitor at the University of Maryland School of Law.
Professor Dudziak earned JD, MA, MPhil and PhD degrees from Yale University and an AB from the University of California, Berkeley.
Established by Dr. Hess’s former students to recognize his forty-five years of service to the department, BGSU, and the profession, Gary R. Hess Lecture in Policy Historyis an annual distinguished lecture invites a senior scholar in the field of foreign relations or military history to present a public lecture on a topic in their field of expertise.
Past presenters of the Gary R. Hess Lecture in Policy History:
2017 “ The Paradox of Wilsonianism: World War I and American Internationalism”
Lloyd Ambrosius, University of Nebraska
2016 “A Grain of SALT: Arms Control, the Soviet Threat, and the War on the CIA”
Richard Immerman, Temple University
2015 “Mission Accomplished or Mission Failure? The United States and Iraq since 1990”
Peter L. Hahn, Ohio State University
2014 “The Atomic Bombings Reconsidered”
Barton J. Bernstein, Stanford University
2013 “Are Indians Part of Diplomatic History?”
Walter L. Hixson, University of Akron
2011 “Analogies at War: The Use and Misuse of History in Foreign Policy Decision-Making”
George Herring, University of Kentucky
“Toledo’s Great Migrations: Two or Three?” BGSU’s own Dr. Nicole Jackson, Associate Professor of History, posed this question to a diverse audience at Way Public Library in Perrysburg on Wednesday evening, June 27.
The usual story identifies Toledo as part of two great migrations: Migration #1 was the movement of former slaves away from their masters’ homes after the Civil War; Migration #2 was the movement of rural African Americans to urban areas in the north and west between the 1940s and 1970s. Dr. Jackson suggested an additional Migration for Toledo: the movement of fugitive slaves from slave-holding states to Ohio, other northern states and Canada. In this alternate Migration #1, Toledo played a major role, both by creating incipient black communities and by extending the pathway from slavery to freedom for those fleeing bondage in slave-holding states. Black communities established in the Toledo area during the first two migrations attracted those who came in the third migration. Dr. Jackson’s presentation on this aspect of local history drew lively questions and discussion from the audience and provided an excellent example of the way scholars can connect the university and the public.
The Department of History is recruiting a full-time instructor in the field of Ancient History. Please check bgsu.hiretouch.com for the full description. (If the link doesn’t work, please check go to bgsu.hiretouch.com, then search the History Department posting.) It’s a great time to join us: excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, professional development, curriculum innovation, and great colleagues and students. The deadline to apply for the position is June 21.
The Department of History is pleased to announce that Dr. Jackson will be offering a new course in the fall: HIST 3910, “Slave Resistance, Fugitivity and the Underground Railroad.”
The course counts as an elective in the History major and minor, it is cross-listed with Ethnic Studies 3000, and fulfills the upper-division requirement of the Multidisciplinary Core of the College of Arts and Sciences. It will meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 11:30-12:20.
From Dr. Jackson:
There are only a few well known instances of slave rebellion in the United States, and only one successful revolution in the Americas, a fact that slave owners often used to assert that enslaved people were happy with their bondage. But as Harriet Tubman allegedly said, “There were two things I had a right to, liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other.” Enslaved people constantly resisted the dehumanization of their enslavement in any way they could, even if it cost them their lives. This course looks at the history of slavery through the eyes of people who refused to let the institution of slavery rob them of the large and small freedoms all humans crave. We will consider slave narratives, rebellions and representations of slave resistance in popular culture (films, novels, television). The course will also investigate the important role that Ohio, especially northwest Ohio, and Michigan, in particular Detroit, played in the history of the Underground Railroad and free Black communities.
We held our annual Celebration of Excellence in History today. This was a collaborative effort of faculty, staff, Phi Alpha Theta and alums to recognize undergraduate and graduate student achievement with awards and scholarships.
LAWRENCE FRIEDMAN OUTSTANDING GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH AWARD
Established in 1993 in honor of Dr. Lawrence J. Friedman, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of the Department of History. This award is given for outstanding graduate student research. The dissertation/thesis must be nominated in writing by the student’s mentor.
Presented by Dr. Ruth W. Herndon to Michael Horton
OUTSTANDING GRADUATE SEMINAR PAPER
Awarded to a graduate student that submits the best paper from a History class during the 2017 year (Spring, Summer, and Fall 2017 semesters).
Presented by Dr. Michael E. Brooks to Chris Lause
Honorable Mention: Rebekah Brown
OUTSTANDING TEACHING ASSISTANT AWARD
This award is presented to the graduate student recognized as the outstanding teaching assistant in the BGSU Department of History.
Presented by Dr. Kara E. Barr to Kaysie Harrington
OUTSTANDING DEPARTMENTAL CITIZEN AWARD
This award is presented to a graduate student for meritorious contributions to the BGSU Department of History.
Presented by Dr. Rebecca J. Mancuso to Kyle Penzinski
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH EXCELLENCE IN HISTORY AWARD
Presented to an undergraduate student who submits an excellent history research paper based on primary sources. Recipient agrees to present their work in a public forum sponsored by the Department of History.
Presented by Dr. Luke A. Nichter to Austin Kepling: “Thunderclap from a Cloudless Sky: German-Americans in Northwest Ohio during the Great War” Written for Dr. Benjamin Greene’s HIST 4800: 20th Century America (Fall 2017)
JO ENGER ARTHUR SCHOLARSHIP FOR STUDY ABROAD
Created in 2001 by Jo Enger Arthur’s son, Mike Arthur, BGSU class of 1974, in honor of his mother’s interest in history and overseas travel. Jo Arthur studied history at BGSU, where she later met her husband E. Printy Arthur, BGSU class of 1950. This scholarship offers support for study abroad for majors or minors in history, integrated social studies, international studies, or European language. Applicants will normally have completed at least 12 hours of history courses and have a GPA in history of 3.2 or higher.
Presented by Dr. Kara E. Barr to Emily Ambrose
STUART R. AND FLORENCE P. GIVENS SENIOR HISTORY SCHOLARSHIP
Established in 2001 in honor of Dr. Stuart R. Givens, former Chair and Professor Emeritus of the History Department, and University historian, and his wife Florence P. Givens. Dr. Given’s forty-five year career was dedicated primarily to his two loves – teaching and service to the University and to the Bowling Green community. This award is presented to a rising senior majoring in history or integrated social studies with a minimum GPA of 3.2. The student must have a strong record of service to the department, University, or community.
Presented by Dr. Rebecca J. Mancuso to Cooper Clark
THE GROVER AND VIRGINIA PLATT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Established in 1989 in memory of Dr. Grover Platt, former Chair and Professor Emeritus of the Department of History by his wife Dr. Virginia Platt. The scholarship was later changed by the couple’s daughter, Carolyn V. Platt, to honor both parents. Dr. Virginia Platt was a former trustee of the University and served on the History Department faculty. Awarded to an undergraduate student majoring in history. Preference given to students who are the first generation of their family to attend a college or university, and recognizes academic achievement.
Presented by Dr. Nicole M. Jackson to Rebecca Good and Annebell Meddock
JOHN SCHWARZ ESSAY AWARD
Established in honor of John Schwarz, former Chair of the Department of History. This scholarship is awarded to a history major for the best essay completed for a history requirement.
Presented by Dr. Luke A. Nichter to Ernest Valladares III “Disaster in Africa: An Examination of the Combat Development of the United States Army at Kasserine Pass,” written for Dr. Benjamin Greene’s HIST 4800: 20th Century America (Fall 2017)
GENERAL NILES J. FULWYLER HISTORY SCHOLARSHIP
Established for the purpose of providing scholarships to History students and to honor the memory of Dr. Virginia Platt. General Fulwyler received the BGSU Distinguished Alumni Award in 1984. Dr. Virginia Platt was a former trustee of the University and served on the History Department faculty.
Presented by Dr. Apollos Okwuchi Nwauwa to Rebecca Good and Jacob Money
MARY ELLEN KEIL SCHOLARSHIP
Established by Mary Ellen Keil, a graduate of BGSU. Keil was a school teacher and later served as a Captain in the USAFR during WWII. This scholarship is granted to a student who has declared an interest in pursuing studies in history. Preference is given to females, native Ohioans, and for scholastic achievement. All eligible candidates are automatically referred to the department by the enrolling office. There is no application for the scholarship.
Presented by Dr. Amílcar E. Challú to Renee Altaffer; Debi Kaur; Moira Armstrong; Annabelle Meddock; Kelly Beavers; Anne Mier; Aislinn Bill; Sarah Miller; Chloe Bortz; Megan Miner; Rebecca Good; Kaitlin Osborne; Alannah Graves; Kinzey Schreiber; Haley Hoffman; Olivia Vandevender; Taylor Holtman; Brooke Weirick; Victoria Kahrs; Mary Wires; Alexis Karolin.
OUTSTANDING SENIOR IN HISTORY AWARD
Presented to a senior history major for service to the Department and fellow majors combined with demonstrated academic excellence.
Presented by Dr. Rebecca J. Mancuso to Jake Householder
Special recognition for an exemplary role in leading the History Society, assistance with the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, social media, Preview and Presidents’ Day or other History Department activities and events.
Presented by Dr. Nicole M. Jackson to Dominique Seo
On Tuesday, April 3, 2018, BGSU History Department Professor Walter Grunden visited the prestigious Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing to present an invited guest lecture at the Institute for the History of Natural Sciences. The lecture, entitled, “The Left Behind: Travel Restrictions, Science Policy, and the Cold War in Occupied Japan,” examined how United States occupation officials used visas for international travel from 1945 to 1952 as both a carrot and stick to influence the political behavior of Japanese scientists, which ultimately resulted in the isolation of a select group who were deemed to have been communists, socialists, or “fellow travelers.” Grunden’s host, Professor Zaiqing Fang, noted that this is an aspect of postwar Japanese history about which Chinese academics know too little. The essay upon which the lecture was based has been accepted for publication in the Journal of American-East Asian Relations.
Grunden’s visit to Beijing marks the halfway point in a six-month long journey in Asia, which so far has taken him to South Korea, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and several destinations in China. “I am trying to get the most out of my spring sabbatical not only by conducting research for my primary project, but also by visiting important historical sites, such as the Great Wall, and pursuing side interests, such as experiencing national history museums, as well as exploring numerous temples to examine up close the many forms of Buddhist iconography that can be found throughout East and Southeast Asia. I’m really looking forward to sharing these experiences with my students when I return to Bowling Green,” Grunden said. Grunden also remarked that the trip has had some particularly memorable moments. “One day last week as we exited a museum, we found that all the traffic in our part of the city had come to a complete stop. There was an incredible security presence with both police and uniformed military officers lining the streets. Suddenly, on the overpass ahead, there arrived a number of police and military vehicles followed by series of luxury sedans speeding by. Only the next day did we learn that we had encountered Kim Jong-Un’s motorcade on its way to downtown Beijing.”
The next stop for Grunden will be Japan, where he will continue his research on science policy during the years of the US
occupation. Grunden has been awarded a grant from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science to collaborate on this project with Professor Kenji Ito at the Graduate University for Advanced Studies (SOKENDAI) in Hayama, Japan.
Photo 1: Grunden (center) and Professor Zaiqing Fang (left) pose for a photo with faculty and graduate students of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the University of the Chinese Academy of Science’s College of Humanities & Social Sciences
Photo 2: Promotional poster for Grunden’s lecture, “The Left Behind”
Photo 3: Grunden and his wife, Han Li, on the Great Wall at Juyongguan north of Beijing
BGSU History students, faculty, and alumni formed a lively presence at the Ohio Academy of History’s recent conference at the University of Dayton on March 23-24, 2018. Their participation showed that History Falcons foster a valuable network within the state and help maintain the profession of teaching, researching, and writing History.
Rebekah A. S. Brown, a first-year History M.A. student at BGSU, presented her paper, “The Ohio Company, Medical Practice, and Westward Expansion, 1786-1794,” in a session on “Medicine, Society and Images of America in late 18th and early 19th Centuries.” It is noteworthy that her work was accepted for presentation while she is still in her first year of our graduate program.
Don C. Eberle (BGSU Ph.D., 2013) presented his paper, “‘Our Airmen Were Hoping to Raid Cologne Every Night Week After Next’: Harry ‘Bud’ Fisher, an American Censor in the British Army during the First World War,” in a session on “The American Experience in the First World War.” Dr. Eberle now teaches at Northwest State Community College in Archbold.
Chris Blubaugh (BGSU M.A., 2013) and Dustin McLochlin (BGSU Ph.D., 2014) presented papers in a panel on “19th Century Presidents: New Perspectives.” Mr. Blubaugh, now teaching at Ohio Dominican University, presented a paper on “Protecting Lincoln: Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to the Nation’s Capital.” Dr. McLochlin, now Curator at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums, presented a paper on “Complicated Narratives: Rutherford B. Hayes.” Chair and commentator Dr. Kevin Kern (BGSU Ph.D., 1997) moderated a lively discussion among those who attended the session. Dr. Kern is Associate Professor at the University of Akron, author of Ohio: A History of the Buckeye State (2013), co-founder and editor of the Northeast Ohio Journal of History, and Secretary-Treasurer of the Ohio Academy of History.
During the conference award ceremony, Dr. Ruth Herndon, Professor of History at BGSU and chair of the Ohio Academy’s Junior Faculty Research Grant Award Committee, presented the dual award to BGSU faculty colleague Dr. Nicole Jackson and to Dr. Tom Weyant, who teaches at the University of Akron. Dr. Jackson’s award-winning book project is “Colonization in Reverse: Black British Family Activism in ‘Post’-Imperial England,” a study of Black British immigrants from the British Caribbean to London and other locales from the 1960s to the 1980s.
Also during the conference award ceremony, Dr. Dwayne Beggs (BGSU Ph.D, 2010) presented the Academy’s Teaching Award to Dr. Mitchell Lerner, Professor of History at Ohio State University. This was most appropriate, as Dr. Beggs, now Assistant Professor at Lourdes University, himself won the outstanding graduate teaching award from the History Department in 2010.
BGSU History students, faculty, and alumni thoroughly enjoyed seeing each other at the Ohio Academy’s conference. They renewed professional ties, exchanged news about their teaching and scholarship, and encouraged each other in their shared work of practicing history around the state.
Get to know our new Senior Secretary, Nicki Lee Reimer, with this brief introduction of her via interview questions!
Q. How long have you been at BGSU? What brought you here?
I have been at BGSU since June 2014 when I took a part-time position as a secretary at the Speech and Hearing Clinic. The part-time hours fit well with my family’s busy schedule back then. More recently, I worked at the Falcon Team Store in the Stroh Center, but still on a part-time basis. My kids are both in high school now, so I was ready to make the move to full-time when this position became available.
Q. What do you do in your free time? What are some of your hobbies/interests?
I *love* attending my kids’ sporting events. I’ve spent many an hour watching football, wrestling, and gymnastics – and I can’t think of any better way to spend my free time! I am also a part-time fitness instructor, so a lot of my remaining free time is consumed with designing and practicing fitness classes. Currently, I teach barre, cycle, and kickboxing classes. I also run sometimes, and recently I developed an infatuation with kayaking. I adore anything that takes me outside in the sunshine, bonus if it has to do with water and/or the woods.
Q. Are you a history nerd? Do you like history?
History… a little… nerd… definitely. If quoting old movies counts as being a history nerd, then I nailed it. The cheesier the movie, the better!! But in all seriousness, I do enjoy history quite a lot. No particular time period or events per se, my interests run the gamut. That’s part of why I was excited to be offered this position with the department. I have a general fascination with the past; I think we can learn a great deal from it.
Q. Who is your favorite President? Why?
If I had to pick (which she had to, because that is the point of the interview), I suppose Abraham Lincoln or Theodore Roosevelt. Lincoln because of the personal tragedies that he had to endure and overcome during his presidency. While dealing with a nation trying to tear itself apart, he dealt with losing more family members than any one person should. And yet, he persevered. That says a lot about his strength of character. Roosevelt is a candidate for multiple reasons, but mostly because I believe in the preservation of land and am grateful for his dedication to the national parks. Among the great contributions he made to our country, the national park system is an amazing national treasure (see above comments regarding sunshine, water and/or the woods).
Q. Do you collect anything?
I’m always walking into things – do bruises count?
Q. What times can students expect to see you in your office?
For the most part, they can find me in the office between 8am and 5pm M-F.