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Q&A with Lenny Ballesteros

When he's not out patrolling College Hill, Brown University Public Safety Officer Leonard "Lenny" Ballesteros can be found taking notes in class. As an enrolled student in HIST 1501: The American Revolution, Ballesteros has learned how to successfully balance his role as an officer and dedicated pupil.
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As part of an enduring scholarly focus, Nancy Jacobs celebrates the exceptional characteristics of the grey parrot and examines complex ties between trade of the species and historical eras including the transatlantic slave trade.
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Alumni Spotlight: Madeleine Rosenberg '10

Madeleine Rosenberg '10 is the Pomeroy Foundation Semiquincentennial Manager at the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH). In this spotlight, she shares details about her personal career trajectory and offers advice to students interested in pursuing a career connected to their history degree.
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JCB Staff Spotlight: Meet Katherine Goldman!

In her new role as Communications Manager at the John Carter Brown Library, Katherine Goldman looks forward to enhancing library outreach and engagement as well as continuing her work with JCB Director and Professor of History Karin Wulf.
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Fulbright Spotlight: Phoebe Labat

Last spring, Ph.D. Candidate Phoebe Labat received a Fulbright Award for France 2023-2024. Since her arrival in October, she has been working on a dissertation around natural disasters in the French Atlantic world. In this spotlight, Phoebe offers an update on her research, travels, and what she's looking forward to for the remainder of her Fulbright experience.
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Department Gathers in Memory of Natalie Zemon Davis

On Thursday, November 2nd, members of the history department gathered in the Chair’s Office to honor the life and work of renowned historian of the early modern world and marginalized people, Natalie Zemon Davis.
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“Making” as a Means for Learning

On Wednesday, October 18, students in Professor Seth Rockman's first-year seminar "A Textile History of Atlantic Slavery” undertook an experiential research project with wax-resist fabric dyeing.
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William G. McLoughlin Terrace Dedication

On Thursday, October 12th the Department of History was joined by the family of William G. McLoughlin, a professor in history from 1958-1992, for a dedication ceremony in his honor.
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Graduate Student Spotlight: Ebru Erginbas

In this spotlight interview, the Department of History caught up with Ph.D. Candidate Ebru Erginbas to learn more about her dissertation research in the U.S. and Europe and paper presentations on hydrotherapy.
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Meet the 2023-24 First-Year Graduate Cohort

The Department of History is thrilled to welcome a new graduate cohort to Brown! Get acquainted with each new member and learn more about their research interests.
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Connecting with Community Through Education: An Interview with Dr. Kerry Dunne

In mid-July, the Choices Program, affiliated with the Department of History, hosted a Summer Institute for K-12 educators from across the U.S. called "American Soldiers in American Wars: History and Memory." In this interview, Dr. Kerry Dunne, History and Social Studies Department Head at Lexington High School in Massachusetts, discusses her experience as a participant in the Institute.
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Alumni Spotlight: Selina Mills B.A. '93

Imagine living without sight. In this alumni spotlight, Selina (St Clair) Mills B.A. '93 tells the personal story of how her education at Brown fostered her ability, and desire, to report on the history of blindness.
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Celebrating Howard Chudacoff's 53 Years at Brown

On Saturday, April 29th, friends, family, and colleagues of Professor Howard P. Chudacoff gathered at Brown’s Faculty Club in Providence, RI to celebrate his retirement after 53 years of teaching.
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'Transformative' Class Trip to John Hay Library's Special Collections

On April 19th, HIST 0286 A: History of Medicine I: Medical Traditions in the Old World Before 1700, taught by Professor Harold J. Cook, visited the special collections at John Hay Library. The archive contains more than 3,000,000 items, over half the library’s total resources.
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The Choices Program, affiliated with the Department of History, will be hosting a one-week Institute for K-12 educators taking place in summer 2023 called "American Soldiers in American Wars: History and Memory."
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Graduate Student Spotlight: René Cordero

René Cordero was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic but raised in the heart of Spanish Harlem. His research chronicles the unexplored history of the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD) in the Dominican Republic and how it offers exciting analytical and empirical terrain to scholarship on Afro-Latin American studies.
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Linford Fisher recently co-authored a paper published by Slavery & Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies titled, "The Persistence of Indigenous Unfreedom in Early American Newspaper Advertisements, 1704–1804."
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Phoebe Labat Awarded 2023-24 Fulbright

Phoebe Labat is a 3rd-year Ph.D. Candidate currently working on a dissertation around natural disasters in the French Atlantic world. She recently received a Fulbright Award for France 2023-2024. In this spotlight, Phoebe delves into what she looks forward to gaining from the experience.
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New Book by Françoise N. Hamlin: "The Struggle of Struggles"

Congratulations to Françoise N. Hamlin on the publication of "The Struggle of Struggles" — a new edition of an autobiography chronicling the everyday conflicts, losses, and triumphs of the civil rights struggle.
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New Book by Omer Bartov: "The Butterfly and the Axe"

Omer Bartov, Samuel Pisar Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, discusses his new novel, "The Butterfly and the Axe," which was inspired by his own tragic family history.
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Student Spotlight: Amienne Spencer-Blume '23

Over the course of Summer 2022, Amienne Spencer-Blume '23, an International and Public Affairs Concentrator, conducted research for Omer Bartov's upcoming publication "Remaking the Past: Israel, Palestine, a Personal Political History." In this spotlight, she discusses her experience and what she learned from documenting stories of the past.
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‘Stolen Relations’ Spotlight: Zoe Zimmermann ’22.5

Zoe Zimmermann '22.5, a History and Early Modern World concentrator, began working with Professor Linford Fisher the summer after her second year at Brown.
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Stolen Relations Awarded NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grant

Brown University researchers have been approved for a $350,000 National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Advancement Grant to support Stolen Relations: Recovering Stories of Indigenous Enslavement in the Americas.
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Sabbatical Review: Professor Michael Steinberg

Professor Michael Steinberg, Barnaby Conrad and Mary Critchfield Keeney Professor of History, spent two months of the 2020 Fall Semester as a returning fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Institute for Advanced Study Berlin), despite the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and the displacement of most of its seminars to Zoom.
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Meet TESS! The Environmental Storytelling Studio is a new initiative to help scholars, postdocs, faculty, and graduate students in the environmental sciences, social sciences, and humanities who want to marry scholarship with literary storytelling to engage a broad audience for their work. Brown history professor Bathsheba Demuth is working with book critic and author Kerri Arsenault to launch the course in 2023.
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Student Spotlight: Rita Slaoui '23.5

Rita Slaoui '23.5 is double concentrating in History and Middle East Studies. She was recently named the 2022-2023 Undergraduate Fellow for the Center for Middle East Studies. In this student spotlight, she delves into her academic journey at Brown.
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Research Spotlight: Akshaan Parikh '22

In the winter of 2021, Akshaan Parikh '22, a history and computer science concentrator, traveled to Mumbai to conduct archival research for his thesis on the bubonic plague epidemic. In this archival research spotlight, he tells the Department of History about his time at the Maharashtra State Archives.
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Choices Staff Spotlight: Kevin Hoskins, Curriculum Developer

The Department of History caught up with Kevin Hoskins, Curriculum Developer for the Choices Program at Brown University. Kevin earned a PhD in History at Brown in 2012 and previously taught at UMass Boston before joining the Choices team. Continuing reading for more
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Diversifying Historical Epistemologies: New Directions Lecture Series

The New Direction Lecture Series foregrounds the relationship between histories of systemic racism and knowledge formation; the recognition that some groups of people have not only been excluded from institutions of higher education, but that disciplinary knowledge formations have often provided the institutional mechanisms and intellectual justifications for those acts of exclusion.
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Fulbright Spotlight: Sarah Christensen, PhD Student

Congratulations to Sarah Christensen who was recently awarded a Fulbright! Sarah is a 3rd-year PhD student working on a dissertation on female captivity/slavery between the North Atlantic and the Middle East in the early middle ages. In this spotlight interview she explains how the grant will impact her future research.
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Fulbright Spotlight: Devon Newhouse, PhD Student

Congratulations to PhD student Devon Newhouse who was recently awarded a Fulbright! Devon's research interests include 20th century India, migration, gender. In this spotlight interview she explains how the grant will impact her future research.
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