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September 2015

Bassam M. Khawaja ’11, has been named a Sandler Fellow at Human Rights Watch. He will work in the Children’s Rights division there documenting the denial of education to children seeking refuge from the civil war in Syria. Read more here:

April 2015

 Linda SturtzProfessor Linda Sturtz joined the history faculty this fall. She will serve as department chair.

Professor Sturtz’s work examines the history of early North America and the British Caribbean within an Atlantic world context.  She has taught courses on the early modern Atlantic world, music as history and public history. Prior to coming to Macalester, she taught at Beloit College and in the Associated Colleges of the Midwest Newberry Library Program. She once worked as a Park Ranger at Colonial National Historical Park. Her first book, Within Her Power: Propertied Women in Colonial Virginia (Routledge, 2002) took a longue-durée approach to understanding the ways that law and transatlantic trade shaped the opportunities of women. Her current research focuses on the ways that African-Caribbean women sought to cultivate an expressive culture within a slave society and into how their tactics adapted to new forms of social control in the aftermath of abolition.

We are very pleased to welcome her.

Professor Jamie Monson's book, Africa's Freedom Railway: How a Chinese Development Project Changed Lives and Livelihoods in Tanzania is now available in Chinese. The book, originally published in English in 2009, has been painstakingly translated into Chinese with assistance from Macalester student research assistants: Haotian ( Max ) Wang, Jingjing Yang, Jingyuan Qian, Mengdie Wang, Yezi ( Zora ) Yang, Yuzhu (Quinnie) Xiang, and Carleton College student Da ( Derek ) Shang.  The book follows the TAZARA (Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority), or Freedom Railway, built with help from China, from design and construction to its daily use as a vital means for moving villagers and goods. The railway runs from Dar es Salaam on the Tanzanian coast to the Copperbelt region of Zambia. The book tells a story of how transnational interests contributed to environmental change, population movements, and the rise of local and regional enterprise. It can be ordered at this site. Or find the original in English here.

May 2014

2001 history major, Annie Silverstein, won the Cinefondation best student short film prize at Cannes.

Professor Jerry Fisher has passed away. This notice was published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on May 18, 2014:
Fisher, Jerry K. Beloved Macalester College professor and internationally recognized cross-cultural educator, passed away peacefully on May 8. Survived by his wife, Aiko; son, Andy; daughter, Cindy Wilson (Bert); 3 granddaughters, Kylie, Sarah and Naomi, and sister, Peggy. Born in Ashland, WI in 1937, and preceded in death by parents, Robert Warren Fisher and Lois (Carroll) Fisher of Beloit, WI, and brothers, Robert and Donald. Memorial service to be held at Macalester College’s Weyerhaeuser Chapel, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, on Sunday, June 22 at 2:00 PM.
A notice also appeared in the May MacWire and the Macalester Daily Piper. View that notice by clicking here.

Professor Jamie Monson, appears in a televised news item created by the New York-based crew of the Chinese Xinhua News Agency.  Monson's research on the history of the TAZARA railway, built with Chinese development aid in Tanzania and Zambia in the 1960s and 1970s, is featured in stories about Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's visit to Africa and launching new railway projects.
You can view the stories which incorporate footage from Monson's own video project, which she is working on with the assistance of filmmaker Ru Sheng, by clicking here and view a second video by clicking here.

March 2014

Professor Jamie Monson, and students Mendie Wang, Zora Yang, Yuzhi Xiang, Jingjing Yang, and Christopher Schommer will present at noon on April 14 in the Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching. They will show the database they created and demonstrate SCALAR. SCALAR is a digital humanities program that they are using to create an interactive web-based presentation of their summer research in China.  The database is an online archive of documents, visual objects and other materials that they are using to develop their project. 

Cat Jacquet
, History will present “Teaching Transgender History: Challenges and Surprises."  Jacquet will discuss her experiences teaching courses on transgender history for two semesters at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and now for the third time at Macalester. Teaching these courses has been a labor of love, yet it has also presented her with challenges unique to teaching about sexual and gendered minorities. Jacquet will reflect on the challenges and surprises that have presented themselves along the way she’s had to rethink her own basic assumptions and naïve expectations. 12:00 PM  - 1:00 PM, Friday Apr 4, 2014, Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching (Room 338), DeWitt Wallace Library. All faculty are welcome.  Lunch will be provided.

Alumna Jemma Brown '11 has been hired as Associate Producer of Video & Social Media at The Moth. 

Professor Chris Wells gave the annual public lecture for the history department at St. Thomas University. His lecture was, “Nightmare or Love Affair?: The History of Car Dependence in the United States” on Tuesday, March 4 at 7 pm in the O'Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium. Event Poster PDF

History grad Olivia Belote ’11 provided a little focus for a Minneapolis Star Tribune weather photo on February 21. See the story in pictures that developed on that snowy day.

"The Weather is Fine" story that appears on Macalester's March home page features history major Ross Bronfenbrenner '14. The story links to his blog about our (not so rotten) weather.