A bustling American city's emergence as a cultural center for an archetypal European art form has drawn the research interest of a dance professor and a Hackman Scholar at Franklin & Marshall College. Philadelphia embraced ballet in the early 1800s, drawing famous European dancers and introducing America's best performers. "We're examining just how much ballet was occurring, and the level of influence it had culturally in Philadelphia at that time," said junior Emily Hawk, a double major in dance and history. These decades, when dance was being forged in American culture, are a focus of research by Lynn Brooks, Arthur and Katherine Shadek Professor of Humanities and Dance and the Brooks College House Don. Click here to read the story. (Photo by Melissa Hess)
Work on a paper about the religious origins of the English Civil War sent F&M History major Danny Pellegrino '16 to conduct research this spring at Chichester University in the United Kingdom, part of an exchange program between the two institutions. Then, in June, two Chichester students, Charlotte Petrie (left) and Sophie O'Reilly, came to F&M to research American history topics. This was the third time Chichester students visited F&M, but only the first time that institution hosted a student from F&M. The program was organized by Professor of History Maria Mitchell, and Professor of History and American Studies Louise Stevenson advised the Chichester students on their research while they were at F&M. Click here to read the story. (Photo by Melissa Hess)
Franklin & Marshall College Assistant Professor of History Laura Shelton is collaborating with two student Hackman Scholars, Cesar Diego '16 and Morgan Gray '16, on the cause behind an unusual number of infanticide cases in 19th century Mexico. Diego is a computer science major and Gray is a double major in history and Spanish. The project merges computer science and history, reflecting how technology today is making more and more historical records available via the Internet. Click here to read the story. (Photo by Melissa Hess)
History Professor Hoda Yousef (Ph.D., Georgetown, 2011), and Kyle Wengerter '12, who majored in History at F&M and is finishing a Masters in the Arts of Teaching Social Studies at Rutgers-Newark, led a Graduate School Workshop at F&M on April 1. The workshop was hosted by the History Department but open to all students interested in going to graduate school. The following questions were addressed, and participants were encouraged to ask others as well:
Trey Williams '14, a history and government double major, was awarded a Nissley Grant through F&M for his independent study project on the history of the British gay rights movement. The grant supported travel and a week of archival research in London in January 2014. In this photo he is discussing the project with Professor of History Maria Mitchell, who is advising him in his independent study. Click here to read the story.
History Professor Van Gosse is one of four F&M faculty who reflect on the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination in an article for the College website. "John Kennedy's death fascinates because it has no logic," he says. "President Lincoln died as an act of retribution in the name of the defeated Confederacy. James Garfield was a political target: Anarchists killed lots of political leaders in those years, all over Europe. But Oswald? We don’t know what to make of him, with his wanderings." Click here to read the full article.
On Nov. 4, 2013, author and researcher Nick Turse told a Franklin & Marshall College audience that the 1968 attack on My Lai and My Khe -- at the time believed to be an isolated incident -- was one of hundreds of such assaults on the Vietnamese by American soldiers, resulting in the murder of thousands of civilians. Turse's talk was the third of four in the "Irregular Wars" lecture series developed by History Professor Van Gosse. Click here to read the story on the College website.
Krissy Montville '14 (left), a History minor, and Rick Thoeben '15, a History major, worked on a project to digitize the records of the Junior League of Lancaster during the summer of 2013. They worked with History and American Studies Professor Louise Stevenson as part of the Hackman Scholars program. Click here to read the story on the College website.
From the American Revolution to World War II, to Syria and Afghanistan today, armies have contended with "irregulars" -- fighters who conceal themselves among the citizen population and launch "hit-and-run" attacks on their targets, according to F&M History Professor Van Gosse. He created a seminar-style course for F&M students and a public lecture series to delve into the history and politics of these tactics. "Irregular War: Guerrillas, Partisans, Bandits, and Mujahedeen" examines the history, theory, and practice of guerilla warfare and counter-insurgency throughout the modern era. Click here to read the story.
Two students from England's University of Chichester visited Franklin & Marshall College in June 2013, delving into America's past as part of the student exchange program between the two institutions' history departments. In this photo, John Scott Fitzgerald (right) and Ian McDevett meet with History and American Studies Professor Louise Stevenson to discuss their research. Click here to read the story.