Department of History



Department of History Newsletter

May 8, 2015

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Cynthia Bannon won a Travel Research Grant from the College Arts and Humanities Institute, IUB, and an Individual Research award from the Institute for Advanced Study, IUB, to support field work in Spain this summer on Roman inscriptions and irrigation practices for her book, “Water Communities in the Roman Empire.”

Maria Bucur is the recipient of an Overseas Conference Grant to support her participation in the International Congress of Historical Studies in Jinan, China in August.

Arlene Diaz is the recipient of an Institute for Advanced Study Individual Research Award for her project “Spying on the Spanish-Cuban-American War, 1868-1908.”

Graduate student Katie Hiatt received an REEI Mellon Conference Travel Grant for her presentation at the Midwestern Russian Historians Workshop on March 28. She also presented a paper on Ukrainian Orthodoxy under Stalin at the Association for the Study of Nationalities Conference at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University on April 24.

Sarah Knott attended "New Maternalisms: Tales of Motherwork", a conference of academics and activists, at CUNY last weekend. She presented "Finding Histories of Motherwork: Tears, and a Method."

Jason McGraw spoke as an invited guest on the roundtable, "Space and Region in the African Diaspora and Latin America: Connections, Comparisons, and Dialogues Across National Borders," as part of the conference "Locating and Connecting Latin America and the African Diaspora," held at University of North Carolina at Charlotte, April 30-May 1.

Christina Snyder was named an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer.

Jakobi Williams is the recipient of both an Institute for Advanced Study Individual Research Award and a Consultation Fellowship.


Saturday, May 9, 12:30-2:30 pm, Federal Room, Indiana Memorial Union

Department of History’s celebration for graduating History seniors. For more information, contact Nick Roberts (nirobert).

May 14-17, Mathers Museum of World Cultures, 416 N. Indiana Avenue

Eric Sandweiss and Folklore professor Jason Baird Jackson will host scholars and museum professionals from around the world at a conference/workshop titled “Museums at the Crossroads: Local Encounters, Global Knowledge.” The event takes place at IU’s Mathers Museum of World Cultures, and is sponsored by the IU College of Arts and Sciences and School of Global and International Studies.