News and Research

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2011-2012

Prof. Betsy Schlabach, Visiting Assistant Professor of American Studies and History of the College of William and Mary, came to Hampden-Sydney College for the Phi Alpha Theta Exchange Lecture, "'Chicago's Policy Kin and Queens: Economies of Vice and Virtue."

Prof. John Coombs co-edited (with Dr. Douglas Bradburn, Binghampton University) Early Modern Virginia: Reconsidering the Old Dominion, released in September 2011.

Four students presented in September 2011 on summer research projects conducted through the history department: Matt Buchanan, "The RED Kryptonite: Story restraints and Cold War culture in the depiction of science in Superman (1950-59)," Jack Gibson, "The Transformation of Virginia Servitude;" Cap Pritchett, "Nixon's Presidential Rhetoric and the South;" David Williams, "All American Comics: The Portrayal of the Second World War in Captain America." 

Prof. John Coombs' article "The Phases of Conversion: New Chronology for the Rise of Slavery in Early Virginia" was published in the Summer 2011 issue of The William and Mary Quarterly.

Prof. Eric Dinmore is a postdoctoral fellow for 2011-12 at Harvard University's Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies


2010-2011

Prof. Emeritus James Simms (with Andrea O'York) coordinated the Wilson Center Alumni Summer College symposium, "Rebirth of a Nation: A New Look at the Civil War." Prof. Emeritus Ron Heinemann gave the keynote address, "The Causes of the Civil War," Prof. John Coombs lectured on "The Ambiguity of the Founding" and Prof. Caroline Emmons lectured on "African Americans in Civil War America." 

Colbert Lucey defended his Senior Fellowship topic, "The Burgundians: Building Group Identities in Late Antiquity," in April 2011.

Prof. Ken Lehman led a group of students to the April 2011 Washington Model General Assembly of the Organization of American States, where Hampden-Sydney College represented Jamaica.

Prof. Nicole Greenspan's book chapter, "War," was published in Joad Raymond, The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture: Volume One, Cheap Print in Britain and Ireland to 1660 in April 2011.

Prof. James Allegro came to Hampden-Sydney College for the Phi Alpha Theta Exchange Lecture, "Passage to America: Asia and the Age of Contact" in April 2011. 

Prof. James Frusetta presented the paper "Macedonianization and Muslim Assimilation: Minority Policy and the Centralization of Power in Socialist Bulgaria, 1944-1962" at the April 2011 annual meeting of the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies.

Prof. Ken Lehman presented the paper, "Ruffling the Eagle's Feathers: The Geo-Politics of Globalization and Bolivia's Well-Being" at the March 2011 annual meeting of the Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies.

Prof. Robert Blackman's article, "What Does a Deputy to the National Assembly Owe His Constituents? Coming to an Agreement on the Meaning of Electoral Mandates in July 1789," was published in the Spring 2011 issue of French Historical Studies.

Prof. Sheldon Garon, Dodge Professor of History and East Asian Studies of Princeton University, came to Hampden-Sydney College for the guest lecture, "'Keep On Saving: How Japan and Other Nations Forged Cultures of Thrift When America Didn't."

Prof. John Coombs gave the lecture "'Slaves are the most proper and cheape instruments for this plantation': Re-examining the Initial Establishment of Slavery in Virginia" in February 2011 at the Jamestown Foundation.

Prof. Nicole Greenspan's article, "Charles II, Exile and the Problem of Allegiance" was published in the Winter 2011 issue of The History Journal.

Prof. James Frusetta's book chapter, "The Final Solution in Southern and Southeastern Europe: Between Nazi Catalysts and Local Motivations" was published in Jonathan Friedman, ed., Routledge History of the Holocaust in January 2011.

Prof. John Coombs gave the lecture "Rethinking the Rise of Virginia Slavery" at Ohio State University in January 2011.

Prof. Eric Dinmore presented the paper "High Growth Hydrosphere: Large Dam Projects and the Socionatural Dimensions of Economic Planning in Post-1945 Japan" at the March 2011 conference, Environment and Society in the Japanese Islands: From Prehistory to the Present.

Prof. Nicole Greenspan presented the paper, "Jamaica, the Anglo-Spanish War, and the Public Sphere in the 1650s" at the November 2010 annual meeting of the Southern Conference on British Studies.

Prof. Nicole Greenspan presented the paper, "News, Religious Conflict and the Cromwellian Protectorate" at the November 2010 annual meeting of the North American Conference on British Studies.

Prof. Ken Lehman's review essay, "Permanent Revolution and the Impermanence of History," was published in the Fall 2010 issue of A Contracorriente.

Prof. James Frusetta's article, "Fascism to Finish the National Project: Bulgarian Fascism's Uncertain Palingenesis of the National Project," was published in the Fall 2010 issue of East Central Europe.

Luke Hargrover presented the paper, "Verdun and Modern Memory," at the October 2010 annual meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference of Undergraduate Scholarship.

Prof. James Frusetta presented the paper "New Costume, Same Villainy: Soviet and Nazi Super Villains in American Cold War Comic Book Culture" at the October 2010 conference Cold War Cultures.

Four students presented in September 2010 on summer research projects conducted through the history department: Luke Hargrover, "Verdun and Modern Memory;" Colbert Lucey, "Burgundians: Exploring the concept of Volkerwanderung through history, archaeology, and literature;" Cap Pritchett, "Schlageter and The Cradle Will Rock: The role of theater in public opinion in Hitler's Germany and Roosevelt's United States;" Nathan Ryalls, "The Union Philanthropic Literary and Debate Society: An Introduction and Brief History."


2009-2010

Cover of Caroline Emmons' Cold War and McCarthy Era

Prof. Caroline Emmon edited Cold War and McCarthy Era: People and Perspectives, released in June 2010.

Prof. James Frusetta's article "Beyond Morality: Teaching about Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide," was published in the May 2010 issue of Perspectives on History.

Prof. Ken Lehman led a group of students to the April 2010 Washington Model General Assembly of the Organization of American States, where Hampden-Sydney College represented Guatemala.

Prof. Emeritus James Simms organized the April 2010 Wilson Center symposium, "The Sixty-Fifth Anniversary of World War II."

Prof. Eric Dinmore presented the paper, "Ubiquitous Dams, Unified Development: Japan and the Twentieth Century's Romance with Hydroelectricity" at the March 2010 annual meeting of the Association for Asian Studies.

Luke Hargrover presented the literature paper "Chaucer and the Value of History" at the Longwood Medieval Conference "Meeting in the Middle" in March 2010. 

Prof. Nicole Greenspan's article "News and the Politics of Information in the Mid Seventeenth Century: the Western Design and the Conquest of Jamaica" was published in the Spring 2010 issue of History Workshop Journal.

Prof. James Frusetta presented the paper "Viewing Europe's Role in Global History from the Balkan 'Periphery'" at the January 2010 annual meeting of the American Historical Association.

Prof. John Coombs was the conference program committee co-chair (with Lorena S. Walsh of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation) for the conference The Early Chesapeake: Reflections and Projections in November 2009. He also presented the paper "The Phases of Conversion: A New Chronology for the Rise of Slavery in Early Virginia." 

Prof. Robert Blackman's article, co-written with Prof. J. Michael Utzinger, "A Post-Roddenberry Star Trek" was published in the 2009 issue of The Cresset.  

Prof. James Frusetta's article, co-written with Anca Glont (University of Illinois), Anca Glont, "Interwar Fascism and the Post-1989 Radical Right: Ideology, Opportunism and Historical Legacy in Bulgaria and Romania," was published in the Fall 2009 issue of Studies in Post-Communism. (This article was later collected in Michael Minkenberg, ed., Historical Legacies and the Radical Right in Post-Cold War Central and Eastern Europe, in October 2010).  

Prof. Ken Lehman's article, "Cambis-Kollas: Briding the Divide? Highland Migrants in Santa Cruz, Bolivia" was published in MACLAS Latin American Essays in 2009.