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Faculty/Staff Activities & Accomplishments

- Copies of Linda Clemmons book, Conflicted Mission: Faith, Disputes, and Deception on the Dakota Frontier (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2014), have arrived.

- Suzanne  Broderick received a contract from Rowman & Littlefield for her work, Reel War and Real War, to be included in the publisher’s Film and History series.

- John Freed completed his massive and long-awaited manuscript on Frederick Barbarossa and shipped it off to Yale University Press.

 - Alan Lessoff received the Roger D. Bridges Distinguished Service Award, given by the SHGAPE Executive Council, at the OAH in Atlanta.  He was also an invited panelist for “Writing American History Across Borders.”

- Also at the OAH, Amy Wood was awarded SHGAPE’s prize for best article in JGAPE during 2012-13.  This week she is presenting a paper called, “Mollycoddlers and Chicken-Livered Men: The Problem of the Rehabilitative Ideal in Texas Prisons, 1910-1940″ at the University of Mississippi’s conference on “Mass Incarceration in the South.”

- Continuing at the OAH, Ross Kennedy was an invited panelist for “State of the Field: Reassessing American Involvement in World War I.”  In addition, Ross was interviewed about Ukraine and US/Russian relations by ISU Media Relations for their Office Hours feature in STATEside.  His views can be found at:

- Katie Jasper delivered a paper, “Mapping a Monastic Network: Travel Distance and Time Using GIAS,” at the annual conference of the Medieval Academy of America in Los Angeles.

- Issam Nassar gave a talk on “Photographing the Great War in Palestine” at an international conference entitled “Not all Quiet on the Ottoman Fronts: Neglected Perspectives on a Global War, 1914-1918″ at Bilgi University in Istanbul, Turkey.

- Ron Gifford was once again elected by his peers to serve on the A/P Council.

- Andrew Hartman was an honoree at the CAS Spring Dean’s Address for his Outstanding College Researcher Award.


Robert G. Bone Distinguished Lecturer – Dr. Atina Grossmann

“Remapping Death and Survival: Flight, Displacement, and International Aid for Jewish Refugees during the Holocaust”

2014 Illinois State University

Robert G. Bone Distinguished Lecturer


Dr. Atina Grossmann

Professor, Modern European and German History and Women’s and Gender Studies

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Arts

New York City

Thursday, April 10, 2014

7:00 p.m.

Old Main Room, Bone Student Center

Grossmann has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, German Marshall Fund, American Council of Learned Societies, Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and the American Academy in Berlin. She has also held guest professorships at the Humboldt University Berlin and the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena.  Grossmann’s books include Jews, Germans, and Allies: Close Encounters in Occupied Germany,  Sex: The German Movement for Birth Control and Abortion Reform, 1920-1950, and co-edited volumes on Crimes of War: Guilt and Denial in the Twentieth Century and After the Nazi Racial State: Difference and Democracy in Germany and Europe

Dr. Lou Perez

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presents the Spring 2014 Arts and Sciences Distinguished Lecture to a full house.

On Tuesday, March 18, Dr. Perez spoke to more than 200 people about a subject sparked by interest and life experience.  In his speech “In Search of the Beautiful Death: Japanese Samarai Aesthetics” Perez shared with the audience how the Samarai incorporated war and death into art.

The Arts and Sciences Lecture Series was established to honor faculty members who have made outstanding scholarly contributions to the University and to their disciplines.  Recipients receive the title of College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Lecturer.

Dr. Perez has authored 8 books (several of which have been translated into Japanese, Spanish, or Arabic) and 21 chapters and articles. Perez’s publications are broad in terms of subject matter and audience. Thus, he has published important monographs in his specialized field of diplomatic history, has written authoritative reference works on daily life in early modern Japan and on Japan at war, and has authored several textbooks with another one forthcoming in 2014.

Since coming to ISU in 1987, Perez has won the highest college and university teaching awards, including the Strand Award  in 1998, given for his commitment to and embodiment of diversity.

According to History Department Chair, Anthony Crubaugh, “His record of exemplary teaching and scholarship, combined with a heightened sense of duty in answering the call to serve the university and profession, renders Perez the consummate recipient of this prestigious designation.”

Congratulations, Dr. Perez!

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