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History Department Internship available now for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016

internshipWe are looking for a student editor for the department newsletter that is published early summer.  It is mailed to alumni, donors and retirees and posted on the department website.  This internship provides an opportunity to do research and interviews and write draft copy.  The best candidate should be a history or history-social sciences education major, have an interest in newsletter creation, be able to conduct productive interviews and be comfortable working independently.  Photography skills are desirable.  an interest in historical writing is a plus, but not required.  While some of the work needs to be done this fall, the bulk of the work will be during spring semester.  This unpaid Internship will earn 3 hours credit in the spring.

If you are interested, contact Linda Spencer at or 438-5689.

Attention new grads!


You Majored in What

In You Majored in What, a must-read book for any job-hunting liberal arts major, Katherine Brooks addresses the question all history majors receive:  “What are you going to do with that degree?”  Check out this interesting article from the American Historical Association on:  “Entering the Job Market with a BA in History”.

New Books



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History department faculty members Katrin Paehler and Andrew Hartman, and recent retiree, Suzanne Broderick have all had new books recently released.

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Katrin Paehler and David A Messenger’s, eds., A Nazi Past: Recasting German Identity in Postwar Europe, published by the University Press of Kentucky.  “These superb essays” (Steven Remy) – based on impressive archival research and recently declassified documents – form a “rich and original book” (Jonathan Wiesen) by examining how former Nazis, fascists, and collaborators refashioned themselves and reestablished their post-WWII careers not simply by hiding their pasts but often by actively recasting them.  for example, in the case of Walter Schellenberg studies by Kat, Messnger and Paehler write: “Rather than downplaying his role in Nazi Germany or disavowing his relationship with many members of Nazi Germany’s state and party hierarchy, Schellenberg attempted to use them to his advantage, as he cast himself as the ultimate insider, Western-learning diplomat, and humanitarian thwarted in his effort to bring peace.”

Andrew Hartman’s A War for the Soul of America: A History of the Culture Wars, was recently published by the University of Chicago Press.  Andrew’s book “gives the culture wars a history – because they are history” by treating the contentious debates of the 80s and 90s as manifestations of a larger struggle emanating from transformations to American life rooted in the sixties.  Back cover blurbs from Gary Nash, Jonathan Zimmerman, Elaine Tyler May, David Sehat, and Claire bond Potter, as well as pre-publication reviews (e.g. Marginalia/LA Review of Books) and interviews (e.g. Full Stop), suggest that Andrew has produced a well-researched, nicely-written, timely and important book sure to garner attention within and outside of the academy.

Suzanne Broderick’s book, Reel War vs. Real War: Veterans, Hollywood, and WWII, was published in Rowman and Littlefield’s Film and History Series.  It stemmed from Suzanne’s longtime participation in the Film and History conferences.  Combining commentary on World War II movies with oral histories of combatants as well as women on the home front, Reel War vs. Real War “makes a unique contribution to the conversation about Hollywood’s role in shaping history.”

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Department of History
Normal, Il 61790-4420
Phone: (309) 438-5641
Fax: (309) 438-5607