Joseph Tatarewicz, History, in the Christian Science Monitor

JoeTIn light of the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble telescope, Joseph Tatarewicz, an associate professor of history, was quoted extensively in a Christian Science Monitor article and reflected on the hype and drama surrounding the telescope.

In the article, Tatarewicz called it a ” “Perils of Pauline” saga with emotional highs and lows, such as the botched-mirror episode. From its very beginning, each time Hubble hit a low, it rebounded, Tatarewicz said, “but before it rebounded, to one degree or another, the future of the agency and spaceflight hung on it. It’s just a good story.”

With the telescope’s high expectations to gather crisp images with unprecedented detail, Tatarewicz said he would marvel with his colleagues at the claims the telescope’s supporters were making. “We occasionally would say the hype is getting out of hand,” he recalled. “The irony is that it has exceeded expectations on almost everything you can think of.”

To read the full article in the Christian Science Monitor titled “Hubble: The people’s telescope at 25,” click here.

Anne Rubin, History, in the Baltimore Sun

Anne RubinWith news coverage this week surrounding the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s death, the Baltimore Sun published a story examining Catonsville’s connection to Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth. The article looked at Booth’s time as a student at St. Timothy’s Hall preparatory school in Catonsville.

Anne Rubin, an associate professor of history and author of Through the Heart of Dixie: Sherman’s March and American Memory (UNC Press 2014) is quoted in the article and provided perspective on the environment that Booth studied in.

“The thing about Maryland was that it was very divided,” said Rubin. The article also states: “Throughout his adolescence, Rubin said, Booth was far from alone in his support for the Confederacy. There was a large contingent of people living in Maryland at the time Booth was growing up who sympathized with the Southern cause and who, during the war, operated various underground networks to smuggle supplies to the southern states.”

To read the full article titled “Catonsville’s connection to Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth,” click here.

Anne Rubin, History, on Tulsa Public Radio

Anne RubinAs the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War approaches, Anne Rubin was a guest on Tulsa Public Radio’s “Studio Tulsa” program on April 1 discussing her book Through the Heart of Dixie: Sherman’s March and American Memory (UNC Press 2014). Rubin, an associate professor of history, shared her research which examined the stories and myths about Sherman’s March to the Sea.

“I started this project really under the spell of the mythologizing of Sherman’s March,” Rubin said, “…so much about what we think of the American Civil War, even today, is very Virginia-centric…and I do think once you shift your perspective outside of Virginia, you start to see how important some of these other campaigns were.”

The interview was the latest in a series of media coverage surrounding Rubin’s book. Previously, she wrote an article for the New York Times “Disunion” blog and appeared on C-SPAN.

In addition to the interview, Rubin spoke about her book at the Tulsa Community College Center for Creativity. To listen to the full interview on Tulsa Public Radio, click here.

Social Sciences Forum: Ecological Encounters on the Upper Missouri: The Making of Mandan Indian History (4/8)

Elizabeth FennSocial Sciences Forum
Wednesday, April 8 | 4:00 p.m.
Elizabeth Fenn, Professor of History at the University of Colorado, Boulder
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery 

Elizabeth Fenn’s lecture tells the story of North Dakota’s Mandan Indians, widely known for hosting Lewis and Clark during the winter of 1804-1805. The challenges the Mandans faced included epidemics of smallpox and whooping cough and invasions of Norway rats, which diminished Mandan numbers from more than 12,000 in 1500 to fewer than 300 in 1838.

In this talk, Fenn will be speaking about her recent book, Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People. Her previous book, Pox Americana, has had an enormous influence. Fenn is among a handful of historians who have put continental history on the map. For more information, click here. Fenn also has had an interesting work history, as she dropped out of graduate school at Yale to become a car mechanic. To read more about her story, click here.

Low Lecture, sponsored by the Department of History

Kate Brown, History, in Time and Al Jazeera America

History professor Kate Brown has been in the news reflecting on two major recent news stories: the death of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and a Pasco, Washington police shooting case. Brown published op-eds in Al Jazeera America and Time that studied the deeper history behind both incidents to give more meaning and context to the two stories.

Kate BrownIn her column “Boris Nemtsov died alone,” Brown discussed how much of the news coverage surrounding Nemtsov’s murder mainly focused on his personality and who was responsible for his death, not on his plans for economic reform.

“Unfortunately, the funeral coverage of Nemtsov is all about his personality, not his policies, because he did not manage on a national level to pass the reforms he sought,” Brown wrote.

In “Only Part of the Story is Being Told About the Police Shooting in Pasco,” Brown explained how Pasco’s history in many ways has informed some of the reaction to the police shooting case of Antionio Zambrano-Montes on February 10.

“The killing of Zambrano-Montes—the fourth fatal police shooting in six months by Pasco police, though the first with a Latino victim—triggered anger among the Latinos who make up more than half of Pasco’s population, because they complain that they have little representation in the local government or police force. But there is more to this story than one death. The anger has been building for generations, in part because the marginalization of minorities in Pasco has a long history,” Brown wrote.

To read complete versions of both articles, see below:
Boris Nemtsov Died Alone (Al Jazeera America)
Only Part of the Story is Being Told About the Police Shooting in Pasco (Time)

Anne Rubin, History, in the New York Times, on C-SPAN

Anne RubinAnne Rubin, an associate professor of history and author of Through the Heart of Dixie: Sherman’s March and American Memory (UNC Press 2014), recently published an article in the New York Times “Disunion” blog, which follows the Civil War as it unfolded 150 years ago.

Titled “Towns Made for Burning,” the article describes Union General William T. Sherman’s March to the Sea in South Carolina: “Sherman did not explicitly order his men to treat South Carolina’s Confederate civilians cruelly, but he did little to dissuade them,” Rubin wrote.

Rubin further described the general’s thought process behind the march, including exploiting fear among Southern whites as a way to quickly end the war: “…he recalled, disingenuously, that ‘somehow the men had got the idea that South Carolina was the cause of all our troubles … and therefore on them should fall the scourge of war in its worst form.’ Sherman appreciated his men’s enthusiasm, and was loath to ‘restrain the army lest its vigor and energy should be impaired.’”

In addition to her article, Rubin also appeared on C-SPAN on February 28. She discussed the Burning of Columbia and how the event has been remembered by the city and in history. To watch the full segment, click here.

James Grubb, History, Named Trustee of Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

James GrubbHistory Professor James Grubb has been selected to serve as one of three trustees of the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, a philanthropic foundation headquartered in New York.  According to its website, the The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation “promotes the advancement and perpetuation of humanistic inquiry and artistic creativity by encouraging excellence in scholarship and in the performing arts, and by supporting research libraries and other institutions which transmit our cultural heritage.”

The Foundation sponsors projects in four areas in which the founder was keenly interested: libraries, humanities, artistic performance in New York, and Venetian studies.  The annual budget is about $2.5 million. Grubb will oversee the programs in the humanities and Venetian studies, although all decisions are made by the three trustees jointly.

The selection of Prof. Grubb is a recognition of his prominence in the field of Early Modern Studies, Venetian Studies, and Italian history. For more information on the foundation, click here.