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Members of Mount Holyoke College's History Department are active inside and outside the classroom.  Here is just a sample of the many things they have in the works:

Recently, Daniel Czitrom was inducted into the 250-member Society of American Historians.  He is the historical advisor for Copper, a new dramatic series set in Civil War-era New York, produced by Cineflix and now in its second season.  Read his behind-the-scenes blog here. Or listen to his interview with the radio show Action Speaks about the work and influence of child labor photographer, Lewis Hine.

Kavita Datla's book, The Language of Secular Islam: Urdu Nationalism and Colonial India (University of Hawai'i Press, January 2013), has just been published.

Amherst College hosted a symposium on William Apess, the nineteenth-century Pequot Indian intellectual and activist.  Christine DeLucia presented there, addressing memory, decolonization, and the legacies of King Philip's War.  Her essay in Studies in American Indian Literature appeared in the fall 2012 issue.  "The Sound of Violence: Music of King Philip's War and Memories of Settler Colonialism in the American Northeast" can be read in the Winter 2013 issue of Common-Place.  Read about another of her articles here.

Desmond Fitz-Gibbon delivered a paper at a Harvard University conference on "Histories of Land, Economy and Power."

Lowell Gudmundon's edited volume, Blacks and Blackness in Central America: Between Race and Place (Duke University Press, 2010), has a Spanish edition.  Watch the Spanish-language interview with Professor Gudmundson about the book.  He recently delivered the opening paper of a symposium, "Afrodescendants and Indigenous Peoples in Central America: A Dialogue on Alterities with Mexico," organized by CIESAS (Studies for Research and Studies in Social Anthropology) in Mexico.  Read a Spanish-language review of the symposium, and his paper, "Observe, Interpret, Preach: Intercultural Reflections on Four Decades in Afro-Central America."

Holly Hanson is a recipient of the 2013 Mount Holyoke College Faculty Award for Teaching.

Jonathan Lipman's co-authored textbook, Modern East Asia: An Integrated History (Pearson, 2012), is being used in college and university classrooms.

Lynda Morgan discusses the world of Solomon Northup and the legacies of slavery in "What Can 12 Years a Slave Teach Us?"

"What Would Mary Lyon Say?"  As the college celebrated its 175th anniversary, Mary Renda reflected in the Mount Holyoke Alumnae Quarterly on the many things that have been said in Mary Lyon's name.

Nadya Sbaiti is co-editor of the Arab Studies Journal and a board member of the Arab Studies Institute.  Tadween Publishing interviewed her as the journal celebrates its twentieth year.  She participated in Jadaliyya's conference "Teaching the Middle East After the Tunisian and Egyptian Revolutions."

Listen to Robert Schwartz on WAMC's Academic Minute as he discusses the historical events that inspired Victor Hugo to pen Les Misérables.


Watch some of their lectures here.


From right to left: Jonathan Lipman, Lynda Morgan, Holly Hanson, Frederick McGinness, Christine DeLucia, Desmond Fitz-Gibbon, Mary Renda, Robert Schwartz, and Kavita Datla