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From the Chairperson

Welcome! The Department of History at Michigan State University is a large, vibrant intellectual community. The faculty members, graduate and undergraduate students, staff, alumni and friends of the Department of History are actively engaged in an enormous range of activities involving research, publishing, teaching, learning, and public outreach. It is my honor to share these with you. Walter Hawthorne


Prof. William Schoenl publishes book and helps establish new grant

William Schoenl published “Jung’s Evolving Views of Nazi Germany: From 1936 to the End of World War II” in The Journal of Analytical Psychology, 59 (April 2014), 245-62, the world’s leading journal in Jungian psychology.
With Brian Thompson, professor of Mechanical Engineering, he also recently established established the Engineering Undergraduate Grant for Dire Needs Overseas at Michigan State University.  This new grant program provides grants each year to the two most outstanding proposed projects by MSU Engineering students to serve dire human needs overseas.

Dr. Peter Beattie at University of Wisconsin, Madison

Dr. Peter Beattie will give an invited paper “Another Abertura [Political Opening]: Conjugal Prison Visits and the Legacy of the Brazilian Military Government’s 1984 Law of Penal Enforcement”  for the symposium “Brazil and Human Rights Reconsidered: Politics, Culture and Dictatorship, 50 Years after the 1964 Coup,” University of Wisconsin, Madison,  Thursday, April 3-Friday, April 4, 2014, Pyle Center.

“Transbeing” featured at International Transgender Day of Visibility

Windsor Pride in Ontario chose Dr. Javier Pescador’s film “Transbeing” as feature for the International Transgender Day of Visibility. Screening of this film will take place on March 31st. The link for the event is below.

Professor Helen Veit receives prestigious grant from NEH

Professor Helen Veit has received as project director a large and prestigious grant from the NEH for “What America Ate: U.S. Foodways of the Great Depression.” The project involves the digitization of primary sources about the history of food in the United States from 1930 to 1942, including surviving materials created by the Works Progress Administration, 200 community cookbooks, and a selection of commercial food advertising and packaging. These written materials, photographs, and recipes will be made openly accessible through “What America Ate,” a digital archive on American eating and foodways during the Great Depression.

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Professor Helen Veit finalist for James Beard Prize

Professor Helen Veit is a finalist for a prestigious James Beard Prize. Beard Awards are the highest honor for food professionals, including academics who study food, working in North America. See especially, and

Professor Edward Murphy was awarded the 2014 Fintz Award

Professor Edward Murphy was awarded the 2014 Fintz Award for Teaching Excellence in the Arts and Humanities for teaching in Integrative Studies in the Arts and Humanities.

The Fintz Award recognizes exceptional faculty who, in keeping with the goals of integrative studies, seek to make students familiar with different ways of knowing and artistic expression and to assist them in developing critical thinking and effective communication skills. Further, the intention of the Fintz Award is to honor teachers for distinguished practice and to encourage others to follow their examples. In selecting you as a winner of the 2014 Fintz Award, we recognize your performance as exemplary.

Dr. Ronen Steinberg Speaks at Conference

Dr. Ronen Steinberg is set to speak at a conference on “Trauma and History” at the University of Texas, Austin on March 21st. The title of his talk is  “Trauma before Trauma: Studying the Effects of Mass Violence in the 18th century”


Dr. Matt Pauly in the State News

Dr. Matthew Pauly was quoted in the State News on the ongoing situation in Ukraine, the link to the article is below. He will also speak tonight on a new show, Exposure, on the Impact 89FM.

Prof. Alegi delivers lecture at BYU’s Kennedy Center

On March 5, 2014, Prof. Peter Alegi gave an invited lecture at Brigham Young University’s David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies titled “Beyond Vuvuzelas and Samba: Lessons from South Africa 2010 for Brazil 2014.” The talk was introduced by Dr. Leslie Hadfield, an alumna of the MSU History Department (PhD 2010) and currently an Assistant Professor of African history at BYU.

Click here to watch the lecture video.

Chicago 2014 LASA Film Festival

Dr. Juan Javier Pescador’s documentary “Antonia, A Chicana Story” (Gordillo-Pescador 2013) is an official selection for the Chicago 2014 LASA Film Festival.