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Pearl Ponce, Associate Professor in the Department of History, has published a chapter in a book.  Her article on Kansas' Lecompton Constitution has been collected in Bleeding Kansas, Bleeding Missouri:  The Long Civil War on the Border, published this month by the University Press of Kansas (http://www.kansaspress.ku.edu/newbytitle.html).  This book grows out of the Border Wars Conference she was invited to in 2011.

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Michael Trotti in the History department published an essay in the current edition of the Journal of American History entitled "What Counts: Trends in Racial Violence in the Postbellum South."  This is a reinterpretation of the use of numbers in the study of racial violence, cataloging the challenges posed by quantification of so complicated a phenomenon.

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The article argues that there are layers of challenges to studying lynching's numbers: the definition of lynching is awkward, sources are often problematic in terms of identifying lynchings, and the trends resulting from any count of lynchings can be (and are) interpreted in multiple ways.  Historians approach racial violence with nuance and complexity; numbers do not, treating each lynching a equivalent to every other lynching in any calculation.  For a brief excerpt of the article:

http://jah.oxfordjournals.org/content/100/2/375.extract

 

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At the University of Costa Rica earlier this month, Michael Smith (History/Environmental Studies and Sciences) gave a one-week graduate seminar entitled "The Environmental History of the Americas."  He also presented a paper, "The Enduring International Significance of Rachel Carson" to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the publication of Silent Spring
 

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Four students from the Department of History presented their research at the recent Phi Alpha Theta West-Central New York Regional Conference held at SUNY Geneseo on Saturday April 13th.

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Welcome to Professor Cynthia A. Kierner's talk on Monday April 22, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m at Textor 101, and hear how President Jefferson's daughter, Martha Jefferson Randolph, helped shape her father's public image in Washington and beyond.

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