On Thursday, March 5th Rev. Robert Hayman, Ph.D. will deliver a talk on “The Public Celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day in Providence, 1839-1919.” Hayman is not only a retired faculty member in history here at PC, but also the official historian for the Archdiocese of Providence. The talk will start at 7pm and will be held in Ruane 105. We hope you can join us as we prepare to get into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day!
The History Department offers its most sincere thanks to Taylor Branch, an internationally renowned and Pulitzer-Prize winning historian, for giving an inspiring and gripping talk on “From Selma to Ferguson - The Black Freedom Struggle and U.S. Democracy" on Tuesday, February 10. In case you missed it, you can rewatch it here!
Mark those calendars! The History Department is very excited to be organizing yet another Rev. Cornelius P. Forster, O.P. Making History Conference. Last fall several faculty members presented their scholarship during our Making History Series, but this spring it is the students’ turn. Please join us on Saturday, March 28 to hear some of our best students presenting their cutting-edge research. The Conference is supported by a generous endowment from the Gladys Brooks Foundation. The event will also be followed by our annual Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society Dinner and Induction Ceremony.
Recent Faculty Accomplishments
Let's offer a huge congratulations to our very own Dr. Fred Drogula, this year's winner of The Joseph R. Accinno Teaching Award. The award is given out annually to the PC faculty member who "best exhibits excellence in teaching, passion and enthusiasm for learning, and genuine concern for students' academic and personal growth." Congratulations, Dr. Drogula!
Dr. Richard J. Grace, Professor Emeritus, recently published Opium and Empire: The Lives and Careers of William Jardine and James Matheson with the prestigious McGill-Queens University Press. You can purchase it here.
Congratulations to Dr. Jeffrey Johnson, who has recently signed a contract to edit a 2-volume book titled, Reforming America: A Thematic Encyclopedia and Document Collection of the Progressive Era (forthcoming in early 2016 from ABC-Clio).
Dr. Steven Carl Smith has published yet another article, this one titled “’Convicted of a Scandalous Offence against the Government’: Political Culture and the English Civil War in Colonial Maryland.” You can find it in the Fall 2014 edition of the Maryland Historical Magazine, a quarterly peer-reviewed journal in publication since 1906.
Congrats again to Dr. Connie Rousseau, who published an article entitled "Neither Bewitched Nor Beguiled: Philip Augustus's Alleged Impotence and Innocent III's Response” in the April 2014 issue of Speculum, the premier journal in the field of Medieval Studies, published by the Medieval Academy of America. The article explores the French king's attempted divorce from Ingeborg of Denmark and Innocent's interpretation of impotence, consummation, and marital dissolution within the broader context of scripture, marital symbolism, theology, and canon law.