Welcome to the annual The George Washington University History Department Newsletter. Its appearance gives us the chance to share the current activities and impressive accomplishments of GW History department's faculty members, graduate students, and former undergraduate majors. I hope you enjoy this newsletter as much as the earlier ones and hope too that it will encourage you to stay in touch with the department.
We appreciate very much that many of you were inspired by previous newsletters and made gifts to the department. We've used these donations to fund travel, often to distant and remote locations, for research carried out by both our undergraduate and graduate students. If you are in a position to do so, I hope that you will consider making a donation. A gift of $1,000 can fund an important short research trip for a student writing a senior, M.A., or doctoral thesis. $2,500 can make possible a longer-term visit to a major archive. All gifts are most welcome, small or large. They have a real impact on our research and on the educational activities we are able to offer our students.
Donations are also used to bring renowned scholars to campus to meet our students and give public lectures to the GW community. The Kayser and the Jones-Huffman lectures, which have been endowed by generous contributions, have become a regular part of the department’s intellectual life.
In 2013, the Kayser lecture was delivered by Jeffrey Eley of the University of Michigan on "Empire, Ideology, and the East: Thoughts on Nazism’s Spatial Imaginary." We also had a special lecture and seminar offered by Joan Wallach Scott, Center for Advanced Study at Princeton. Her topic was "Emancipation and Equality: A Genealogy." Her talk helped us to launch our new program in Gender and Women’s History.
The 2014 Kaiser Lecture on March 5, 2014 was presented by Professor James Oakes, Distinguished Professor of History and Graduate School Humanities Professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His topic was "The Scorpion’s Sting: Antislavery and the Coming of the Civil War." Professor Oakes is the author of The Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Triumph of Antislavery Politics (2007) and more recently Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865 (2012).
Funds from recent contributors have sponsored additional research seminars for students and faculty. We welcome your feedback. If you have questions or comments, or merely wish to reconnect with the department and GW, please contact me at [email protected], by phone at (202) 994-6052.
With best wishes,
William H. Becker