Welcome to the annual George Washington University History Department Newsletter which gives us the chance to communicate to you the impressive accomplishments of the GW History Department's faculty members, graduate students and former undergraduate majors.
We appreciate very much that many of you were inspired by previous newsletters and made gifts to our 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, MA or doctoral thesis. A gift of $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.
The Elmer Louis Kayser Lecture began in 2001 with the creation of an endowment by members of the class of 1951, led by Thaddeus A. Lindner, BA ’51, HON ’94, trustee emeriti on GW’s Board of Trustees, in honor of their 50th reunion and GW's longtime professor of history and dean of students Elmer L. Kayser. This year’s lecturer will be Lynn Hunt, distinguished research professor & Eugen Weber Endowed Chair in Modern European History at UCLA. The lecture will be on Tuesday, February 24, 2015. Please consult the department’s website for the time, location and topic.
Professor Peter F. Klaren will be retiring this year after having taught Latin American history for over 40 years. He is the author of numerous books and in 1995 received the Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Teaching Excellence. We all wish him well in his retirement.
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] or by phone at (202) 994-6052.
With best wishes,
William H. Becker