Welcome to the annual George Washington University History Department Newsletter! The newsletter highlights some of the notable achievements of our faculty, students, and alumni. This is my first message to the greater History Department community, having assumed the position of chair this summer. I am eager to build on the work of Bill Becker, who served as an outstanding leader and advocate for the department and for the field of history during his six years of service as chair.
We appreciate very much that many of you have been inspired by previous newsletters to make gifts to our department. If you are in a position to do so, I hope that you will consider making a donation; this support has a real impact on our research and on the educational activities we are able to offer our students. We have used these gifts to fund travel for research carried out by both our undergraduate and graduate students. Donations are also used to bring renowned scholars to campus to meet our students and give public lectures to the GW community. This year’s Elmer Louis Kayser Lecturer will be Elizabeth Fenn, whose book, Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People (Hill and Wang, 2014) was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in History. If you will be in the D.C. area on February 18, 2016, we hope you will join us for the talk!
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) 994-6232. The department now also has a weekly e-newsletter listing relevant news and events. Please let me know if you would like to be added to the mailing list. Thank you again for your support.