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Jim Sweeney contributed to the production of a television program on Harry Byrd, for Henrico County public access cable channels (http://henrico-va.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?clip_id=1755).

Adjunct instructor Jaclyn Spainhour, also a graduate of both the B.A. and M.A. programs in the Department of History, has published Gilded Age Norfolk, Virginia:  Tidewater Wealth, Industry and Propriety (History Press, 2015).

Annette Finley-Croswhite was selected as a University Professor for 2015-19, an award granted by Old Dominion University to recognize excellence in undergraduate instruction. She has also received a Faculty Development Award from the Office of Academic Affairs to participate in the “Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows Program:  A Bridge to History” in Poland in Summer 2015.

 From left, William Rodner, Lorraine Lees, Anna Mirkova, and Elizabeth Zanoni at the MacArthur Memorial, November 15, 2014.

Maura Hametz gave the College of Arts and Letters Senior Scholar Lecture on 22 October 2014.  Her talk, a reflection on the experience of archival work over many years, was called “Serendipity and Strategy:  A Historian in the Archives.”

Erin Jordan was a Fellow at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, D.C. in July 2014 (http://www.doaks.org/research/fellowships-and-grants/one-month-research-stipends).

Maura Hametz. Senior Scholar Lecture, October 22, 2014.

Austin Jersild presented a talk at the Washington History Seminar on October 27, 2014 in Washington, D.C.  The seminar is produced collaboratively by the National History Center of the American Historical Association and the Woodrow Wilson Center, with support from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (http://nationalhistorycenter.org/washington-history-seminar-fall-2014-schedule/). On January 17, 2015, he presented a talk on “Russia and the Near Abroad” to the World Affairs Council series at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach.

Visiting Assistant Professor Joseph Hodes, an associate of the Department of History and the Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding, shared research from his recent book on immigration to Israel in the 1950s (From India to Israel:  Identity, Immigration, and the Struggle for Religious Equality [2014]) in a talk on 16 October 2014.

Curtis Evans has edited a collection of some twenty-five essays dedicated to former Department of History faculty member, Doug Greene.  The book is called Mysteries Unlocked:  Essays in Honor of Douglas G. Greene (Jefferson, North Carolina:  McFarland and Company, 2014).

Ingo Heidbrink has been selected as an Associate Member of the International Polar Heritage Committee, an advisory group within the International Council on Monuments and Sites, a NGO dedicated to the conservation of the world’s monuments and historic sites.  Watch Professor Heidbrink contribute to the effort to maintain the Stubnitz through “crowdfunding” at this address:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B21I3vhLsKU.

William Edwards-Bodmer, Adjunct Instructor and Reference Librarian at Perry Library, shared his knowledge of World War One German ships at the Maritime Heritage Conference in Norfolk at the Waterside Marriott, 17-21 September 2014.  For more information about the conference and the National Historical Maritime Society, visit http://seahistory.org/10th-maritime-heritage-conference-sept-17-21/.

Tim Orr presented "'Fear the Vengeance of an Abused and Offended Army': Did the Union Army Threaten a Coup-D'etat in 1863?" as part of a lecture series at Norfolk Collegiate High School on September 20, 2013. At the Hampton History Museum on October 7, 2013, he discussed "Soldiering in the Civil War: On the March, in Camp, and in Battle." He has shared his research on the Battle of Midway in World War II at the Naval Warfare Development Command at Naval Station Norfolk, the Fort Monroe Historical and Archaeological Society, and the Alumni Center of Old Dominion University. (https://www.odu.edu/news/2014/3/tim_orr).

Maura Hametz is the 2014-15 recipient of the Barbieri Grant, the Trinity College Research Grant in Modern Italian History. She will conduct research in archives and libraries in Italy for her work on "Facing the Fascist Tribunal, 1927-1943," and present a lecture at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

Professor Bill Whitehurst, Commencement, May 9, 2014.

Annette Finley-Croswhite emphasized the importance of Holocaust Remembrance Day in the Virginian-Pilot (http://hamptonroads.com/2014/04/why-yom-hashoah-matters). She also won the 2014 Kate Broderick Faculty Award for Excellence in Promoting Educational Accessibility.

Austin Jersild contributed to "HearSay with Cathy Lewis" on WHRO 89.5 FM, as part of Europe Day 2014 and Ukraine, 12:00-1:00, 8 May 2014, http://www.hearsay.org/2014/05/default.aspx. His online article, "The Digital Archive of the Cold War International History Project," is part of his author page at the UNC Press website (http://uncpress.unc.edu/browse/page/862).

Michael Hucles contributed to a WHRV Radio program, "Another View," about African American domestic labor on October 4, 2013.

Adjunct instructor and Professor of Chemistry Tom Isenhour has published The Evolution of Modern Science, an online book from Bookboon, Ltd. (http://bookboon.com/en/the-evolution-of-modern-science-ebook).



Professors Liz Zanoni and Brett Bebber, Commencement, May 9, 2014.

Tim Orr's lecture on enlistment practices and the lives of Civil War soldiers, delivered at the 29th Annual Summer Conference of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College in 2011, was carried on C-SPAN-3 (http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Enlist).  His lecture on conditions in prisons during the Civil War, part of his ODU Department of History course on the Civil War and Reconstruction, was also carried on C-SPAN-3 (http://www.c-span.org/video/?302850-1/civil-war-prisons).

Austin Jersild was interviewed by Voice of America News on Sino-Soviet relations (http://www.voanews.com/audio/Audio/380969.html).

Bismarck Myrick recently contributed to the celebration in Portsmouth of the founding of Liberia (http://hamptonroads.com/2014/02/portsmouth-event-celebrates-liberias-birth-and-its-bond-hampton-roads).

Adjunct instructor Sandra Pryor recently completed her dissertation, "The Worlds of Catholic Women in the Nineteenth Century:  Belief and Behavior," from the University of Delaware (2014).

Professor Qiu Jin Hailstork won the Diversity Champion Award from the Office of Institutional Equity at ODU.

Adjunct faculty member Keith Dickson read from his recently published book, Sustaining Southern Identity: Douglas Southall Freeman and Memory in the Modern South (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2011), at the University Bookstore on 19 November 2013.  The book won the 2012 Richard Slatten Award for Excellence in Biography from the Virginia Historical Society.

Ambassador in Residence Bismarck Myrick shares his memories of Nelson Mandela (http://www.odu.edu/news/2013/12/memories_of_mandela; and http://www.wavy.com/news/local/local-leaders-remember-nelson-mandela).

Annette Finley-Croswhite was interviewed on July 31, 2013 for a podcast with "New Books in Biography" for her book with Gayle Brunelle, Murder in the M�tro: Laetitia Toureaux and the Cagoule in 1930s France (http://newbooksinbiography.com/2013/07/31/gayle-k-brunelle-and-annette-finley-croswhite-murder-in-the-metro-laetitia-toureaux-and-the-cagoule-in-1930s-france-lsu-press-2013/).

Ingo Heidbrink offers a description (and some great photographs) of lecturing and traveling in Antarctica (http://ijms.nmdl.org/article/view/12293/8325).
Bismarck Myrick recently hosted a group of South African visitors to ODU called Grandmothers Against Poverty and AIDS (GAPA), who are caregivers for victims of AIDS.
Jelmer Vos spent the 2012-13 academic year at the International Research Center "Work and Human Life Cycle in Global History," at Humboldt University in Berlin.  Professor Vos worked on his project on the kingdom of Kongo under early colonial rule (1860-1914), while gathering weekly with a collection of Research Fellows dedicated to labor history in different parts of the world.
Maura Hametz has won the Charles E. Smith Prize from the European Section of the Southern Historical Association in honor of her 2012 book, In the Name of Italy: Nation, Family, and Patriotism in a Fascist Court (Fordham University Press).

Annette Finley-Croswhite and Brett Bebber presented "Studying the Holocaust at Old Dominion University:  Engaging Students with the Ramifications of Ethical Failure" for a Town-N-Gown program on Thursday, 3 October 2013.

Brett Bebber was interviewed by "New Books in Sports" regarding his recent book, Violence and Racism in Football:  Politics and Cultural Conflict in British Society, 1968-1998 (2011) (http://newbooksinsports.com/2012/11/29/brett-bebber-violence-and-racism-in-football-politics-and-cultural-conflict-in-british-society-1968-1998-pickering-chatto-2011/).

Elizabeth Zanoni received a Summer Stipend Award in 2013 from the National Endowment for the Humanities for her project on "Italian Migration, Trade, and Consumption between Italy, the U.S., and Argentina, 1880-1940" (http://www.neh.gov/divisions/research/grant-news/summer-stipends-awards-2013).

Annette Finley-Croswhite's Study Abroad Trip, "The French Holocaust," was featured in The Virginian-Pilot (http://hamptonroads.com/2013/04/odu-students-travel-europe-study-holocaust).

Michael Carhart won a Research Fellowship (Forschungsstipendium) at the Herzog-August-Bibliothek in Wolfenb�ttel, Germany, 15 May - 15 August 2014.
Michael Hucles commented on the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington (http://www.odu.edu/news/2013/8/march_on_washington).
Austin Jersild translated a series of documents on Sino-Soviet relations for the online Digital Archive of the Cold War International History Project. E-Dossier No. 41 is on Sino-Soviet cultural relations (http://wilsoncenter.org/publication/e-dossier-no-41-privilege-and-inequality-cultural-exchange-and-the-sino-soviet-alliance), and E-Dossier No. 43 includes Soviet ministry of defense materials on the program to transfer the atomic bomb to China (http://www.wilsoncenter.org/publication/e-dossier-no-43-sharing-the-bomb-among-friends-the-dilemmas-sino-soviet-strategic). E-Dossier No. 46 describes Sino-Central European debate and exchange about the weaknesses of the Soviet advising project in China (http://www.wilsoncenter.org/publication/central-europeans-and-the-sino-soviet-split-the-%E2%80%9Cgreat-friendship%E2%80%9D-international-history).

Tim Orr appeared along with singer Kelly Clarkson on the premier episode of the TLC series, "Who Do You Think You Are?"  (http://www.odu.edu/news/2013/7/professor_tim_orr_on).