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New Faculty Reading Group

Fall 2011

September 30
Presenter: John Weber
Paper Title: Homing Pigeons, Cheap Labor, and Frustrated Nativists: Immigration Reform and the Deportation of Mexicans from South Texas in the 1920s

Presenter: Jelmer Vos
Paper Title: The Slave Trade from the Windward Coast of West Africa: The Case of the Dutch, 1740-1805

October 28
Presenter: Tim Orr
Paper Title: “Carrying on the Good Work”: Recruiting United States Colored Troops in Maryland and Delaware

Presenter: Elizabeth Zanoni
Paper Title: Creating “Immigrant Markets” in the Americas: Advertisements for U.S. Consumer Goods in the Italian Language Press in Argentina after WWI

December 1
Presenter: Anna Mirkova
Paper Title:  Debating Modern Muslim Community in Interwar Bulgaria: Pro-Kemalists, the Office of the Chief Müftü, and the Bulgarian State

Presenter: Erin Jordan
Paper Title: For the Safety of my Soul: Female Monasticism in the Thirteenth Century

Spring 2012

February 24
Presenter: Erin Jordan
Paper Title: Gender, Space and Monasticism in Medieval Flanders and Hainaut

Presenter: Tim Orr
Paper Title: “Fear the Vengeance of an Abused and Offended Army”: Union Regimental Resolutions and the State Elections of 1863

March 30
Presenter: Anna Mirkova
Paper Title: “Muslim Land”, “Bulgarian Labor” and the Building of a Modern Nation  in the Post-Ottoman Balkans 

Presenter: John Weber
Paper Title: The Wages of Development in South Texas and Northern Mexico

April 24
Presenter: Jelmer Vos
Paper Title:  Glimpses of Slavery in Early Colonial Kongo through a Single (European) Source

Presenter: Elizabeth Zanoni
Paper Title: “Pro Patria”: Italian Immigrants and the Managing of Transnational Trade and Consumption from the U.S. and Argentine Diasporas, 1880s-1940