Dr. Allyson Poska Interviewed in USA Today

Poska_Allyson_170Dr. Allyson Poska, Professor of History and a specialist in the histories of Spain and Latin America, was interviewed recently for an article in USA Today. See “Study: Crew that Sailed with Columbus Suffered Scurvy” for a look at the challenges faced by colonizers in the Caribbean’s Spanish settlements of the 1490s.

Cancellation: 4/14 Brown Bag Lunch

Notice: Today’s brown bag lunch with Rachel Elfenbein has been cancelled due to illness.


Today (Mon, 4/14): Rachel Elfenbein

Women’s and Gender Studies – Brown Bag Lunch Series:

Rachel Elfenbein
PhD candidate in Sociology at Simon Fraser University and former Fulbright fellow to Venezuela

“They Want Our Work, But Not Our Power: Women’s Unpaid Labor in Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution”

In 1999, Venezuela became the first country in the world to constitutionally recognize the value of unpaid housework and specifically entitle homemakers to social security. She will discuss how this landmark constitutional provision affected poor homemakers and gender relations in Venezuela under Hugo Chávez’s Bolivarian government.

Monday  April  14  12-1pm
Lee 414

Bring your own lunch and we will provide water and soft drinks

Talking History – Wednesday, April 16th, 4 pm

MackintoshTalking History with Leah Tams, Julia Wood and Professor Will Mackintosh

“Representing the Print Culture of Geographical Knowledge in the Early American Republic: A Cliometric Odyssey”

Wednesday, April 16th

4- 5 pm

Monroe 210

To learn more about the project, see Professor Mackintosh’s blog post on the topic here.

All are welcome. Questions? Email: wmackint@umw.edu

Congratulations to Brexton O’Donnell

Brexton O’Donnell, a history major in Dr. Kimberly Kutz’s Civil War in Popular Culture course, is going to have his book review of Bruce Levine’s The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution that Transformed the South published in The Gettysburg College Journal of the Civil War Era, Volume 4, Issue 1 (2014).

Cheers to Brexton on his forthcoming publication!

Secret Cities and Nuclear Cities–Thursday, April 10 at 5pm

On Thursday, April 10 (5pm in Monroe 116), two international scholars–Xenia Vytuleva and Anna Veronika Wendland–will present their research on the history of two kinds of cities that shaped Soviet social life in the 20th century: secret cities and nuclear cities. Their presentations will focus on a range of issues including Soviet urban history, the current state of Russian and Ukrainian cities, and anti-nuclear activism.

For more information on this event, click on the flyer below:


“Civil War: The Untold Story”: Preview and Discussion (Monday, 3/31)

University of Mary Washington Historians to Join Discussion Following Preview of Public Television’s “Civil War: The Untold Story.”

March 31, 2014, 7:00 P.M. / Central Rappahannock Regional Library

Dr. Kimberly Kutz will join colleague Dr. Jeff McClurken as part of the discussion panel to follow the preview of the acclaimed public television series, Civil War: The Untold Story. The preview begins at 7 p.m. at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library headquarters, with the discussion to follow.

Dr. Kutz is a visiting instructor in UMW’s Department of History and American Studies. Her 2013 Ph.D. dissertation, Lincoln’s Ghosts: The Posthumous Career of an American Icon, won the 2014 Hay-Nicolay Award for the best dissertation about Abraham Lincoln’s life, career, or legacy. The award was presented by the Abraham Lincoln Association and Abraham Lincoln Institute.

She will join the chair of UMW’s Department of History and American Studies, Dr. Jeff McClurken.  Professor McClurken is a leader in the growing field of digital history. His scholarly work has been focused on the aftermath of the Civil War, most notably in his book, Take Care of the Living: Reconstructing Virginia’s Confederate Veteran Families.

Also on hand will be the series’ producer, Chris Wheeler of Great Divide Pictures.  NPS historian John Hennessy will moderate the discussion.

“Civil War: The Untold Story,” will debut on public television in April 2014. Fredericksburg is one of a handful of communities selected for this special preview.  The program is free and is co-sponsored by the Friends of Chatham, Central Rappahannock Regional Library, and the National Park Service.

The Headquarters Branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library is located at 1201 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401.