Talking History (M, 11/13): Dr. Steve Harris, “Airscapes and Archives”

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Book Reception: Dr. Allyson Poska (Wed, 11/1)

bookcoverap Please join the Department of History and American Studies to celebrate Dr. Poska’s newest book! We will host a reception with refreshments on Wednesday, November 1, at 4 pm in Monroe 213.

The event celebrates the publication of Dr. Poska’s award-winning book, Gendered Crossings: Women and Migration in the Spanish Empire.

Between 1778 and 1784 the Spanish Crown transported more than 1,900 peasants, including 875 women and girls, from northern Spain to South America in an ill-fated scheme to colonize Patagonia. The story begins as the colonists trudge across northern Spain to volunteer for the project and follows them across the Atlantic to Montevideo. However, before the last ships reached the Americas, harsh weather, disease, and the prospect of mutiny on the Patagonian coast forced the Crown to abandon the project. Eventually, the peasant colonists were resettled in towns outside of Buenos Aires and Montevideo, where they raised families, bought slaves, and gradually integrated into colonial society. Gendered Crossings brings to life the diverse settings of the Iberian Atlantic and the transformations in the peasants’ gendered experiences as they moved around the Spanish Empire.

Allyson Poska Awarded Book Prize

bookcoverap Dr. Allyson Poska has been awarded the prize for best book of 2016 from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women for her work Gendered Crossings: Women and Migration in the Spanish Empire (Univ. of New Mexico Press, 2016).

In its recognition of the work’s achievement, the award committee noted their appreciation for how this book “complicates our understandings of masculinity, femininity, honor and sexual norms in showing how Spain tried to use families and migration to advance its imperial goals.” At the same time, they praised Gendered Crossings as it also presents “a careful study of many different historical subjects — women as well as men, poor and rich, and enslaved and free — that offers a powerful example of how histories of the early modern Atlantic world are enriched by weaving gender together with class, race, and European and Colonial politics.”

For more information on this study, see the link above. The Department of History and American Studies is delighted to extend its congratulations to Dr. Allyson Poska on her award.

 

Fall Job and Internship Fair, and Health and Law Professions Graduate School Fair

UMW’s Center for Career and Professional Development will be hosting several events in the next few weeks. Students looking for internships and full-time jobs will find a wide range of employers and graduate schools at these events.

Job & Internship Fair

Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

University Center, Chandler Ballroom

Fair Information and Registration: https://adobe.ly/2yz4ruF

Promotional Video: https://adobe.ly/2yTIxDv

 

Health & Law Professions Graduate School Fair

Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

University Center, Chandler Ballroom

Fair Information and Fair Registration:  https://adobe.ly/2yy0RRl

Promotional Video: https://adobe.ly/2l2nmsO

 

Prepare for the Fair Student Resources:

Internships: The Valentine (Richmond, VA)

The Valentine museum is currently accepting applications for Spring 2018 internships. They are accepting applications from students interested in working in one of the following departments:

Archives
Costumes & Textiles
Education & Public Programs
General Collections
Fundraising and Development
PR & Marketing

Intern descriptions can be viewed here and students are encouraged to use their online application: https://thevalentine.org/programs-tours/college/college-internship-application/

Position: Visitor Engagement Specialist, Dumbarton House (Georgetown)

Dumbarton House, a Federal period historic house museum in Georgetown, seeks a a part-time Visitor Engagement Specialist to manage visitor center operations on weekdays and weekends. Dumbarton House, headquarters of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America, offers visitors an opportunity to enhance their appreciation of early American history.
The Visitor Engagement Specialist runs the museum visitor center, including greeting visitors, collecting admissions, overseeing the gift shop, and supporting visitor center volunteers and docents. This position is managed by the Education Manager.

For full information, see here.

 

 

Talking History: Dr. Erin Devlin (Monday, 10/9)

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