Welcome to all! We’re happy to kick off the Fall semester on Monday, August 26th.
If you’re an American Studies or History major working on a thesis this fall, we’ll be hosting a meeting at 5:00 on Monday (8/26) in Monroe 210. Dr. Claudine Ferrell will share information and tips for preparation and success. Planning on a thesis for the spring and want to learn more? Feel free to join the meeting.
Stay tuned for more info on our fall Talking History speaker series!
History and American Studies Symposium
University of Mary Washington – Department of History and American Studies
Friday, April 26, 2019
SESSION ONE. 9 AM. Monroe 210—Fashion, Feminism, and Female Quakers
Moderator: Dr. Claudine Ferrell
Allison McCrumb, “Fashion in the Confederacy during the Civil War: A Case Study of Richmond”
Kira Lampani-McElfresh, “Feminism in the National Florence Crittenton Mission, 1883-1930”
Maddie Coughlin, “Eighteenth-Century Female Quaker Ministers and Colonial Quaker Women’s Culture”
Computer Science major Pratima Kandel’s AMST 201 project on modern-day slavery has received some well-deserved coverage from the Free Lance-Star. Check out the Domain of One’s Own website that she built here.
UMW History and American Studies is excited and honored to be sponsoring a visit Carol Berkin tomorrow. Our second Talking History of the semester will be with Dr. Berkin at 12:30 PM, in Lee 412. And in addition to Talking History, she will be delivering the James Monroe Museum’s Women’s History Month lecture next week. Her lecture, entitled “There is No Sex in Soul,” will be 7 to 8:30 PM, in Monroe Hall Room 116. This lecture will discuss Judith Sargent Murray, whose Gleaner Essays were among the first defenses of women’s intellectual equality in the new republic.
Dr. Carol Berkin, historian and Presidential Professor of American Colonial and Revolutionary History and Women’s History at Baruch College, specializes in women’s roles in American colonial history. She is the author, editor, or co-editor of 14 books, including Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for American Independence (Knopf, 2005); A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution (Harcourt 2002), a 2002 History Book Club Selection awarded the Colonial Dames of America Book Prize in 2004; and Jonathan Sewall: Odyssey of an American Loyalist (Columbia University Press, 1974), nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. In addition to teaching and writing, Berkin has been a consultant for many televised historical documentaries appearing on A&E, C-SPAN, History Channel, and PBS. She is the recipient of numerous professional awards recognizing her work as an historian and an educator. Berkin received holds an AB from Barnard College and MA from Columbia University. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University, receiving the Bancroft Award for Outstanding Dissertation.
As part of their Monthly “People of Caledon” series, Caledon State Park will present “The Life of the Enslaved” on February 23 at 2 p.m. Through this living history presentation, guest first-person interpreter Shemika Berry will share what life was like at Caledon for those who were enslaved. Register for this free program by calling 540-663-3861 or stopping by the visitor center.