Dr. O’Brien on NPR again

“13th-Century Food Fights Helped Fuel The Magna Carta”

NPR talks to our own Bruce O’Brien about the many ways food was a part of the Magna Carta.


Civil War Talk — Slavery and Emancipation

WHEN: April 21, 2012, 1 – 5 pm

WHERE: Fredericksburg Baptist Church

COST: This event is FREE, registration is not required

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please contact Sara Poore, spoore@famcc.org, John Hennessy,John_Hennessy@nps.gov, or Jeffrey McClurken, jmcclurk@umw.edu

Following on the successful Years of Anguish speaker’s forum at Dodd this past November, and the Fisk Jubilee Singers concert last Saturday evening, the Fredericksburg Area Museum, the National Park Service, and UMW welcome Dr. David Blight and Dr. Thavolia Glymph as they examine slavery and emancipation on a national, state, and local level.

Dr. David Blight is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on the US Civil War and its legacy.  Blight is the author of American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era, Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory, and A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Including Their Narratives of Emancipation.  This book combines two newly discovered slave narratives in a volume that recovers the lives of their authors, John Washington, a Fredericksburg slave, and Wallace Turnage, as well as provides an incisive history of the story of emancipation.

Dr. Thavolia Glymph is an associate professor of history and African and African American studies at Duke University where she teaches courses on slavery, the U.S. South, emancipation, Reconstruction, and African American women’s history. She is the author of Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household (2008) and a coeditor of two volumes of Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867 (Ser. 1, Vols. 1 and 3, 1985 and 1990), a part of the Freedmen and Southern Society Project. Her current writing and research focuses on women in the Civil War, and the geography of the plantation household.


This event is part of the Civil War 150th Observance in the area, cosponsored by UMW, the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center, and the National Park Service.

End of the Year Majors Banquet — All are welcome

Come join us at the

Twelfth Annual

Department of History and American Studies



Sponsored by Phi Alpha Theta and underwritten by the Department

Brock’s Riverside Grill

Friday, April 27, 2012

5:30 pm


Join your friends and professors to celebrate the end of the year at a festive gathering, featuring:

 Cash bar and delicious dinner in a great location overlooking the Rappahannock River.

Recognition of majors’ achievements; announcement of scholarship recipients; presentation of Department’s annual awards

Fun and relaxing conversation with faculty and fellow majors


Cost: $15 majors & prospective majors; $25 faculty and $20 guests

Payment: See Mrs. Patton (x1066) in Monroe 228 by April 20th

Dress: Business attire recommended

Applications for 2012-2013 Departmental Scholarships now open

Each scholarship application requires a 250-word essay about why one should be considered for that scholarship. See below for more information on the individual scholarships and the application essays. Applications for the 2012-2013 school year are accepted here through Monday, April 2, 2012.

Oscar H. Darter Scholarship in History by the Class of 1940
The Oscar Darter Scholarship honors former faculty member and historian Oscar Darter and is awarded to a rising junior or senior interested in world history and who holds the high standard of achievement demonstrated by Dr. Darter.

Joseph C. Vance Memorial Scholarship in History
The Joseph Carroll Vance Scholarship honors former department chairperson and historian Joe Vance and is awarded to a rising senior who is concentrating in American history. Preference is given to those with financial need.

James Farmer Scholarship
The James Farmer Scholarship is awarded annually to a rising junior or senior major in the Department of History and American Studies. The criteria for the Farmer Scholarship, as stated by the Board of Visitors resolution establishing the award, are:

1. The recipient must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or better in his or her major.
2. The recipient will be “an individual who exemplifies in daily life, intended career field, and commitment of service to others the ideals espoused and practiced by Dr. James Farmer through his lifetime as one of the world’s leading advocates of human rights.”

The application for this scholarship requires you to explain why you think you would be a good candidate for the Farmer Scholarship.

Hamlin A. Caldwell, Jr. Scholarship in History
The Hamlin A. “Ham” Caldwell, Jr. Scholarship is awarded annually to a rising junior or senior major in the Department of History and American Studies. The scholarship requires:

1. The recipient have and keep an overall GPA of 3.0 or better in his or her major.
2. The recipient be an individual whose academic work and career preparation reflect the concerns Professor Caldwell expressed for social justice and environmental issues and to the free, open and intelligent discussion of public policies and legislative actions related to them.

The application for this scholarship requires you to explain your career goals and how you think your academic coursework is preparing you to participate in the discussion of public policies that touch on social justice and environmental issues.

William B. Crawley, Jr. Scholarship

The scholarship shall be awarded to a student with a declared major in history. Terms of the selection process are:

1. The recipient have at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 system in his or her major.

2. Special consideration shall be given to female students.

3. In the event that no applicant completely meets the above criteria, the University shall be permitted to award the scholarship to the student most closely meeting the spirit of the criteria.

Department has eight new Phi Beta Kappa Scholars

Congratulations to Kyle Allwine, Lindsay Cutler, Aubrey Elliot, Anna Holman, David Noel, Brooke Parker, Abbey Vinik, and Alice Wagner!

Professor O’Brien appears on WAMU about his work on Early English Laws and the Magna Carta

Our own Bruce O’Brien was recently featured on Washington, DC NPR station WAMU to talk about the Magna Carta and the online early English Laws project of which he is an integral part.

For the interview, see Virginia Scholar Opens Magna Carta To Study.

2012 Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program

The Library of Congress Junior Fellows Summer Intern program (10 weeks) offers undergraduate and graduate students insights into the environment, culture and collections of the world’s largest and most comprehensive repository of human knowledge. Through the Junior Fellows program, the Library of Congress furthers its mission to provide access to a universal record of human knowledge and creativity as exemplified by its collections, while supporting current and future generations of students and scholars. The interns explore digital initiatives and inventory, catalog, arrange, preserve and research a backlog of copyright or special collections materials in many different formats in various divisions.

Deadline: February 27, 2012

For more info: http://www.loc.gov/hr/jrfellows/about.html