Pictured from left to right: Howard Berthold, Ph.D., retired professor of psychology; Sarah Silkey, Ph.D., associate professor of history; and Philip Sprunger, Ph.D., provost and dean of the college
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Sarah Silkey, Ph.D., associate professor of history at Lycoming College, received the fourth annual Howard C. Berthold Faculty Research and Information Competencies Award from the college during a presentation on Thursday, April 23 in the Lycoming College Archives.
Supported by Snowden Library’s Beverly Joyce Smithson Glad Endowed Fund, the award is given annually to a faculty member who has exhibited a commitment to research and information competencies in assignments, collaboration, curriculum, mapping, professional development and scholarship. It is named in honor of Howard Berthold, Ph.D., retired professor of psychology as well as the first and long-serving chair of the Faculty Library Advisory Committee. Berthold was a strong supporter of Snowden Library’s instruction program.
Silkey’s research explores the role of violence in American society and the narratives used by nineteenth-century Americans to deflect outside criticism and defend mob violence as honorable acts of community justice. Her first book, Black Woman Reformer: Ida B. Wells, Lynching, and Transatlantic Activism, reveals how Ida B. Wells, an African American journalist and civil rights activist, exploited contradictions between British and American understandings of mob violence during her 1893-1894 transatlantic anti-lynching campaign. Her successful critique of American lynching as racist oppression continues to shape our understanding of mob violence today. She has also published essays on responses to Wells's campaign in Great Britain and the American South and the evolution of British interpretations of lynching.