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History News


Examining the impact of the Holocaust on the American Civil Rights Movement; Lycoming welcomes historian Clive Webb

Students and members of the Williamsport and surrounding communities are invited to hear Clive Webb, Ph.D., deliver a presentation on “The Holocaust and the African-American Freedom Struggle” on Oct. 24 at 4:30 p.m. in Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall, on the Lycoming College campus. Internationally recognized, Webb’s research analyzes the history of racial violence and conflict in America. The presentation is sponsored by the Lycoming College History Department, and is free and open to the public.

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Lycoming College professor awarded $136,000 grant to research family with Klan connections

Sarah Silkey, Ph.D., associate professor of history at Lycoming College, has secured a $136,000 grant to analyze a rare Reconstruction-era collection of correspondence from a family with ties to the Ku Klux Klan. With this award, Lycoming joins Harvard University, Princeton University, University of Notre Dame, Boston College and other tier one research institutions in receiving one of only nine ACLS fellowships this year — a rare honor for an undergraduate institution.

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Research by Lycoming College student and professor published in local historical journal

Maggie Slawson, a senior history student from Armagh, Pa., and Christopher Pearl, Ph.D., assistant professor of history, published stories about the American Revolution that occurred on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River.

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Researcher to discuss regional cooperation in southeast Asia during cold war

Sue Thompson, Ph.D., a senior lecturer at the National Security College in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University, will discuss regional cooperation in southeast Asia during the cold war era at a presentation on April 10 at 7:30 p.m. The presentation, which will be held in the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall on the corner of 4th and Basin Streets, is free and open to the public.

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Historian to share research about mental health issues of post-Civil War veterans

Diane Sommerville, Ph.D., associate professor of history at Binghamton University, will discuss the after effects of war suffered by Civil War veterans during a presentation at 7: 15 p.m. on April 3 in the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall, at the corner of Basin and Fourth Streets. The presentation, and a brief reception that follows, are free and open to the public.

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Gender roles, literature and politics discussed by Lycoming College students at Medieval conference

Seven Lycoming College students expand current understanding of personal and political dynamics in medieval and early modern times by presenting research at the Undergraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies. The 11th annual conference was hosted at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa., on Dec. 3.

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Lycoming College awards its first-year writing and research prize

Jacob Maneval ’19, a history major from Jersey Shore, Pa., earned the 2016 Ed Gabriel First-Year Writing and Research prize for research completed during his freshman seminar last spring. The award is given to students in any major who complete research in any field and who document their findings in a paper during their freshman year.

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Lycoming College student completes inspiring internship at Mt. Vernon Estate

For Lycoming College student Maggie Slawson, portraying a member of George Washington’s household during the summer was altogether a different experience than she expected — it was life-changing.

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Student hobnobs with history legends at national Civil War conference

Rebecca Reed, a senior American studies and history major at Lycoming College, learned details about the Civil War from nationally-known historians during a Civil War Trust conference held June 1 through 5. Reed earned one of six coveted scholarships to the annual conference held in Gettysburg, Pa.

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History professor earns recognition for promoting strong research fundamentals

Christopher Pearl, Ph.D., assistant professor of history at Lycoming College received the Howard C. Berthold Faculty Research and Information Competencies award for 2016 during a presentation on April 19 in the college’s Snowden Library.

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A love for spices and fanfare are highlights of medieval cooking

Yale historian Paul Freedman, Ph.D., shared some of the outstanding characteristics of cooking techniques and food preferences of medieval Europe during a presentation at Lycoming College April 7.

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Yale historian to speak about the history of European food culture on April 7

Yale historian Paul Freedman, Ph.D., will discuss the medieval history of food at a presentation at 7 p.m. on April 7 in the Mary L. Welch Honors Hall on the corner of 4th and Basin Streets. The presentation is free and open to the public.

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Students present research at history conference

Three senior Lycoming students presented research at the 10th Annual Moravian College Undergraduate Conference on Medieval and Early Modern Studies in December.

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Jefferson expert presents for inaugural James and Emily Douthat lectureship

Peter S. Onuf, senior research fellow at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, shared insights into the mind and soul of Jefferson during the first lecture sponsored by the James and Emily Douthat lectureship in the liberal arts and sciences. More than 120 people attended the lecture held on Nov. 10 in the Mary L. Welch Honors Hall on the Lycoming College campus.

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Jefferson authority to discuss former president's vision of liberty Nov. 10

Peter S. Onuf, senior research fellow at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, will discuss “Thomas Jefferson’s Empire of Liberty” at 7 p.m., Nov. 10. The free event is open to the public and will be held in Honors Hall located at the corner of 4th and Basin Streets on the Lycoming College campus.

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