I asked history faculty what they had been up to recently with their teaching, research, and service. Here are some updates I received:
- Anne Marie Stoner-Eby began her new project on the history of Mennonites in Tanzania and Ethiopia this Fall with two conference papers given at the Conference on Faith and History (CFH) held at George Fox University in Oregon and the annual meeting of the African Studies Association (ASA) held in San Francisco. Her CFH paper was titled “Effects and Limits of the East African Revival on the Mennonite Mission in Colonial Tanzania, 1930s-1950s.” Her ASA paper was part of a panel that she organized and chaired titled Constructing Lives of Faith: Self, Community, and Agency in African Christian Biography/Autobiography. Her paper was titled: “Building a Church Locally and Globally: The Twentieth Century Autobiography of the First African Bishop of the Tanzanian Mennonite Church.” Anne Marie enjoyed her research for these papers which took her to the headquarters of Eastern Mennonite Missions in Salunga, Pennsylvania and the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She had fun conducting a number of interviews. She has also enjoyed helping to organize events for International Education Week held in mid-November and planning a May Term in Ethiopia for 2012. Finally, she’s helping to get the Peace and Conflict Studies major off the ground. BTW, the 36 credit PACS major makes a great second major for History majors!
- In addition to his duties as department chair, John Fea is ramping up for the publication of his new book, Was America Founded as a Christian Nation: A Historical Introduction and the speaking engagements that accompany it. His co-edited book Confessing History: Explorations in Christian Faith and the Historian’s Vocation has already been adopted as a textbook at a few colleges and universities around the country. In November 2010 he signed a contract with Baker Academic for a book tentatively titled The Power to Transform: A Christian Reflection on the Study of the Past. This Spring he is working on two essays–one on the relationship between evangelicalism, Anabaptism, and the study of the past for an edited collection on evangelicalism and Anabaptism to be published by Cascade Books and the other on New Jersey in the American Revolution for an edited volume on new directions in New Jersey history to be published by Rutgers University Press. Long term projects include a book about Presbyterians and the American Revolution and a book about the memory of an 18th century “tea party” in the town of Greenwich, NJ. For the later project, John has again received funding from the New Jersey Historical Commission to bring a group of students and former students to Greenwich to conduct summer research. And finally, John continues to blog daily at The Way of Improvement Leads Home. His blog was recently chosen by the Social Science Research Council as one of the top 100 religion blogs in America.
- Joseph Huffman has once again assumed the directorship of the Center for Public Humanities, and this year he has not only to provide leadership to the Center’s many educational, civic, and cultural programs but also has been conducting a program review of the Center. In addition, he continues to teach both medieval & Renaissance European history as well as Latin language and literature courses. He is scheduled to teach a Readings Course steeped in primary sources on the Trial of Joan of Arc next fall semester, which should be fun! Along the way he has also published four book reviews with the European journal Francia: Studies in Western European History and the American Library Association’s journal Choice. His article titled, “Between History and Romance: Teaching Medieval Culture to Undergraduates through Chivalric Biography” appeared December in the journal Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching (17: 2).
- David Pettegrew has been busy preparing for archaeological fieldwork at the Stauffer farm, a site near Dillsburg that dates from the later 1700s. Some two dozen history students will be excavating at the farm in late March recording the buildings on the property, and documenting a nearby cemetery that is badly in need of preservation. Look for updates via this blog. Over the last semester, David has been making progress on a book on the Corinthian Isthmus, and has delivered papers on the commercial image of the Roman city. He has forthcoming articles on the diolkos of Corinth, the ancient railway used for transporting cargoes across the Isthmus and occasionally military ships. He is preparing for an archaeology field school in Cyprus in May-June 2012 and encourages any interested students to stop by and discuss the opportunity. Finally, David has been blogging somewhat frequently on Corinthian history, archaeology and religion.