Dr. Joseph Crespino, Jimmy Carter Professor and Department Chair, will moderate the upcoming event “Reflections and Resiliency: The Future of American Democracy in 2021.” The panelists will include Dr. Mary L. Dudziak, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law and Associated Faculty in the History Department, and Dr. Kali Gross, Professor of African American Studies. The event will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, from 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM. Read the full event description below and find more information here.
“The last six months in our nation have been tumultuous—from a highly contested election, an insurrection at the Capitol, to the inauguration of a new President. Faculty experts from Emory College of Arts and Sciences and Emory Law will contextualize these events and the path ahead that preserves democracy through the lenses of history, law, and policy—with a focus on resiliency.“
Dr. Carol Anderson, Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies and Associated Faculty in the History Department, was recently quoted in a story produced by Atlanta’s WABE. The story, “The Good, The Bad And The ‘Petty’ In Georgia’s New Voting Law,” discusses the effects of and debates about the state’s new voting legislation. Read an excerpt quoting Anderson below along with the full piece.
“It also bans counties from accepting private grant money used to open more polling sites and hire more workers to process absentee ballots. ‘When you’re counting 2,000 votes, that’s one thing, when you’re counting hundreds of thousands of votes, that’s another,’ said Emory University professor Carol Anderson.
“Anderson, who studies the history of voting rights, says a one-sized fits all approach to running elections is impractical and disproportionately affects voters in larger cities — often minority voters. Anderson says Georgia lawmakers from both parties should embrace the record voter turnout seen in the 2020 election cycle. ‘But instead of that, we get this cauldron of gloom and doom, and we get this horrible bill that becomes a law that is designed to basically take the power away from voters,’ she said.“
The U.S. News & World Report recently released its 2022 edition of their “America’s Best Graduate Schools” guide. Numerous programs in the Laney Graduate School were ranked highly, including the History graduate program, which sits at 26th on the “Best History Programs” general list. The African History and Latin American History programs ranked seventh and tenth, respectively, among top programs focused on those specific regions. Other ranked Laney programs include: African-American literature (4th), American politics (18th), British literature (16th), comparative politics (20th), English (26th), international politics (18th), political methodology (14th), and political science (19th). Read more about the ranking of programs throughout the Emory campus here: “Emory’s graduate, professional schools ranked among best by U.S. News.”
Dr. Carl Suddler, Assistant Professor of History, will moderate the final event in the Sports History Lecture Series, titled “State of the Playing Field: Sports Historians Wrap Up,” along with History honors student Hannah Charak (21C) and Mathematics major Matthew Ross (21C). The panel will include: Amira Rose Davis, assistant professor of history and African American Studies at Penn State University; Louis Moore, associate professor of history at Grand Valley State University; Theresa Runstedtler, associate professor of history at American University; and Derrick White, professor of history and Africana Studies at the University of Kentucky. Following the panel, the speakers will answer questions from the audience. Registration is required, and registrants will be entered into a prize raffle.
Dr. Patrick N. Allitt, Cahoon Family Professor of American History, will join author Robert Strauss for a conversation about former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall. The public event, titled “John Marshall: The Final Founder,” is hosted by the Carter Center and will take place on Wednesday, April 7, at 7pm EST. Read the full event below and join the conversation via this link.
Eighteenth- and 19th-century contemporaries believed John Marshall to be, if not the equal of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, at least very close to that pantheon. In his new book, journalist and historian Robert Strauss recounts how the Chief Justice acted as the glue that held the union together after the original founding days. Strauss will be in conversation with Emory University History Professor Patrick Allitt.
Willie Lieberman, a third-year student in the History honors program specializing in European Studies, recently published a post on the blog of Emory’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library. Coinciding with Women’s History Month, the article surveys the Rose Library’s exciting Jane Austen collection. Read an excerpt from Lieberman’s piece below along with the full article here.
“March is Women’s History Month – a time to celebrate women’s accomplishments throughout history, address past and present injustices, and pave the path to a more liberated future for all women. The Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library is home to a wealth of collections by significant female authors like Sylvia Plath and Alice Walker. One of the Rose Library’s most exciting features is its Jane Austen collection. Jane Austen is one of the best-known and most successful female authors…The Rose Library’s Jane Austen holdings signify her commercial success and the value of her writing to society, while also pointing to inequities female authors faced in publishing.“
Dr. Jason Morgan Ward, Professor of History, recently published an opinion piece in The New York Times. The article, “Georgia’s Voter Law Is Called ‘Jim Crow 2.0’ for a Reason,” offers essential historical context for understanding the new voting law that Georgia Republicans passed in the last month. Among the evidence Ward cites is research conducted by History Department senior honors thesis student Hannah Charak. Read an excerpt from the article below along with the full piece here.
“But we may not be as distant in our political moment from theirs as we might think: The long struggle to block access to the ballot has always relied on legal maneuvering and political schemes to achieve what bullets and bombs alone could not.
“What legislators in Georgia and across the country have reminded us is that backlash to expanded voting rights has often arrived by a method that our eras have in common: by laws, like Georgia’s Senate Bill 202, passed by elected politicians.”
Dr. Chris Suh, Assistant Professor of History, was recently quoted in an article in TheAtlanta Journal Constitution. Written in the wake of the March 16 killing of eight people, including six Asian women, in Atlanta, the article examines how Asian immigrants and their descendants have navigated racial divides in Georgia. Suh’s research specializations include the US in the Pacific World, Asian American history, comparative studies in race and ethnicity, and the Progressive Era. His current book project is titled “At the Dawn of the Pacific Era: American Encounters with Asians in the Progressive Era of Empire and Exclusion.” Read an excerpt from the AJC piece citing Suh below along with the full article: “Asians have long, complex history navigating Georgia’s racial divides.”
“Chris Suh, an assistant professor of history at Emory, said the university was one of several southern Methodist schools that recruited elite students from East Asia in the 1880s and 1890s to train as missionaries in the southern conservative tradition.
“‘This is a time when Blacks and Jewish Americans are being persecuted, and you randomly have these Asian elites who are invited to dinner parties with the most influential southerners because they’re Christian, because they’ve conformed to what the white Christians believe is a great way for a non-white person to behave,’ said Suh.“