Professor Joseph Crespino published the following article in The New York Times on July 16: “”Go Set a Watchman,’ released to much fanfare this week, may have been an apprentice work for Harper Lee’s classic 1960 novel, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ but, in a way, the earlier book seems more sophisticated. It offers a subtle and surprising exploration of racial politics, and not merely because of the racist comments of Atticus Finch, one of the most beloved figures in American literature.” Crespino is the author of Strom Thurmond’s America (Hill & Wang, 2012).
A graduate of Emory and former history major, Alexander Colonna is now an acute care surgeon at the University of Utah. He is also completing a Master of Science in Clinic Investigation, with a thesis/project titled “Measuring Sleep in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit.” Among his responsibilities is leading in the teaching of 4th year medical students that do sub-internships at the University of Utah.
Alexander’s eldest son turns 6 in November and is starting kindergarten next week. His daughter just turned three, and his youngest is now four months old. He became a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons last year. In addition, he is in the Army Reserves and has served in Iraq in 2011 and Afghanistan in 2013. Alexander’s wife Sarah is also faculty at the University of Utah, currently serving as a clinical instructor in the Oncology department. Soon to be promoted to assistant professor, she is in the MSCI program but will be finished with it this academic year.
Alexander and his wife are busy but couldn’t be happier!
A recent graduate of Emory and former history major (doubled with Psychology), Erica Sterling recently was selected to receive the new John Lewis Fellowship. Read more about Erica and the fellowship here, or check out this brief description from the Emory News Center:
Three Emory students have been selected to receive the John Lewis Fellowship, a new human-rights focused educational program launched in partnership with the National Center for Civil and Human Rights (NCCHR) and Humanity in Action (HIA), Inc., an international educational organization.
Students and recent graduates from 119 universities applied for the new fellowship — named for civil rights icon U.S. Rep. John Lewis — which brings an inaugural class of 20 American and 10 European scholars to Atlanta this summer for a four-week program that explores the history and contemporary politics of diversity and minority rights in the United States.
James V.H. Melton, Professor of History, has published a new monograph with Cambridge University Press titled Religion, Community, and Slavery on the Colonial Southern Frontier. See below for a description of the new work.
This book tells the story of Ebenezer, a frontier community in colonial Georgia founded by a mountain community fleeing religious persecution in its native Salzburg. This study traces the lives of the settlers from the alpine world they left behind to their struggle for survival on the southern frontier of British America. Exploring their encounters with African and indigenous peoples with whom they had had no previous contact, this book examines their initial opposition to slavery and why they ultimately embraced it. Transatlantic in scope, this study will interest readers of European and American history alike.
Dr. Leslie Harris will speak at the Georgia Archives’ upcoming “Lunch and Learn” lecture series. Harris will discuss Slavery and Freedom in Savannah, co-edited with Daina Ramey Berry and released on the University of Georgia Press in 2014. The volume won the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council’s Excellence in Documenting Georgia’s History award. More information about the event can be found here.
Dr. Clifton Crais took the prize for Author of the Year in the Memoir/Autobiography category from the Georgia Writer’s Association. Crais’ History Lessons: A Memoir of Madness, Memory, and the Brain was published by Overlook Press last year. Learn more about this year’s Georgia Author of the Year prizes here.
Assistant Professor of History Dr. Elena Conis was quoted in the NPR article “In Bid for Stricter Vaccine Rules, Officials Grapple with Decades-Old Distrust.” Conis provided historical context for debates about vaccination, a hot-button issue today in places throughout the country. Conis is the author of Vaccine Nation: America’s Changing Relationship with Immunization.