Lesser and Anderson Among Faculty Panelists at Upcoming Event, “The Insurrection at the Capitol: Where Do We Go from Here?”

Dr. Jeffrey Lesser (Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor and Director of the Halle Institute),  Dr. Carol Anderson (Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies, AAS Chair, and Associated Faculty), and Dr. Jeffrey Staton (Professor and Chair, Political Science) will speak on a panel at an upcoming Zoom event titled “The Insurrection at the Capitol: Where Do We Go from Here?” Sponsored by Emory College and Bridge Emory, the event aims to create dialogue among students and faculty relating to the events at the U.S. Capitol in January. Following presentations by the panelists, students will be invited to join a dozen additional Emory faculty members in conversation in breakout rooms. Dr. Gyan Pandey (Arts & Sciences Distinguished Professor) and Dr. Carl Suddler (Assistant Professor) are among the faculty who will facilitate breakout conversations. The event will take place on Thursday, February 4, from 7:30-9pm. You may register here: http://bit.ly/postinsurrection-event.

Anderson, Goldmon, and Pugh Among Recipients of Mellon Foundation Grant on Reparations Solutions

Emory University is one of the recipients of a $5 million grant awarded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the University of Michigan’s Center for Social Solutions and other institutions as part of the Foundation’s Just Futures initiative. The project creates and leverages a national network of scholars working in partnership with community-based organizations to develop racial reparation solutions. Dr. Carol Anderson, Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies, AAS department chair, and associated faculty in the history department, will lead a team of scholars that also includes Vanessa Siddle Walker, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of African American Studies, and AAS assistant professors Dr. Janeria Easley and Dr. Jessica Lynn Stewart.

History doctoral students Camille Goldmon and Aleo Pugh will support the team’s work. Goldmon’s dissertation, advised by Dr. Allen E. Tullos and Anderson, is titled “Land Retention Amongst African-American Farmers in the U.S. South.” Pugh’s dissertation, advised by Dr. Walter Rucker, Dr. Jason Ward, and Anderson, is titled “‘Leery of Being Consumed’: Working-Class Black Dissent and the Legacy of Brown.” Read more about the grant below.

The grant’s project, “Crafting Democratic Futures: Situating Colleges and Universities in Community-based Reparations Solutions” will involve community fellows as well as local organizations in a collaborative public history reckoning designed to offer tangible suggestions for community-based racial reparations solutions. The project emerges from the Center for Social Solutions’ focus on slavery and its aftermath, and is informed by three generations of humanistic scholarship and what that scholarship suggests for all seeking just futures. The Center is led by former Emory Provost Earl Lewis.

-“Recent Mellon Foundation Grants Awarded to AAS Faculty,” AAS Newsletter.

History Major Scott Benigno Publishes Research in ‘The Haley Classical Journal’

Scott Benigno

History major Scott Benigno recently published a paper, “A Martyrdom that Overshadowed Heresy: Saint Lucian of Antioch,” in The Haley Classical Journal. Scott’s paper originated in the course “Byzantium: Gold, Glory, and Gore in the Eastern Roman Empire,” taught by graduate student Mary Grace Gibbs-DuPree. Scott’s assignment was to pick a saint and explain how this saint came to be included in the Byzantine religious calendar. Saint Lucian of Antioch was so appealing, Scott thought, because he gained sainthood for having died for his faith but, during his lifetime, had strayed from Church doctrine. The journey from a class assignment based on a keen observation to a published paper was still long, though: “The peer-editing and review process was tough,” Scott said, “and I have never dug deeper to find sources than I did for this paper. It was a very rewarding experience.” Find the article here: “A Martyrdom that Overshadowed Heresy: Saint Lucian of Antioch.”

Graduate Student Alexander Compton Wins Article Prize from Southern Historical Association

Congratulations to graduate student Alexander Compton, whose second-year research paper “Decolonize Your Minds! Audre Lorde, Archival Activism, and the Transnational Origins of Black European Consciousness” won the John L. Snell Memorial Prize of the European History Section of the Southern Historical Association. The Snell Prize is given annually to the graduate student who submits the best seminar research paper in European history, written within the past year. Compton’s paper historicizes the processes that led to the rise of Black German and Black European consciousness in the 1980s, particularly the transnational networks forged through the composition, publication, and translation of the seminal Black German feminist anthology Farbe bekennen (Showing Our Colors). The paper was mentored by Prof. Eckert and Prof. Vick.

Emory Historians Discuss “Legacies of Reconstruction”

Emory historians will gather via Zoom to discuss the “Legacies of Reconstruction” on November 10, 2020, from 1:00-2:00 pm EST. Panelists include Dr. Susan Ashmore, Charles Howard Candler Professor of History, Emory Oxford, and Dr. Alyasah A. Sewell, Associate Professor, Emory Department of Sociology. The panel will be moderated by Camille Goldmon, a PhD candidate in the History Department. The event is a part of the Lift Every Voice seminar series, organized as a tribute to the late Dr. Pellom McDaniels, III. Find more details about the event, including registration, here: http://emorylib.info/lift-nov.

Wiggins (18G) to Speak on “Legacies of Reconstruction” in “Lift Every Voice” Seminar Series

Dr. Danielle Wiggins, a 2018 graduate of the History PhD program, will join other panelists on November 10, 2020, to discuss the legacies of Reconstruction. Wiggins is Assistant Professor of History at Caltech. PhD candidate in History Camille Goldman will moderate the conversation. The event is a part of the Lift Every Voice seminar series, organized as a tribute to the late Dr. Pellom McDaniels, III. Find more details about the event, including registration, here: http://emorylib.info/lift-nov.

Pugh and Webster Win 2019-’20 McLean Prize

Congratulations to History graduate students Aleo Pugh and Anjuli Webster on winning the 2019-’20 Ross H. and May B. McLean prize. Established to honor Dr. McLean at his retirement in 1957, the prize is awarded each year to the first-year student/s in the History graduate program who achieved the most distinguished record for the year. Pugh’s graduate work, which is advised by Profs. Walter Rucker, Jason Ward, and Carol Anderson, examines African American history, social history, memory studies, and Black feminist theory in the Twentieth-Century United States. Profs. Clifton Crais and Yanna Yannakakis advise Webster, whose research engages issues related to empire, law and sovereignty in southeastern Africa. Find previous winners of the McLean Prize here.

Webster Wins 2019-’20 Francis S. Benjamin Prize

Image credit: Jacques Nicolas Bellin, Carte de la coste orientale d’Afrique depuis le Cap de Bonne Esperance jusqu’au Cap del Gada (Cape Town: University of Cape Town Libraries, 1740), islandora:19752, Islandora Repository, University of Cape Town Digital Collections.

Congratulations to History graduate student Anjuli Webster on winning the 2019-20 Francis S. Benjamin prize for her paper, “From extraction to enclosure: Delagoa Bay as aqueous borderland in the nineteenth century.” The paper traces the history of failed British claims to Portuguese Delagoa Bay in south Eastern Africa over the nineteenth century. Through disputes over geography, jurisdiction, and possession of this imperial outpost, the border between what would become Mozambique and South Africa slowly and episodically coalesced long before the territorial carve up of Africa during the Berlin Conference of 1884.

The Benjamin prize was established in early 1974 in memory of Francis Benjamin who taught at Emory from 1946 till 1973. This gift is used to reward the best paper written by a graduate student during their first two years in the Emory History PhD program. View previous winners of the prize here.

PhD Student Robert Billups Wins Grant for Research at LBJ Presidential Library

Third-year graduate student Robert Billups has been awarded a Moody Research Grant for his current project, titled “White Supremacist Bombings and Arsons Against U.S. Civil Rights Institutions, 1940-1975.” The grant, which is underwritten by The Moody Foundation and awarded by a faculty committee from the University of Texas at Austin, will support Billups as he conducts research at the LBJ Presidential Library. Billups is advised by Joseph Crespino, History Department Chair and Jimmy Carter Professor, and Allen Tullos, Professor and Co-Director of Emory Center for Digital Scholarship.

PhD Student Anjuli Webster Publishes Article in the ‘South African Historical Journal’

Second-year PhD student Anjuli Webster recently published an article in the South African Historical Journal. The article is titled “Transatlantic Knowledge: Race Relations, Social Science and Native Education in Early Twentieth-Century South Africa.” Webster’s faculty advisers are Dr. Clifton Crais and Dr. Yanna Yannakakis. Read the abstract of “Transatlantic Knowledge” below along with the full article.

In this paper I trace knowledge flows between South Africa and the United States in the early twentieth century. I analyse these flows as parts within a broader white supremacist political project and technology of power. Focusing on the early Union period from the 1910s to the 1930s, I explore links, networks and exchanges within and across imperial and colonial spaces that spanned the Atlantic. These include institutional, financial, intellectual and personal relationships and networks between philanthropic institutions, race relations ‘experts’ and social scientists. In particular, I focus on the South African Institute of Race Relations’ role in importing education models from the American South and shaping narratives around ‘native education’ in South Africa. In this case, positivist science functioned to instil and root a racial order. I argue that attending to the circulation and entanglement of ideas between these global spheres offers new insight into the genealogy of anthropological and social scientific knowledge during the historical conjuncture of the Union period.