Lipstadt Receives Exemplary Teacher Award


Congratulations to Dr. Deborah Lipstadt on receiving Emory’s 2020 Exemplary Teacher Award (formerly known as the Scholar/Teacher Award) for transformational teaching and public scholarship. Lipstadt is Associated Faculty in the History Department and Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies in the Department of Religion and The Tam Institute for Jewish Studies. The award is one of the top honors given to faculty at Emory.

Michael A. Elliott, dean of Emory College of Arts and Sciences and Charles Howard Candler Professor of English, nominated Lipstadt for the award, writing: “As an historian, public intellectual, teacher and mentor, her tireless commitment to scholarly rigor and to social justice are expressed in her astonishing level of service to the university, and to the broader community, all of which she models to her students.” Read a full profile of Listadt, authored by the Emory News Center’s Kimber Williams, here: “Lipstadt receives Exemplary Teacher Award for transformational teaching and public scholarship.”

Armstrong-Partida Publishes Co-Edited Volume ‘Women and Community in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia’

Congratulations to Dr. Michelle Armstrong-Partida, Associate Professor of History, on the publication of the co-edited volume Women and Community in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia (University of Nebraska Press). Armstrong-Partida’s collaborators are Alexandra Guerson (University of Toronto) and Dana Wessell Lightfoot (University of Norther British Columbia). The twelve-essay collection features groundbreaking work on the lives of women from a range of socioeconomic and religious positions in premodern Iberian societies. Elizabeth S. Cohen, Professor Emerita at York University, writes that “This well-conceived volume gathers and fruitfully juxtaposes fresh material from many sites and communities and provides an entrée into the specialized research of a rich range of scholars.”  Read more about Women and Community in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia on the University of Nebraska page.

History Major Kendall Chan (20C) Wins Robert T. Jones, Jr. Scholarship


Senior Kendall Chan, a history and political science double major, has won a Robert T. Jones, Jr. scholarship at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. The Emory Report featured Chan as an outstanding graduate from the Class of 2020. Read their feature, which includes quotations from her former teacher and department advisor Astrid M. Eckert: “Delving into questions points Emory College grad to in-depth policy work.”

‘Classes that Click’: Emory News Center Features Crais’s Virtual ‘The Making of Modern South Africa’

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The Emory News Center’s Leigh DeLozier recently featured Dr. Clifton Crais, graduate assistant Georgia Brunner, and several students from his “Making of Modern South Africa” class. Crais, Brunner, and the students share their perspectives on finding success in the online transition. Read an excerpt from the article below, along with the full piece: “Classes that click: The making of modern South Africa.”

What’s one lesson you’ve learned during this transition, and how will you use it later?

Crais: The importance of human contact and our common humanity, beginning with the simple act of looking into another person’s eyes. I will renew my effort to develop a unique relationship with each and every student, no matter how large the class. Paradoxically, online teaching has taught me the importance of a residential college experience. We are learning new things about the world and about each other. We are going to come out of this crisis better teachers and better students – and citizens.

Dr. Kylie Smith Publishes ‘Talking Therapy: Knowledge and Power in American Psychiatric Nursing’

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Dr. Kylie Smith, a historian at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, has published Talking Therapy: Knowledge and Power in American Psychiatric Nursing with Rutgers University Press. Five years in the making, Talking Therapy traces the rise of modern psychiatric nursing in the United States from the 1920s to the 1970s. Through an analysis of the relationship between nurses and other mental health professions, with an emphasis on nursing scholarship, this book demonstrates the inherently social construction of “mental health,” and highlights the role of nurses in challenging, and complying with, modern approaches to psychiatry. After WWII, heightened cultural and political emphasis on mental health for social stability enabled the development of psychiatric nursing as a distinct knowledge project through which nurses aimed to transform institutional approaches to patient care, and to contribute to health and social science beyond the bedside. Nurses now take for granted the ideas that underpin their relationships with patients, but this book demonstrates that these were ideas not easily won, and that nurses in the past fought hard to make mental health nursing what it is today.