In Creole Italian: How Sicilian Immigrants Shaped the Culture of America’s Most Interesting Food Town, Dr. Justin Nystrom explores the influence Sicilian immigrants have had on New Orleans foodways. His culinary journey follows these immigrants from their first impressions on Louisiana food culture in teh mid-1830's and along their path until the 1970's. Each chapter touches on events that involved Sicilian immigrants and the relevancy of their lives and impact on New Orleans.
The History Department would like to congratulate our 2018 awards winners:
- Thanh T. Mai (pictured above) won Outstanding History Graduate
- Claire A. McKenna won Outstanding Semester Research Paper
History Professor Ashley Howard, an expert in the global history of racial violence, was recently featured by Scholars Strategy Network's podcast No Jargon to discuss protests that turn violent in American history.
The podcast explains protest origins, and how new laws, policing methods, and social media have changed the way people demonstrate.
The American Historical Association has awarded the prestigious John K. Fairbank Prize in East Asian History to the History Department's Dr. Rian Thum for his book, The Sacred Routes of Uyghur History (Harvard University Press, 2014).
In October, Maria Estorino will join the History Miami Museum as the Vice President of Museum Collections. In this newly created position, Ms. Estorino will oversee both object and archival collections and the museum's research center with an emphasis on making such collections discoverable and accessible and activating them in support of the museum's mission to tell Miami's stories.
Mr. Dougherty, who took his BA in History in 2014, was recently awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to teach English in Indonesia. When asked to reflect on his time at Loyola, he said, “Between its faculty and its student body, the humanities departments at Loyola University New Orleans provided me with a progressive community of thinkers and activists from which to grow intellectually and socially. More specifically, I can directly attribute my development as a writer and critical thinker to my history major courses.
Mara graduated with honors in 2015. In her final year at Loyola she racked up an impressive number of awards including a Fulbright U. S. Student Grant to teach English in Tajikistan. She received the Department of History's "Outstanding Graduate Award," and completed her three-year stint as editor-in-chief of the Loyola University Student Historical Journal. Mara's honors thesis "Woody Guthrie: Instrument of Change: Woody Guthrie as a Social Justices Advocate, Leader, and Enduring Inspiration" received the Constance Mui and John T. Sebastian Award for Outstanding Research in Honors.
On July 23rd, 2015, Dr. Justin Nystrom of Loyola's Department of History participated in the national debate over Confederate iconography. Earlier this month, the New Orleans City Council voted 6-0 in favor of beginning the legal actions needed to remove four controversial monuments from public display. Nystrom, along with other local historians, informed the discussion by providing context for the objects. More...