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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.

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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.

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.

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.

Dr. Justin Nystrom of the History Department gave an account of the segregation laws in New Orleans as they applied to liquor-consumption and the "corner-grocery culture" at a recent Southern Food Alliance symposium. More...

Behrooz Moazami, Ph.D., the Patrick G. O'Keefe Distinguished Professor of History at Loyola University New Orleans, spoke with Garland Robinette of WWL 870 AM. A recording of the 12 minute interview can be heard here.

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... 

On Saturday, 08 August, the History Department's Dr. Mark Fernandez will present a lecture at the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  The lecture, “Atomic Woody: Woody Guthrie, Einstein, and the Atomic Age,” examines Woody's experience of WWII and how he reflected on the implications of that conflict for the modern world.  

The History Department is proud to report that two of its recent graduates, Joseph Patrick Dougherty (‘14) and Mara Steven (‘15), are among the more than 1,900 American students offered an opportunity to travel and study abroad for the 2015-16 academic year. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.

Mr. Dougherty will travel to Indonesia to teach English, and then return to New Orleans to teach.

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