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In a recent essay, Professor Dawson McCall discusses the success of Kenyan distance runners in international athletics, highlighting the dynamic and varied ways that Kenyans take part in and contribute to the country's vibrant and dominant running culture. Read it here!

In his recent article "'A Hero Who Made This Country Proud’: Boxing, Nation, and the Politics of Sport in Kenya, ca 1950–1980," Professor Dawson McCall explores the history of Kenyan boxing from the late colonial period through the first decades of Kenyan independence.

Dr. Grams shared her research on the cholera epidemics of the 19th and 20th century in Syria on New Lines Magazine's podcast, The Lede, which had many similarities to the COVID-19 outbreak. Listen here to learn more!

Dr. Mark Fernandez was featured as a guest on a new podcast called "No Root, No Fruit" which explores the history of folk and Americana music. The episode is "Woody Guthrie: Dust Bowl Ballads," which explores Woody Guthrie's album of the same name. He was recommended for the show by the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma as they consider him to be one of their top researchers. To listen to the podcast episode, click here!

The Department of History's own Dr. Lauren Doughty spoke with a local news channel, Fox 8, about Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom's Platinum Jubilee. Dr. Doughty was chosen for her expertise in British History. You can watch the interview here! 

The History and Philosophy Departments joined together to hold an awards ceremony for students in the department. Students Jesse Coleman, Allyssa Edwards, Franco Fuenes, Henry Glick, Delaney Harper, Jesse LeBouef, and Joeseph Pitre were awarded for their excellence as students, writers, and leaders. Faculty from both departments came together with friends and family of the awardees to express their support for the students. 


You can find photos taken by Dr. Justin Nystrom here.

Andrea Norwood won Best Freshmen/Sophomore in the Monroe Library Student Research Competition. Their paper, A Changing Identity: Loyola’s LGBT+ Organizations Over the Years (1991-2012) was written for Dr. Allison Edgren's The Historian's Craft class. Andrea said they enjoyed writing this paper because as a Freshman, they had never worked extensively with primary sources prior to this class, and they were excited to engage with the material. For the paper, Andrea used the Special Collections on the Monroe Library's website.

Analene McCullough was the recipient of the Senior Thesis Project award from the Monroe Library Student Research Competition. Her thesis was titled The Students for A Democratic Society and the Weather Underground: Transition to Violence, which examines Students for a Democratic Society, a movement of progressive young people from the 1960s, and how it transformed into a radical and violent group targeted by the FBI. Department chair, Dr. Mark Fernandez, advised her through the process of writing her thesis.

Dr. Garrett Fontenot graduated from Loyola University New Orleans in 2012. He was always interested in studying History, and chose Loyola after touring college campuses and finding the feeling of home here on campus. After finishing his Bachelor’s degree, Dr. Fontenot went on to Notre Dame University to get both his Masters in History and Ph.D where he researched eighteenth century French North America. While conducting his research, Dr. Fontenot received a Fulbright Scholarship and did research in Montreal. 

Dr. Margaret Peacock is an Associate Professor of History and Director of Undergraduate Studies at University of Alabama. She graduated from Loyola University New Orleans in December of 1994. She originally majored in Political Science, but after taking a German history class with the now retired Dr. Cook, she decided to best know politics you need to know history and changed her major. During her time at Loyola, Dr. Peacock studied abroad in Russia just five months after the fall of the Soviet Union.


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