Dr. Shuhua Fan has been invited to present her paper “A Golden Decade in China: The Harvard-Yenching Institute and Yenching University (1928-1937)” at the “Yenching University and Liberal Education in Modern China International Conference” in Beijing, China on April 26, 2014. Dr. Fan’s research explores the early success of the Harvard-Yenching Institute in the years before war with Japan.
The University of Scranton Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta (the History Honor Society) inducted fourteen new members on April 14, 2014. Dr. Adam Pratt welcomed the new members with a talk entitled (appropriately) “Why I Became a History Major.” Congratulations to the newest members of the Mu-Rho chapter of Phi Alpha Theta.
From left to right: (back row) Susan Poulson (moderator); Kelly A. Kuzminski; Hayden Chamberlain; Jaclyn Cline; William J. Halfpenny; Ryan L. Bisio; (front row) Stephanie Marie Aten; April V. Francia; Christine Panzitta; Alexandra Ponti; ; not pictured: Alexander Ametrano, Christopher Fragassi, Carl Hughes, Benjamin D. Turcea; Michael Walker
Robert W. Shaffern, Dominicans, Indulgences and Imperial Rivalry in Fourteenth-Century Germany (Rochester, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2014).
Indulgences have long been known as the occasion for the Protestant Reformation of the early sixteenth-century, but less well known are the medieval arguments about indulgences. Shaffern’s book examines an indulgence-controversy of the mid-fourteenth century. In this case, the rights of German Dominican friars to grant indulgences became caught up with the succession to the imperial throne. Pope John XXII objected that Louis IV did not obtain consecration as emperor from the Holy See, and that therefore his occupation of the imperial throne was a usurpation. For a generation, Germany was divided between the supporters of Louis and of John. German Dominicans supported the pope and attracted the bitterness of Louis’s allies. That bitterness translated into an attack on the validity of Dominican indulgences. John of Dambach, a Dominican friar and intellectual, wrote two treatises in defense of Dominican indulgences. In these treatises survive the views on indulgences of a prominent figure in the fourteenth-century German church, which is the main focus of Shaffern’s book, the second he has published on the history of indulgences in the Middle Ages.
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Tricia M. Ross, a 2007 graduate of the History Department, has won a 2014-2015 Fulbright Student Award to Germany. After graduation from Scranton, Trish studied for master’s degree from Yale University. She is now working on her doctoral dissertation at Duke University. Her dissertation is focusing on the Protestant Reformation. Congratulations Trish!
Congratulations to Dr. David Dzurec who has recently been awarded a Fulbright Scholar Grant. As part of his grant Dr. Dzurec will spend the Spring 2015 semester at Trnava University in the Slovak Republic. Dr. Dzurec is particularly pleased to be spending a semester where he won’t have to correct people on the pronunciation of his last name.
above: The Trnava University campus in Slovakia.
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Just a reminder from your friendly neighborhood Department of History that the first Royals Historical Society meeting will take place this Thursday, March 6 at 8PM in St. Thomas 312.
Should you happen to be in Washington DC early in 2014 and looking for something to do, Dr. Sean Brennan and Dr. David Dzurec will be presenting at the American Historical Association’s annual meeting. Dr. Dzurec will present “‘Old Tar and Feathers’: Father John Bapst and Protestant-Catholic Relations in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Maine” on January 2, 2014. Dr. Brennan will present Confessor to the Nazis: Father Fabian Flynn’s Service as the Catholic Chaplain of the International War Crimes Tribunal at Nuremberg on January 3, 2014.
Dr. Roy Domenico has been awarded the American Catholic Historical Association’s Distinguished Teaching Award. The award is presented to a college or university professor who has demonstrated a high commitment to teaching beyond the expected requirements of their position and through their influence and skill have promoted Catholic studies from one generation of scholars to another.
Dr. David Dzurec has published “Prisoners of War and American Self-Image During the American Revolution” in the November 2013 edition of the journal War in History. The article examines how accounts of the experiences of prisoners of war during the American Revolution helped those fighting for the cause of independence to create a definition of American liberty. In highlighting the ‘barbarous and cruel’ nature of British treatment of prisoners, these narratives allowed those who supported the patriot cause to highlight the difference between themselves and their former colonial masters. As prisoners’ accounts appeared in newspapers, broadsides, and individual volumes, the plight of captive Americans became a form of shorthand for the struggle of the entire nation as it tried to secure its independence from the ‘savage Britons’.