Discussing ISIS

An Asian Studies Colloquium, “The roots, context, and impact of the ISIS/ISIL in and beyond the Middle East region,” with panelists Prof. Brian Mann (History), Prof. Hasan F Mavi (Kinesiology), and Prof. Newton Key (History), moderated by Prof. Gordon Tucker (Biology) will take place 5:00-6:30 PM Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 4440 Booth Library Conference Room. Following the panel presentation discussion will take place over pizza and refreshment. All are invited. (Making Sense of the ISIS panel flyer)

ISIS panel

“Remember, Remember the fifth of November…”

The Gunpowder treason and plot.” A few USA students know the couplet regarding 5 November. A few more know the date from V for Vendetta. But the history of the plot uncovered on 5 November 1605, and subsequent treason day celebrations in England remain worthy objects of consideration. Eastern Illinois University history professor Newton Key discusses the Plot, the day, and possible relevance for the contemporary world on Wayne Brittenden’s Counterpoint on Radio New Zealand, 9 November 2014. If you are not in New Zealand, a podcast is available. Dr. Key has previously discussed aspects of the plot and its memory with a Daily Eastern News Online news editor in 2006, and on the CNN “belief blog” in 2011.

Crowdsourcing history

Newton Key’s article “Crowdsourcing the Early Modern Blogosphere,” originally posted in an Open Peer Review version, has been revised and published in Historyblogosphere: Bloggen in den Geschichtswissenschaften, ed. Peter Haber, Eva Pfanzelter, and Julia Schreiner, 101-118. Berlin, Boston: Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag, 2013. Co-editor Dr. Eva Pfanzelter and asst. professor at the University of Innsbruck, is also an EIU MA in History (1994).

History Graduate Awardees

At Graduate Student Awards Ceremony in the Grand Ballroom on April 11, 2013, several awards were to members of the History Department as Eastern Illinois.

Distinguished Graduate Students:

  • Benjamin Ill, Master of Arts in History, presented by Dr. Charles Foy, Professor of History
  • Anna Mullen, Master of Arts in History; Historical Administration Option, presented by Dr. Nora Pat Small, Graduate Coordinator

Williams Travel Grant recipients for travel to present papers at conferences from the Master of Arts in History graduate program:

  • Nathan Allison
  • Ljiljana Milojevic
  • Philip Mohr
  • Benjamin Ill
  • Patrick Vonesh

Jason Miller, Master of Arts in History, was the recipient of the 2013 Thesis Award of Excellence in the College of Arts & Humanities for A Neighbors’ War:  Provost Marshals, Desertion, The Draft, And Political Violence on the Central Illinois Home Front, 1861-1865, mentored by Dr. Mark Voss-Hubbard.

Dr. Newton Key, Graduate Faculty member in the Master of Arts in History, was the 2013 Rodney S. Ranes Graduate Faculty Mentor Award recipient.

History and Tarble Go Steampunk

Thomas J. Brown, associate professor of history at the University of South Carolina, will deliver a lecture onThe Steampunk Civil War” at Tarble Arts Center, Monday, April 15, at 7 pm.  Professor  Brown is the author or editor of Remixing the Civil War: Meditations on the Sesquicentennial (2011), Reconstructions: New Perspectives on the Postbellum United States (2006), and other works. The talk is free and open to the public and is presented in conjunction with Experiences of the Illinois Civil War Soldier, an exhibition presented by the Eastern Illinois University Historical Administration class of 2013, and the Tarble Arts Center, April-July 2013. The talk is sponsored by the EIU History Department and the Tarble. An open reception follows.

Paige, Baseball, Civil Rights: the lecture

Satchel Paige—the third African-American to desegregate major league baseball at the remarkable age of 42—remains a American icon. His fascinating life and legacy will be explored by his biographer Dr. Donald Spivey of the University of Miami, on April 1 (Doudna Lecture Hall, 7pm). Dr. Spivey’s talk is entitled “Satchel Paige and Black Baseball in the Rethinking of the Civil Rights Movement.” The talk is part of the Barry D. Riccio Lecture Series.

Swing Jazz History

Newton Key will introduce two film selections on Swing Jazz of the 1930s and 1940s, and then moderate discussion, Thursday, 7 February 2013, 7-9 p.m., in Buzzard Hall Auditorium. The films, each about 25 minutes, are a selection from Ken Burns’ Jazz: Episode 6, Swing, the Velocity of Celebration; and International Sweethearts of Rhythm. The brief introduction attempts to contextualize the Swing rebellion and to link sounds and events then with those of the 1970s and beyond. This free presentation is open to the public and connected with the America’s Music exhibit at Booth Library.