Compiled by Michael Dolski
Dr. William I. Hitchcock, professor of history and acting director of CENFAD, spent the fall of 2006 on a Fulbright research fellowship in Belgium. He was there to work in Belgian archives relating to the impact of the Second World War on Belgian civilians, especially those people living in the heavily damaged parts of the country in the Ardennes region of eastern Belgium. This wooded region was the setting for the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944-January 1945. The archival resources held at the Centre d’Etudes Guerres et Sociétés Contemporaines in Brussels were filled with rarely used materials relating to military history but also to the social impact of war on a people that endured German and, briefly, American occupation. Hitchcock also worked at the Imperial War Museum in London, reading through many diaries and memoirs of British veterans of the Normandy campaign, and at the Public Record Office in Kew, outside of London. He traveled to Normandy to work in local archives there to explore the French civilian experience of liberation during the battles of the summer of 1944. He also worked in the Archivio Centrale dello Stato in Rome, where he studied the papers of the Alto Commissariato per le Sanzioni contro il Fascismo, the Italian purge commission. In Rome, he was invited to address the NATO Defense College on the state of the US-European alliance. In the spring of 2007, Hitchcock taught his graduate seminar on 20th Century European history, and completed the manuscript of his book, which is now in press. It is slated to appear in October 2008, under the title Liberation: Americans, Europeans and the Recovery of Freedom at the Close of World War II (Free Press). This fall, Hitchcock is teaching a survey of 20th Century Europe for undergraduates and is also overseeing the usual busy schedule of CENFAD-sponsored events, talks and public lectures. He will teach a graduate seminar in the spring term of 2008 on Europe in the Second World War.
Queens College in New York invited Dr. Jay Lockenour (along with Temple alum Christopher DeRosa, now a professor at Monmouth College and Michael Perry of the Army Heritage Center Foundation) to serve on a panel of historians previewing Ken Burns’ latest mega-documentary, The War. The event’s organizer, Dr. Bobby Wintermute (who earned his Temple Ph.D. last year) also invited a distinguished panel of veterans, including Ward Chamberlain (who appears in the documentary), Arnold Franco, and Sol Abrams. Otherwise, Dr. Lockenour is using his current research and study leave to work on his manuscript: Dragonslayer, the Life and Legend of Erich Ludendorff in the Weimar Republic.
Dr. Gregory J. W. Urwin, professor of history and associate director of CENFAD, published “Marine Survival Success in Japanese Prison Camps, 1941-1945,” in Volume 4, Issue No. 2, of World War II Quarterly, which appeared earlier this summer. Urwin is a founding member of the editorial review board for World War II Quarterly, which is the only refereed journal exclusively devoted to humanity’s bloodiest armed conflict. Stephen Budiansky, editor of the separate World War II magazine, assisted Urwin in adapting his article into a shorter format suitable for a mass audience. The result, “How Marine POWs Hung Tough,” will appear on newsstands in World War II early in 2008.
Urwin also published a chapter titled “Securing the New Nation, 1784-1844” in U.S. Army Infantry edited by Raymond K. Bluhm, Jr., Jerry A. White, and Clayton R. Newell. The massive pictorial history was produced by Universe Publishing on behalf of the National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning, Georgia. In addition, Urwin wrote two sidebars for the book – “Anthony Wayne Builds an Army,” and “The Regiments of Riflemen, 1808-1821.” Urwin’s article, “Trooping the Colour in 1797,” appeared in the November 2007 issue of The Guards Magazine: Journal of the Household Division. That publication covers the current activities and history of the most elite formations of the British Army. Urwin has been asked to write several more articles for The Guards Magazine dealing with the material culture of the Foot Guards during the last quarter of the 18th century.
Since August 2006, Urwin has written ten chapters for his current book project, “Victory in Defeat: The Defenders of Wake Island as Prisoners of War, 1941-1945.” He hopes to complete the last six chapters in the draft manuscript by the end of the summer of 2008. In a change of pace, Urwin joined T.L. Bonaddio in co-editing a history aimed at children, The Big Book of the Civil War by Joanne Mattern, for Courage Books of Philadelphia. It was released earlier this year. Urwin’s essay collection, Black Flag over Dixie: Racial Atrocities and Reprisals in the Civil War, has just gone into its second paperback printing. It was originally released by Southern Illinois Press in 2004 and went paperback the following year.
Urwin received an academic fellowship from the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy last spring. Under FDD auspices, he traveled through Israel from May 26 to June 6, 2007, to study counterterrorism. On his return, he published an op-ed piece, “Israel’s Security System Truly Worth Emulating” in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Just before Urwin left for Israel, he flew to Lexington, Kentucky, to present “The Rise of George Armstrong Custer” to the Civil War Round Table of Kentucky. In July, Urwin lectured at the University of North Texas on “The Importance of World War II.” His appearance was part of an annual summer program that UNT sponsors for social science teachers on how to teach military history. The following month, Urwin delivered an abridged version of his Army War College lecture, “When Freedom Wore a Red Coat: A Social History of Cornwallis’ 1781 Virginia Campaign,” as a paper at the Conference of Army Historians in Arlington, Virginia. The full version of that study has been selected for publication in the conference proceedings.
Urwin was the keynote speaker on November 9, 2007, at the Revolutionary War Cavalry Conference sponsored by the South Carolina Historical Society, Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution, Wofford College, and Cowpens National Battlefield. Urwin spoke on “’There Is No Carrying on the War without Them’: The Continental Light Dragoons, 1776-83.”
Finally, Urwin has been appointed to the Finance Committee of the Society for Military History and is a judge for the Army Historical Foundation’s 2007 Distinguished Writing Awards.
Dr. Vladislav M. Zubok, associate professor of history, just published A Failed Empire: The Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev, part of the New Cold War Series published by University of North Carolina Press. Professor William Taubman of Amherst College neatly captures Zubok’s contribution to the field in two sentences: “This book is the best history we have of the Soviet side of the cold war. Far more than a survey, Zubok’s analysis is based on cutting-edge historical scholarship. He makes use of the most recently available sources and brings to their interpretation an unusually sharp mind.”
Professor for Concepts and Doctrine for the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Dr. John A. Bonin (Ph.D., 2006) continues to participate as the historian for a resident course seminar and has been involved in numerous other activities. Bonin provided key design concepts and participated in several work groups in the development of a new organization for the U.S. Army Theater Military Advisory and Assistance Group. During the past year, he has provided lectures on the Army at the Theater-level for not only resident and General Officer courses conducted at Carlisle, but also at U.S. Army North, U.S. Army South, and at U.S. Army Southern European Task Force headquarters in Vicenza, Italy. For his service to the U.S. Army and the Army War College, Bonin will be honored as the recipient of the General of the Army George C. Marshall Chair of Military Studies at a ceremony this December.
Dr. Jerome J. Comello (Ph.D., 1999) continues as Professor of Military Studies, in the Department of Military Strategy, Planning and Operations, at the U.S. Army War College, a position which he has held since 1999.
Dr. Marc Gallicchio (B.A. 1975, Ph.D. 1986) has edited The Unpredictability of the Past: Memories of the Asia-Pacific War in U.S.-East Asian Relations (Durham: Duke University Press, 2007). The book was the product of several international conferences sponsored by the International University of Japan and the U.S.-Japan Foundation. Gallicchio wrote the introduction and conclusion and contributed an essay titled “Memory and the Lost Found Relationship between Black Americans and Japan.” Former Temple professor Waldo Heinrichs participated in the conferences and wrote a chapter on “The Enola Gay and Contested Public Memory.” Gallicchio is currently professor and chairperson of the Department of History at Villanova University.
Dr. Henry G. Gole (Ph.D., 1991) was awarded a writing prize in the 2007 Cold War Essay Competition sponsored by the John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History and Strategic Analysis, Virginia Military Institute, for his work titled “General William E. DePuy: His Relief of Subordinates in Combat.” The University Press of Kentucky will publish the book-length version of this biography of William E. DePuy in 2008. Gole studied under the direction of Russell F. Weigley. Gole’s published books include The Road to Rainbow: Army Planning for Global War, 1934-1940 (Naval Institute Press, 2003) and Soldiering: Observations from Korea, Vietnam, and Safe Places (Potomac Books, 2005).
Dr. J. Britt McCarley (Ph.D., 1989), has been involved in several military history and public history activities since the spring of this year. He chaired a panel at the April 2007 SMH conference. The panel covered activities by U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) historians and museum directors to collect the documents (hardcopy and digital) and artifacts that record the history of the Army’s branches in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. McCarley led the TRADOC Military History Program in the first of three annual training courses designed to prepare the command’s field historians for the new responsibilities in the revised Army Regulation 870-5 that now requires the Army History Program to preserve historical documents (hardcopy and digital) as a matter of Federal law. He chaired a panel at the August 2007 biennial Conference of Army Historians on the varieties of irregular warfare in the South during the American War of Independence, which included an excellent paper presented by Temple’s Dr. Gregory J. W. Urwin. McCarley participated in an October 2007 Department of the Army Historical Advisory Committee (DAHAC) sub-committee visit to the U.S. Army War College (AWC) to determine the amount and extent of military history instruction in AWC’s curriculum. Finally, Beyond Combat: Essays in Military History in Honor of Russell F. Weigley will contain a chapter by McCarley on Major General William T. Sherman's generalship in the 1864 Atlanta Campaign.
Dr. John T. McNay (Ph.D., 1997) has had accepted for publication “Breaking the Copper Collar: The Professionalization of Journalism in Montana, 1890-1970” by American Journalism, the journal of the American Journalism Historians Association. The article should appear in this winter’s edition. McNay has an edited manuscript, “From the Great War to the Cold War: The Memoirs of Ambassador Henry F. Grady,” under review at the University of Missouri Press. McNay also presented a paper on Henry Grady’s work on World War II economic warfare at the 2006 SHAFR conference in Kansas. On another project, McNay received a travel grant in 2006 from the LBJ Library to research the relationship between Dean Acheson and Lyndon Johnson and their collaboration on the 1957 civil rights act. In fall 2007, McNay taught two courses, World War II and the Cold War, at the University of Lüneburg in Germany. An associate professor of history at the University of Cincinnati, McNay wrote his dissertation, “Imperial Paradigm: Dean G. Acheson and American Foreign Relations,” under the direction of Richard Immerman. The study was published as Acheson and Empire: The British Accent in American Foreign Relations by the University of Missouri Press in 2001. At UC, McNay has been a member of the university's Faculty Senate and a member of the executive council, as well as the negotiating team, of the AAUP chapter.
Dr. Patrick Murray (Ph.D. 1991) earned his doctorate under the direction of Russell F. Weigley and was honored to write a chapter in his upcoming festschrift, Beyond Combat, published by the American Philosophical Society, and edited by Drs. Edward Longacre and Ted Zeman. Murray’s chapter is titled, "Eisenhower as Ground Forces Commander: The British Viewpoint.”
Student of Russell F. Weigley, Dr. Jennifer Speelman (Ph.D., 2001) was pleased that she could contribute a chapter on the U.S. Navy and its role in founding state maritime academies in Beyond Combat: Essays in Military History in Honor of Russell F. Weigley. Speelman is in her sixth year at The Citadel and will be going up for tenure in the spring. She is excited to have been elected as Trustee for the Society of Military History.
Dr. David J. Ulbrich (Ph.D., 2007) continues to teach in the History Department and the Correctional Education Program at Ball State University. He was named the 2006-2007 Outstanding Educator, as chosen by 1,200 incarcerated students enrolled in Ball State’s Correctional Education Program from among 125 professors teaching in six prison facilities. Ulbrich’s professional activities have taken a turn toward public history in two recent projects. In early September, Ulbrich traveled with two Ball State camera technicians to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to video-tape interviews for the 376th Heavy Bombardment Group Oral History Project. Ulbrich and several volunteers interviewed forty veterans of the 376th who flew out of North Africa and Italy against such targets as Ploesti and Vienna. More recently, Ulbrich served as historical consultant, script co-author, and on-air segment host for Echoes of War: Stories from the Big Red One. This live and interactive television documentary was produced by WIPB and Ball State University in conjunction with Ken Burns’ mega-documentary, The War. Two different versions of Echoes of War aired on September 27. These were filmed in several exhibits at the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, Illinois. As part of the two programs, Ulbrich interviewed two First Division veterans of the North African and Sicilian campaigns during the Second World War. More information about Echoes of War, including one of the televised programs and several pre-produced webisodes, can be accessed at www.bsu.edu/echoesofwar.
Major Grant Weller, USAF (Ph.D., 2007), is co-editing the proceedings of the United States Air Force Academy’s 21st Military History Symposium. The volume, entitled Harnessing the Heavens: National Defense through Space, will feature sixteen essays by top historians of space power. It is projected for release from Imprint Publications in Spring 2008.
Jason Bartlett, third year Ph.D. student, is currently preparing for his comprehensive exams slated for January 2008. Last year Bartlett was the recipient of research grants from both the Temple University Graduate School and the Temple University History Department; these funds supported his research at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum at Columbia Point, Massachusetts, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City. Jason continues to research his dissertation topic, which will examine the efforts and interactions of the local community and the federal government regarding Robert F. Kennedy’s Bedford-Stuyvesant Rehabilitation and Restoration Program. At the beginning of the fall 2007 semester, Jason was promoted to full time TA status, where he currently serves as a discussion section leader for Dr. Collier-Thomas’ Race and Ethnicity in America.
Earl J. Catagnus, Jr. is a first year military history Ph.D. student studying under the guidance of Dr. Gregory J. W. Urwin. His area of focus concerns examining the ground combat element of 20th and 21st century militaries and their effectiveness in the varied forms of modern warfare. Earl’s most recent research reviews the U.S. Army’s infantry tactical development prior to World War II. In September, Earl was awarded a Philadelphia Teaching Fellowship to teach biology in critical need city schools, and is awaiting placement in the program in January. He has submitted an article titled “Considerations in Helicopter-Borne Air Assault” for publication in the U.S. Naval Institute’s journal, Proceedings, and is awaiting a response from the editors.
Third year Ph.D. student Michael Dolski was honored to receive a certificate of merit in teaching from Temple University’s ATTIC in spring 2007. He presented a paper at the 2007 Barnes Club Conference entitled, “Commemorating D-Day: Popular Remembrance and the “New American Militarism.” While continuing to study for the preliminary exams, which will likely occur in spring 2008, Michael has served as an adjunct professor at Burlington County Community College in New Jersey. Michael teaches several sections of an introductory survey course on U.S history as well as a course on Western civilization. He will return to Temple as a TA in spring 2008.
Kristin Soroka Grueser, Ph.D. student, received Temple University’s ATTIC Distinguished Teaching Award for the academic year 2006-2007. Over the summer, she spent a week at Georgetown University as a member of the Women in International Security Summer Symposium. Of the 35 graduate student participants, Kristin represented the sole member of the historical profession; consequently, she spent most of her week attempting to convince various policy makers and security studies experts that history does, in fact, matter. To this end, she delivered a paper titled “A Real Brotherhood of Nations?” It detailed Anglo-American attempts at forming a cooperative aid-based international body in the 1910s and 1920s. Kristin is currently a TA for a course on 20th Century Europe, and will take her comprehensive exams in January 2008.
Ryan Johnson, a second year Ph.D. student in European history, recently accepted and began a full-time, tenure- track position at Montgomery County Community College in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Ryan also has a book review on Joseph R. Reinhart's August Willich's Gallant Dutchmen: Civil War Letters from the 32nd Indiana Infantry forthcoming in On Point: The Journal of Army History.
Dave Longenbach, Ph.D. student, has been appointed Interim Dean of Faculty at Lehigh Carbon Community College. He taught a course on the Holocaust for Penn State University during the summer 2007 session in addition to a course on World War II for his college. The course at LCCC was combined with a Women’s Studies course taught by Professor Beth Ritter-Guth and focused on the theme of women at war. Together, they made use of the new Second Life Platform online community, which was quite interesting. Drexel University provided “space” in the virtual world for the students to access information, present, and meet for discussion. Longenbach will be presenting on this educational experience in March at the League for Innovation’s conference in Denver.
Michael E. Lynch, a third year Ph.D. student of Dr. Gregory J. W. Urwin, is employed as Chief, Educational Programs at the Army Heritage and Education Center and also serves as a seminar historian at the U.S. Army War College. Michael presented a paper titled, “Nothing Happened Here: Interpreting History at Non-Historical Sites” at the Association for Living History, Farm, and Agricultural Musuems Annual Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in June. Michael also served on the award committee for the Russell F. Weigley Military History Writing Award at the 2007 James A. Barnes Club Conference, and on the Program Committee for the Society for Military History Annual Conference in May 2007. Michael completed an article, “Operation Market Garden,” which was featured September 16-22 on “This Week in Army History” on the U.S. Army home page at www.army.mil. Michael was also interviewed as part of a story titled, “Army Tries to Document Active Service,” which appeared on May 28, 2007, on the BBC program The World. Finally, Michael served as a judge at the regional National History Day competition at Shippensburg University.
Ph.D. candidate Drew McKevitt was honored to receive CENFAD’s 2007 Wachman Award to support research for his dissertation, “Consuming Japan: Cultural Relations and the Globalizing of America, 1973-1992.” He is currently serving as a Graduate Teaching Fellow in the Center for the Humanities at Temple. This fellowship has provided him with the opportunity to teach during the fall semester an interdisciplinary course, “Anime and the Globalization of Culture.” Drew also presented a paper, “Lost in Translation? Anime as Global Culture in Reagan’s America,” at the 2007 annual meeting of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.
Matthew S. Muehlbauer attended the 2007 West Point Summer Seminar Program. He recently finished writing his doctoral thesis entitled “Justice & Just War: A History of Early New England, 1630-1655,” which he hopes to defend in early spring 2008.
Kelly Shannon has started her third year in Temple’s Ph.D. program, focusing on U.S. foreign relations and international history. She passed her comprehensive examinations in June and taught as an adjunct for a U.S. history course this fall at Rutgers, Camden. She is serving as this year's Thomas Davis Fellow for CENFAD, and she is also working as an intern for the International Health Awareness Network (IHAN) at the United Nations, in conjunction with conducting research at the UN for her dissertation. Kelly also attended the annual SHAFR Conference in June, held this year just outside Washington, D.C., and she is a current member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Women in SHAFR.
Ph.D. candidate Smadar Shtuhl received the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship from the Library Company, Philadelphia for her dissertation, “For the Love of One's Country: The Construction of a Gendered Memory, 1860-1914.”
Jason Smith, a third year Ph.D. student, is currently finishing up his coursework and is scheduled to take his comprehensive exams in fall 2008. In spring 2007, he presented a paper at the James A. Barnes Graduate Student Conference titled “Instrument of Imperialism: The U.S. Navy's Hydrographic Office, 1890-1905.” The paper was awarded second place for the Russell F. Weigley Award in Military History.
Second year Ph.D. student Josh Wolf was honored to receive a Teaching Assistantship with the History Department for the 2007-2008 school year. He is planning on taking his preliminary exams in the fall of 2008, and is currently at work on a paper concerning the 153rd Pennsylvania Infantry in the Civil War.
David Zierler is currently an adjunct professor at Lehman College of the City University of New York and visiting junior scholar at the International Security Studies program of Yale University. In his fourth year of the Ph.D. program, David is at the writing stage, or “dissertating.” His project, “Inventing Ecocide: Agent Orange, Antiwar Protest and Environmental Destruction in Vietnam,” examines herbicidal warfare from its 19th-century origins in plant physiology to the scientific and environmental protest movement that halted America’s use of Agent Orange in Vietnam. David has contributed an article on the Geneva Protocol on Chemical and Biological Warfare to the anthology The Cold War and the Environment, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.