The Department of History

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The department was pleased to congratulate Cathleen Buzan, a recent History Honors graduate, for being presented with the Harry W. Fritz Award for Outstanding Paper of the 2015 Phi Alpha Theta Regional Meeting in Chelan. Her work, entitled "All the President’s Women: Barbara Hackman Franklin’s Womanpower in the Nixon White House, 1971-1973," was chosen as the best paper of the entire conference. Nearly 100 papers were submitted, by graduate students as well as undergraduates, so this was quite an accomplishment for Cathleen!

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Katja Schatte is a PhD candidate, studying post-World War II socialist societies. Her interests range from Cuba to the Soviet Union, and almost everywhere in-between, but her dissertation focuses on the history of Jews in East Germany, a rarely studied community that survived both the Nazi Holocaust and communist religious repression. Schatte seeks to move past the official narratives of the East German regime and Jewish community leaders, to access the everyday experience of what it was like to live as a Jew in the communist bloc. 

Faculty Book Corner

In Motherless Tongues, Vicente L. Rafael examines the vexed relationship between language and history gleaned from the workings of translation in the Philippines, the United States, and beyond. Moving across a range of colonial and postcolonial settings, he demonstrates translation's agency in the making and understanding of events. These include nationalist efforts to vernacularize politics, U.S. projects to weaponize languages in wartime, and autobiographical attempts by area studies scholars to translate the otherness of their lives amid the Cold War. In all cases, translation is at war with itself, generating divergent effects. Over the course of this journey, Rafael delineates the untranslatable that inheres in every act of translation, asking about the politics and ethics of uneven linguistic and semiotic exchanges.