Web newsletter available at http://www.history.emory.edu/newsletter01/News-07/
The Chair's Corner
by Thomas S. Burns

Department Chair Thomas S. BurnsThe academic year 2006–07 was blissful, that is to say extraordinarily rich in scholarship and much excitement in the classrooms. The year marked the retirement of William Beik, Professor for Early Modern French History, who came to Emory in 1990 [see below for the “Reflections” given at the College Retirement Ceremony]. While Bill is retiring, Robert Desrochers has completed his first year as Assistant Professor for the era of the American Revolution. For seven months of the year Rosalyn Page, our department academic administrator was on medical leave, but fortunately by year’s end she was back at her post with a quick step and a robust smile. During her long absence, the other office staff contributed mightily, especially Becky Herring who added to her chores those of interim academic administrator.
         On 2 January 2007, the department received news that our colleague Betsey Fox-Genovese had passed away.  Although not entirely unexpected, it was a shock to lose one of our very most distinguished colleagues and friends. Betsey joined our department in 1986 as Professor of History and Director of Women’s Studies. Two years later she was appointed as the Eléonore Raoul Professor of Humanities, an honor she held throughout the rest of her tenure among us [see below “Words of Remembrance” as given at our memorial service held on 14 April 2007].
        James Harvey Young, Professor Emeritus, passed away on 29 July 2006. Harvey Young was a distinguished historian of American medicine, formerly historian of the Food and Drug Administration and Howard Candler Professor and Chair of the Department of History.  He won the Emory Williams Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Thomas Jefferson Award for Distinguished Service to the University, but many will remember him most fondly as the director of their doctoral thesis, for he supervised 38 to completion, a record unlikely to be surpassed. [see his obituary below].
        Six colleagues celebrated books authored or edited by them this year (Andrade, Burns, Collins, Crespino, Patterson, and Premo). To find out the publication details of these and other books and publications, as well as other exciting departmental news and achievements of individual colleagues, check out our departmental webpage and follow the links [http://www.history.emory.edu/]. Working with the help of a major grant from National Endowment for the Humanities for the creation of a Transatlantic Slave Trade Database, David Eltis assembled an international team, members of which passed through Emory for varying periods throughout the year. Two colleagues won distinguished teaching awards (Burns and Socolow). Eric Goldstein netted two book awards for his first book. Others made notable advances towards the completion of major research projects, many of which mark the culmination of many years of patient archival work.
        Our number of majors and minors continued in the right direction as we implemented a requirement for area concentrations, which previously had been an option leading to a certificate of special achievement only. Almost half of our majors have already declared either a geographic, chronological, or thematic concentration. We now have a truly robust honors program with many more students enrolled in the program than in former years. In order to assist these students in getting an early start, this year we began offering the required honors seminar in both semesters and have encouraged eligible students to declare their intentions to pursue honors before the start of the spring semester of their junior year. Early results seem to indicate significantly enhanced quality as well as a higher completion rate. The department created prizes for undergraduates, the Clio Prizes: one to recognize the best Freshman Seminar Paper, the other the best paper submitted in an advanced undergraduate seminar. Student Scott Rosenberg won a SIRE award for independent study supervised by Fraser Harbutt. These prizes join our traditional awards: the George P. Cuttino Fellowships and Scholarships; the Rabun Prize, named in honor of our colleague of long-standing, James Z. Rabun, honoring the best undergraduate in American History; the corresponding George P. Cuttino Prize for the best undergraduate in European History; and, the Matthew Carter Citizen-Scholar Award.
        At the graduate level, recruitment for 2006–07 matriculated 14 students, all fully funded for five years. The department received 136 applications for the class beginning 2007–08. The quality of the applicants continues to improve with the result being that we are competing head to head with schools in the very top tier of research universities. We placed three graduates in tenure track jobs: Jeffrey Houghtby at Iowa State University, Andrea Arrington at the University of Arkansas, and Kate McGrath at Southern Connecticut University. Our graduate students have organized themselves with a bit of financial support from the department to get together regularly and discuss their experiences teaching undergraduate surveys. Our graduate awards (the Benjamin, Major, Mathews, and McLean prizes) are all eagerly contested. Our new PhD program in Asian History is up and running with the first crop of two students enrolled and two more accepted for next year. African History has recently been ranked eleventh in the nation, and Latin American History is also exceptional. American and European histories continue to thrive. As these successes make manifest, we are gradually approaching our goal of gaining a place among the top fifteen graduate departments in History in the nation.
        Let me conclude on a personal note. As I end my year as interim Chair and my last full year of teaching at Emory University after 33 years of service, I wish to thank all my colleagues for their support, but especially the members of our two standing committees who worked tirelessly and very effectively throughout the year: John Juricek (DGS) and his graduate committee (Socolow and White) and Cindy Patterson (DUS) and her committee (Mann, Payne, and Rosenberg) deserve bells and whistles for their dedication and leadership.
        I have been truly honored to have had the opportunity of leading my colleagues once more.

Dr. William Beik
Reflections on Writing a Social History
by William Beik

I have planned for a long time to write a social history of early modern France from 1400 to 1800.  I wanted to produce, not a textbook survey, but an original synthesis that would use descriptive examples to bring the period to life and at the same time convey an understanding of how the system . . .
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Dr. John Juricek
John Juricek Interview

John Juricek has taught American colonial history at Emory since the fall of 1966.  Not long ago one of the students in that first class contacted John and, after saying he was doing well, explained that he was now retiring to spend . . . (continued . . .)


Recollections at Emory
Mack Holt (Ph.D. 1982)
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Sunset at Carlos Museum
Emory Memories
Paul Cimbala (Ph.D. 1983)
(read article . . .)
Emory: The Last Years of the Twentieth Century
Elaine McKinnon (formerly McClarnand)(Ph.D. 1995)
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Louis XIV and AbsolutismWilliam Beik
Upon the Occasion of his Retirement
by Thomas S. Burns

William Beik, henceforth Bill, received his PhD from Harvard University in 1969, and came to Emory from Northern Illinois University as an Associate Professor of History in 1990 . . .
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Elizabeth Fox-Genovese
Words of Remembrance, 14 April 2007
by Thomas S. Burns
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In Honor of Elizabeth Fox-Genovese
Memorial Service, April 14, 2007
by Mary Odem
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Dr. James Harvey YoungJames Harvey Young
1915-2006

James Harvey Young of Decatur, Georgia, died on July 29, 2006, following a long illness.  The son of Rev. William Harvey Young and Blanche DeBra, he was  born in Brooklyn, New . . .
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The undergraduate program has flourished in the 2006-07 academic year.   The newly revised major requirements, allowing students to concentrate their coursework in one of three areas (U.S. history, European history, or World history) are in place, and we are encouraging faculty to develop other area and thematic concentration options as well. A total of 79 history majors and joint majors received BA/BS degrees in 2006-2007, including seven BA/MA degrees: Andrew Callam, Ilyse Fishman, Heather Greenfield, Steven Haag, Benjamin Siegel, Mark Swails, and Matthias Whitson-Singer.
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The year just past was an excellent one for the graduate program, which has been participating in the trend toward globalization. With the recent addition of Asia, the department now offers the Ph. D. in five areas: U. S., Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Fourteen of our current total of seventy-nine graduate students are citizens of nations other than the U.S. Many of our students have. . .
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Recently Awarded Emory Ph.D.'s
Six of our students were awarded their doctoral degrees in May (read list . . .)
Dana IrwinStatus Report of the Graduate History Society
Dana Irwin, GHS President

As the current president of the Graduate History Society, I have been astounded by how smoothly the administrative apparatus of the department functions. In terms of relations...
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