the beginning of the 2000-2001 academic year we received the news
that one of our majors from the class of 2000, Matthew A. Carter,
had been murdered during a Houston carjacking. He had graduated
with High Honors after writing a thesis on “The Healing Cult of
Asclepius” under the direction of Professor Burns and had just begun
medical school at Baylor University, which had awarded him a full
scholarship. The University held a memorial service for Matt, at
which his father and his girlfriend spoke, along with several of
the faculty who knew him best. We then planted a tree in his memory
behind Bowden Hall. The tree has thrived.
In addition, the department established The Matthew A. Carter Citizen-Scholar
Award, to be given each year to the graduating history major who
exemplifies the qualities that had made Matt such an outstanding
individual: high academic achievement coupled with good works in
the community. Matt worked as a volunteer in inner-city schools.
He was a member of Phi Alpha Theta (the history honor society) and
Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity. He was also a trained paramedic
and worked with Emory’s First Responder units on campus.
The first recipient of this award is Robert Rutland-Brown,
who is graduating in 2001 with High Honors after writing a thesis
on Christian missionaries and Australian aborigines. He and Matt
Carter were friends. They were together in Hungary at one of Dr.
Burns’s archaeological digs two summers ago, and each independently
won George Cuttino traveling fellowships [see article]. Rob has
distinguished himself in classes and in frequent missionary journeys
to Mexico and Bolivia, translating for a group of Methodist medical
missionaries, and, earlier this year, helping to rescue the survivors
of a mountainside bus wreck.
As of March 2001 there were 221 history majors and joint majors.,
82 of whom completed work for the BA/BS degrees in 2000-2001.
SPECIAL DEGREES: Stephen S. Bailey completed a Special
Concentration in history. Benjamin L. Fischer, a joint major in
History and English, completed a BA/MA in history.
HISTORY HONORS: Stephen S. Bailey, Spring 2001 with
Highest Honors, Director: Fraser Harbutt, Thesis: The Cold War
and Civil Rights Reform: An Examination of the Relationship between
Foreign and Domestic Policy.
Benjamin L. Fischer, Spring 2001 with Highest Honors, Director:
Stephen White, Thesis: Thomas Bradwardine and the Cause of God:
Witness to the Biblical Worldview.
Amy D. Gandhi, Spring 2001 with High Honors, Director: James
Melton, Thesis: “Fair Sexing It”: Eliza Haywood and Eighteenth-Century
Bennett R. Gardner, Spring 2001 with High Honors, Director:
Robert Silliman, Thesis: Delivering Duesberg: The Origins and
Evolution of HIV Dissent.
Justin J. Kau, Spring 2001 with High Honors, Director: Fraser
Harbutt, Thesis: Neo-Colonialism and Military Patronage: United
States Intervention in Bolivia, 1960-1982.
Robert Rutland-Brown, Spring 2001 with High Honors, Director:
Fraser Harbutt, Thesis: Missionary Mentality: How the Protestant
Missionary Attitudes Affected the Australian Aborigines.
Lisa D. Wallace, Spring 2001 with High Honors, Director:
Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, Thesis: The Jackson Sisters: A Folktale
DEPARTMENTAL AWARDS: Robert Rutland-Brown received
the Matthew A. Carter Citizen-Scholar Award.
Jane M. Ricci received the George P. Cuttino Prize for Undergraduate
Achievement in European History.
Lowrie S. Taylor received the James Z. Rabun Prize for Undergraduate
Achievement in American History.
Justin J. Shireman received the 2000 Theodore Henley Jack
Award for a student pursuing graduate study in American history
for a career in the profession.
Christina Hansen received the George P. Cuttino Scholarship.
Jennifer Anderson and Jessica Paletsky each received George P. Cuttino
Summer Study Fellowships.