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Kevin Gutzman‘s latest monograph The Jeffersonians: The Visionary Presidencies of Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe will be published by St. Martin’s Press in December 2022. Also, after a bidding war among three publishers, The Jeffersonians will also be released as an audiobook.

Wynn Gadkar-Wilcox presented his conference paper “Thích Nhất Hạnh’s Critiques of Enlightenment Rationality and Academic Buddhism” at the Workshop on Vietnamese Literature, Politics, and Propaganda hosted by Palacký University Olomouc in Prague, June 2022.

Michael Nolan offered his expert insight on Russian History as an invited speaker on the interdisciplinary, campus-wide panel “Discussion on the Russian Invasion of Ukraine” via WebEx on April 5, 2022.

Wynn Gadkar-Wilcox  presented his conference paper “Vietnamese Buddhist Encounters with South Asia in the 1950s” at the Association for Asian Studies 2022 Annual Conference  in Hawaii on March 25, 2022.

Leslie Lindenauer was invited to give a Zoom presentation for Viktor Wynd’s London-based Last Tuesday Society titled “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Witchcraft and Witch-Hunting in Early New England” on  October 3, 2021 https://www.thelasttuesdaysociety.org/event/between-the-devil-and-the-deep-blue-sea-witchcraft-and-witch-hunting-in-early-america-professor-leslie-lindenauer-2/

Leslie Lindenauer was a guest on CT Public radio’s Where We Live, the daily news-talk show with host Lucy Nalpathanchil, for a show about local witchcraft on October 7, 2021. Her talk was titled “Connecticut Witches of the Past, Present and Future”. https://www.ctpublic.org/show/where-we-live/2021-10-07/connecticut-witches-of-the-past-present-and-future

Leslie Lindenauer was a guest on Paul Steinmetz’s podcast, @WCSU on October 21, 2021. https://www.wcsu.edu/podcasts/

Joshua Rosenthal delivered his conference paper “Pagando por el perdón. Indultos y fianzas en la República de Nueva Granada.” at the VI Simposio Internacional. Red de Historiadores e Historiades del Delito en las Américas, in Bogotá in July 2021.

Katherine Allocco presented her conference paper: “Disinterring Giants: Kings, Men, Monsters and the Brut in Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant (2015)” at the Brut in New Troy Conference, which will be hosted virtually by the University of Notre Dame, July 2021.

Leslie Lindenauer presented her conference paper “Open Pedagogy: Whose Side Are You On? First Year College Students Confront the American Revolution” at the Connected Learning Summit at MIT in July 2021.

Wynn Gadkar-Wilcox presented his conference paper “Continental Philosophy and Buddhism in the Journal Tư Tưởng (Thought), 1967-1975,” at the Literature and Journalism in the Republic of Vietnam Conference, University of Hamburg, June 11, 2021.

Joshua Rosenthal delivered a zoom lecture “Fuentes digital y actualidad: Perspectiva histórica e investigación virtual.” for the Doctorado en Ciencias de la Educación Universidad Pedagógicca y Tecnológica de Colombia, in Tunja, Colombia on May 13, 2021.

Wynn Gadkar-Wilcox presented his conference paper “False Flag Operation? Symbolism and Nostalgia for the Republic of Vietnam,” at the 16th Annual IASESP Conference, Southern CT State University, New Haven, April 23, 2021.

Jennifer Duffy received WCSU Faculty Development Funds to participate in an online course, “Picturing the City: New York on Canvas, Paper and Film,” through the Gotham Center at CUNY this upcoming summer 2021.

Leslie Lindenauer presented  her talk “Giving Entertainment to Satan: Witchcraft and Witch Persecution in Early New England” at the Norwalk Historical Society on March 25, 2021.

Leslie Lindenauer participated as a panelist in A Conversation on Open Pedagogy at the Connecticut OER Summit in March 2021.

Wynn Gadkar-Wilcox presented his conference paper “Reflections on John Whitmore’s Contributions to the Study of Confucianism in Vietnam,” at the John K. Whitmore Conference, MacMillan Center, Yale University, October 2020.

Kenneth Young, Professor Emeritus, published his memoir Back in the Day: The Education of an Oklahoman Boy. Ray Hill Publishing, 2020.

Kevin Gutzman was a commentator in the 2020 Amazon film Safeguard: An Electoral College Story.

Wynn Gadkar-Wilcox presented his talk “The Legend of the Vọng Phu Stone Outcropping in Vietnamese History,” as an invited speaker by the Danbury Library, Danbury, CT, August 2020

Kevin Gutzman served as a contributor to the new AP US History text Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness published in 2020.

Wynn Gadkar-Wilcox presented his talk “What Can the Trưng Sisters Rebellion Mean to Us Now?” as an invited speaker by the Danbury Library, Danbury, CT, July 2020.

Joshua Rosenthal’s 2012 monograph Salt and the Colombian State. Local Society and Regional Monopoly in Boyacá, 1821-1900 was translated into Spanish by Mariana Serrano Zalamea  under the title La sal y el Estado colombiano. Sociedad local y monopolio regional en Boyacá (1821-1900) and published by the  Editorial Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (2020). This project was funded by a grant from the Ministerio de Cultura de Colombia.

Wynn Gadkar-Wilcox published “Five Themes toward Teaching the History of Vietnamese Buddhism,” in Micheline Soong and Nicholas Brasovan, Eds., Buddhisms in Asia: Traditions, Transmissions, and Transformations. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2019: 139-164.

Wynn Gadkar-Wilcox presented his conference paper “Political Philology and Academic Freedom: A Defense of Thích Minh Châu,” at the “Studying Republican Vietnam” workshop, University of Oregon, October 2019.

Joshua Rosenthal published his article  “La Historia fiscal de Boyacá (1863-1886), in Las cuentas del federalismo colombiano” in the 2019 collection edited and translated by Salomon Kalmanovitz and Edwin López Rivera for the Universidad de Bogotá, Jorge Tadeo Lozano, 141-172.

Wynn Gadkar-Wilcox presented his conference paper “Modernity, French Encroachments, and Confucian Examinations, 1862-1877,” at The Vietnamese Confucian Examination System (1075-1919) and Its Legacy International Conference, Institute of Sino-Nom Studies and Institute of History, Hanoi, Vietnam, August 14, 2019.

Wynn Gadkar-Wilcox presented his conference paper “European History and Confucian Value in Vietnam, 1877-1932,” at the International Conference on Asian Studies 11, Leiden, the Netherlands, July 18, 2019.

Joshua Rosenthal was the invited moderator for the panel: “The Ties that Bind and Those that Break: The Intersection of Law, Power and State Building in Nineteenth-Century Latin America.” At the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies in Santa Fe, NM in 2019.

Kevin Gutzman published the chapter “Thomas Jefferson’s Virginian Revolution,” in Jeffersonians in Power: The Rhetoric of Opposition Meets the Realities of Governing, eds. Joanne Freeman and Johann Neem (Charlottesville: The University of Virginia Press, 2019), 105-27.

Leslie Lindenauer published her article “Every Atom No. 55, Reflections on Walt Whitman at 200, “Whitman, Witches, and the Martyrs” North American Review, July 2019.

Wynn Gadkar-Wilcox presented his conference paper “Laos, North Vietnam, and the Credibility of Indian Leadership in Asia,” at the Sixth International Conference on Lao Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, June 13-15, 2019. 

Kevin Gutzman was invited to participate in the New York City American Revolution Roundtable, Thomas Jefferson—Revolutionary on June 4, 2019.

Leslie Lindenauer presented her conference paper “Open Discovery – Strategies for Finding Open Educational Resources (OER),” AND her poster “Wait, What?!: Syllabus co-creation with students as an open pedagogy,” during the Poster Session at the  FAC Conference on Student Success and Shared Governance, April 2019.

Joshua Rosenthal organized and moderated a panel, “Historias Afrodescendientes in Colombia. Region, identity, politics, and culture.” Afro-Latin American Research Instituted, First Continental Congress on Afro-Latin American Studies at Harvard University, 2019.

Wynn Gadkar-Wilcox published the textbook East Asia and the West in collaboration with With Xiaobing Li and Yi Sun. San Diego, CA: Cognella Academic Publishing. 2019.

Leslie Lindenauer published “Women’s Colleges,” Encyclopedia of American Women’s History, Hasia Diner, Ed.

Leslie Lindenauer published “Founding Mothers: Colonization, Revolution, and the New Nation,” one of five Introductory Essays, Encyclopedia of Women in Popular Culture.

Kevin Gutzman delivered his talk “Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary First Inaugural Address,” which was the Kartch/Jefferson Lecture for 2018 at William Paterson University on  October 31, 2018.

Wynn Gadkar-Wilcox published his article “Universality, Modernity, and Cultural Borrowing Among Vietnamese Intellectuals, 1877–1919,” Transcultural Studies 3 (2018): 33-52.

Kevin Gutzman published his article “Jeffersonian Republicans vs. Federalist Judges,” in the The University of St. Thomas Law Journal 14:1 (2018)

Wynn Gadkar-Wilcox presented his conference paper “The Antecedents to the Tết Offensive: Patterns in Vietnamese History,” as an invited speaker at the Reunion of International Volunteer Services, Newport, RI, October 29, 2018..

Leslie Lindenauer presented her conference paper “’We Can’t Do That Here’ Crossing the Faculty / IT Divide to Achieve Grassroots Innovations for Student Success,” at the NERCOMP workshop, April 2018.

Michael Nolan will be delivering a series of four weekly lectures at Founders Hall in Ridgefield on the topic of  “Interwar Europe,” throughout the Fall 2017.

Kevin Gutzman was this year’s on-campus Constitution Day speaker! He delivered his address “The Philadelphia Convention: Moderates Triumphant,” on September 13, 2017.

Leslie Lindenauer has been selected to be  the Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CELT).

Katherine Allocco presented her conference paper “Isabella of France and the Secular Contemporary Chronicles” 8th International Conference of the Medieval Chronicle Society in Lisbon, Portugal, July 10-14, 2017

Leslie Lindenauer will be attending the 2017 NEH Summer Institute on race and memory.

Michael Nolan presented his conference paper “Charles de Gaulle and Verdun” at the 15th Annual International Conference on History & Archaeology: From Ancient to Modern, Athens, Greece on June 26, 2017.

Katherine Allocco presented her conference paper “Depictions of Queen Isabella’s Life and Letters in The Prose Brut” The Conference of Brut Narratives, Lawman’s Brut, and the Conception of Britain, hosted by Brigham Young University, June 27-29, 2017

Joshua Rosenthal published his article “Conditional Clemency after the Golpe de Melo of 1854. Constitutionalism and tradition in early republican Colombia,” Historia Crítica, 63, (2017) 75-96.

Kevin Gutzman presented his conference paper “The Monroe Administration in Contemporary Perspective,” at the Lebanon Valley College Center for Political History conference on The Era of Good Feelings, May 2017

Surekha Davies’ new book Renaissance Ethnography and the Invention of the Human: New Worlds, Maps and Monsters (Cambridge University Press, 2016) has won two book awards! Her excellent research was recognized with both the 2017 Roland H. Bainton Prize in History/Theolog, awarded by the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference and the 2016 Morris D. Forkosch Prize for the best first book by an author in the field of intellectual history awarded by the Journal of the History of Ideas at the University of Pennsylvania Press. Congratulations, Surekha!

Kevin Gutzman delivered a public lecture “Thomas Jefferson—Revolutionary: A Radical’s Struggle to Remake America” at Monticello, Jefferson’s Historic Home in Charlottesville, VA on March 28, 2017. His talk was also broadcast on  C-SPAN.

Katherine Allocco published “The Symbiosis of Norse and Medieval Christian Eschatology in DC Vertigo’s Lucifer series” in Apocalyptic Chic: Visions of the Apocalypse and Post-Apocalypse in Literature and Visual Arts. Barbara Bordman and Jim Doan, eds. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2017, 29-45.

Joshua Rosenthal posted his article “Memory and Peace in Colombia” on the American Historical Association’s blog, on March 20, 2017. It can be found here:  http://blog.historians.org/2017/03/memory-and-peace-in-colombia/

Kevin Gutzman delivered his talk “Whose Constitution: The Framers’ or the Judges’?” at the University of Georgia Law School, on March 16, 2017

Katherine Allocco published “Could Guinevere ever be a Superhero? Depictions of a Warrior Queen in Camelot 3000 (1982- 1985)” Journal of Graphic Novels and Comic Books (March 9, 2017) DOI: 10.1080/21504857.2017.1299022

Kevin Gutzman was invited to be a panelist on John Donahue’s “The Roundtable” on NPR (WAMC & five others in NYS) on February 10, 2017 http://wamc.org/post/thomas-jefferson-radical

Katherine Allocco, Jennifer Duffy and Leslie Lindenauer served as volunteer judges for National History Day at the Westside Middle School Academy that was held on February 3, 2017.

Katherine Allocco became chair of the Peter C. Rollins Book Prize Committee for the New England Popular Culture Association in 2016. https://nepca.blog/get-involved/nepca-prizes/

Kevin Gutzman was featured in the Danbury News-Times! https://www.newstimes.com/local/article/WCSU-professor-publishes-book-on-Jefferson-10941387.php 

Michael Nolan will be delivering a series of four weekly lectures at Founders Hall in Ridgefield on the topic of  “The First World War,” throughout the Fall 2016.

Kevin Gutzman was featured in Connecticut Magazine http://www.connecticutmag.com/history/reading-room-connecticut-author-pens-major-work-on-thomas-jefferson/article_3808d3ca-d847-11e6-8445-0fcc7924181c.html

Kevin Gutzman delivered his talk “The Jeffersonian Republicans vs. The Federalist Courts,” at University of St. Thomas Law Journal Symposium in Minneapolis, Minnesota  on November 14, 2016.

Katherine Allocco published “A Poisoned Past Book Review Assignment: Reading and Writing Academic Book Reviews as an Effective Pedagogical Tool” co-authored with WCSU students Jessie Britton, Amanda O’Boy and Andrew Vince New England Journal of History 73:1 (Fall 2016), 116-131.

Katherine Allocco published “Monstrous Morgana: Arthurian Women as Unnatural Amazons in Madame Xanadu (2008-  2010)” Arthuriana 26:3 (Fall 2016), 119-142.

Surekha Davies was invited to give the Keynote Address at the ‘Monstrous Geography and Environmental History’, Promises of Monsters conference from April 28-29, 2016  at the  University of Stavanger, Norway

Surekha Davies was invited to give her talk ‘Visible Bodies to Invisible Minds: Renaissance Maps and the Invention of Race’, for the Depicting the Invisible: Science and Image in the Early Modern World’ conference held on Feb. 12-13, 2016 at Princeton University.

Kevin Gutzman published Thomas Jefferson- Revolutionary: A Radical’s Struggle to Remake America (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2015) in which he analyzes Jefferson’s political philosophy and vision of the size and powers of the emerging American federal government.

Surekha Davies was the invited speaker and discussant, for the ‘Where was Europe?’, Baroque Galleries salon series on  Dec. 15, 2015 at he Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK.

Katherine Allocco published “Reginal Intercession and the Case of Cristina, convicted murderer” Medieval Feminist Forum  51:1 (November 2015),  41-72.

Kevin Gutzman was invited to be the Constitution Day Keynote Speaker at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on September 24, 2015.

Leslie Lindenauer presented her conference paper “Poor Yorick: Digital Story-Telling Through the “Journal of Re-Discovered Objects,” presented on a panel at the Connecticut League of Historical Organizations Annual Meeting, June 2015

Surekha Davies  delivered the talk “West is East: The Wondrous East and the Problem of the Pacific in Sixteenth-Century Geography”, Play and Display in the Early Modern Hispanic World conference, May 15-16, 2015 at Princeton University.

Surekha Davies  delivered the talk “Mapping Ethnography and Science in the Early Americas”, John Carter Brown Library Fellows” Reunion and Jamboree, seminar convenor, May 1-3, 2015 at Brown University.

Surekha Davies  delivered the talk “Response to Kären Wigen”s “Where in the World? Mapmaking at the Asia-Pacific Margin, 1600-1900”, Edwin O. Reischauer Lectures, April 7-9, 2015 at Harvard University.

Kevin Gutzman was invited to deliver the Honors Program Annual Lecture, “Thomas Jefferson—Revolutionary,” at Framingham State University in Framingham, Massachusetts on March 26, 2015.

Surekha Davies  delivered the talk “Amazons, Headless Men and Sir Walter Ralegh: Historicizing Wondrous Epistemologies in Renaissance Texts, Maps and Images”, Work-in-Progress talks, at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Feb 12, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Surekha Davies  delivered the talk “Spit-Roasts or Barbecues? Mapping Brazilian Cannibals”, Early Modern Global History Workshop, Jan. 30, 2015 at Georgetown University.

Michael Nolan delivered a public lecture “The War to End All Wars: The Beginning” at the Weston Historical Society in Weston, CT on September 11, 2014

Surekha Davies is a Founding Editor of the Maps, Spaces, Cultures book series  published by Brill.

Michael Nolan delivered a public lecture “The Beginning of the End: The Origins of World War I”  at the Gunn Memorial Library and Museum in Washington, CT, June 2014.

Leslie Lindenauer presented her conference paper “From PTA to MRS: the Teacher on Film, 1935-1965,” at the PCA/ACA Annual Conference in Chicago, April 2014

Surekha Davies was invited to be the guest editor of Science, New Worlds and the Classical Tradition, 1450-1850, a special double issue of the Journal of Early Modern History, 18:1-2 (Feb 2014).

Katherine Allocco published “Costumes, Bodies and Gender in The Queen’s Company 2004 Production of Edward IIMarlowe Studies: An Annual 3 (July 2013), 1-23.

Surekha Davies has won two research grants this year: 2013 American Philosophical Society, Franklin Research Grant and the 2013 American Historical Association, Bernadotte E. Schmitt Grant for European, Asian or African History! Congratulations, Surekha!

Jennifer Duffy published Who’s Your Paddy? Racial Expectations and the Struggle for Irish-American Identity (NYU Press, 2013), which she has presented at a university-wide talk at WCSU.

Katherine Allocco published “Vampiric Viragoes: Villainizing and Sexualizing Arthurian Women in King Arthur v. Dracula (2005)” in The Universal Vampire. Barbara Bordman and Jim Doan, eds.. Rowman, Littlefield, Brown, 2013, 149-163.

Leslie Lindenauer published I Could Not Call Her Mother (Lexington Books, 2013), which examines the cultural history of stepmotherhood in the United States. She has presented her arguments from the book in several fora, including at Brown University and at WCSU.

Surekha Davies published her article ‘Depictions of Brazilians on French Maps, 1542-1555’, The Historical Journal, 55:2 (November 2012), 217-48.

Kevin Gutzman served as one of two panelists on “Should the President Rule or Govern?” at Bard College’s “Does the President Matter?” Fifth Annual Hannah Arendt conference, September 21, 2012

Surekha Davies was invited to be the guest editor of Encounters, Ethnography and Ethnology: Continuities and Ruptures, a special issue of History and Anthropology, 23:2 (2012), whch she  co-edited with Neil L. Whitehead

Kevin Gutzman published the chapter “James Madison and the Ratification of the Constitution: A Triumph over Adversity,” in A Companion to James Madison and James Monroe, ed. Stuart Leibiger (Malden, Massachusetts: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012

Surekha Davies published ‘The Unlucky, the Bad and the Ugly: Categories of Monstrosity from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment’, Ashgate Research Companion to Monsters and the Monstrous  (2012), 49-75

Joshua Rosenthal published Salt and the Colombian State (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012). James Sanders of Utah State University called the work “the best sort of local history, as the story of the La Salina salt works wonderfully illuminates the larger history of nineteenth-century nation and state formation. Rosenthal adroitly demonstrates how the weak state still profoundly affected demography, land holding, labor opportunities, social structure and even the daily lives of many Colombians. Rosenthal convincingly argues that the relations between state and society are crucial to understanding nineteenth-century Spanish America, providing a lasting contribution to Latin American historiography.”

Kevin Gutzman published James Madison and the Making of America (St. Martin’s Press, 2012).  The book was selected as the History Book Club’s main selection in February 2012 and has been favorably reviewed by the Wall Street Journal and Kirkus Reviews, among many others. He has made recent appearances on many syndicated talk shows and on major television networks. His book presentation was covered on C-SPAN and his book can be seen in the background of many episodes of the hit television series House of Cards.