Faculty & Staff News Archive - 2009-2010

Dr. Monahan-Russian ImperialismFormer Instructor Dr. Erika Monahan Presents Talk on Russian Imperialism

Former UAA history professor Dr. Erika Monahan presented a talk entitled "Russian Imperialism: Causes, Tools, Legacies 16th-19th cc." at the UAA Campus Bookstore on Wednesday, 21 July 2010. Dr. Monahan received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2007, and taught Western Civilization at UAA in 2008. She is currently Assistant Professor of History at University of New Mexico.

[posted 20 July 2010]


Prof. Gavorsky and International Panel to Discuss the French Revolution in Honor of Bastille Day

Bastille Day: A Lesson in HistoryDr. Scott A. Gavorsky chaired an international panel discussion on the history and memory of the Bastille Day, the French national holiday marking the Storming of the Bastille fortress at the beginning of the French Revolution. Joining him on the panel were representatives of the consulates in Anchorage, including Consul Javier Abud-Osuna of Mexico, British Honorary Consul Diddy Hitchins, Paul Moon of South Korea, and others.
The event was held at the UAA Campus bookstore on Wednesday, 14 July 2010, 4pm-6pm.
Click here for the flyer and more details.

[posted 13 July 2010]


Dr. Jeanne EderDr. Steve HaycoxRetirement Reception for
Profs. Eder and Haycox

The UAA History Department hosted a retirement reception for two of its valued faculty members, Dr. Jeanne Eder (left) and Dr. Steve Haycox (right).

On Wednesday, 21 April 2010, the History Department was joined by members of the UAA community of cake and refreshments to converse about the past, present and future of our two esteemed colleagues.

Dr. Eder, former Director of Alaska Native Studies, has been teaching classes on Native, Public, and U.S. history.

Dr. Haycox almost literally founded the UAA History department and has been teaching and publishing on Alaskan history since the 1970s.

[posted 21 April 2010]


Paul-HistoryBowl-smallUAA Faculty travel to UAF to help with first Alaska Phi Alpha Theta History Conference

UAA History faculty traveled with student members of the UAA chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta (ΦΑΘ) History Honors Society to the first Alaska Phi Alpha Theta History Conference in Fairbanks on 26-27 March 2010. Prof. Paul Dunscomb (left) emceed a History Bowl Trivia Challenge designed by UAA faculty that opened the conference. Prof. Elizabeth Dennison chaired one of the conference sessions where students presented papers on their historical research.

For more information about the conference, see the article under Student News.

[posted 1 April 2010]


Prof. Songho HaProf. Ha Discusses "The American System as Cultural System" before UAA Complex Systems Group

The American System was a program for the economic development of the United States which was tried in the post-War of 1812 period. Dr. Ha analyzed a less studied aspect of the American System-its cultural policies, by analyzing the various attempts of the federal government to establish national institutions of higher learning and to promote arts between 1789 and 1837. The public talk was part of The Complex Systems Group lecture series.

[posted 19 March 2010]


rosa-luxemburg-smallProfessors Dennison, Myers, and Janco Discuss Rosa Luxemburg

History Professors Elizabeth Dennison, William Myers and Andrew Janco came together on 1 March 2010 to discuss the extraordinary political and social activist, theoretician and revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919). The public forum "Rosa Luxemburg Remembered" presented her life in Germany, relationship with Lenin, her prison letters, as well as the Russian Revolution and her theories regarding spontaneity and class. The forum was hosted by the UAA Campus Bookstore.


Image from The British System of EducationProf. Gavorsky Presents Talk on Pedagogy and Nationalism

Professor Scott A. Gavorsky presented a paper entitled "‘Born in France, Naturalized in England’: Pedagogy and Nationalism during the Bourbon Restoration" at the 56th Annual Conference of the Society for French Historical Studies in Tempe, Arizona on April 10, 2010.

The paper examines the vitriolic public debates over the adoption of a British pedagogical technique known as enseignement mutuel in French primary schools in the aftermath of the French Revolution. The technique, which depended on advanced students known as moniteurs to help instruct other students, brought into question ideas of authority and cultural identity in a France seeking to rebuild.


Prof. Paul DunscombProf. Dunscomb announces New Book

Professor Paul Dunscomb's book, A Great Disobedience Against the People, Japan's Siberian Intervention, 1918-1922, has been accepted for publication by Lexington Books for their New Studies in Modern Japan Series. It is the first complete narrative on the topic in either English or Japanese. The book will appear in the second half of 2010.


Prof. Elizabeth JamesProf. James and The Tundra Times

Professor Elizabeth James’ article “Towards Alaska Native Political Unity: The Origins of the Tundra Times” will be published by the Western Historical Quarterly. The WHQ is the premier journal in the history of the U.S. west. Professor James is currently working on a book length study of the Tundra Times and its impact on the state of Alaska and has travelled to Fairbanks and Barrow to conduct research. The article will appear in the Autumn 2010 issue of the WHQ.


undefinedProf. Ha's The Rise and Fall of the American System Published

Professor Songho Ha’s book The Rise and Fall of the American System: Nationalism and the Development of the American Economy, 1790-1837 has been published by Pickering and Chatto of London as part of their Financial History Series. The book analyzes the American System, which was a political, economic, and cultural policy package proposed by the Whig Party in the early 19th century that emphasized the role of the federal government in promoting economic and cultural unity.


2009-2010 Academic Year Gets Underway

History Department Chair Elizabeth Dennison and Administrative Assistant Kathy Woodhead
are happy about the start of a new academic year.


Playbill, ca. 1896Prof. Dennison Participates in NEH Summer Institute "America Engages Russia"

Professor Elizabeth Dennison participated in “America Engages Russia, Circa 1880-ca. 1930: Studies in Cultural Interaction,” a Summer Institute funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, held at the New York Public Library, Humanities and Social Sciences Library, from June 13 to July 3, 2009. She was one of 25 participants chosen from a large, nationwide applicant pool.




Prof. Dunscomb Presents His Latest Research

Professor Paul Dunscomb presented the paper “Tales of the Floating ‘Hood and Monstrous Cute: Creating a Usable Pop Culture Past in Japan” at the Asian Studies Development Program 15th National Conference in Philadelphia, PA, March 6, 2009. He presented “Whatever Happened to Japan: The Economic Superpower That Never Was” for the Alaska World Affairs Council on May 15, 2009. This September he will serve for a week as a "Scholar in Residence" at Johnson County Community College, Kansas City, Kansas and at the University of Kansas. He will present “Images of what never was to suggest what might be; Japanese popular culture and Japaneseness” for “Images as Tools: A Seminar on Teaching About Japan,” sponsored by the University of Washington and the Association of Asian Studies Northeast Asia Council, October 31, 2009. His article “Anime and Manga 101; a Primer for the Confused and the Curious,” appeared in the Asian Educational Media Service News and Reviews, Winter 2009. His review of the DVD The Roots of Japanese Anime; Until the end of WWII will appear in forthcoming journal Education About Asia this winter.


Prof. Eder as SacagaweaProf. Eder Performs as Sacagawea

Professor Jeanne Eder presented her character of Sacagawea for the Colorado Humanities Council in Greely, Colorado this last year and at both Wendler Middle School and Chugach Elementary School in Anchorage during November’s Alaska Native Heritage month. She is on the Speaker’s Bureau for the committee that sponsors programs in Anchorage Schools every year.



Distinguished Professor Stephen HaycoxDistinguished Professor Haycox Discusses 2008 Presidential Election and Alaska

Distinguished Professor Stephen Haycox was interviewed by numerous newspapers, TV and cable networks, and radio stations in the United States and other countries, including the New York Times, Fox News, and Good Morning America during and after the Presidential Election of 2008, and gave informed opinions on the election and how it could affect Alaska.

He has been also working on a book tentatively titled Federal Preparations for New Conservation Units in Alaska prior to Statehood. He continued to direct and teach in the Forty-Ninth State Fellowship Program in the UAA Honors College.


Professor James with Blackfoot elder Frank WeaselheadProfessor James Participates in ICSI

Professor Elizabeth James spent the past summer doing research and professional development activities. In July, Professor James participated in the 2009 International Canadian Studies Institute in Alberta.  ICSI brings college and university professors from Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho to Canada for two weeks of travel and study.  Presentations and speakers on Canada topics included politics, history, language and cultures, health care, economic development, agricultural research, the oil industry, First Nations, U.S. relations, arts, and more.   Look for Canadian content in Professor James’ courses!  James also serves as the Chair of the Elizabeth Tower Endowment for Canadian Studies. 

In June, she traveled to Barrow for ten days, where she investigated the Tundra Times newspaper archives at the Tuzzy Consortium Library.  The collection is unprocessed, so it was quite a challenge to organize nearly 200 boxes of documents.  The research will contribute to her book on the newspaper’s role in Alaska Native political history. She recently completed an article manuscript about the origins of the Tundra Times.

In addition to her travels, James also contributed content articles to LitSite Alaska, is serving on the Joan Paterson Kerr Award Committee for the Western History Association, and is working with the Anchorage School District’s Teaching with Primary Sources course.


Professor Myers receives Teaching Excellence Award

Professor William Myers also received the Teaching Excellence Award from the Dean of UAA College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at the CAS Convocation on August 21, 2009, for his excellence in teaching and commitment to student success and advising. Our wholehearted congratulations to Professor Myers.

Professor Myers also received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor. He specializes in Italian Fascism and teaches a number of courses in European history as well as capstone courses. Congratulations to Professor Myers!


Professor Scott A. GavorskyHistory Department welcomes Prof. Gavorsky

The History Department welcomes a new Term Instructor, Scott A. Gavorsky, a recent Ph.D. from Emory University.

A specialist in French History, Professor Gavorsky will teach Western Civilization I and II courses for the UAA History Department.




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