Faculty Highlights


New Publication by Dr. Sanders

Berghahn Books of Oxford, England, and Brooklyn, New York, has released Maternalism Reconsidered: Motherhood, Welfare and Social Policy in the Twentieth Century (April 2012). Dr. Nichole Sanders, associate professor of history, is both a contributor to and editor of the publication. This book joins Dr. Sanders' growing list of publications and contributions in the field of Gender Studies.


Great War Collection Donated to LC

On Friday, November 11, 2011, Dr. Brian Crim participated in a program for the presentation of the Mazzara-Daly Great War Collection, which was donated to the college by LC Trustee Phil Mazzara '70, and his wife, Dee Daly.

The Mazzara-Daly Great War Collection, now housed in the Knight-Capron Library, is a collection of books about the history and literature of the Great War. Several of the books are rare first editions of poetry or prose, such as the 1920 first publication of The Collected Poems of Wilfred Owen and the first American edition of All Quiet on the Western Front. Representative of the audio-visual material in the collection are Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, a choral/orchestral work that sets several of Owen's poems to music, and a DVD movie about Owen's relationship with fellow war-poet Siegfried Sassoon while they were convalescing from shell-shock at Craiglockhart War Hospital.

Dr. Crim offered a brief historical reflection on the Great War (PDF).The program also included a reflection on the impact of the literature produced by Wilfred Owen and others, as well as readings of selected poems.

LC Historians Present Papers at Conference

Dr. Scott Amos and Dr. Clifton Potter presented papers at the 2011 meeting of the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC), which met in Ft. Worth, Texas on October 27-30. SCSC promotes scholarship on the early modern era, broadly defined as ca. 1450 - ca. 1660. More than 700 international participants gathered to give presentations from all disciplines in early modern studies, including history, art history, religion, history of science, musicology, and literary and cultural studies in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

Dr. Amos presented "'An Exposition of the Whole Doctrine of Salvation: Exegesis and Theology in Martin Bucer's 1550 Ephesians Lectures" and"Martin Bucer and Biblical Exegesis."

In "New Insights into the Mysteries of Archives, Collections, and Historiography," Dr. Potter presented the paper, "Gloriana and the Historians: Appraisals of Elizabeth I from Hume to Pollard."

German Identity

At the 35th annual conference of the German Studies Association, Dr. Brian Crim presented "Little Hans Goes East: The Cinematic Redemption of the Wehrmacht Soldier." The presentation was part of the session "Representations of German Identity in Visual Culture: German Identity and the Warrior."

The conference, held this year in Louisville, Ky., September 22-25, is the flagship event for historians of Central Europe and brings together over 1,000 scholars in the areas of German history, literature, culture, and politics. Presentations range over the period between the Middle Ages and the present, and scholars from around the world participate.

Dr. Sanders at the CLAH

Dr. Nichole Sanders will be the program chair for the Conference of Latin American Historians (CLAH) 2013 annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. The CLAH is the national organization for Latin American historians; its meeting runs concurrently with the American Historical Association's (AHA) annual meeting. (The latter is the largest and most important scholarly meeting for historians, with 6,000 or more attending yearly).

Faculty Publication

Dr. Lindsay Eades and Dr. Eunice Rojas(Spanish) have a forthcoming book under contract with Praeger Publishers, a press that specializes in "multiple tongues and multiple ways of viewing the world ... scholarship on the multicultural inhabitants of this planet we call home." Dr. Eades and Dr. Rojas will edit a 2-volume collection of essays called, Sounds of Resistance: The Role of Music in Multicultural Activism.

The first volume will concentrate on the U.S. and the second volume will focus on international resistance movements. Dr. Rojas is writing a chapter on a musician/activist in Spain; Dr. Brian Crim is contributing a chapter on the punk movement in Britain; Dr. Chip Walton is contributing a chapter on women's music and cultural resistance in the U.S.; Dr. Marek Payerhin is writing on music and anti-communist resistance in Poland in the 1970s and 1980s; and Dr. Eades is co-writing a chapter with a colleague in South Africa on anti-apartheid music.

The volumes also include contributors from the University of Massachusetts, Duke University, UCLA, Randolph-Macon College, Berklee College of Music, and the University of Oklahoma.

History Professor on WVTF

On July 26, a short essay by David Zimring, adjunct professor of history, was aired on WVTF, the Roanoke affiliate of National Public Radio. His essay on the creation of West Virginia during the Civil War told the story of how western Virginians resisted the call for secession in 1861 and how they declared their independence from Virginia in that year. It also discussed the battles between Generals George McClellan and Robert E. Lee in their first engagements against each other and why the Union accepted West Virginia even though doing so appeared to endorse secession. You can hear David's essay on WVTF's website.

Dr. Clifton Potter Receives Faculty Excellence Award

Dr. Clifton Potter received the T.A. Abbott Award for Faculty Excellence from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Division of Higher Education and Leadership Ministries.

This is the most prestigious recognition given by the Christian Church to members of faculties of the colleges and universities affiliated with the church. Recipients are recognized for inspiring students toward excellence and whose underlying educational philosophy is wholeness of person; for continuing to grow and learn in his/her academic discipline; and for manifesting a personal faith.

Dr. Potter's research interests include the Elizabethan Age (with a special emphasis on the use of art as propaganda), English history, modern Europe from 1700 to the present, and the history of Central Virginia.

His most recent book, Victorian Ambivalence About Elizabeth I: The Political History of a Royal Reputation, was published by the Edwin Mellen Press (July 2010). The editorial board for the Mellen Press acknowledged the book's "distinguished contribution to scholarship" by awarding it its own Adele Mellen Prize.

Dr. Potter is the seventh LC professor to receive the T.A. Abbott Award. Past recipients are Dr. John R. Scudder Jr., Dr. G. Kenneth West, Dr. Phillip Stump, Dr. Michael Santos, Dr. Elza Tiner, and Dr. James H. Price.