Having twice been the Fulbright lecturer in American Studies at the University of Rome (in 2002 and 2009) I have established a close working relationship with the Italian American Studies community and many of its members. I am invited nearly every year to lecture at various Italian universities or give public talks in other forums. This year I gave four such talks:
- “’How the Other Half (Learned To) Live’: Race, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity in Late 19th-century America,” Universita di Roma Tre, Rome, February 27, 2017
- “1968: The Year the World Exploded,” Palazzo Ducale, Genoa, March 6, 2017.
- “’The Personal is Political, the Political is Personal’: Understanding the 1960s,” The Istituto Universitario Orientale, Naples, March 8, 2017.
- “The Trump Presidency: How We Got Here and Where We Might Be Going,” LUISS: Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali, Rome, March 9, 2017
I have been doing a number of talks this semester in the New England area. These include:
- A discussion with local feminist activists about the film “A Moment in Her Story: Stories from the Boston Women’s Movement,” on March 29, in commemoration of Women’s History Month.
- A panel response to the musical “A Brief History of the Earth and Everything in it,” by Dave Rainbow, a Wheaton Alum, on April 8.
- Honors Convocation address: “What Now? How are you going to fix the mess we left you with?” at the Cole Memorial Chapel, Thursday 4 May at 5 p.m.
- A talk during Reunion Week: “‘Then they came for me’ : How racism, the war on drugs, and mass incarceration contributed to the opioid crisis in white America,” May 19th, 2-3:20, in Knapton Lecture.
I have been focusing on military history activities this semester:
- My website, Military Life Memories, is up and running, and we are soliciting contributions at this time.
- Students in History 235: U.S. Military History, have created a poster series titled World War I: A Centenary Retrospective. It is currently on display in the Knapton foyer.
- My Wheaton Research Partner, Khalifa Alghanim, and I will be in Washington D.C. in May to interview retired military family members for The Military Life Oral History Project.