Faculty News Update
Compiled by Rich Grippaldi, Student & Alumni News Editor


Kathleen Biddick, professor of history, gave an invited paper entitled "The Cut of the Archive: Sovereignty and Spectral Evidence" at Princeton University's Society for Fellows in the Liberal Arts Symposium: "Illuminations: Theoretical Reflections on Medieval Studies" on April 30, 2005. She is currently working on an invited essay for a special issue of the journal GLQ devoted to rethinking the normative temporalities of history. Her article, entitled "Sacrifice Your Holy War: The Unhistorical, Massacre, and Martyrdom," explores thinking the unhistorical of the medieval Crusades.

Jay Lockenour, associate professor of history and associate director of CENFAD, is engaged in a project on Erich Ludendorff, a powerful symbol and leader among the radical nationalist right in Germany. Between 1916 and his death in 1937, Ludendorff was a general, a dictator, a failed putschist, an ally and then a vocal critic of Adolf Hitler, a presidential candidate, a publisher, and a leader of an eccentric group, the Tannenberg League. His activities can help us understand the appeal of anti-Semitism in Germany and the fate of many radicals on the right wing of Germanyís political spectrum. Unlike most of Hitlerís other rivals, however, Erich Ludendorff died of natural causes in 1937 and was honored by Hitler with a state funeral.

Gregory J. W. Urwin, professor of history and associate director of CENFAD, had his eighth book, Black Flag over Dixie: Racial Atrocities and Reprisals in the Civil War, released in paperback by Southern Illinois University Press in late September. The Organization of History Teachers has chosen to make Black Flag over Dixie the focus of its session at the 120th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Society at 9:30 to 11:30 A.M., Saturday, January 7, 2006, in Philadelphia.

Urwin kicked off the American Philosophical Society’s Friends of the Library Lecture Series for fall 2005 by presenting “Cornwallis and the Slaves of Virginia: A New Look at the Yorktown Campaign.” He published a spin-off from that research, “Lord Cornwallis’ Insignia for Runaway Slaves, May-October 1781,”in the spring 2005 issue of Military Collector & Historian: Journal of the Company of Military Historians.

Urwin published “A Strategic Perspective,” the introductory essay for the new “Arkansas in the Civil War” web site produced by “Harpweek.” “Arkansas in the Civil War” has also reprinted two scholarly articles that Urwin originally published in North & South: “’Cut to Pieces and Gone to Hell’: The Poison Spring Massacre” and “’A Very Disastrous Defeat’: The Battle of Helena, Arkansas.”

Finally, Urwin became one of the founding associate editors of Military Chronicles, a new quarterly journal dedicated to packaging cutting-edge military history by leading scholars in a format designed to reach mass audiences.

Professors Ralph F. Young and Gregory J. W. Urwin led a five-day Teaching American History workshop with high school teachers from Cleveland County, North Carolina, this past June. The federally-sponsored workshop centered on the topic of how the Continental Army and Patriot militia won the War of Independence. Morning lectures were followed by afternoon visits to Washington Crossing State Park, the David Library of the American Revolution, and Valley Forge National Historical Park.