March 28, 2013

A new and powerful version of the UNH Time and Room Schedule is now available. The recently-launched, highly searchable website,, merges time and room information with course descriptions and any additional media that professors wish to provide, such as syllabi, commentary, flyers, images, and even video.

Some professors have jumped on the video idea and are providing course introductions for their online courses. Check out Professor David Richman’s course introduction video to HUMA 401: Introduction to Humanities/Marriage, an online course offered this summer.

Here’s the video as it appears on the courses website along with syllabi and technical requirements.

Want to see more?

ARTS 574 (1BB) – Introduction to Architectural History (Introduced by Professor Hetty Startup)

JUST 530 (1BB) – Inside the Courtroom: Torn from the Headlines (Introduced by Professor Charles Putnam)

Summer registration is open now at

The Cyborg Inside Me, Summer Registration Opens Today

March 25, 2013

animation by Christine Hodgson

Anthropology professor Svetlana Peshkova channeled her inner cyborg and created the new Anthropology of the Internet course that she will teach this summer. The course, ANTH 508, will explore will explore interactions between humans and the digital landscape.

“Digital technologies … are a part of the students’ daily life,” says Prof. Peshkova. “Video gaming, texting, the Web, iPads, e-readers, smart phones, computers, and virtual reality provide all of us with new experiences. They challenge time and geographic boundaries, and consequently our understandings of what it means to be human.”

Registration for summer courses opens today. The College is offering dozens of online courses, as well as on-campus and study abroad opportunities.

Search for courses at; register at

Read more about Prof. Peshkova’s course in UNH Today.

Intensive Study in Azerbaijan

March 22, 2013

Kevin McAleese
Kevin McAleese, a political science and international affairs dual major from Nashua, N.H., has received a U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship to study the Azeri language in Baku, Azerbaijan. He’ll spend 8 weeks at the Azerbaijan University of Languages this summer.

The scholarship program is part of the U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical languages. Over 5,000 students applied for the 2013 competition; McAleese is one of approximately 600 successful applicants.

McAleese became interested in Azerbaijan after learning of the country’s influence within the Middle East and Eurasia and its close military ties to the U.S. “Increasing military and political relations with Azerbaijan and developing a stronger cultural connection with its people could help solidify a strategic ally in the Caucasus,” writes McAleese, who hopes to use his language skills and experience to achieve his goal of joining the Peace Corps and eventually becoming a political officer in the Foreign Service.

Read the full story by Jeanne Sokolowski in UNH Today.


UNH Historian Wins Prestigious 2013 Bancroft Prize

March 20, 2013

W. Jeffrey Bolster

Columbia University announced earlier this week that W. Jeffrey Bolster, associate professor of history at the UNH, is one of two recipients of the 2013 Bancroft Prize for his gripping and eloquent history of the human impact on the ocean.

Bolster is the author of The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2012). The other winner is John Fabian Witt of Yale University for Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American History (Free Press, 2012).

According to Columbia University, the winning works, while different in subject matter, demonstrate the powerful impact of re-examination of historical events in an ever-changing, ever-evolving world.

While overfishing is often thought of as a contemporary problem, Bolster reveals in The Mortal Sea that humans were transforming the sea long before factory trawlers turned fishing from a hand-liner’s art into an industrial enterprise. The western Atlantic’s legendary fishing banks, stretching from Cape Cod to Newfoundland, have attracted fishermen for more than 500 years.

The Bancroft Prize, established in 1948, is considered one of the most distinguished academic awards in the field of history.

Read the full story by Lori Wright.

Twip of the week

March 7, 2013

Twips: tweet-sized tips from UNH Seniors: “It's OK not to always be right—it’s the lefts from which you learn.” –Lauren Barton

New scholarship on American lit

March 5, 2013

Two faculty members who specialize in American literature have each published new co-edited collections recently.  Here’s a brief look:

book cover Associate Professor of English Brigitte Bailey published Margaret Fuller and Her Circles, a collection of essays edited by Professor Bailey, Katheryn P. Viens, and Conrad Edick Wright (U of NH Press/UPNE, 2013).

Fuller was an important American public intellectual of the nineteenth century. A journalist and critic, she advocated for women’s rights, the emancipation of slaves, prison reform, and other social changes.

“These essays mark the maturation of scholarship on Margaret Fuller… Drawing on developments in gender theory, transatlantic studies, and archival excavations of the networks of reform, this volume defines Fuller as a significant intellectual precursor, a critic who analyzed and challenged the dominant interpretive paradigms of her own time and who remains strikingly relevant for ours.”–UPNE

book coverProfessor of English Monica Chiu’s collection, Diversity in the Diaspora: Hmong Americans in the Twenty-First Century, just published by the University of Hawaii Press, is an anthology that explores Hmong Americans’ inclusion in and contribution to American history and culture, and the field of Asian American studies. The volume is edited by Professor Chiu, Mark Edward Pfeifer, and Kou Yang.

“Diversity in Diaspora showcases the desire to shape new contours of Hmong American studies as Hmong American scholars themselves address new issues. It represents an essential step in carving out space for Hmong Americans as primary actors in their own right and in placing Hmong American studies within the purview of Asian American studies.”–University of Hawaii Press

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