Outstanding Teacher and Scholar

March 20, 2017

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Ellen Fitzpatrick, professor of history, has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Lindberg Award, given annually to the outstanding teacher-scholar in the College of Liberal Arts.

Professor Fitzpatrick was appointed to the UNH faculty in 1997 as associate professor after serving eight years on the faculty of Harvard. She previously taught at MIT and Wellesley. She earned her Ph.D. at Brandeis.

Professor Fitzpatrick specializes in modern American political and intellectual history. She is the author or editor of nine books. Her most recent book, “The Highest Glass Ceiling: Women’s Quest for the American Presidency” (Harvard UP, 2016) was excerpted in The New Yorker, selected as an Editor’s Choice by the New York Times and named a notable nonfiction book of 2016 by the Washington Post. Her previous book, “Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation” (Ecco, 2010), was a New York Times bestseller and the basis of a highly regarded documentary film by Bill Couturie entitled “Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy.” Professor Fitzpatrick served as associate producer.

Professor Fitzpatrick’s recent scholarship has had broad public appeal, and she has fully embraced the role of public intellectual. She has been interviewed as an expert on modern American political history by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, CBS’s Face the Nation, National Public Radio and has appeared frequently on the PBS News Hour. Within the last year, she has contributed opinion pieces to the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and CNN online. Additionally, she is an active public speaker at museums, universities and other venues. In recognition of her tireless contributions to public discourse, she is a past recipient of UNH’s Award for Excellence in Public Service.

In addition to her vigorous scholarly activities, Professor Fitzpatrick dedicates herself every year to first-year students, expertly guiding them through a survey of modern U.S. history course, and to budding historians in the major gateway course. She is equally adept at teaching upper-level undergraduate and graduate seminars, as well as directing a number of theses and dissertations. According to colleagues, she is a creative and caring teacher, remembered by students, even many years later, for her particular eloquence and deep knowledge.

The annual Gary Lindberg Award was established by the College of Liberal Arts in 1986 in memory of Professor Gary Lindberg of the Department of English. As a means of publicly supporting superior faculty accomplishment, the College of Liberal Arts annually recognizes one truly outstanding scholar and teacher within the College. The recipient is invited to present a lecture to the public during the following academic year.

UNH Hosts Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Bob Woodward Dec. 6

November 14, 2016

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Bob Woodward, renowned investigative journalist and author, will speak as part of the Rutman Distinguished Lecture Series on the American Presidency at the University of New Hampshire Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, at 7 p.m. in the Granite State Room in the Memorial Union Building. His talk will focus on the age of the American presidency from Nixon to now. The event is free and open to the public but registration is required.

Woodward is an associate editor of The Washington Post, where he has worked since 1971. He has shared in two Pulitzer Prizes, first in 1973 for the coverage of the Watergate scandal with Carl Bernstein, and second in 2002 as the lead reporter for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

He has authored or coauthored 18 books, all of which have been national non-fiction bestsellers. Twelve of those have been #1 national bestsellers. His most recent book, “The Last of the President’s Men,” was published in October 2015.

Bob Schieffer of CBS News has said, “Woodward has established himself as the best reporter of our time. He may be the best reporter of all time.”

Gene Roberts, the former managing editor of The New York Times, has called the Woodward-Bernstein Watergate coverage, “maybe the single greatest reporting effort of all time.” In listing the all-time 100 best non-fiction books, Time Magazine has called “All the President’s Men” by Bernstein and Woodward “Perhaps the most influential piece of journalism in history.”

Housed in the College of Liberal Arts at UNH, the Rutman Distinguished Lecture Series on the American Presidency is generously supported by J. Morgan ’84 and Tara Rutman. The series focuses on American political history with an emphasis on the modern and historical context of the American presidency. The 2016 Rutman Lecture is part of Celebrate 150: The Campaign for UNH, celebrating 150 years of success at UNH and setting a bold course for the next 150 years.

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Recommended Reading

July 25, 2016

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Still looking for that summer beach read? UNH historian Ellen Fitzpatrick’s book, “The Highest Glass Ceiling: Women’s Quest for the American Presidency,” is on “The Washington Post” list of “37 books we’ve loved so far in 2016.”

Chemist Humphry Davy Subject of UNH Historian’s New Book

May 6, 2016

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Professor of history and humanities Jan Golinski has published a new biography of the English chemist Sir Humphry Davy. In “The Experimental Self: Humphry Davy and the Making of a Man of Science” (University of Chicago Press), Golinski explores the ways in which Davy created and re-created his identity over the course of his life.

Davy (1778-1829) was the most famous British chemist of his day, known for discovering sodium, potassium, and other elements, and for inventions, including the Davy Lamp, used for mining safety. He built a career as a scientist before the profession itself even existed. Yet he was more than that.

“Davy was a glamorous individual who drew a lot of attention in his lifetime for his performances in public lectures and his writings. He was a chemist, a philosopher, a travel writer, a discoverer, and often thought of as an all-around ‘genius,’” says Golinski.

In “The Experimental Self,” Golinski sheds light on the many “selves” of Davy, arguing that Davy fashioned his identity through lifelong experimentation in selfhood.

A specialist in the history of science, Golinski is the author of “British Weather and the Climate of Enlightenment” and “Making Natural Knowledge: Constructivism and the History of Science,” both published by the University of Chicago Press, and of “Science as Public Culture: Chemistry and Enlightenment in Britain, 1760-1820,” published by Cambridge University Press.

To learn more about “The Experimental Self” and to order a copy, visit the publisher’s website or the websites of major online retailers.

Polasky Named Benedict Distinguished Visiting Professor at Carleton

April 22, 2016

Janet Polasky

UNH Presidential Professor of History Janet Polasky has been named the Benedict Distinguished Visiting Professor at Carleton College in Minnesota. In spring 2017, she will teach two courses at Carleton: a seminar on Atlantic revolution and a course on women in modern European history from 1650 to the present.

“It meant a great deal to be nominated by faculty in the history department, because I was an undergraduate history major at Carleton,” says Polasky. “I presented a faculty seminar there when I was working on my last book, ‘Revolutions without Borders,’ remembering all the while the questions some of those same professors had asked me about my senior thesis.”

“I’m looking forward to the teaching,” adds Polasky. “It’s good to teach in different environments and to different kinds of students. It keeps us alert and energizes our teaching when we return home.”

Carleton College names Benedict Distinguished Visiting Professors through a competitive process of departmental nominations.

UNH Historian Receives NEH Award

April 20, 2016


Associate professor of history Julia Rodriguez has been awarded a Summer Stipend from the National Endowment from the Humanities (NEH) for her project, “Cultural Conquistadors: Nineteenth Century Anthropology and the Scientific Reconquest of the Americas.”

The book project examines the genesis of Americanist anthropology in the late-19th century, a crucial moment, says Rodriguez, in the centuries-old transatlantic enterprise to unearth new knowledge about the fundamental nature of humankind. It follows Americanists’ own evidence trail, from physical artifacts to linguistic and cultural evidence, in the context of comparative study of Latin American civilizations.

“The award will help me to do follow-up archival research at the National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City, as well as continue writing,” says Rodriguez.

NEH Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources. Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months.

In the last five competitions, the Summer Stipends program received an average of 930 applications per year. The program made an average of 81 awards per year, for a funding ratio of 9 percent.

UNH Historian Receives Guggenheim Fellowship

April 8, 2016

Eliga Gould

Eliga Gould, professor of history at the University of New Hampshire, has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to complete a book on the least studied of the United States’ founding documents, the Treaty of 1783 that ended the American Revolutionary War. Gould, who has taught at UNH since 1992, will take his fellowship in 2018-19 to conduct additional research and finish writing “Crucible of Peace: 1783 and the Founding of the American Republic.”

“My goal is to write an innovative, accessible book that explores an important but often overlooked founding document in the early history of the United States,” said Gould. “I aim to set the record straight in this book, restoring the treaty to its proper place alongside the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.”

In his latest book, “Among the Powers of the Earth: The American Revolution and the Making of a New World Empire,” he explored the many ways in which the early American republic’s quest to be accepted as a “treaty worthy” nation by Europe’s colonial powers shaped American thinking about an array of issues, including federalism, Native American treaty rights, and the abolition of slavery. The book has been widely praised, including on the Wall Street Journal’s op-ed page and by Noam Chomsky, who highlighted the concept of treaty worthiness in an editorial on contemporary U.S. foreign policy. Named a Library Journal Best Book of the Year, “Among the Powers” received the SHEAR Book Prize from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic and was a finalist for the George Washington Book Prize.

Gould has held long-term fellowships from the Fulbright-Hays Program, the National Endowment for the Humanities (twice), and the Charles Warren Center at Harvard. His other publications include “The Persistence of Empire: British Political Culture in the Age of the American Revolution,” and “Empire and Nation: The American Revolution in the Atlantic World,” co-edited with Peter S. Onuf, and numerous articles, book chapters, and review essays.

Since its establishment in 1925, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has granted more than $334 million in fellowships to more than 18,000 individuals, among whom are scores of Nobel laureates, Fields Medalists, Turing Award winners, poets laureate, members of the various national academies, winners of the Pulitzer Prize, and other important, internationally recognized honors. Gould is one of 178 scholars, artists and scientists to receive a 2016 fellowship.

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