Two recent books by History faculty have won prestigious prizes: Prof. Suzanne Marchand has won the Ralph Gomory Book Prize from the Business History Conference for her book, Porcelain: A History from the Heart of Europe; and Department Chair Prof. Aaron Sheehan-Dean won the Distinguished Book Award from Society for Military History for his work editing the multivolume Cambridge History of the American Civil War . Hearty congratulations to Professors Marchand and Sheehan-Dean!
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Boyd Prof. Suzanne Marchand has been announcedas among the 2022 recipients of the highly valued John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has sought since its inception to “further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions.” Prior-year Fellows include such distinguished names as Rachel Carson, James Baldwin, Martha Graham, and Linus Pauling. Congratulations to Prof. Marchand on this signal honor!
Members of the Society of Student Historians have voted on a winner of the Roselyn Boneno Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. The winner this year is Prof. Gaines Foster. Congratulations to Dr. Foster for this well-deserved recognition of his professorial excellence!
The British Jesus, 1850-1970
By Prof. Meredith Veldman
The British Jesus focuses on the Jesus of the religious culture dominant in Britain from the 1850s through the 1950s, the popular Christian culture shared by not only church, kirk, and chapel goers, but also the growing numbers of Britons who rarely or only episodically entered a house of worship.
An essay in intellectual as well as cultural history, this book illumines the interplay between and among British New Testament scholarship, institutional Christianity, and the wider Protestant culture. The scholars who mapped and led the uniquely British quest for the historical Jesus in the first half of the twentieth century were active participants in efforts to replace the popular image of “Jesus in a white nightie” with a stronger figure, and so, they hoped, to preserve Britain’s Christian identity. They failed. By exploring that failure, and more broadly, by examining the relations and exchanges between popular, artistic, and scholarly portrayals of Jesus, this book highlights the continuity and the conservatism of Britain’s popular Christianity through a century of religious and cultural transformation.
Exploring depictions of Jesus from over more than one hundred years, this book is a crucial resource for scholars of British Christianity in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Graduates of Geaux Teach, the Major in History with a Concentration in Secondary Education, pose with program advisor Prof. Zevi Gutfreund (far right). For information on the Secondary Education history program: Geaux Teach