2020-’21 Clio Prize Winners Announced

The Emory History Dept. Undergraduate Committee recently announced the winners of the 2021-’21 Clio Prizes. These awards are given annually for the best research paper in a junior/senior History Colloquium and to the best paper in a Freshman History Seminar. Browse past winners here and see the 2021-22 recipients below:

The Clio Prize for the best paper written in a freshman seminar has been awarded to:

Julia Pecau

Paper title:  “Justice in Medieval Europe”

Nominated by Prof. Michelle Armstrong-Partida

The Clio Prize for the best research paper written in a junior/senior colloquium has been awarded to:

Alex Levine

Paper title: “‘The Most Potent of All Human Agencies’: Missionary Printing and the Development of the Chinese Indigenous Church”

Nominated by Prof. Tonio Andrade

Scott Benigno (C22) Publishes Article on British Railway Investments in Brazil

History major Scott Benigno (C22) recently published an article in the Armstrong Undergraduate Journal of History titled, “The Economics of Empires: An Analysis of British Railway Investments in 1850s Imperial Brazil.” The article investigates Britain’s interests in developing railways in Brazil before the country’s industrialization. The paper was mentored by Dr. Thomas D. Rogers, Associate Professor of Modern Latin American History and Arthur Blank/NEH Chair in the Humanities and Humanistic Social Sciences (2018-2021). Read the article abstract below and find the full piece here.

“While Brazil is not often thought to be connected to Britain in our present day, Brazil’s early independent history was inextricably linked with the European imperial power. Using A Report on the Proposed Railway in the Province of Pernambuco, Brazil written by British civil engineer Edward De Mornay in 1855 as an example, this paper looks specifically at Britain’s interests in developing railways in the mostly non-industrialized Brazil and the reasons behind.”

Anderson Contributes to 11Alive Program ‘Drawing Conclusions’

Dr. Carol Anderson, Charles Howard Candler Professor, recently contributed to the 11Alive news station’s “Drawing Conclusions” series. The series follows two Georgia parents who address their skepticism of Critical Race Theory and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in public schools with a range of experts. Anderson, associated faculty in the History Department and, most recently, the author of The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America (Bloomsbury, 2021), was the first expert the parents interviewed. Find a video of the segment below and read more about the series here: “These parents questioned critical race theory and DEI programs in public schools. They interviewed experts and here’s what they found.”

Graduate Student Olivia Cocking Wins Snell Memorial Essay Prize from Southern Historical Association

Congratulations to second-year graduate student Olivia Cocking on winning the 2021 John L. Snell Memorial Prize from the European History Section of the Southern Historical Association. The prize recognizes the best graduate seminar paper in European History. Cocking was awarded for her piece, “Pronatalism’s Peripheries: Housing Poor Women in Early Third Republic Paris, 1880 – 1912.” Associate Professor Judith A. Miller advises Cocking’s graduate work.

Alumni Update: Jeffrey S. Reznick (PhD, 1999)

Jeffrey S. Reznick (PhD 1999), chief of the History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH), has written the first study of Rudolf H. Sauter (1895–1977), the German-born artist, poet, cultural observer and nephew of the famed novelist John Galsworthy. To be published by Anthem Press in January 2022, War and Peace in the Worlds of Rudolf H. Sauter: A Cultural History of a Creative Life reveals its subject as a creative figure in his own right who produced an intriguing body of artistic and literary work spanning from World War I through the Cold War. Additionally, connected to his leadership of the NLM History of Medicine Division, Reznick recently co-authored “History matters: in the past, present & future of the NLM” in the Journal of the Medical Library Association. The article explains how—since the release of the 2015 report of the NIH’s Director’s advisory committee on the future of the National Library of Medicine—history continues to matter at NLM with its History of Medicine Division achieving many collaborative contributions toward the advancement of the library in the 21st century and for the benefit of historical research today and tomorrow.