CREST Symposium Rapidly Approaching

The CREST Symposium is quickly arriving. We will be meeting on Friday, September 16, from 10:00-3:00 pm in the Moran Conference Room. This is a change in location. I still have copies of the OAH Magazine of History that I would like to distribute to symposium attendees. Please see full details below. The CREST office is Room 300, 1006 Madison Avenue.


CREST Colloquium on Tuesday, September 6: 12:00-1:00 pm

Join us tomorrow, Tuesday, September 6, at 12:00 pm in Standish Conference Rooms A & B in the Events and Athletics Center on The College of Saint Rose campus to meet Benjamin Min Han, our newest CREST Diversity Dissertation Fellow. Ben will be giving a talk entitled, “Small Screen Talent: Ethnic Performers, Music, and Variety Shows in Cold War America.”

This event is free and open to the public. Bring your lunch and your questions.

CREST Symposium, Friday, September 16, 2011

As part of Dr. Thomas Schwartz’s visit to The College of Saint Rose to present the Sixth Annual Kermit Hall Memorial Lecture, CREST will host a symposium on the next day, Friday, September 16, from 10:00-3:00 pm in Albertus 210.

The intention of this year’s symposium is to contemplate and discuss the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, in historical perspective.  To help facilitate these conversations, symposium participants will be reading the recently-published special issue of the Organization of American Historians’ Magazine of History –– September 11: Ten Years After –– containing articles devoted to an assessment of the cultural, political, and diplomatic ramifications of 9/11. Likely topics of discussion will include –– among others –– immigration, citizenship, and human rights in the wake of 9/11; September 11 memorials and the creation of cultural memory; domestic politics during wartime; and teaching 9/11.  We will need volunteers to help facilitate discussions. Please email me if you are interested in serving in this role.

In addition to discussing 9/11, we will also be taking advantage of Dr. Schwartz’s visit by taking a closer look at several of his recent articles: “Henry Kissinger: Realism, Domestic Politics, and the Struggle Against Exceptionalism in American Foreign Policy,” Diplomacy and Statecraft 22 (2011): 121-141; and “’Winning an election is terribly important, Henry’: Partisan Politics in the History of U.S. Foreign Relations,” Diplomatic History 33:2 (April 2009): 173-190.

If you are interested in participating in this upcoming CREST Symposium, please contact John Williams-Searle, Director, CREST. I have some copies of the special issue of the OAH’s Magazine of History that can be picked up at my office (1006 Madison – 3rd Floor). I can also send these through interoffice mail. Schwartz’s 2009 article can be acquired through the Saint Rose library, either electronically through EBSCO Host, or through the college’s print collection.  I am currently acquiring Schwartz’s 2011 article through interlibrary loan.

This event promises to be an opportunity to look back at the September 11 terrorist attacks with a critical eye to their role in shaping the history, culture, and domestic politics of the United States, as well as the United States’ role in international affairs.  I look forward to your participation in this upcoming CREST Symposium.  Please feel free to invite interested colleagues who may not have received this message, as well as your graduate students who may be interested.

Dr. Janet Spitz, “Support for Sustainability –– Vision or Mirage?

Please attend CREST’s first colloquium of the year tonight, March 14, at 6:30 pm in Standish Conference Rooms A & B, Events and Athletics Center, 420 Western Avenue.

Dr. Janet Spitz, CREST Residential Fellow, 2010-2011, and Associate Professor of Business will be presenting her ongoing research in a talk entitled “Support for Sustainability –– Vision or Mirage?”

Please invite your students, friends, and colleagues.

Final CREST Colloquium of the Semester, Thursday, December 2

Join CREST at our final colloquium of the semester.  Heather Thibdeau will be presenting “Where’s the Beef: Dynamic Culinary Practices in Early America” in Standish Conference Room A at 6:00 pm on Thursday, December 2.  In addition to talking about culinary practices, Heather will  be bringing some samples. This promises to be a memorable presentation. Please encourage your colleagues and students to attend.

November 17: A Nation of Villains

Join CREST on Wednesday, November 17 at noon, as Dr. Bridgett Williams-Searle, CREST Residential Fellow 2010-2011 and Associate Professor in the Department of History and Political Science, presents her new research project “A Nation of Villains: Caribbean Pirates as an 18th Century Nation-Stateless.” This will take place in Standish Conference Rooms A & B (upstairs in the Events and Athletics Center).

A Nation of Villains

Honduras Human Rights Leader to Lecture at Saint Rose

Nectali Rodezno Izaguirre, a human rights lawyer, activist, and founder of Honduran Lawyer’s Front Against the Coup will be presenting a talk entitled “Defending Justice in Honduras” on Wednesday, November 10, at 5:30 pm in the Saint Joseph Hall Auditorium.

Izaguirre’s lecture will be in Spanish and translated into English. Please invite your colleagues and students — the program is free and open to the public.

Izaguirre’s lecture at Saint Rose is made possible by Witness for Peace. Additional details are available at the link.

Defending Justice in Honduras