Elizabeth Todd-Breland has received a National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship to support her ongoing research on the history of education. This is a prestigious and highly competitive award.
Professor John Abbott has been selected as a recipient of the 2016 Silver Circle Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award grantees are selected by graduating seniors; it is one of the highest distinctions UIC offers in recognition of classroom excellence. He will receive his award at the LAS Commencement ceremony on May 8 2016.
Professor Christopher Boyer's book Political Landscapes: Forests, Conservation, and Community in Mexico (Duke University Press, 2015) won the best book in Social Sciences from the Mexican Studies committee of the Latin American Studies Association.
Professor Kevin Schultz gave a talk entitled: "Dissent and Citizenship: How Could Norman Mailer and William F. Buckley, Jr. Be Friends Throughout the 1960s?" on March 3 at OSU as part of a series on citizenship.
In Plain Sight is a public exhibition inspired by an ongoing project called "I'm Still Surviving: A Women's History of HIV/AIDS in the United States." Professor Brier is the lead historian for the exhibition and book. The project's graphic design was led by Matt Wizinsky, assistant professor of design at the University of Cincinnati.
In These Times Magazine features an online column from Leon Fink, UIC distinguished professor of history, who writes about Senator Bernie Sanders and the Democratic presidential candidates self-identification as a democratic socialist. http://bit.ly/1PliGU7
Professor of History Emeritus and former chair of the department Melvin G. "Mel" Holli passed away on January 7, 2016. Holli was a founding member of the Department of History at what was then known as the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle. An expert on urban history, particularly that of Detroit and Chicago, he had a strong interest in the history of mayoralty and of immigration to the United States.
2013 Ph.D. graduate Anne Parsons has been named a 2015 Soros Justice Fellow by the Open Society Foundation to complete work on a book exploring the link between the deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill and the rise of mass incarceration.