Faculty ‘History’ Notes: Anderson, Long, Kleinman on Mo.; Rosenblum on Germany; Joe Schuster on Baseball

| March 27, 2013

Recent activities by Webster University faculty include a variety of history topics:

Warren Rosenblum was the co-organizer of a workshop at the German Historical Institute in Washington D.C., “In Search of Better Lives: The Circulation of Ideas for Social Improvement in the 19th and 20th Century.”

Eleven scholars from seven different countries presented papers, while Rosenblum gave concluding remarks, for the conference, which took place Friday and Saturday, March 8-9.

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Joseph M. Schuster, professor and chair in the department of communications contributed chapters to two books that are part of the Society of American Baseball Research’s ambitious Biography Project, which seeks to research and write comprehensive biographical articles on people who played or managed in the major leagues, or otherwise made a significant contribution to the sport. The two books, one centered on the 1964 St. Louis Cardinals and the other on the 1947 New York Yankees, are published by the University of Nebraska Press.

Schuster also contributed an essay to the online literary magazine, Bloom, “The Polar Explorer’s Guide to Writing a Novel.” The essay was adapted from a lecture he gave at the 2009 Washington University Summer Writers Institute.

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Three Webster University faculty participated in the 55th Annual Missouri Conference on History March 21-22 in Cape Girardeau, Mo.. The event is organized annually by the State Historical Society of Missouri and presents papers on Missouri history as well as other topics Missouri historians are working on.

Kristen Anderson, assistant professor, History Politics and International Relations Department, spoke on “German Immigrants and the Memory of the Civil War in St. Louis” as part of a panel on “German American Patriotism in Antebellum Cincinnati, Civil War St. Louis, and World War I St. Charles.”

Michael Long, adjunct faculty for Electronic and Photographic Media, and Kim Kleinman, assistant director for Undergraduate Advising, participated in a Roundtable discussion on “Missouri Natural History and the History of Missouri.”  Long spoke on “‘Careful Observers:’ George Engelmann and His Data Sets,” and Kleinman took up “Edgar Anderson at Gray Summit” and provided brief summary comments on the roundtable as a whole.

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