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Prof. Calvin Schermerhorn has written an op-ed on the intertwined history of slavery and sugar in Virginia’s largest circulating newspaper, “The Virginian-Pilot.” His book, “The Business of Slavery and the Rise of American Capitalism, 1815-1860” was recently published by Yale University Press. Prof. Schermerhorn gave a public talk at the Library of Virginia in Richmond on March 20 titled, "Solomon Northup and the Tragic Voyage of the Orleans."

Prof. Chris Jones was recently featured on NPR's All Things Considered to speak about a man named Samuel Van Syckel and his goal to build the nation's first commercial oil pipeline. Before Van Syckel's pipeline, transporting oil cost as much as, or more than, the oil itself. Jones says, "Once people were there, they discovered it was one thing to bring oil out of the ground — but it was an entirely different thing to try and get it to market."

Prof. Jason Bruner’s essay, “Theology in Oral History” has been published in Marginalia Review of Books’ blog. In it, he talks about conversions to Christianity in East Africa beginning in the 1930’s and explains why oral history was preferred to written history for religious reasons. Bruner says, “In writing a history of this revival, I had to confront the reality that I had a dramatically different conceptualization of history — and of doing history — than my interlocutors.”

Prof. Donald T. Critchlow’s book, “American Political History: A Very Short Introduction” is set to be published in February 2015. His new book explores the nature of the two-party system, key turning points in American political history, representative presidential and congressional elections, struggles to expand the electorate, and critical social protest and third-party movements. Donald Critchlow is a professor of history and serves as Director of the ASU Center for Political Thought and Leadership.

News and Events

Since the launch of ASU's new Political Thought and Leadership program, students have been learning by answering and debating fundamental questions about democracy and government.

The second annual Humanities Career Fair will take place from 1 to 4 p.m., March 3, in ASU's Memorial Union Arizona Ballroom (MU 221) on the Tempe campus.

TEMPE, Ariz. – Jannelle Warren-Findley, retired professor of history in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, died in Phoenix on February 4. She was 69.

In a presentation titled “Capitalism in Reverse: The United Farm Worker's Grape Boycott and the Power of Inter-racial Organizing,” Matt Garcia, director of the Center for Comparative Border Studies at Arizona State University, will discuss the accomplishments of the United Farm Workers movement.

Rebecca Keller, professor at the School of Art Institute of Chicago, is teaching the annual public history short course at Arizona State University.

Jonathan Barth has been hired to teach as an assistant professor of history of capitalism and political economy. Barth will join the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies faculty in the fall of 2015.