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FOOTNOTES • November 2019

This month's Footnotes will highlight:

  • Spring 2020 Courses
  • Upcoming Events and Lectures
  • Undergraduate Spotlight: Alexandra Tighe
  • Faculty in the News
  • Alumni Spotlights: Helma Kaldewey, Gary Tiedemann, & Jacob Morrow-Spitzer
  • Internship and Publishing Opportunities for Students

Spring 2020 Courses
What's offered next semester? Check out our history course offerings. Click here for the Spring 2020 flyer.

New Classes
  • HISE 2220 France in the Tropics, Professor Kathryn Edwards
  • HISL 2911 Piracy in the Americas, Professor Kris Lane
  • HISU 2500 Gender, Sexuality, & the Law in US, Professor Karissa Haugeberg
  • HISL 3910 The Latinx South: Historical Antecedents & Contemporary Issues of US Immigration Policy, Professor Guadalupe García
  • HIST 3910 Digital History, Professor Jacquelyne Howard
  • HISU 6910 Family, Ice, and Sugar: History of New Orleans Sno-Balls, Professor Blake Gilpin
History Majors, don't forget your Methods Seminar!
  • HISL 3100 Explorers, Liars, & Travelers, Professor Justin Wolfe
  • HIST 3911 History of Science & Technology, Professor Felipe Cruz
  • HISU 3910 The Katrina Disaster, Professor Andy Horowitz

Upcoming Events and Lectures

Global #MeToo

Join Profs. Edwards, Haugeberg, and McMahon for a lively discussion of the #MeToo movement and its growth from an American to a global phenomenon. 

Monday, November 11
Weatherhead Residence Hall Lounge
Pizza provided!

Dr. James Ryan (New York University)

Tuesday, November 12, 4:00pm 
Hebert Hall 201

Sponsored by Center for Scholars, CELT, Department of History

Undergraduate Spotlight

Alexandra Tighe

This summer I had the opportunity to intern at both the Historic New Orleans Collection (HNOC) and the Amistad Research Center and put into practice several of the skills I have learned as a Tulane History Major. For HNOC, I assisted in a research project on buildings in the French Quarter that date to the Spanish colonial period. I had to read secondary sources describing the history of the buildings and write concise summaries of the most relevant information. For the buildings that did not have secondary sources, I got to go to the New Orleans Notarial Archives to try and find information of sales, building contracts, or property descriptions of any kind in the original documents.

My internship with the Amistad Research Center, an affiliate of Tulane, was part of a project to digitize letters primarily from the collection of trade-unionist Maida Springer-Kemp, written to and from African countries during the last century. In order to abide by copyright laws, I assisted in the attempts to find contact information for the letter writers or their next-of-kin.

In both internships I got to apply some of the skills I have learned from all of my history classes, and especially the Power in Africa Seminar I took with professor Elisabeth McMahon in the fall of 2018. In that class we practiced our critical writing skills, particularly creating succinct arguments from various readings. I used that skill throughout my HNOC internship, sifting through longer, and often disjointed, pieces of historical information to create more concise summaries. In Power in Africa we also talked about the differences between primary and secondary sources and the benefits and drawbacks of each, something that I saw firsthand in both internships. While the secondary sources were often more accessible, compared to original documents that are kept in various archives, they were also less trustworthy. There were several instances where, upon consulting original documents, we found errors had been made in the secondary sources.

In general, Professor McMahon’s seminar, which had a research paper component, increased my comfort with history research and helped me develop better research methods. Most importantly, it taught me the value of patience and determination when doing history research. I definitely needed both in trying to find contact information for the African Letters Project or read handwritten, colonial-era Spanish! I am very glad I took Power in Africa—I would not have been prepared for my internships without it.

Faculty in the News

Recent Publications by History Department Faculty

Kris Lane 
More States Say Goodbye to Columbus Day
Interviewed for Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, October 11, 2019

Andy Horowitz
Acts of Men and Women
Tulane School of Liberal Arts Magazine, Monday, October 28, 2019
Horowitz’s book Katrina: A History, 1915–2015 is forthcoming from Harvard University Press in 2020.

Guadalupe García
Reconfiguring Havana's Geography
Tulane School of Liberal Arts Magazine, Monday, October 28, 2019
A version of this essay, with a focus on slavery in Cuba, will appear in PLATFORM, a digital forum for conversations on cities and landscapes.

Yigit Akin
Listen to Yiğit Akin, PhD, associate professor of history at Tulane, talk about his recent book “When the War Came Home” and how WWI impacted the Ottoman Empire. Ottoman History Podcast, Episode 429, October 03, 2019

Alumni Spotlights

Helma Kaldewey
PhD 2014

PhD Alumna Helma Kaldeway's dissertation to be published by Cambridge University Press, December 2019
A People's Music: Jazz in East Germany, 1945–1990
A People's Music presents the first full history of jazz in East Germany, drawing on new and previously unexamined sources and vivid eyewitness accounts. Helma Kaldewey chronicles the experiences of jazz musicians, fans, and advocates, and charts the numerous policies state socialism issued to manage this dynamic art form. Offering a radical revision of scholarly views of jazz as a musical genre of dissent, this vivid and authoritative study marks developments in the production, performance, and reception of jazz decade by decade, from the GDR's beginning in the 1940s to its end in 1990, examining how members of the jazz scene were engaged with (and were sometimes complicit with) state officials and agencies throughout the Cold War. From postwar rebuilding, to Stalinism and partition, to détente, Ostpolitik, and glasnost, and finally to its acceptance as a national art form, Kaldewey reveals just how many lives jazz has lived.

Gary Tiedemann
TU '99

Gary Tiederman narrates a new audiobook, The Presidents.
Published by C-SPAN and Hachette Audio, The Presidents is based on C-SPAN's much-cited Historians Surveys of Presidential Leadership.

Over a period of decades, C-SPAN has surveyed leading historians on the best and worst of America's presidents across a variety of categories - their ability to persuade the public, their leadership skills, the moral authority, and more. The crucible of the presidency has forged some of the very best and very worst leaders in our national history, along with much in between. Based on interviews conducted over the years with a variety of presidential biographers, this book provides not just a complete ranking of our presidents, but stories and analyses that capture the character of the men who held the office. From Abraham Lincoln's political savvy and rhetorical gifts to James Buchanan's indecisiveness, this book teaches much about what makes a great leader - and what does not. As America looks ahead to our next election, this book offers perspective and criteria that may help us choose our next leader wisely.

Jacob Morrow-Spitzer
TU '18

Alumnus Jacob Morrow Spitzer has published a revised chapter of his undergrad honors thesis, "“Free From Proscription and Prejudice”: Politics and Race in the Election of One Jewish Mayor in Late Reconstruction Louisiana" in the peer-reviewed journal, Southern Jewish History.

Internship and Publishing Opportunities for Students

2020 Internships at the National WWII Museum

Interns wanted for STEM Programs at the National WWII Museum for January – May of 2020.

The National WWII Museum is looking for someone to help run educational programming for grades K – 12.
This internship would be great for anyone looking to go into informal education or the museum field. It is a STEM internship, however the activities do not require a strong science background. These activities have already been designed, so it’s a matter of being able to lead hands-on, interactive activities with students.
Gain insight into museum programming and processes through assisting with field trip facilitation, as well as work on another project of your choosing that would directly assist in your career and resume building.
Get free access to the museum, passes for family and friends, discounts at the museum stores, and experience working at a highly regarded history institution.
Previous experience with youth is preferred.  
Contact Lea Schram von Haupt, at or 504-528-1944, x497.

Call for Papers 

11th Annual Texas A&M History Conference 

The Challenge of Change 

February 21-22, 2020 

The History Graduate Student Organization of Texas A&M University is proud to announce that our 11th annual graduate and undergraduate history student conference will take place on February 21-22, 2020. This conference is an opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students to showcase their research in front of their peers and experts from a variety of historical fields. We are pleased to announce Dr. Jacqueline Whitt – U.S. Army War College as the keynote speaker and Dr. Andrew Torget – University of North Texas as the Digital History speaker. 

The theme for this year’s conference is “The Challenge of Change.” This will be an inclusive conference, promoting research in the areas of social, military, cultural, diplomatic, political, environmental, local, and indigenous history. We are accepting paper proposals regarding any geographical region and featuring research on any historical period or topic. We strongly encourage submissions from students in departments across the humanities and social sciences.

Undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in presenting are asked to submit a 250 word (maximum) abstract and curriculum vitae by Monday, November 18, 2019

All submissions and correspondence should be submitted to 

Call for Submissions

Cornell Undergraduate Historical Society
Tenth Edition of Ezra’s Archives

The Cornell Undergraduate Historical Society is proud to announce a call for submissions for the Tenth Edition of Ezra’s Archives, an academic journal featuring undergraduate historical writing from students across the nation. We invite students from your institution to submit works of original historical research of roughly ten to thirty five double-spaced pages.

Our journal has a tradition of promoting institutional diversity and academic dialogue among undergraduates. We pride ourselves on publishing research from beyond Cornell. All submitted works are treated with the utmost confidentiality and are evaluated objectively by undergraduate editors without reference to institutional origin or authorship. Please note that students can only be published every other year to ensure that other students have the opportunity to be published.

All submissions must be received by 11:59 PM EST on December 31, 2019. Papers should be sent by email attachment to with “EA Submission 2019” as the subject of the email. For more information, please visit our website at's-archives and feel free to contact us with any questions, concerns, or expressions of interest regarding submissions for Ezra’s Archives.

The Penn History Review (PHR) Editorial Board is now accepting submissions for its Fall 2019 issue!

 The PHR is a biannual publication of the University of Pennsylvania History Department featuring undergraduate historical research. If you are proud of a piece of historical writing and would like to see it published, we welcome you to submit to the PHR.

This semester, we will be accepting one external submission from an undergraduate attending another college or university in the United States. The author of this essay will work with members of our editorial board to prepare his or her piece for publication at the end of the semester.

The PHR will be accepting submissions on a rolling basis through Sunday, November 17th. We highly recommend submitting ASAP because papers will be reviewed and accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Papers must be at least 15 pages, double-spaced, 1-inch margins, and 12-point Times New Roman font, with Chicago-style citations and a bibliography that distinguishes between primary and secondary sources. Papers should also be submitted as Word documents rather than as PDFs.

Please send all submissions (as an email attachment) and any questions or concerns you may have to

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