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FOOTNOTES • February 2019

Dear Students

This month's Footnotes will highlight:

  • History 4+1 Program
  • Upcoming Events and Lectures
  • Faculty in the News
  • Student Opportunities

Tulane History 4+1 Program Interested in completing a Master’s degree in History in one year?

Deadline: April 1

The 4+1 program allows Tulane students to quickly earn a Master’s degree without the hassle of taking the GRE. The program is available to students who have completed 3 or 4 6000-level history courses with a B or above to take one additional year of coursework to complete a Master’s degree. You do not need to be a History major in order to do the 4+1 program. The 4+1 program has a reduced tuition cost. A Frequently Asked Questions sheet is available here.

If you have questions or would like to apply, please contact Professor Guadalupe García (

Upcoming Events and Lectures

Tulane/Aspen Institue Values in America Speaker Series Presents Madeleine Albright, Moderated by Walter Isaacson

Mark your calendars!

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns will be in conversation with Walter Isaacson at Tulane University, Friday, March 29th. Location and time to be announced!

 An American Educator in China

A lively discussion of academic exchange between China and the United States. Dr. Haas will discuss the long range of foreign study between the two nations, from missionaries and Mandarins to modern joint-venture universities such as NYU Shanghai.

February 14, 2019
5pm - 6pm
Weatherhead Residence Lounge
Pizza will be provided!

Faculty in the News

Professor Yigit Akin's book, "When the war came home: the Ottomans' Great War and the devastation of an empire" has been named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2018.

 the Ottomans' Great War and the devastation of an empire" has been named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2018.

When the War Came Home reveals the catastrophic impact of this global conflict on ordinary Ottomans. Drawing on a wide range of sources—from petitions, diaries, and newspapers to folk songs and religious texts—Yiğit Akın examines how Ottoman men and women experienced war on the home front as government authorities intervened ever more ruthlessly in their lives.

Listen to Professor Akin discuss his book on Turkey Book Talk Podcast

Recent publications by Professor Jana Lipman:

Jana Lipman

Student Opportunities

The National WWII Museum Education Internship

The National WWII Museum Education Internship

The National WWII Museum is looking for interns to help out with their cross-curricular programming. These hands-on, immersive programs blend history and science together to teach students valuable skills in a powerful, historical context. Interns will gain experience facilitating student programming at one of the top history museums in the US and gain insight into the value of using history as an engaging way to teach across subjects.

If interested, contact Lea Schram von Haupt,

 Summer 2019

The Honors Berlin Program is designed to offer a rich, multidisciplinary experience for students seeking greater scholarly engagement in a dynamic city that is a fulcrum for the study of politics, history, and science. Taking advantage of the Berlin’s unique intellectual culture and unique history, the program offers courses that are meant to be taught in Berlin. Choose two of the three options and study in Berlin!

HISE 3910 - Imagining Berlin: Photography and the Making of a Metropolis
Marline Otte, Associate Professor, History

The rise of Berlin as a sprawling modern metropolis uncannily parallels the invention and rise of photography as a modern mass media. This class is interested in the many ways photographic representations of Berlin help us to understand past impressions of the city. Participants will be exposed to the exceptionally rich and iconic photographic history of Berlin through in-class presentations, discussions as well as regular visits of the many neuralgic sites in Berlin’s complex and ever changing urban landscape.

CELL/NSCI 3310 – Cellular Neuroscience
Jeff Tasker, Professor, Cell and Molecular Biology

POLS 3010 - Challenges to Community and Citizenship in Contemporary EuropeMark Vail, Associate Professor, Political Science

For more information, contact either Tulane Honors Program, or:
Office of Study Abroad
6901 Willow Street

Call for Submissions: Chicago Journal of History Spring 2019 Issue

The Chicago Journal of History, the University of Chicago’s undergraduate journal for research in history and related fields in the social sciences and humanities, is accepting submissions for the upcoming Spring 2019 edition. The Journal’s mission is to provide not only an opportunity for printed and online publication, but also a forum for dedicated undergraduate students of history and related fields from across the country to exchange ideas and share their intellectual passion. The Journal publishes biannually; each issue contains 5-7 original articles selected from a large pool of qualified submissions. All submissions are reviewed rigorously, and selected pieces undergo a collaborative editing process prior to publication.

Deadline for submissions: February 11, 2019
For more information, contact:
Chicago Journal of History Website

Call for Papers: Symposium for History Undergraduate Research

The History Department at Mississippi State University invites undergraduate scholars to submit papers for the eleventh annual Symposium for History Undergraduate Research (SHUR). The symposium will provide students with the opportunity to present their research in the format of an academic history conference and have their work discussed by Mississippi State history professors. The event is scheduled for April 5-6, 2019, on the Mississippi State University campus in Starkville. Papers are welcome on any historical topic, but especially those that reflect the Mississippi State University History Department’s traditional strengths in the history of science and technology; agricultural, rural, and environmental history; military and diplomatic history; the CivilWar; gender history; African American history and civil rights; and the American South. We also welcome papers on the subject of “History and Crisis,” reflecting on the connections between historical and contemporary crises, conflicts, and politics. The paper should be based on original research in primary sources.

Interested students should submit a proposal or abstract of not more than 400 words, as well as a title, to Dr. Davide Orsini and Dr. Courtney Thompson at by February 15, 2019. Students whose papers have been accepted will be notified by March 1, 2019. The History Department will offset the costs of one night’s lodging for presenters and provide a BBQ banquet dinner on the Symposium’s opening night.

Deadline for submission of abstracts/proposal: February 15, 2019.
For more information, contact:

Call for Papers: 10th Annual Texas A&M History Conference Resistance in Retrospect

The History Graduate Student Organization at Texas A&M University is proud to announce our 2019 graduate and undergraduate history student conference. The conference will take place on April 12-13, 2019. 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 excited to announce Dr. Julio Capó, Jr. of University of Massachusetts Amherst as our keynote speaker.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Resistance in Retrospect.” Our central focus is to create a scholarly discussion on resistance in its various forms such as armed resistance against a central authority, political activism, engagement of public discourse, or popular memory.

We encourage submissions from a wide variety of fields and academic disciplines to have an inclusive and interdisciplinary environment in which to have fruitful discussion. We are accepting paper proposals regarding any geographical region and featuring research on any historical period or topic.

Undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in presenting are asked to submit a 250 word (maximum) abstract and curriculum vitae by Friday, February 15, 2019. Notification of acceptance will occur by Monday, March 4, 2019 and accepted applicants will have until Friday, March 22, 2019 to submit completed papers (not to exceed ten pages). Any Ph.D. students interested in serving as commentators for undergraduate panels in their respective fields should submit a one-page CV by Friday, February 15, 2019.

All submissions and correspondence should be submitted to

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