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M.A. Student Barb Morris Wins Travel Grant

The Graduate Student Association awards Barb Morris a $1,000 Travel grant for her thesis project, "Comparative Analysis of Race Relations at Bethlehem Steel, Sparrows Point Maryland during the Civil Rights Movement" exploiting the DVD “Struggles in Steel” as well as conducting oral history of retired steelworkers. She will be interviewing steelworkers from Bethlehem Steel in Sparrows Point. Barb explains, "I aim is to illustrate how minorities and unions struggled to play a significant role in the ever-changing dynamics of the steel industry. I plan to accomplish this through various methodologies including oral history. I will frame my questions of the working conditions at Beth Steel in reference to the civil rights movement and the assassination of Martin Luther King which will allow the readers of my thesis to contextualize what blacks actually encountered as they tried to gain upward mobility in their place of employment at a period when the country was facing a revolution in race relations. I will be using these funds to travel to Penn State Library as they house some of the archives from Bethlehem Steel. I will also be using these funds to give a small token of appreciation to the retirees for allowing me to interview them."

Julie Oakes

CONGRATULATIONS to Julie Oakes for successfully defending her dissertation, "'Faint Traces and Hints of Color:' The Creation of Japan's National Treasure System." Her successful defense was last week and she will graduate with a doctorate from the University of Chicago on December 11th. Congratulations Dr. Oakes.

Research Grant for Graduate Students

I applied to GSA for research grant to get a role of microfilm copied that can only be found in Boston, Massachusetts! I was approved for the grant WITHIN a day! I have placed my order in with the archives, and it has been received and is being processed! I hope that many other Graduate History Students can take advantage of their research/travel grants.

Faith Wassink
FaithW1@umbc.edu

Russell Spinney successfully defends his dissertation

Congratulations to Russell Spinney on successfully defending his dissertation on 9/30/2009 at Penn State ("A Nation in Peril? How Fear Influenced Everyday Life and Politics in the Weimar Republic.")!


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