The History Department welcomed three new colleagues during the past two academic years: Christopher Albi (Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin), Meg Devlin O’Sullivan (Ph.D. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill), and Andrea Gatzke (Ph.D. Penn State). Among their other contributions, these new faculty members have added five new upper-level courses to the curriculum and expanded the department’s breadth and depth. They include courses on Latin American Environmental History and Crime and Rebellion; on Reproductive Justice in the United States and on Native American women; and a forthcoming class on Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic World.
Academy Award nominated documentary film maker, Josh Fox, addressed a capacity crowd in Lecture Center 100 on October 29. Fox’s films include Gasland and its sequel, Gasland 2, both of which address the controversial issue of hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as fracking. This is a process used to extract natural gas from deposits trapped underground in shale rock. While this technique has not been permitted thus far in New York State, Fox discussed the experiences that citizens are having in other parts of the country where fracking occurs. He described environmental problems and health issues