US history is a Pandora's box!

US history is a Pandora's box. There has never been a better moment to open it

Past controversy has often been diluted. After Trump’s victory, there’s a real opportunity to discuss what counts as history and the role it plays in democracy

In divided cold war-era Germany, the last thing that an eminent historian of fascism would have hoped to do was scandalize. But scandalize Ernst Nolte did. The title of his essay The Past that Will Not Pass, published in the prominent Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in 1986, rehearsed William Faulkner’s famed dictum: “The past is never dead.” Under the unremarkable headline, however, lay a stark provocation.

The topic was Nolte’s specialty: the Nazi era. Germans had undoubtedly committed extraordinary atrocities, but how exceptional, he asked, were the crimes? And how exceptional did they render the country’s history? To make his point, Nolte suggested that Hitler’s annihilation policies were derivative, borrowed from the Bolsheviks, and reactive, triggered by the Nazis’ own anxieties about Bolshevism’s return.

Students Learn About Global Displacement in ‘Migration Stories’

The United Nations estimates that there are about 232 million international migrants worldwide. Many have been forced to leave their homes because of poverty, global conflicts, and natural disasters. To help students understand the causes and effects of migration, Silvia Spitta, the Robert E. Maxwell Professor of Arts and Sciences has teamed up with Gerd Gemunden, the Sherman Fairchild Professor of the Humanities, to offer an interdisciplinary comparative literature course called “Migration Stories.” The focus is on how film and literature represent migrants, borders, and border crossing experiences throughout history.

Congratulations to the MA Graduate Theses Presenters

Congratulations on a job well done to all the COLT MA Graduate students!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Thornton Hall, room 105
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Graduate Director: Gerd Gemünden
Chair: David LaGuardia

Panel 1
Moderator: Sughey Ramirez

  • Prashansa Taneja:  "What's at Stake When Wearing a Sari in Italy?: Indian Migrant Femininity in Sonali Dasgupta's Altro Mondo."
  • Hannah Doermann: Beyond Diversity in Young Adult Fiction: Neoliveral Depoliticization of Social Movements in Hannah Moskowitz’s Not Otherwise Specified
  • Sarah Domenick: "Mon rire vole haut": Joyce Mansour and Black Humor

Panel 2
Moderator: Hannah Doermann

  • Hua Zhao: Domesticating the Foreign: Porcelain and Tea in Britain
  • Sughey Ramirez: Finding Esu: A Diasporic Approach to Luiz Gama and Black Literary Tradition
  • Pan Hu: The Poetics and Politics of Dissolution in Djuna Barnes’ Nightwood

This event is free and open to the public!

Fifteen Students and Alumni Offered Fulbrights

Fifteen students and alumni have been offered Fulbright scholarships this year—the largest class of Dartmouth Fulbrights since 2014, according to Jessica Smolin, assistant dean for scholarship advising.
“I congratulate all of this year’s Fulbright recipients,” says Smolin. “This is an exciting time for the Fulbright at Dartmouth—we have more resources than ever to support students through the application process, including a new Fulbright adviser, Holly Taylor. I encourage all students and alumni considering research or teaching abroad to make an appointment with our office.” 
Sponsored by the U.S. government, the Fulbright Program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other nations through international educational exchanges in more than 155 countries. Fulbright awards are available for research, graduate study, and teaching English.

Evelyn Fernandez-Lizarraga ’16
San Diego, Calif.
Linguistics and comparative literature double major
English teaching assistant grant, South Korea

Kacandes Works with Students on Lessons of the Holocaust

Early on in her Dartmouth experience, German studies major Veronica Williamson ’17 did a research internship that turned out to be less fulfilling than she had hoped. “I was sort of just drilling down into this dark hole in the internet, and I felt very isolated in that,” she says.

But Williamson didn’t lose her interest in research. Fortunately, she found a mentor in Irene Kacandes, the Dartmouth Professor of German Studies and Comparative Literature—and was able to contribute to a project that is making connections between history and urgent present-day events.

Kacandes, an expert on the Holocaust and traumatic memory, hired undergraduate research assistants, including Williamson, to help her prepare for an address she delivered in San Diego this fall at the 40th annual conference of the German Studies Association (GSA)—an interdisciplinary organization of international German-speaking scholars, for which Kacandes serves as president.

Iryna Shuvalova, GR '14 names Gates Cambridge Scholar

Award-winning Ukrainian poet and translator Iryna Shuvalova, GR ’14, has been named a Gates Cambridge Scholar for 2016. huvalova plans to earn a PhD in Slavonic studies, focusing on how armed conflict and post-conflict trauma have informed the Ukrainian oral poetic tradition.

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship was created in 2000 through an endowment gift from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to Cambridge University that aims “to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others,” according to the program’s website. This year the program selected 90 scholars—35 from the United States and 55 from 30 other countries—to pursue advanced study at Cambridge. Shuvalova is the third Dartmouth graduate to receive the award; Peter Sutoris ’11 and Ingrid Nelson ’05 received the honor in 2015 and 2005, respectively.

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Michelle Warren leads Digital Humanities and Social Engagement

“Many digital humanities projects at Dartmouth have included research that connects emerging technologies to significant social issues in our times, with vast implications well beyond academia,” says Michelle Warren, a professor of comparative literature and the project lead for the digital humanities and social engagement cluster. “With this cluster, Dartmouth will gain further prominence by focusing the creativity of a collaborative research team on some of the most complex questions in the humanities today.”

The academic cluster in digital humanities and social engagement will create a comprehensive mission in digital research at the College. It will delve into complex issues of the social and ethical dimensions of digital technologies, including how to address the digital divide between those with and those without Internet access and the definition of “human” in an age of implantable and wearable computer devices that record every biological function. The cluster will also work to develop digital tools that incorporate the humanities to foster civic engagement.

Klaus Milich Is Named Montgomery Fellows Program Director

Klaus Milich, a senior lecturer in Comparative Literature, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Jewish Studies, and the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program, has been named director of the Montgomery Fellows Program, effective Jan. 1, 2016.

“Klaus brings a distinctly interdisciplinary approach to the directorship, drawing not only on his scholarship, but also on time spent as an essayist, writer, and journalist for German Public Radio and experiences conceptualizing and organizing symposia and international conferences on a wide range of subjects,” says Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives Denise Anthony in announcing Milich’s appointment.