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April 15, 2014

Class trip to Truman Home

truman3On April 12, 1945, Harry S. Truman became president of the United States following the death of his predecessor, Franklin Roosevelt.  On the 69th anniversary of that event, the weekend of April 12, 2014, students from Truman State University toured sites related to Truman in the greater Kansas City area.

The students were members of a class taught by Jeff Gall entitled “The Life and Times of Harry Truman.”  As they neared the end of the semester, what they had learned in class became more tangible as they visited the following sites in Independence, Grandview, and Kansas City: the Truman boyhood home, the Truman courtroom in the Jackson County Courthouse, the Truman Farm, “Boss” Tom Pendergast’s office, and the Victorian home where Harry and Bess lived their adult lives.

They also spent an afternoon at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum.  There, before touring the museum, they took part in a historical simulation at the “White House Decision Center” in which they recreated Truman’s decision to enter the Korean Conflict.  Finally, they toured the National World War I Museum at the Liberty Memorial, followed by a great meal at Kansas City’s landmark eatery, Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque.

The students would like to thank Dean Elizabeth Clark of the School of Social and Cultural Studies for financial support that helped make the trip possible.

March 26, 2014

Is a 21st-century Federal Writers’ Project Possible?”

The Truman Faculty Forum presents:

Dr. Jerrold Hirsch, History
“FWP 2.0: Is a 21st-century Federal Writers’ Project Possible?”
Wednesday, April 2, Baldwin 156 at 7p.m.

Dr. Hirsch will explore the renewed interest in the New Deal’s Federal
Writers’ Project since the economic implosion that began at the end of
2008. This renewed interest reflects seemingly permanent questions
about American culture and nationality, and about a perpetual need to
rediscover a diverse pluralistic America.

Refreshments will follow the talk.

May 20, 2013

Ling Recognized for Distinguished Professorship in China

Huping Ling, professor of history, was honored with the distinguished Changjiang Scholar Chair Professorship by the Central China Normal University, May 7.

Huping Ling accepts a certificate recognizing her professorship from
He Xianglin, the Party Secretary General of the CCNU.

The New Changjiang Scholar Program, which began in 2012, is funded and administered by the Chinese Ministry of Education. It is designed to select eminent scholars in the world to help internationalize China’s higher education and research. The program awards only 50 prominent scholars overseas annually, mostly in STEM and only a couple in social sciences, to teach and conduct research with leading Chinese scholars at selected institutions of higher education.

During her tenure, academic years 2012-2015, Ling will work jointly with prominent Chinese scholars, conducting research on Chinese Overseas Studies, giving public lectures at conferences and universities, launching cutting-edge research projects, initiating new research institutions and programs, teaching courses in Asian-American studies and supervising doctoral dissertations.

April 16, 2013

2013 Barbara Early-Vreeland Lecture

Shannon Fogg

Shannon Fogg

Dr. Shannon Fogg, associate professor of history at Missouri University of Science and Technology, delivered the 2013 Barbara Early-Vreeland Lecture on March 26. Her lecture was entitled “Stealing Home: The Looting of Jewish Apartments in Paris During the Second World War.”  Dr. Fogg is an authority on life in Vichy France.  Cambridge University Press published her book The Politics of Everyday Life in Vichy France: Foreigners, Undesirables, and Strangers in 2008. The Missouri History Conference voted it the best book produced by a Missouri historian that year. In her Early-Vreeland Lecture, Dr. Fogg discussed the focus of her new book. That work will survey the “Furniture Operation,” which the German occupation force implemented during World War II in order to deprive Jews in Paris of all of their household possessions. The event drew a large crowd of students, faculty, and members of the Kirksville community. More photos are available in the Photo Gallery.

September 20, 2012

Professor Ling Selected Changjiang Scholar Chair Professor and Rutgers Asian American Studies Today Book Series Editor

Huping Ling, Professor of History, has been selected as Changjiang Scholar Chair Professor, by the Chinese Ministry of Education. The New Changjiang Scholar Program beginning in 2012 is funded and administered by the Chinese Ministry of Education. It is designed to select eminent scholars in the world to help internationalize China’s higher education and research. The program awards only 50 prominent scholars overseas annually, mostly in STEM and only a couple in social sciences, to teach and conduct research with leading Chinese scholars at selected institutions of higher education. Ling’s Chair Professorship is associated with Wuhan Theoretical Research Center of Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council and the School of History and Cultural Studies at the China Central Normal University. During her tenure (October 2012-October 2015), Ling will work jointly with prominent Chinese scholars, conducting research on Chinese Overseas Studies, giving public lectures at conferences and universities, launching cutting-edge research projects, initiating new research institutions and programs, teaching courses in Asian American studies,  and supervising doctoral dissertations.

Rutgers University Press has launched a new book series on Asian American studies—“Asian American Studies Today”—in the summer of 2012. The Press has invited Ling to design the series and serve as the inaugural series editor. Asian American studies is a dynamic and vibrant field of study that has, in the four-plus decades since its creation, established itself as a well-developed academic discipline. The Asian American Studies Today Series at Rutgers seeks to publish quality monographs and essay collections on cutting-edge themes and issues. In particular, it is interested in manuscripts focusing on sub-groups, areas, and topics that have not yet received enough scholarly attention:  Southeast Asian Americans and other recent ethnic enclaves (such as the Japanese Shin Issei and Kashmiri Hindus), newer sub-groups of Asian Americans (such as professionals, undocumented immigrants, and Asian adoptees), communities in the Midwest and South, Asian American socioeconomic diversity, transnationalism, globalization, homeland polity, and other pertinent topics. Currently, only a handful of academic presses have book series on Asian American studies, such as Stanford University Press (Gordon Chang as series editor), the University of Illinois Press (Roger Daniels as series editor up to 2010), Temple University Press (co-editors), and Rutgers University Press (Huping Ling as series editor). Rutgers University Press has been actively publishing excellent titles in Asian American Studies, some have been award-winners. The new Rutgers Book Series will help enhance the Press’ reputation and attract strong manuscripts.

The Changjiang Scholar Chair Professorship is a great honor, not only to Professor Ling, but also to Truman. It would spread Truman’s name in China, help recruit best Chinese students for Truman (which is the fastest growing and the largest international student group at Truman now), and attract prominent Chinese scholars to teach at Truman under the Chinese government funding. The Rutgers book series editorship will also help boost Truman’s reputation and image as well.


May 2, 2012

The Mothers of Diana

Marc Becker’s Latin American History at the Movies made the following film depicting Argentina’s Dirty War. The Dirty War was known for the government’s ability to make people “disappear” as it targeted guerrillas and other opposition.The film follows the story of a young woman as she discovers the truth about her family and is forced to face what she thought was history.

April 27, 2012

History statement on teacher/scholars

The teacher/scholar model lies at the heart of any successful liberal arts and sciences institution, and must remain at the center of the Guiding Coalition’s work in imagining the future of Truman State University. It contributes to an intellectually vibrant community with a pervasive sense of the value of the liberal arts and sciences. Faculty scholarship plays an important role in building Truman’s reputation and gaining our graduates entrance to top-notch graduate and professional programs. The teacher/scholar model not only keeps faculty abreast of their field, but even more importantly models behavior that we expect in our students of a life of engagement with ever widening knowledge of our fields and their relation to the larger world. It is important that we do not ask students to do things that we are not willing and able to do ourselves.

Given these realities, it is of utmost importance that Truman State University maintain an active program of internal research grants and sabbaticals. The suspension of this funding threatens the future of Truman State University as a liberal arts and sciences university. We applaud the commitment and support that the School of Social and Cultural Studies (SSCS) demonstrates to faculty research, and call on the entire University to embrace this priority.

April 4, 2012

Stangler Earns National Scholarship

Connor Stangler, a junior English and history double major from Columbia, Mo., was recently awarded a national competitive scholarship of up to $30,000 from the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.

This year, the Foundation received 587 applications from 272 colleges. Only about 65 scholarships are awarded annually. Stangler is the only student from a Missouri university to receive the award.

Stangler, who will graduate from Truman in May 2013, tentatively plans to pursue a joint juris doctorate/master’s in public affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison followed by a Ph.D. in politics and social policy at Princeton University. He credits Truman’s broad curriculum and focus on personal education, as well as service-learning experiences, with helping him secure this scholarship.

“Had I gone to a larger university, or one that placed less of an emphasis on civic commitment, I would not have had the same opportunities,” Stangler said. “The faculty, staff and administrators devote so much of their time to developing leaders and broadening the intellectual capabilities and, especially, the bold imagination of their students. Truman is interested in more than producing efficient professionals; they are interested in producing honest citizens, ones that have the chance to effect change.”

Connor Stangler, right, with University President Troy D. Paino after learning he received the Harry S. Truman Foundation Scholarship. The national competitive scholarship is worth up to $30,000.

The Foundation, based in Washington, D.C., provides funding to students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. The Foundation also provides assistance with career counseling, internship placement, graduate school admissions and professional development. Scholars are invited to participate in a number of programs, including Truman Scholar Leadership Week, The Summer Institute and The Truman-Albright Fellows Program. A complete list of all of this year’s scholarship recipients can be found at

March 27, 2012

Professor of History Daniel Mandell receives American Antiquarian Society research fellowship

During 2012-2013, Truman history professor Daniel Mandell will focus on research and writing at the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) in Worchester, Mass., thanks to a long-term fellowship awarded by the AAS and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  He will also spend a week as a visiting scholar at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Studies.  Mandell’s project, which began with his sabbatical in 2007, is a study of changing concepts of equality in America.

The AAS, founded 200 years ago, is one of the oldest research libraries in the United States, with one of the most complete holdings of materials published in America before 1850.  The NEH provides much of the funding for the Society to give three long-term research fellowships every year to scholars who apply on an international competitive basis.  Mandell will spend most of his time at the Society reading relevant children’s literature, newspapers, pamphlets, and periodicals published between 1790 and 1850,.  He also expects to write large segments of the book manuscript, which will examine questions of class and ideas of equality from 1600 through 1880.

The Princeton Institute for Advanced Studies, founded in 1930, is one of the world’s foremost centers for groundbreaking theoretical science and humanities research, with closely linked Schools of Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Historical Studies.  Every year each of the Schools brings together scholars to conduct and share research on aspects of a broad topic; Mandell will be participating in the School of Social Studies, which this coming year will focus on the theme of “Economics and Politics.”

March 21, 2012

Professor Huping Ling Honored as Role Model Speaker

Huping Ling, Professor of History, has been selected by the University of Saskatchewan as a Role Model Speaker at the College of Art and Science in 2012. She will deliver a public lecture on the “Rise of China and Chinese in North America” on May 15, 2012.

On March 29 and 30, Professor Ling will give a series of invited public lectures in Chicago on her newly published book Chinese Chicago: Race, Transnational Migration, and Community Since 1870 (Stanford University Press, 2012). She has been invited by DePaul University for its “Women’s History Month Lecture” to deliver a public lecture on “Celestial Women in the Windy City” on March 29 (Richardson Library Room 400, 5-6 pm), by the Asian American Studies Program at University of Illinois in Chicago to give a public lecture on “Chinese in Chicago: Race, Transnational Migration, and Community” on March 30 (208 Burnham Hall, 10-11am), and by the Chinese American Service League to give a public lecture on “Chinese Community in Chicago” (Grand Hall, 2141 S. Tan Court, 1-2pm).