Che Guevara Final Project film from Che at the Movies (HIST 365), Truman State University, May 2014.
On 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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 truman.gov/meet-our-scholars.