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News from the University of Rochester Department of History

Celebrating the Class of 2020

We may not be able to honor our 2020 graduates with an in-person ceremony yet, but we can and will still celebrate their tremendous achievements. Keep reading to see a list of our 2020 majors and minors and all of the prizes and honors they have earned. (University of Rochester photo)

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Ted Brown receives Lifetime Achievement Award from American Association for the History of Medicine

Over the course of his distinguished career, Theodore Brown, professor emeritus of history and public health sciences, has “advanced the cutting edge of medical historical scholarship and shaped the work of other historians.” (University of Rochester photo / Brandon Vick)

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News from History Alumni

John M. Barry, MA '69, is currently a professor at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and he has appeared frequently in the media discussing COVID-19. His book The Great Influenza (Viking Press, 2004), about the 1918 pandemic, has spent several weeks at #1 on The New York Times paperback bestseller list. The National Academies of Science named it that year's best book on science and medicine, and since publication Barry has been involved in pandemic preparedness, advising the Bush and Obama administrations and several federal agencies.

Joy Getnick (Newman), BA '06, is thrilled to be returning to the University of Rochester as the incoming Executive Director of UR Hillel (Jewish life on campus).

John (Jay) Heffron, PhD '88, was a student of Christopher Lasch in the late 1970s and early 80s. In 2019, he published a book with Peter Lang drawn largely from a dissertation developed under Lasch's supervision. The Rise of the South in American Thought and Education: The Rockefeller Years (1902-1917) and Beyond (Peter Lang Inc., 2019) documents empirically the generalization of Southern values and institutions northward, including but not limited to their class and racial dimensions.

Jenny Lloyd, PhD '93, has just published her second memoir, Expatriation: A Corporate Wife in Italy and Mexico (Independently published, 2019), about living in Italy and Mexico in the 1970s. 

Kayleigh Rae Stampfler (Nutting), BA '08, welcomed her first child, Emerick Levi Stampfler, on November 5, 2019.

Matthew Tekulsky, BA '75, will publish Galapagos Birds: A Photographic Voyage (Goff Books, forthcoming June 2020).

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Pablo Miguel Sierra Silva Receives President’s Ferrari Humanities Research Award

Pablo Miguel Sierra Silva, an assistant professor of history, is the first recipient of the President’s Ferrari Humanities Research Award, an award endowed by University of Rochester Trustee Bernard T. Ferrari ’70, ’74M (MD) and his wife, Linda Gaddis Ferrari. (University of Rochester photo / J. Adam Fenster)

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Upcoming Events

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