History is not a body of facts to be transferred temporarily from the erudition of a professor to the memory of a student. It is a way of understanding the whole of the human condition as it has unfolded in time. History is one of the largest departments at Wesleyan and is home to a distinguished group of teacher-scholars whose work ranges from the medieval to the post-modern, from the Middle East to the Midwest, from gender and sexuality to science and economics, from micro-history to world history. Faculty in History have been at the forefront of interdisciplinary work and program building at Wesleyan for over five decades.
The prize was inaugurated in 1993 as an institutional recognition of outstanding faculty members. One to three Binswanger Prizes for Excellence in Teaching are presented each year. The standards and criteria for the annual prizes are excellence in teaching, as exemplified by commitment to the classroom and student accomplishment, intellectual demands placed on students, lucidity, and passion. Currently five members of the History Department faculty have been awarded the Binswanger Prize.
Connecticut Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa
History Major Carolyn Lipp has been elected into the Connecticut Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Her early election into the Wesleyan Chapter is in recognition of her outstanding scholastic performance at Wesleyan. Congratulations to Carolyn.
The Public Affairs Center: PAC Research Networks
I am happy to announce the recipient of the 2013-2014 PAC Research Network Award, the African Studies PAC Research Network. This group builds on existing strengths in African Studies at Wesleyan. They will receive $2000 to hold salons for Wesleyan faculty to share their research and also to bring in outside speakers. The group brings together senior and junior scholars from six different departments with faculty both within and outside the PAC. Please join me in congratulating them! African Studies Faculty : Professor Richard Elphick, History, and Assistant Professor Laura Ann Twagira, History.