Seminars & Events

Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference

On March 29 at George Washington University, four Saint Mary's students will present their research at the Phi Alpha Theta Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference. The history department wishes them the best of luck.

Program Highlight

Historic St. Mary's City

The Colonial History Concentration takes advantage of our special relationship with Historic St. Mary's City, the first capital of Maryland and a colonial archeological site, research facility, and museum.


SMP Spotlight

Matt Anthony, "Pickin' Up the Pieces: Country-rock and the End of the Sixties," 2013.

“My St. Mary's Project offered a way for me to merge my love of popular music with my research interests. Working closely with my mentor, Dr. Chuck Holden, gave me an in-depth insight into the work of an historian. I had the opportunity to pursue research avenues that are not typically part of the undergraduate experience, including archival work at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library & Archives in Cleveland, Ohio, and conducting oral histories with several performers from the 1960s and 1970s. Even after a year of thorough research and writing, my SMP left me feeling that I have only scratched the surface of a very rich topic which I hope will be the basis of further study as I enter graduate school."




Department News

Saint Mary's student Jeff Smith presented his paper "The Warm Front of the Cold War: Kon-Tiki and the Making of an American Polynesia" at the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association conference in Philadelphia on November 8, 2013.  

Faculty News

Dr. Adriana Brodsky has been elected co-president of the Latin American Jewish Studies Association. Dr. Brodsky has also been invited to participate in a workshop on teaching the Holocaust digitally, with the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Museum.

Dr. Garrey Dennie delivered the keynote address at the April 4th celebration of the life of Nelson Mandela at The University of Massachusetts Amherst.  The event was sponsored by the W. E. B. DuBois Department of Afro-American Studies at UMass Amherst.  Dr. Dennie's talk was titled "Mandela's Words: Mightier Than the Sword".  In it, he both analyzed Mandela's speeches and reflected on his own experience as one of Mandela's speechwriters. 

Professor Dennie at U Mass Amherst

Professor Dennie delivering his speech at U Mass Amherst.

Dr. Tom Barrett published a commentary on American media coverage of the Sochi Olympics, "A distorted view of Russia" in the Baltimore Sun.  

On February 2 at 8am on WSMD 98.3, Professor Ken Cohen was a guest on Southern Maryland Perspectives, the talk show that covers local news and culture. The show is hosted by CSM President Dr. Bradley Gottfried, and he'll be talking to Professor Cohen about local museums and the War of 1812 in Southern Maryland.

Dr. Garrey Dennie recently published "Memories of Mandela" in Searchlight, the newspaper for St. Vincent and The Grenadines in the Caribbean. Dr. Dennie's article is based on his experiences as a former speechwriter for Nelson Mandela.

In July, 2013, Dr. Charles Musgrove's new book, China's Contested Capital: Architecture, Ritual, and Response in Nanjing, was published by the University of Hawai'i Press.

China's Contested Capital

 Dr. Charles Holden recently recorded a podcast interview on academic freedom with the North Carolina Museum of History. The interview was based on his book, The New Southern University: Academic Freedom and Liberalism at UNC. 

Dr. Chris Adams published "Stop Getting Drunk to Stay Safe" in The Baltimore Sun as a response to Emily Yoffe's Slate article "College Women: Stop Getting Drunk." 

Dr. Adriana Brodsky presented "Between community and Aliyah: Young Sephardim in the 1960s" at University of California, Irvine on November 4, 2013.

Young Zionist Sephardim created children and youth groups that worked within the various Sephardi communities of Buenos Aires. The activities they organized, which included Jewish history and culture, sports, and music, attracted many young children and their families to these centers, in fact invigorating Sephardi Jewish life.  But their focus on making aliyah turned community authorities, and eventually parents, against them.  After they were expelled from community spaces, these young Sephardi Zionists became less successful at drawing young Sephardim into Zionism, yet the loss of that youthful energy and commitment greatly impacted Sephardi communities and Jewish life.

Dr. Tom Barrett presented "Mingling Pearl Powder with Nitroglycerin: Russian Nihilists in American Popular Culture,"  at the 45th Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies in Boston, MA on November 22, 2013.

Dr. Chris Adams presented "Madame de Montespan: Beauty, Power and the King’s Mistress" at the Female Beauty Systems Throughout the Centuries Colloquium. The colloquium will take place at The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies, Wassenaar on November 7 and 8, 2013. Dr. Gail Savage also presented her paper "The Poisoned Apple: Beauty and the first Feminist Generation: Caroline Norton, Barbara Bodichon, George Elliot" at the colloquium.

Dr. Charlie Musgrove has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar Grant to support research in Taiwan during his sabbatical in the 2013-2014 academic year.  He was also awarded a Taiwan Fellowship for the same project, in which he will investigate the roles of ritual, architecture, and protests in the development of liberal democracy in the Republic of China on Taiwan. While overseas he will be affiliated with Taiwan's premier research institution, Academia Sinica, as well as the National Central Library in Taipei.

Dr. Musgrove's research assistant poses in front of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, which served as a key site for political protests in the 1980s and '90s

Dr. Musgrove's research assistant poses in front of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, which served as a key site for political protests in the 1980s and '90s

Distinguished guest speaker, Peter Brown, with faculty and student from Departments of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies, International Languages and Cultures and the Library

Distinguished guest, Peter Brown
Front row, left to right:  Linda Hall, Gail Savage, Peter Brown, Betsy Brown, Laine Doggett; Back row, left to right: Celia Rabinowitz, Michael Taber, Chad Pevateaux, Steve Gentry, Chuck Holden, Christine Adams, Katharina Von Kellenbach


History Faculty and Alumni in DC book presentation


History Department faculty Christine Adams, Adriana Brodsky, and Chuck Holden met up with alumni Jordan Grant '09 and Gabe Young '13 at the MLK Library in Washington, D.C. on August 22, 2013 to attend a lecture delivered by William P. Jones on his new book The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights.


Gabriel Young, a 2013 graduate and history major of St. Mary's College of Maryland, studied Arabic this last summer through the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program, which is administered by the State Department.  CLS offers awards in about a dozen languages to both undergraduates and graduates.  About 5,000 people apply for CLS, and ultimately about 500 awards are distributed.  The majority of awards go to those studying Arabic and Chinese.  

The scholarship guarantees full funding for overseas travel, housing, classes, etc.  The CLS Arabic program send its participants to different locations in the Middle East, depending on their interests/prior training in Arabic.  Gabriel  spent the summer (June through August) in Oman. To learn more about the CLS program, you can visit

Justin Harty, a senior and history major at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, has been announced as the winner of the U.S. Marine Corps Commandant’s Trophy – the highest award bestowed on officer candidates. Harty will accept the honor from Maj. Gen. Joseph L. Osterman during a basketball halftime ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 1. The Commandant’s Trophy will then reside at St. Mary’s College for the next year.

Harty sat down with the Leader last week to talk about his experience as a Marine officer in training, his love of the Marine Corps, his family’s tradition of service and the great expectations he now faces. Watch his interview here: 

Megan O'Hern 

Megan O’Hern, a history major at St. Mary’s College, won first prize at the 2013 Phi Alpha Theta Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, which was held at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV, on March 23. Her award-winning paper is titled “The Devil Didn’t Make You Do It: The Puritan Clerical Discourse on Satan in Seventeenth-Century New England.” 


Constantine and the Future of Christianity


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