Mark Baker, having spent the week after commencement grading AP exams in modern european history in Colorado, will drive with his family to Massachusetts to spend most of his summer in the Boston area working at the Widener Library at Harvard on a new research project on Russian/Soviet interference in Afghanistan.
After intensive parenting during his spring paternity leave, Douglas Dodd plans to conduct a historic resources inventory of the fire lookouts of the Sequoia National Forest for the US Forest Service.
Assuming responsibilities as chair come September, Jeanne Harrie is spending the summer preparing herself for that responsibility!
John Maynard gets a break from teaching summer school this year and is instead enjoying a trip to Europe to see the sights there. The trip will provide him the chance to finally read The Scroll, the unedited original version of Jack Kerouac's On the Road, typed by Kerouac on a 90-foot roll of teletype paper—and unpublished until 2007.
Part pleasure, part research, Cliona Murphy’s trip to Ireland will provide an opportunity to do research on an Irish immigrant journalist who worked on a Chicago newspaper (and later became a Democratic congressman). He went to Porfirian Mexico in 1879 and chronicled what was going on there (not very flattering). Later this summer she plans to travel to Nicaragua to improve her Spanish in order to further pursue her interest in Irish-Mexican historical connections.
Having just completed a week of grading AP exams in world history in Colorado, Connie Orliski will teach History 210 in summer school before traveling to Indianapolis to examine archives for her research.
Oliver Rink has officially retired, so he will bask in the glow of his thirty-three years of full-time teaching and service at CSUB—perhaps while he windsurfs on Lake Isabella.
Alicia Rodriquez plans to complete two book reviews, prepare for a conference panel on which she is serving as commentator, wrap up a research project, and spend time with her kids.
Lia Schraeder will be busy writing the last chapter of her dissertation and relocating to Bakersfield, but will try to fit in at least one camping trip before school starts. Click here to read more about her.
While teaching her Roman Empire course this summer, Miriam Raub Vivian will be completing a paper for a volume in honor of her retiring doctoral thesis director, professor Hal Drake at UCSB: “The World of St. Daniel the Stylite: Rhetoric, Religion, and Relationships in the Life of the Pillar Saint.”