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Congratulations to Crystal Sanders!

Congratulations to Crystal Sanders, Associate  Professor in the Departments of History and African American Studies, who won a National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship!! The Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports early career scholars working in critical areas of education research that make significant scholarly contributions to the field of education. The program also develops the careers of its recipients through professional development activities involving National Academy of Education members.

Dr. Sanders will be spending her fellowship working on her new book project tentatively titled, Deferred Dreams and Exiled Citizens: Black Graduate Education in the Age of Jim Crow.  Deferred Dreams and Exiled Citizens will be the first book-length study of African Americans’ efforts to secure graduate education during the age of Jim Crow. While many scholars of black education have written about African Americans’ quest for elementary, secondary, and baccalaureate education, black efforts to secure graduate and professional education have been largely overlooked.  For most of the twentieth century, southern and border state legislatures did not provide graduate education for African Americans.  Rather than create graduate and professional programs at black colleges or desegregate white colleges, state lawmakers appropriated tax dollars to send black citizens out-of-state for graduate training.  Missouri began this arrangement in 1921.  By 1948, South Carolina, Arkansas, Virginia, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Louisiana, Maryland, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Texas, and West Virginia had also created Jim Crow scholarship programs and exported black scholars to preserve segregation.  These states continued their scholarship programs until the 1960s defying the United States Supreme Court decision in Missouri ex rel. Gaines v. Canada (1938) where justices decreed that states had a responsibility to offer white and black citizens in-state education.  Usually, the Jim Crow scholarships covered the differential between the cost of pursuing a course of study offered at the state’s white institutions and the cost of pursuing the same program at the out-of-state school that the black student attended. Some states also paid travel expenses. Most students receiving funds studied at institutions in the North, Midwest, or West and many never returned to the South.

Congratulations to Crystal Sanders!

Congratulations to Crystal Sanders who earned tenure and is now Associate Professor of History and African American Studies!

Congratulations to Crystal Sanders!

Congratulations to Crystal Sanders, Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies, who won the American Educational Research Association, Division F – History and Historiography New Scholar’s Book Award for her book, A Chance for Change: Head Start and Mississippi’s Black Freedom Struggle

The American Educational Research Association (AERA), a national research society, strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.

Congratulations to Brandon Benner!

Congratulations to Brandon Benner who won a Best Schreyer Honors Senior Thesis award from the Department of History!

Brandon is a native of Juniata County, PA and the first in his family to attend college. After taking up the hobby of Civil War living history in sixth grade, he began to discover a passion for teaching others about America's heritage. In the summers following his freshman and sophomore years, he was a Richards Center intern with the National Park Service at Gettysburg and enjoyed every day that he was able to help the American public connect with their history.

Brandon is a Paterno Fellow with a double major in history and political science graduating in May. After graduation, he will be working with Teach for America, and later hopes to explore careers in the National Park Service, higher education, and politics.

Congratulations to Lauren Nogay!

Congratulations to Lauren Nogay who won the Walter L. Peterson Student Enhancement Fund in the Department of History!

Lauren is from Hermitage, Pennsylvania and is a double major in history and international politics, with a minor in French.

In the summer of 2016, Lauren worked as a Richards Center curatorial intern at Gettysburg National Military Park. She helped install an exhibit of Civil War-themed artwork in the Visitors Center museum, transcribed several letter collections, and conducted the archives’ annual inventory of collections.

During this spring semester, Lauren is participating in the The People’s Contest digital humanities undergraduate internship. The internship is conducted as a three-credit course and is designed to supplement the education of History majors by allowing them to learn and practice techniques of digital history, like transcribing historic documents or curating online exhibits of digital collections. During her internship, Lauren is conducting an assessment of the papers of Evan Pugh, Penn State’s first president. She also is transcribing the journal of Theo Christ, a Union physician from Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Lauren plans to create an annotated digital map of Christ’s travels through the South during his military service. This digital map will allow People’s Contest site users to visualize Christ’s travels and experiences as a soldier.

In March, she spent a week studying the Holocaust in Poland.

Congratulations to Timothy and Laura Orr!

Congratulations to Timothy Orr (Ph.D, 2010) and Laura Lawfer Orr (BA, 2006) on their forthcoming book - Never Call Me a Hero: A Legendary American Dive-Bomber Pilot Remembers the Battle of Midway!  

75 years ago, one daring pilot may have changed the course of history when he struck and sank two Japanese aircraft carriers at the Battle of Midway -- "The decisive contest for control of the Pacific in World War II" (New York Times). Now, at last, legendary dive-bomber "Dusty" Kleiss delivers a gripping and inspiring eyewitness account of American's greatest naval victory.

More information on the book and author, N. Jack "Dusty" Kleiss, can be found on the facebook page: