Greetings from the Richards Center! 


We are excited to share with you our inaugural digital newsletter for September 2020. In place of our annual newsletter, the Richards Center will send out brief digital newsletters periodically throughout the year. We look forward to sharing exciting news from the center and our affiliated faculty, graduate students, and interns through this new format. We hope you enjoy it! 


Best regards, 

Matt Isham 

Managing Director 

The George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center 

The Pennsylvania State University 

September 2020 Newsletter

Richards Center Introduces Virtual Happy Hours

In response to the cancellation of many events due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Richards Center will host a series of happy hours this fall via Zoom. These informal events will allow us to continue to share the work of our affiliated faculty and Fellows with the larger Richards Center community. Our first two happy hours will introduce the Richards Center community to our two postdoctoral Fellows, Dr. Jonathan S. Jones and Dr. Maryam Aziz.
Our first happy hour will take place on Thursday, September 10 at 5:00 p.m. Jones, the Richards Center’s inaugural postdoctoral Fellow in the Civil War era, will speak on “America’s Original Opioid Crisis: The Civil War and Opiate Addiction.” To register for Dr. Jones's talk, please click on the button below.
Our second happy hour will be held Thursday, October 22 at 5:00 p.m. Aziz, the Richards Center and Africana Research Center postdoctoral Fellow in African American history, will discuss her dissertation, “Built With our Empty Fists: The Rise and Circulation of Black Power Martial Arts.” Her research explores how U.S. militarism informed the practice of martial arts and transformed notions of manhood and womanhood in Black communities during the Black Power era. To register for Dr. Aziz's talk, please click on the button below.

Ginzberg and Cahill Mark the Centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment Richards Center affiliated faculty contributed posts to Women’s Vote Centennial, the official site of the centennial commemoration. Dr. Lori Ginzberg, professor of history and women’s studies, wrote a post about Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s life and her intellectual leadership in the campaign for women’s suffrage.

Dr. Cathleen Cahill, associate professor of history, authored two posts, recounting Hispanic women’s fight for the right to vote in New Mexico and the integral role that Native women played in the campaign for the vote. In August, Cahill also took part in a conversation with historian Dr. Sarah Deer for a New York Times article about the legacy of Native women’s suffrage activism on contemporary Native activists' efforts to strengthen tribal sovereignty.
Davis Discusses Inequity in Sports
Dr. Amira Rose Davis, assistant professor of history and African American studies, recently appeared on WBUR's  Only a Game for a discussion that was livestreamed on YouTube, August 12. Davis joined two other scholars to discuss how athletics, particularly at the collegiate level, historically have been shaped by society’s structural inequities. She also wrote an August 11 editorial in the Washington Post that linked contemporary efforts by NCAA football players to form a players association to the long history of Black athletes using collective action in athletics to effect social change.

Sanders Speaks on the Topic of Civil Rights Activism at HBCUs

Dr. Crystal Sanders, associate professor of history and African American studies participated in a discussion about the integral role that Bennett Women’s College played in the Civil Rights Movement. The discussion was moderated by the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Located in Greensboro, North Carolina, Bennett is an HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) institution. Sanders and Dr. Jelani Favors, Clayton State University, discussed how the college’s faculty and students explicitly linked the mission of higher education to demands for racial equality and justice.

Reed Participates in Confronting Racism: Indigenous Perspectives

In August, Dr. Julie Reed, associate professor of history, took part in Confronting Racism: Indigenous Perspectives, a roundtable discussion organized by Indiana University’s Arts and Humanities Council. Scholars and Native leaders discussed the intersections of racism that have affected Black Americans and Native Americans from the past to the present. You can watch a recording of the event here.

Barrio America: How Latino Immigrants Saved the American City is a finalist for the “Best Latino Focused Nonfiction Book” presented by International Latino Book Awards. Barrio America is the latest book by Richards Center faculty affiliate Dr. Andrew K. Sandoval-Strausz, associate professor of history. The book explores how Latino and Latina immigrants revived American cities beginning in the 1970s, following decades of disinvestment and white migration to the suburbs.

Former Richards Center postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Jessica Johnson recently published her first book,  Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the Atlantic World, with the University of Pennsylvania Press. Her book centers the intimate and kinship practices of African women and women of African descent in laying the groundwork for the emancipation struggles of the nineteenth century. Johnson is assistant professor of history at Johns Hopkins University. She was the Richards Center’s inaugural postdoctoral Fellow in African American history during the 2012-13 academic year.
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