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Faculty Honors J O E L WA L K E R R E C E I V E S T E A C H I N G AWA R D Congratulations to Professor Joel Walker, who received the UW Honors Program 2018 Excellence in Teaching Award. This student-given award reflects the meaningful impact Walker has had in the classroom in his nearly two decades of service to the Department of History. Graduate student Jeffrey Haynes says of his experiences working with Walker, "It has been an incredible experience. The amount of time, insight, and direction that he has given me has made all the difference in graduate school. He is very invested in helping his students develop into careful, rigorous thinkers, but he also inspires a lot of joy and curiosity in tackling questions about the past. I am delighted to see him recognized for his work." Q U I N TA R D TAY L O R H O N O R E D AT AWA R D S O F E X C E L L E N C E C E R E M O N Y Congratulations are also due to the Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor of American History Quintard Taylor, who this year added the University Faculty Lecture Award to his long list of accolades. This award, first given in 1976, honors faculty whose research and scholarship have "been widely recognized by their peers and whose achievements have had a substantial impact on their profession, others, and society as a whole." Taylor receives this award in recognition of his substantial contributions to the understanding of the history of African Americans in the Pacific Northwest. Jordanna Bailkin held a Society of Scholars fellowship from the Simpson Center for the Humanities for 2017-18, and her book, Unsettled: Refugee Camps and the Making of Multicultural Britain, is newly published with Oxford University Press. Elena Campbell received a Research Fellowship from the Simpson Center for Humanities in support of her work "Northern Empire: Development, Environment, and Power in Late Imperial Russia." As part of this award, she will be a member of the Simpson Center's Society of Scholars next year. She also received a National Council for Eurasian and East European Research short-term travel grant to support the same project. She also participated, along with Professor Glennys Young, in the Glasnost and Goodwill: Citizen Diplomacy in the Northwest exhibit and symposium, at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma. This event looked at how citizen diplomacy in the Pacific Northwest contributed to the thawing of the Cold War. Christoph Giebel took part in KBTC's program Vietnam Perspectives as part of their showing of Ken Burns's documentary series on the Vietnam War. He was interviewed about his work as a medic in 1980-81 during the Vietnamese refugee crisis, about being one of the first Western students allowed back into the country after the war, and about his recent work teaching about Vietnam. Carlos B. Gil (emeritus) gave a talk on his recent publication, We Became Mexican American: How Our Immigrant Family Survived to Pursue the American Dream (2012, 2014 rev.) at the Lake City Presbyterian Church, Seattle. He also taught a class "Keys to Understanding Mexico" at the Lifetime Learning Center, in Lake City. Moon-Ho Jung won the Undergraduate Research Mentor Award in recognition of his work with students presenting at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. Margaret O'Mara has been working with her students to create the Yesler Way Project, an online digital history of one of Seattle's earliest, most diverse, and most historically significant thoroughfares. The project can be viewed at home. Laurie Marhoefer received the Most Memorable Piece of 2017 accolade from the editors and readers of The Conversation U.S., an independent news website that publishes evidence-based writing by academics, for her article "How Should We Protest Neo-Nazis? Lessons from German History." Devin Naar won the 2017 Edmund Keeley Book Prize for best book from the Modern Greek Studies Association for his work Jewish Salonica: Between the Ottoman Empire and Modern Greece, which was also published in Greek (Athens: Alexandria Press, 2018). He presented the book at Harvard, Columbia, Georgetown, Tufts, Rutgers, University of California, Santa Cruz, the University of Nebraska– Lincoln, the Greek embassy in Washington, D.C, and the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. He also received the National Endowment for the Humanities Common Heritage Grant to support his Sephardic Studies Digital Archive Project and was named the new director of graduate studies. Benjamin Schmidt gave the keynote address at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, Germany, to open a conference titled Dinge unterwegs" (Objects in Motion). He also had the privilege of serving as a roundtable discussant at the U.S. premiere (in Chicago) of Shakeshafte, a dramatic reimagining of the religious life of the young William Shakespeare, written by the former archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. Two recent essays are also in press: "La gravité des icônes: Les objets d'apostasie et leurs itinéraires globaux dans le monde moderne" which will appear in a volume titled Objets nomads? nomades?; and another essay, "Hyper-Imperialism," which will appear in the work Visions of Dutch Empire. Joel Walker held the inaugural Lawrence J. Roseman Endowed Professorship in History. AWARD-WINNING FACULT Y 10  U N I V E R S I T Y O F W A S H I N G T O N

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