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Our spring was marked by the loss of our dear colleague and friend, Captain Rosemary Mariner. She made history in her career, and then as scholar-in-residence at CSWS and as a mentor teaching history, enriched the lives of many students. We at the Center recommit ourselves to fulfilling our mission as she did: with devotion, a full heart, and a deep sense of direction. As always, we are abidingly grateful for your support, as friends of CSWS.

News and Updates

Robert Rennie, who served as graduate assistant at CSWS, has accepted a tenure-track position as an assistant professor of European history at Indiana University Southeast. His book on German WWI fighter aces will be appearing shortly.

Ryan Gesme, UT history doctoral student and CSWS graduate assistant, won three major fellowships for his dissertation research in an unprecedented achievement in our department’s history. Gesme received a Fulbright Fellowship to Germany, a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service) one-year research grant to Germany, and an American-Scandinavian Foundation Dissertation Research Fellowship to Denmark. His dissertation, “Heimat or Hjemland: National Consciousness, Self-Determination, and the Great War in Schleswig-Holstein, 1897-1920,” examines Danish- and German-speaking communities in Northern Germany around World War I. His work will shed light on the influence of Wilsonian ideas and the dynamics of nationalism in the wake of war.