CHRONOS is the only undergraduate academic journal on campus and one of the few in the country. We publish research papers produced by undergraduate students at Syracuse University. Chronos appears once a year in print; articles are also published online on

Check out our website. You find previous issues of CHRONOS, information about courses taught at Syracuse University, events of the Department of History, portraits of SU professors, features of institutions such as the Belfer Audio Archive or Special Collections and much more.

Members of the 2016/2017 Editorial Board are: Dana Marie Lechleiter, Elizabeth Myers, Jerry Edsell, Mikey Light, Thalia Matos, Xiaotian Shao, Yi Cao and Albrecht Diem

CHRONOS is also taught as a three-credit course (HST 400) each year in the spring semester.

If you are interested to join the Editorial Team or if you think of submitting your paper for publication, send an e-mail to

April 7


500 Hall of Languages

Syracuse University ranks among the most important research universities in the country. Every history professor teaching at Syracuse University is a leading expert in her/his specific field or research, be it in Ancient Religions, Early Modern Global History, Environmental History of Africa, Civil Rights Movements in the US, the History of Science, or Political Violence in Latin America – to mention only a few.

SU professors publish books, write articles for academic journals, win research grants and present their work at international conferences. They travel to archives, discover new sources, stir up public discussions, develop new research methods and teach not only what they know about history but also how to become passionate about historical research.

Students often know very little about the work of their professors and their role in the field of historical studies.

CRONOS, The Undergraduate History Journal, has organized this conference on BUILDING BRIDGES to give eleven SU Professors of the Department of History and other Departments the opportunity to talk about their historical research to undergraduate and graduate students and to the University Community at large.

BUILDING BRIDGES is a unique chance for students to learn more about their professors and their passion for historical study.

Everyone is welcome to join, even if you only attend some of the presentations or just the panel discussion at the end.


9:00-9:15 Breakfast

9:15-9:30 Opening Remarks: Dean Karin Ruhlandt

Session 1:             Bridging Cultures and Continents

9:30-9:50             Prof. Junko Takeda (Dept. of History):

Bridges to Nowhere?: French-Persian Diplomacy in the Age of Enlightenment

9:50-10:10           Prof. Tessa Murphy (Dept. of History):

Crossing Empires, Bridging Communities: Inter-island Migrations in the 18th Century Caribbean

10:10-10:30         Prof. Martin Shanguhya (Dept. of History):

Wildlife Conservation in Early Colonial East Africa: Origins and Socio-Economic Implications on Local Communities

10:30-10:45         Discussion

10:45-11:11         Coffee Break

Session 2:             Paths to Freedom

11:00-11:20         Prof. Herbert Ruffin II (Dept. of African American Studies):

Freedom’s Frontier: The State of the African American West in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century History

11:20-11:40         Prof. Joan Bryant (Dept. of African American Studies):

Living Room Utopias: Cultural Democracy & the Late Activism of Rachel Davis DuBois

11:40-12:00         Prof. Karina von Tippelskirch (Dept. of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics):

American Journalist Dorothy Thompson takes on Hitler

12:00-12:15         Discussion

Session 3              Purity and Faith

1:30-1:50             Prof. Craige Champion (Dept. of History):

The Peace of the Gods

1:50-2:10             Prof. James Watts (Dept. of Religion):

Keeping Kosher. Diet as a Marker of Lay Torah Observance in the later Second Temple Period

2:10-2:30             Prof. Radha Kumar (Dept. of History):

Statue Wars: Caste in the News and History-writing

 2:30-2:45             Discussion

2:45-3:00             Coffee Break

Session 4              Finding the Truth

 3:00-3:20             Prof. Susan Branson (Dept. of History)

Consuming Science in American Society, 1700-1860

3:20-3:40             Prof. Gladys McCormick (Dept. of History)

Teaching Torture: The Politics of Pain

 3:40-3:50             Discussion

3:50-4:00             Coffee Break

 4:00-5:00             Panel Discussion: Teaching History in the
Age of Alternative Facts

with Dillon Banis, Timothy Li, Jess McDonogh and Prof. Susan Thompson (Dept. of History)

Sponsored by the Department of History,

Maxwell School of Citizenship, Syracuse University



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