How did their choices shape the world we live in today?
The History Department at Albion College seeks to foster creative and analytical thinkers who are interested in questions of how human societies change over time.
History students learn to discern the institutional, ideological, and material conditions that shape the ways in which people interact with one another, whether in the context of a given society or across societies. They learn that prevailing historical explanations are themselves subject to questioning and refashioning, and they become aware of how different explanations influence present-day perceptions.
By analyzing primary and secondary sources and by communicating the results of their analysis in compelling, cogent prose, students also learn to become active participants in the writing and critiquing of history itself.
We hope you continue to explore our department offerings, and please contact us if you have any questions.
Scholarships and Awards
The Albion College History Department is endowed to award a number of scholarships and prizes to outstanding history majors, from sophomores to graduating seniors.
Our 2011-12 Recipients
The Julian S. Rammelkamp Junior Scholarship in History was awarded to Michael Albani, Rebecca Kosticak, Desirae Salswedel, and Katherine Sexton. Michael is writing a novel, Truly a Crime, that explores mountaintop removal in Appalachia, delving into the region's history and people. Rebecca is preparing to apply to law school. Des will explore a career in museum work. Kate looks forward to a summer research project, supported by FURSCA, on "Beaver Island: Conflict and Community, 1812-2012."
Nathaniel Arndts received the Phillip H. and Shirley Kennedy Battershall Scholarship, in conjunction with the Ford Institute. This summer he will intern at the Albion District Library's local history collection.
The David Morris-Eldridge Pierce Sophomore Scholarship in History was awarded to Salaina Catalano. She will intern at Senator Carl Levin's office in Washington, D.C. in summer 2012.
Logan Woods received the Michael W. Grice '63 Memorial Scholarship in History. A future teacher, Logan will co-teach with an instructor at Albion Senior High as part of the College's "Maymester."
Dong Keun (Kevin) Rhee has been awarded the Stone Memorial Scholarship. Kevin is exploring a possible career in medicine.
The History Department also congratulates ...
Chris Blaker,who received a FURSCA grant to study "World War II: Citizen Soldiers Tell Their Stories." He will use oral history to focus on the war from the perspective of enlisted men and junior officers rather than the senior officers and politicians. (Blaker is pictured at right with World War II veteran Eugene Yehl, left, and Professor Wes Dick.)
Heather De Bari, whowill enter the Second World War in Europe MSc Program at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Prior to that, Heather will undertake intensive Russian language study at Middlebury College.
Justin DeHondt on admission to Western Michigan University for graduate study in Medieval History.
Chelsea Denault, who enters Loyola University Chicago's dual Ph.D. program in Public History and American History. This summer as the Simmons Graduate Intern for the Education Department at the Henry Ford in Dearborn, Chelsea will work with high school teachers and college professors to create rubrics utilizing the museum's collections and the Village.
Casey Monahan on admission to Brandeis University's MA program in History.
Kris Polk, whowill pursue a Master's of Science for College Student Development and Counseling at Northeastern University in Boston.
Maria Smith on admission to the University of Michigan's School of Information. She will specialize in Archives and Records Management (in the Master of Science in Information program).
Melissa Tallis on acceptance to the University of Pittsburgh for a Master's degree in Library Science.
1500 Europe 2000 (History 103); 1789 Europe 1918 (History 217); 1918 Europe 1989 (History 218); Film Images of World War II (History/Political Science 229, team-taught); Modern Russia (History 313); Modern Germany (History 390); The Irrational in History (History 395); Kubrick (History 402); The Holocaust (LA 101, First-Year Experience); Seeing the Nazi in American Movies (LA101, First-Year Experience), Great Issues in Fine Arts: Kubrick (HSP 175H, Honors); Kubrick, Film and the Holocaust (History 402.3), Histories of Nazi Germany (HSP 155 H), Film Images of World War II (HSP 131 H).
He is the author of many books including Psychotherapy in the Third Reich (Oxford UP 1985, Transaction Publishers 1997), German Professions, 1800-1950 (1990), The Curve of Life: Correspondence of Heinz Kohut (University of Chicago Press 1994), Medicine and Modernity (Cambridge University Press 1996), Treating Mind and Body (Transaction Publishers 1998), and Psycho/History: Readings in the Method of Psychology, Psychoanalysis, and History (Yale University Press, 1987) , The Wolf at the Door: Stanley Kubrick, History, and the Holocaust (Color Illustrations), Depth of Field: Stanley Kubrick, Film, and the Uses of History (University of Wisconsin Press 2006), The State of Health: Illness in Nazi Germany (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012).
Recent Articles and Book Chapters
"Indirected by Stanley Kubrick," Post Script 32,2 (2013): 22-34
"Psychotherapy in the Third Reich," Jung Journal 6, 4 (2012): 23-28
"A Quality of Obession Considerably Further East: The Holocaust in the Cinema of Stanley Kubrick," Shofar: Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies 28 (2010): 72-85
"Rechts um die Ecke rum: Wichmannstrasse, Berggasse, Keithstrasse, 1933-1945," in Psychoanalyse in totalitaeren und autoritaeren Regimen (Frankfurt am Main: Brandes & Apsel, 2010), pp.35-57
Featured In ...
Room 237 (IFC Midnight 2013)
The Nizkor Project: A Holocaust Remembrance, H German, The Internet Movie Database