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Dr. Deborah Kanter Discusses Her Book Chicago Católico with U.S. Catholic Magazine

Dr. Deborah Kanter, John S. Ludington Endowed Professor of History and History Department chair, Albion College

Dr. Deborah Kanter, John S. Ludington Endowed Professor of History and History Department chair, Albion CollegeDr. Deborah Kanter, the John S. Ludington Endowed Professor of History and History Department chair at Albion College, recently was the subject of a question-and-answer feature on the website of U.S. Catholic magazine, where she talked about her recently published book, Chicago Católico: Making Catholic Parishes Mexican (University of Illinois Press, 2020). The book examines the role of churches in transforming neighborhoods throughout Chicago and fostering community for generations of Mexican Americans.

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Lauren Bergeron, '21, Earns National Recognition for Civil War Research

Lauren Bergeron, '21

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Lauren Bergeron, '21, was one of just 60 students nationwide chosen to participate in the Council on Undergraduate Research's "Posters on the Hill," an event designed to showcase current student research for federal lawmakers and other government officials. Bergeron was further invited to the inaugural Johns Hopkins University Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium, a mega-event involving more than 500 students. While the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of both April events, she can take solace knowing that Albion is represented among the country's top student research programs.

In New Book, History's Deborah Kanter Examines Mexican Catholics in Chicago

Deborah Kanter, professor of history

Deborah Kanter, professor of history

When Deborah Kanter, the John S. Ludington endowed professor of history and department chair, set out to complete her 20-year journey to chronicle Mexican Catholic parishes in Chicago, her goal was simple. “I wanted to write a book that friends could give their moms for Christmas,” she said. “I wanted to write a book for the general public."

Elijah Shalis, '02, Helps Forgotten Revolutionary War Hero Find Recognition

Elijah Shalis, '02 (right), with U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib

Elijah Shalis, '02 (right), with U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib

Elijah Shalis, '02, has always loved history, and when he learned that James Robinson, a slave who fought for American independence, had been all but forgotten, he worked to make sure he received the honors he deserved in the Detroit cemetery where he is buried. And that story has resonated.

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