Graduate Student conference

The History Graduate Student Association's annual conference will take place on LSU's campus March 2-4. The keynote speaker is Prof.  Frank Garmon (Christopher Newport University), speaking on "Microhistory and the Malleability of Identity in Nineteenth-Century America" at 6:30 p.m. Friday March 3, in the Sternberg Salon of Ogden Honors College French House.

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Prestigious award Suzanne Marchand

Boyd Prof. Suzanne Marchand has been announcedas among the 2022 recipients of the highly valued  John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.  

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has sought since its inception to “further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions.” Prior-year Fellows include such distinguished names as Rachel Carson, James Baldwin, Martha Graham, and Linus Pauling. Congratulations to Prof. Marchand on this signal honor!

2022 Boneno Prize

Members of the Society of Student Historians have voted on a winner of the Roselyn Boneno Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. The winner this year is Prof. Gaines Foster. Congratulations to Dr. Foster for this well-deserved recognition of his professorial excellence!


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Book News


The British Jesus, 1850-1970
Cover of The British Jesus by Meredith Veldman
By Prof. Meredith Veldman

The British Jesus focuses on the Jesus of the religious culture dominant in Britain from the 1850s through the 1950s, the popular Christian culture shared by not only church, kirk, and chapel goers, but also the growing numbers of Britons who rarely or only episodically entered a house of worship.

An essay in intellectual as well as cultural history, this book illumines the interplay between and among British New Testament scholarship, institutional Christianity, and the wider Protestant culture. The scholars who mapped and led the uniquely British quest for the historical Jesus in the first half of the twentieth century were active participants in efforts to replace the popular image of “Jesus in a white nightie” with a stronger figure, and so, they hoped, to preserve Britain’s Christian identity. They failed. By exploring that failure, and more broadly, by examining the relations and exchanges between popular, artistic, and scholarly portrayals of Jesus, this book highlights the continuity and the conservatism of Britain’s popular Christianity through a century of religious and cultural transformation.

Exploring depictions of Jesus from over more than one hundred years, this book is a crucial resource for scholars of British Christianity in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Routledge, 2022

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In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate classes, faculty members serve in a large number of campus and community outreach capacities, and do original research and writing on topics ranging from American pop culture to Chinese Confucianism and far beyond. LSU is one of the nation’s premier sites for research in Southern history, but it also has excellent faculty members and graduate students working in a host of other fields.

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Students of LSU's Geaux Teach program in history on graduation day

Graduates of Geaux Teach, the Major in History with a Concentration in Secondary Education, pose with program advisor Prof. Zevi Gutfreund (far right). For information on the Secondary Education history program: Geaux Teach