Spencer R. Crew, Robinson Professor of American, African American, and Public History, presented “Abraham Lincoln’s Dilemma Concerning African American Soldiers Fighting in the Civil War” at a Chicago Teachers Symposium on the Living Constitution. He was a seminar leader on Public History at the Seminar for Historical Administration sponsored by the Association of State and Local History. He presented on a panel titled “Emancipation at 150: The Impact of the Emancipation Proclamation” at the Lincoln Cottage in Washington, D.C. His topic was “The Response of Enslaved African Americans to the Issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation.” He presented “Views of Emancipation through the Eyes of the Enslaved” on a related online article published by the Lincoln Cottage. “Emancipation at 150: The Impact of the Emancipation Proclamation” is an anthology of the latest research on the Emancipation Proclamation from leading Lincoln scholars and government officials, jointly produced by the President Lincoln’s Cottage and the United States Commission on Civil Rights. This publication is available to the public as a free PDF download.
John Paden, Robinson Professor of International Studies, received an honorary doctorate degree from Usmanu Danfodiyo University in Sokoto, Nigeria, for “immense contribution to the advancement of the frontiers of knowledge and scholarship.”
Laurie O. Robinson, Robinson Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, attended a ceremony at which Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. presented the first Laurie O. Robinson Award created by the U.S. Department of Justice to recognize outstanding contributions by an individual in the department’s Office of Justice Programs for advancing the use of scientific research in criminal justice policy or practice. She participated in a panel at the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) Annual Meeting on the National Research Council report, “Using Science as Evidence in Public Policy.”
James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, presented “The Extinction of the Dinosaurs: The Scientific Method in Action” at the Economics Institute for Judges in Coral Gables, Fla., sponsored by Mason’s Law and Economics Center.