Criminal Justice: Speakers & Workshops

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Feb. 11, 6 p.m. Presentation: Policing Perspectives from the U.K. - Dr. Richard Smith

Thank you to all who attended the presentation by Dr. Richard Smith, Fulbright Scholar, on Legitimacy, Leadersip, and Trust: Policing Perspectives from the U.K. on Monday, February 11.

Monday, Feb 11 group photo

Adam Shprintzen, Ph.D.

In September 2018, Dr. Shprintzen published his essay, "Food in 20th-Century American Cities" in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History. The article can be found at:
In addition, he will be presenting his research on classroom public history projects at the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians in Philadelphia in April.
In the classroom, students from Dr. Shprintzen's Fall 2018 Food in American History course created digital history entries on mapping project, TheClio. For an example, see:
Students also presented their research on food memories, such as the rice pudding recipe passed down in student Deanna Charpentier's family, as pictured here.  Lastly, students toured the Susquehanna Brewing Company Brewery in Pittston, PA.

Wyoming Valley Undergraduate History Conference

Wyoming Valley Undergraduate History Conference flyer

Alexander Vari, Ph. D.

Dr. Alex Vari, who has recently completed his 6 year term as department chair, has a new book chapter, Hungarian Salzburgs: The Salzburg Idea as Inspiration for Cultural Policy Initiatives and Urban Tourism Development in Interwar Hungary,” coming out in Michael Burri and Robert von Dassanowsky, eds., After Vienna: Post-Imperial Salzburg as Austria’s Future Kulturstadt, 1919-1938. This chapter is connected to his ongoing work on his book manuscript The Festival Phenomenon in 20th-century Europe: Art, Politics and the Making of Cultural Capital (under contract with Bloomsbury Academic). In the fall of 2018 Dr. Vari also successfully served on the Mark Pittaway article prize committee of the Hungarian Studies Association and continued to serve as Fulbright Program Advisor on the campus.

Jeremy Rich, Ph. D.

Dr. Jeremy Rich succeeded Dr. Alex Vari as chair of the Social Sciences Department this month.  In October 2018, he was an invited speaker at the University of West Bohemia in Plzen, Czech Republic.  He spoke to political science students on the Trump administration's foreign policy in Africa and the role of outside observers in African elections.  He also sent in his book manuscript for review to James Currey Press (based in Great Britain), entitled Binding the Wounds of Independence: The Congo Protestant Relief Agency, 1960-1973.  Finally, he won the Phi Alpha Theta Faculty Advisor Research Grant, an award which allowed him in December 2018 to consult the Oxfam aid agency archives at Oxford University.