Todd Cleveland (History Department) was recently offered his second book contract by Ohio University Press. The first book is entitled Diamonds in the Rough: Corporate Paternalism and African Professionalism on the Mines of Colonial Angola, 1917-75, and is based on Todd's dissertation. The book examines African laborers' experiences on Angola's colonial-era diamond mines and, as part of the press's "New African Histories" series, is intended for a scholarly audience. The second book is entitled Turning over Stones: A Global History of Africa's Diamonds, and, as part of the "Africa in World History" series, is pitched to a more general readership, including undergraduate students. This book situates Africa's diamonds in a global context, while also considering the industry from the perspective of the continent's residents. Both manuscripts are currently being revised for publication in the hopes of realizing 2012 release dates.
As part of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies of the European University Institute, Peter Kivisto (Sociology Department) was invited to contribute to an online discussion of Tariq Modood's discussion of "Multiculturalism and Integration." The "Accept Pluralism" initiative in which this discussion took place was funded by the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme. The entire discussion can be found at www.accept-pluralism.eu.
On October 13, Peter presented a lecture at the University of Bristol's Centre for Ethnicity and Citizenship titled "What's New about Multiculturalism?"
Finally, on December 9 he participated in an invitation-only conference at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City on "Fear and Anxiety over National Identity: Contrasting North American and European Experiences and Public Debates on Immigrant and Second Generation Integration." The conference brought together 28 scholars, with 18 of the participants presenting papers (divided equally between European and North American scholars). Peter's paper was titled "Who, Indeed, Are We? National Identity, Ethnic Diversity, and Multiculturalism."
Kristy Nabhan-Warren's (Religion Department) essay "Sints" was just published in The Encyclopedia of Global Religion, ed. Wade Clark Roof and Mark Juergensmeyer. (Sage Publications. Winter 2011). Over winter break, Kristy attended the American Historical Association/American Catholic Historic Association's annual meeting in Chicago, where she served as invited Session Chair/Respondent for the "Marion Apparitions in North America" session. She was also a panelist with the roundtable discussion session on John Seitz's recent book No Closure: Catholic Practice and Boston's Parish Shutdowns (Harvard UP, 2011).