The Edward H. "Ted" Mullin '06 Memorial Fellowship Prize in History
See also: Power Swim Relay, 2012 - Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 (mark your calendar!)
The Carleton College History Department invites Junior History majors to submit proposals for the 2013 Edward H. (Ted) Mullin Memorial Fellowship Prize in History. Ted entered Carleton with the Class of 2006, and despite time lost while battling cancer, was on track to graduate in the spring of 2007. Sadly, Ted lost his battle, passing away September 3, 2006. He was deeply committed to his life at Carleton, both as a history major and three-year letter winner on the men’s swim team. While at Carleton, Ted also co-captained two American Cancer Society Relay for Life teams.
The Edward H. (Ted) Mullin Memorial Fellowship Prize in History, established in 2007, is an endowed fund. The interest from the fund is awarded each year to the junior history major who most exemplifies Ted’s love of history, academic excellence, selflessness, courage, and tenacity. This generous fellowship is to be used to support travel and/or research opportunities that enhance the student’s academic or broader learning journey.
The fellowship is awarded by a committee of history department faculty. The selection criteria includes academic excellence (a GPA of at least 3.5) and personal qualities of character similar to the ones that we cherished in Ted: integrity, academic and/or athletic drive and competitiveness, selflessness and generosity, an inquiring and flexible mind, religious and/or broader ethical inquiry, and tolerance and curiosity.
To make an application, please submit the following items to Nikki Lamberty, History Department Office, Leighton 210 by noon, Friday, February 22, 2013 (paper copies only please; no electronic submissions) to make copies and distribute them to the Mullin Prize Committee members.
i. Project Proposal and Budget
Provide a 2-3 page description of your project, including your research topic; the methodological approach you plan to use; and the specific research activities you hope to carry out with the support of the Ted Mullin Prize. For example, these activities might include: transportation to a research site; living expenses; purchase of microfilm or archival materials; videotape for carrying out oral interviews. Include a one-page project budget that details these proposed expenses.
ii. Personal Statement
Write a one-page personal statement in which you explain the way your proposed research project fits into your larger academic goals, including your intellectual journey as a history major.
iii. Unofficial Transcript
Include a copy of your unofficial transcript with your proposal.
iv. Faculty Letters of Recommendation
Provide two letters of recommendation from Carleton faculty who know you and your academic work well, including at least one from the History Department.
The 2013 Edward H. (Ted) Mullin Memorial Fellowship recipient/s are announced, below. They will be honored on Friday May 31, 2013 at a Toast by department faculty and friends (2:00 pm) in the History department lounge, and at Honors Convo (3:00 pm), in Skinner Memorial Chapel.
The 2014 Edward H. (Ted) Mullin Memorial Fellowship recipient/s will be announced at the end of winter term/early spring term, 2014.
Marina Herrera-Heintz. Working title: “The Abdication of King Edward VIII and Its Effects on the British Monarchy.” Marina will travel to London for ten or twelve days to review the Abdication Files located at the National Archives. She will review the minutes and reports of the Prime Minister’s meetings, examine telegrams exchanged between Britain and other nations within its dominions, the King’s Protector’s files, and the files of the Metropolitan police, which contain reports on the pair from Special Branch. She will also explore the richness of resources available at the National Archives to show how, when monarchies were crumbling throughout Europe, the British Monarchy was able not only to survive, but also to flourish.
Jonathan Kagan-Kans. Working title: “The Einsatzgruppen (mobile Nazi death squads) in the Holocaust.” Jonathan will spend a month in Berlin at the Berlin Bundesarchiv and the Staatsbibliothek. He plans to apply methods of cultural history and the history of everyday life to the letters, diaries, and army publications of Nazi SS-personnel in order to understand the mentality of soldiers in the Einsatzgruppen. Jonathan’s intensive research will provide great insight into the minds of the most notorious soldiers of the Nazi Regime.
Jabari Perry. Child Labor in Ghana. Using the rich body of sources at Northwestern University’s Melville J. Herskovits Library, one of the most renowned African Studies archives in the U.S., he will work with over 65 Ghanaian newspapers to explore Ghanaian social, cultural and political history, essential to understanding the context in which Ghana's child labor practices developed.
Charlie Rosenthal. Uplift Strategies of the Nation of Islam. An exploration of connections between class and race and their representation in the United States. Charlie will spend Winter Break 2012 at the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The Schomburg Center has a very extensive collection of Malcolm X’s papers, which will help Charlie to develop a deeper understanding of the Nation of Islam and its relationship to the Moorish Science Temple. In particular, Charlie’s focus on name-changing practices and codes of dress will allow him to engage with questions of Nation of Islam subversion of white norms.
Herman Zheng. The Tung Wah Hospital: A Representation of the East Asian Community under British Rule. This project is an urban history of Hong Kong with a focus on the Tung Wah Hospital. Last winter break Herman collaborated with Professor Yoon on an on-site research project at the Provincial Archives of Fujan in the city of Fuzhou in China on the former Fukien Christian University’s classroom buildings. The Tung Weh Hospital committee not only assured medical access to the colonial Chinese population in Hong Kong but also served as the unofficial governing body of the Chinese community under British rule. This project will provide new insight into East Asian colonialism generally by focus on this singular institution.
The 2012 presentations and following celebration took place on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 5 p.m. in Leighton 402.
Mary, Charlie, Jabari, Herman, Rick Full house! Celebrate! Charlie, Jabari, Herman
Laura Michel: A New Jerusalem? The Experience of Jews in Early Modern England. Laura studied the Jewish experience in early modern England, and travelled to England to study documents on the records of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation at the London Metropolitan Archives, a project that involved deep engagement with ethical questions and close attention to historical context.
Callie Millington: Mormons and “Gentiles” in the Sands of Southern Utah. Callie travelled and researched archival source materials about nineteenth-century Mormon interactions with "Gentiles" in the deserts of Southern Utah and Utah's integration with the United States. She explored their social, cultural and environmental history at the University of Utah Library, the Brigham Young University Library. Callie did extensive research at the LDS Church History Library, as well.
Ben Somogyi: Collective Memory, Identity Politics, the Jewish Diaspora and Colonialism in São Tomé and Principe. Ben travelled to Lisbon and São Tomé and brought together all of these topics using archival sources from the Portuguese National Archives combined with casual individual interviews in Portugal and the island nation of São Tomé and Principe.
These exciting public presentations took place on Wednesday, January 11, 2012, Leighton 304, 4:30 p.m.
Callie, Laura, Rick Mullin Laura, Ben, Callie Ben, Callie, President Pozkanzer
Mary Henry, Ben and Laura
2009-10 co-winners: Hunter Knight '11 and Kate Trenerry '11
Hunter Knight: traveled on an intellectual and spiritual journey by walking the Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage that stretches East to West across Northern Spain, ending after 450 miles in the city of Santiago de Compostelo.
Kate Trenerry: "Biking Borders: Comparison and Conversation along the Iron Curtain Trail," completed a 1600 mile section of bike trail that runs along the Iron Curtain border through Germany, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. See her blog at: http://bikingborders.wordpress.com/
Kate and Hunter gave a delightful presentation of their projects, "BIKE AND BOOTS," on January 12, 2011. It was very well attended by friends, family, classmates and faculty.
Erika Huckestein '10, Jordan Smith '10, and Naomi Yoder '10
Erika Huckestein: travel to London and Dublin to research the visual representations of women, gender and nationalism in Ireland and Britain.
Jordan Smith: study of the role women played in facilitating piracy throughout the Atlantic World, and the wider economic and social relationships that transcend national identities at the British Museum, British Library, and the National Archives in London.
Naomi Yoder: examination of the Anabaptist convictions of Pilgrim Marpeck in Blufton, Ohio, in June.
Naomi, Jordan, Tea Reception w/Mary Henry & Rick Mullin (Ted's parents), Erika & Rick Mullin, Friday, May 29, 2009, just before the annual Honors Convocation at the Chapel.
Ted Falk '09 and Alexander Persaud '09
Ted Falk: travel & accommodations to do archival work at the Library of Congress and National Archives in Washington, DC, on the histories of Syria & Lebanon during the period of the French Mandate.
Alexander Persaud: travel to the Atlanta, Georgia during winter break to carry out archival research on the life and intellectual history of Walter Rodney, Guyanese intellectual and activist, whose papers remain largely unpublished and kept in the archive collection at the Atlanta University Center.
2006-07 winner: Jack Lindberg '08
Travel to National Archives in Dublin to study Study of the Relief Commission Papers of the "Great Famine" of the mid-19th Century and Its Enduring Impact on the Role of Women in Irish Society.