Published: April 9, 2020

Dr. Chris Agee 

Prof. Agee was invited to submit the first chapter of his book—“That Neighborly Spirit of Mutual Care”: Neighborhood Anticrime Organizing in Philadelphia, 1970-1977—to a “Race and Policing" to a workshop organized by the Harvard Law School. This chapter narrates the rise of Philadelphia’s Mayor Frank Rizzo—a proto-Trump politician—and his battles with the city’s neighborhood movement. Rizzo promoted paramilitary law enforcement and neighborhood activists organized for community control over policing. The chapter argues that this debate led to the rise of a new form of law enforcement known as “community policing.” The workshop was on April 14, 2020.


Dr. Gabriel Finkelstein  

Prof. Finkelstein is currently working with scholars at the University College London who are editing a volume on the history of science communication. Finkelstein’s proposed chapter will be on the role Emil du Bois-Reymond, a German neuroscientist, played in the popularization of science at the University of Berlin. Finkelstein seeks to illustrate how du Bois-Reymond modeled himself on other popular writers in Germany, France, and Britain. Like many scientists today, du Bois-Reymond found that speaking regularly to the public helped him to advertise his discoveries, fund his research, promote his students, and influence his government.


Dr. Dale Stahl  

Prof. Stahl presented two pieces of research as he prepares his book manuscript on the twentieth-century environmental history of the Tigris-Euphrates River Basin. The first paper examined the influences of the Tennessee Valley Authority in the envisioning and construction of the Southeast Anatolia Project, a program to build 22 dams on the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers in Turkey. He presented this research, entitled, "A People Freed from Need: Security, Sustainability and the State in Southeastern Anatolia,” at the Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

Dr. Stahl presented the second piece of research at a conference convened in New York City by the Columbia University Center for International History. The conference, “Iraqi Studies: Past, Present, and Future,” gathered scholars from around the country to discuss the latest in scholarship on the country of Iraq. Dr. Stahl presented a paper, “The Third River: The Third River: Oil, Water, and the Iraqi Development Board,” which details some of his recent research on Iraqi history during the 1950s.


Dr. Greg Whitesides  

CTT Prof. Whitesides presented two papers at the 4th International Conference on Public Policy in Montreal sponsored by the International Public Policy Association. One of only a few historians invited, Prof. Whitesides spoke on the panel “Bridging Science and Diplomacy in Global Policymaking” and presented two papers, “A Marvelous Lubricant? U.S. Science Diplomacy with the USSR, China and the EU” and “Lessons Learned from Science Diplomacy and the Montreal Protocol.” The first paper provided the historical background to contemporary analyses of U.S. scientific statecraft, and the second paper revisited the Montreal Protocol to improve current environmental diplomacy, whether in framing scientific evidence or balancing competing interests.