Muelder’s First Book Praised

In Robert H. Churchill’s long awaited book The Underground Railroad and the Geography of Violence in Antebellum America, (Cambridge University Press, 2020), he praises in his introduction the work of several historians whose books, published in the 21st century, have been significant contributions to our understanding of the Underground Railroad, with a particular emphasis on “violence faced by Underground Railroad activists”. Among those books listed is Owen Muelder’s The Underground Railroad in Western Illinois; also cited are works by highly regarded scholars Fergus Bordewich, Stanley Harrold, Graham Hodges, and Eric Foner.

Dougherty Book on Integration Published

A book co-authored by Deirdre Dougherty, Assistant Professor of Educational Studies, Making School Integration Work, was published by Teachers College Press. The book tells the story of how two school districts—one a predominantly white and wealthy suburban community and the other a more diverse and urbanized community—were merged into a single district to work toward a solution for school segregation.

Hellenga Publishes New Novel

Robert Hellenga, George Appleton Lawrence Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of English and Distinguished Writer-in-Residence, has published a new book, Love, Death & Rare Books. From an early review from Booklist, “All of Hellenga’s novels revel in the details of their protagonists’ occupations, and this one is no different: it is an ode to physical books, their smell and feel, but also to the idea of both living life and reading about it, not choosing one over the other.”

Thrall Book Published

Mystic Moderns: Agency and Enchantment in Evelyn Underhill, May Sinclair, and Mary Webb, by James H. Thrall, has been published by Lexington Books, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield. Thrall is Knight Distinguished Associate Professor for the Study of Religion and Culture. He directs the Religious Studies Program and co-directs the Peace and Justice Studies Program. Mystic Moderns examines the responses of three British authors and mystics to the emerging modernity of the long early twentieth-century moment encompassing the First World War.