Twelve Truman students traveled to Columbia, Mo., March 16-18 for the annual convention of Eta Sigma Phi, the collegiate national classics honor society. Lauren Milburn represented Truman as national secretary (megale grammateus) throughout the meeting. David Giovagnoli was chosen to present his paper “Echoes of Sapphic Voices: Masculine Construction in the Catullan Corpus” at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Philological Association. Giovagnoli also took third place in the national Latin prose composition contest. Hannah Lantz was elected as national treasurer (megale chrysophylax) and Jordan Dillon as national vice president (megas hyparchos) for 2012-2013. Bridget Thomas, professor of classics and advisor to Truman’s Eta Sigma Phi chapter, accompanied the students.

Jerrold Hirsch, professor of history, gave a talk on “Folklore for the Public: Ballad Scholarship, Revivals, and the Botkin/Dorson Wars” to the Indiana University Folklore Department, March 7 in Bloomington, Ind.

Huping Ling, professor of history, has been selected by the University of Saskatchewan as a Role Model Speaker at the College of Art and Science in 2012. She will deliver a public lecture on the “Rise of China and Chinese in North America” on May 15. On March 29 and March 30, Ling will give a series of invited public lectures in Chicago on her newly published book “Chinese Chicago: Race, Transnational Migration, and Community Since 1870.” She has been invited by DePaul University for its “Women’s History Month Lecture” to deliver a public lecture on “Celestial Women in the Windy City” on March 29. Ling also was invited by the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Illinois in Chicago to give a public lecture on March 30, and by the Chinese American Service League to give a public lecture on “Chinese Community in Chicago.”

Daniel Mandell, professor of history, had two articles, “Massachusetts” and “Rhode Island,” published in Native America: A State-By-State Historical Encyclopedia.

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