Meet and talk with former history students who have completed their degrees and ventured into the real world with remarkable success! Moderated by Professor Matthew Lassiter; facilitated by Professor Anne Berg. Dinner provided. All students welcome. Panelists include:
Nancy Bartlett: Associate Director of the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan, Bartlett is a graduate of the History Department, and started her interest in the archival profession as a Michigan undergraduate by doing research on immigration history at the Bentley. Her publications have addressed the relevance of medieval diplomatics to contemporary photography, archives of art, the role of the archivist in mediating meaning, and the history of architectural pedagogy at the University of Michigan.
Kirsten Fuller: Originally from Southfield, Michigan, Fuller obtained her BA in political science with a minor in history from University of Michigan in 2004. After graduation, she obtained her JD from University of Wisconsin Law School and MPA from George Mason University. She currently works for the US Department of State, where she is a staff assistant in the Department of State’s Executive Office of Secretary, managing travel logistics for the Secretary of State.
Michael MacQueen: Senior Historian in the Balkans Team at US Immigration & Customs Enforcement, MacQueen investigates war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the 1991-1999 wars in the former Yugoslavia by persons who subsequently entered the United States. MacQueen credits his Michigan training in history, specifically work on East European nationalism under former U-M Professor Roman Szporluk, for providing him with the analytic tools he uses in his law enforcement assignments.
Heather Radke: An audio producer, curator, and writer, Radke spent four years making exhibits, audio pieces, and public programs for the Jane Addams Hull House Museum, where she connected the history of Hull House to contemporary social issues. Before coming to museum work, Heather trained as an audio producer at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine and produced multimedia for public radio and cultural institutions across the country. She is currently working on an MFA in creative nonfiction at Columbia University.
A. Brad Schwartz: The author of Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles's War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News (Hill and Wang, 2015), which draws upon a trove of long-lost listener letters to explore the infamous 1938 "panic broadcast," Schwartz based the book on groundbreaking research that he conducted as part of his senior honors thesis at U-M, where he earned his BA in history and screen arts and cultures in 2012. Schwartz also cowrote a 2013 episode of the PBS series American Experience about the War of the Worlds broadcast, based in part on his thesis research.