Please join us in welcoming Dr. Sean Wempe to the School of Arts & Humanities, History Department. We asked Dr. Wempe to tell us about himself and his specializations and he wrote the following:
Dr. Sean A. Wempe is the new Assistant Professor of Modern European History here at
CSU-Bakersfield. After completing his Bachelors Degrees in History and German Language at Missouri State University, Wempe went on to get his Masters and Doctorate in History from Emory University in Atlanta, GA.
Dr. Wempe’s appointment at CSUB fulfills a dream of his. His mother, Kelly Wempe, attended Avila University in Kansas City, and was like many of our students here at CSUB a first generation student who juggled multiple responsibilities to gain a college education. She went on to become an instructor and her example inspired her son to pursue higher education and become an educator too.
Wempe’s ongoing research interests include imperialism, internationalism, Germany, East Africa, and the history of Public Health. He has published two articles on the topic of German imperial interests and ambitions in the 1920s and his first book, Revenants of the German Empire: Colonial Germans, the League of Nations, and the Redefinition of Imperialism, 1919-1933, is in production and is scheduled for a 2019 release with Oxford University Press. This first book is framed by the 1919 Treaty of Versailles, the formation of the League of Nations Mandates System, the 1925 Locarno Conference, and the Manchurian Crisis of the early 1930s. It explores how German men and women from Germany’s former African colonies exploited transnational opportunities to recover, renovate and market their understandings of European colonial aims in order to reestablish themselves as “experts” and “fellow civilizers” in European and American discourses on citizenship, nationalism, and imperialism. His second book, A Global History of Public Health and Inequality, will be a textbook, pre-contracted with Oxford and scheduled for a 2019 completion and a 2020 release."
Congratulations to Dr. Stafford Betty (Religious Studies) for publishing another book titled, "Ghost Boy". You can find his book on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle format.
Dr. Betty writes, "In writing this book I wanted to combine adventure with teaching. What is it like to be a clairvoyant child who sees what the rest of us can't? They're not as unusual as you might think, but they often think they are. Sometimes they wonder what's wrong with them. So instead of sharing their gift with the world, they hide it. Ben Conover didn't, and this is the story of the price he had to pay--with his friends, his enemies, and his parents. My favorite book as a kid was Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Like that book, Ghost Boy is full of adventure, some of it paranormal, much of it just plain boyish. Ben hates bullies and has a habit of sticking up for the underdog. This gets him into plenty of trouble. So does his nature: He takes risks, and sometimes he goes too far. I almost titled the book Better Than Cool, because that's what Ben is. In the final analysis, this is a book that teaches the young reader not only about clairvoyant kids like Ben, or ghosts like his girlfriend Abby, but how to be a human being who puts doing the right thing ahead of doing the cool thing."
Ghost Boy is a middle grade/young adult paranormal love story. Seventh-grader Ben Conover sees people no one else can see. He can distinguish them from the "regular people" who walk the mall. He has power over dark spirits who aim to harm. He has a deeply loving connection with a spirit girl his same age who visits him, but he has no idea where his feelings come from. Ben's bold adventures, compassionate nature, and eerie encounters with an unseen world are woven together throughout the book. But Ghost Boy is more than a boy-book. Girls will identify with the mysterious heroine whose life in "heaven" leaves her yearning for earth, especially Ben. This multiracial novel does not have the feel of fantasy fiction. By bringing to light the sometimes wondrous, sometimes haunted world of clairvoyant children it has a revelatory quality; it seems real--because it is.
We have a new History professor in the School of Arts & Humanities! Can you guess who it is by their office?
Stay tuned.....we will announce the professor tomorrow!
My name is Candice Livingston, I have the pleasure of serving as the Director of Arts and Humanities on the ASI board for the 2018-2019 school year, and I wanted to introduce myself to you all and let you know what you can expect from me.
First off, I am entering my third year here at CSUB! I am a History major and a Political Science minor, and I am the president of the A&H Ambassadors as well as the National Society of Leadership and Success here on campus, so you can pretty much find and see me anywhere on campus during the school year! With that being said, I will be available to meet with anyone who may have questions, comments, concerns, or ideas for me on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. in front of the Humanities building. I will also be in the ASI office every day in the evenings.
Some of my plans include getting a school supplies vending machine implemented on campus, as well as a club vs. club event, among other things. If anyone ever has anything they believe I may be able to help with, please email me at email@example.com, swing by the ASI office, or visit the ASI page on the CSUB website to see how you can contact me!
I’m excited for an amazing year! Go Runners!
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