Congratulations to Dr. Sean Wempe (Assistant Professor, Department of History, California State University—Bakersfield) on the July 2019 release of his first book, Revenants of the German Empire. Colonial Germans, Imperialism, and the League of Nations, with Oxford University Press.
Exactly 100 years ago, the Treaty of Versailles stripped Germany of its overseas colonies. Wempe’s book explores how this sudden transition from empire to a post-colonial nation forced the men and women invested in German imperialism to adjust to their new circumstances, as repatriates to Weimar Germany or as subjects of the War's victors in the new African Mandates. Remnants of an earlier era, these “Colonial Germans” adapted to a new “international imperialism” and exploited any opportunities they could to recover, renovate, and market their understandings of German and European colonial aims as ongoing participants in European imperial projects.
Dr. Wempe also presented parts of the research from his book at a centennial conference for the Treaty of Versailles. The conference, "The Making of a World Order: A Reappraisal of the Paris Peace and the Treaty of Versailles at 100," took place at the American University in Paris, France from 23 May-26 May 2019. Dr. Wempe took some time on the trip to visit the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles, just outside Paris, where the peace settlement ending the First World War was partially negotiated and signed. He was, as you can see from the picture, ecstatic about seeing this historic site.
Dr. Jacquelyn Kegley, Professor of Philosophy gave the keynote address at the 15th International Conference on Persons on August 12-15, 2019 which was held at the Domus Galilaeae on the Mount of Beatitudes, Israel.
Our Dean Robert Frakes led a great meeting for the faculty and staff of the School of Arts & Humanities at California State University, Bakersfield, on August 22, 2019. It was a great turn out with several questions and discussion points being held at the end of the meeting.
Dean Frakes reported that enrollment in the School’s undergraduate and graduate programs has significantly increased since 2017. He commended the Faculty and Staff for their work in supporting our students.
A&H is looking forward to a great Fall semester!
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