History dept. alum Alexandra Zaremba (class of 2015), currently a graduate student at Duquesne University, was the inaugural recipient of the Drs. Steven Bela Vardy and Agnes Huszar Vardy International Research and Study Grant. The grant supported research in the Croatian State Archives, where Alexandra carried out research regarding the construction of Serbian public memory and Holocaust commemoration at the site of the Jasenovac concentration camp.
Florida Studies Graduate, Cathy Salustri recently published her first book.
In the 1930s, the Federal Writers’ Project sent mostly anonymous writers, but also Zora Neale Hurston and Stetson Kennedy, into the depths of Florida to reveal its splendor to the world. The FWP and the State of Florida jointly published the results as Florida: A Guide to the Southernmost State, which included twenty-two driving tours of the state’s main roads. Eventually, after Eisenhower built the interstates, drivers bypassed the small towns that thrived long these roads in favor of making better time. Those main roads are now the state’s backroads-forgotten by all but local residents, a few commuters, and dedicated road-trippers. Retracing the original routes in the Guide, Cathy Salustri rekindles our notions of paradise by bringing a modern eye to the historic travelogues.