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Malone University’s Jacalynn Stuckey Welling Participates in Unique American History Seminar

June 25, 2014 | Release # 6929

Jacalynn Stuckey WellingJacalynn Stuckey Welling, Ph.D., professor of history at Malone University, is one of a select group of faculty members nationwide selected to attend the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History's seminar on Chicago last week.

From a pool of 51 faculty members nominated, 28 faculty members were selected to participate in a week-long seminar on "The Creation of the Modern American City: Chicago from 1830 to 1910." The seminar was held June 16–20 at the Newberry Library in Chicago, Illinois. In lectures, discussion groups, and field trips participants exchanged ideas with seminar directors Henry Binford, associate professor of history and urban affairs at Northwestern University, and Carl Smith, Franklyn Bliss Snyder Professor of English and American studies and professor of history, also at Northwestern. The seminar is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

"Strengthening the teaching of American history at colleges and universities is of critical importance. The number of institutions that nominated faculty members who are active as scholars and teachers of this subject is most impressive," said CIC President Richard Ekman.

Dr. Welling agreed, "The seminar gave me an opportunity to explore my primary field of interest (the American city), share ideas with other professors, develop new pedagogical approaches, and consider future research projects related to the development of Canton as an urban center and to Malone as an urban institution of higher learning. It was a most gratifying week of learning."

The seminar used a chronological and topical approach to explore major developments in Chicago's formative period, when it evolved from a tiny frontier outpost to the nation's second city and emblem of urban modernity, for better and for worse. Discussions focused on the built environment of Chicago by examining a series of major human-made structures and institutions that both reflected the larger events and ideas that created them and have left a lasting mark on the cityscape. Participants discussed the coming of the canal, the railroad, and Chicago's rise to become the transportation center of the nation; the stockyards, the packinghouses, and the city's transition from commercial center to industrial colossus; the place of the Great Fire and the skyscraper revolution in the evolution of the cityscape; the social strife and economic conflict revealed in the Haymarket bombing and the Pullman Strike; the hopes of urban reform expressed by Hull House, the World's Columbian Exposition, and the 1909 Plan of Chicago; and the beginnings of the African American community that would later be called the "Black Metropolis."

For more information, visit the CIC website at www.cic.edu/AmericanHistory.

The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of 744 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of private higher education's contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on providing services to leaders of independent colleges and universities as well as conferences, seminars, and other programs that help institutions to improve educational quality, administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility. CIC also provides support to state fundraising associations that organize programs and generate contributions for private colleges and universities. The Council is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute was established in 1994 to promote the study and the love of American history. The Institute organizes seminars and enrichment programs for teachers; supports and produces publications and traveling exhibitions; sponsors lectures by eminent historians; develops electronic resources; creates history high schools and extracurricular history programs; and founds research centers at universities and libraries.

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2014, has been awarded the designation Military Friendly School by Victory Media, and is named to AffordableCollegesOnline (ACO)’s Best Lifetime Return on Investment list for the State of Ohio.


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