History Professors Selected for National Conferences

Two Augustana history professors have been selected to attend prestigious seminars sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).

The CIC is an association of nonprofit independent colleges and universities that, according to its website, "supports college and university leadership; advances institutional excellence; and enhances public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society."

Dr. Geoffrey Dipple, professor of history, is one of 20 full-time faculty members selected to participate in "The Odyssey," a seminar on "Ancient Greece in the Modern College Classroom" focused on the Odyssey, led by Dr. Gregory Nagy, the Francis Jones professor of Classical Greek Literature and professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University, and Kenneth Scott Morrell, associate professor of Greek and Roman Studies at Rhodes College. The seminar will be held July 22–26 at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, DC.

Dr. Matthew Pehl, assistant professor of history, is one of 28 full-time faculty members selected to participate in “The Creation of the Modern American City: Chicago from 1830 to 1910,” a seminar led by Henry Binford, associate professor of history and urban affairs at Northwestern University, and Carl Smith, the Franklyn Bliss Snyder professor of English and American studies and professor of history, also at Northwestern. The seminar will be held June 16–20 at the Newberry Library in Chicago, Ill.

Dr. Dipple received his Ph.D. in early modern European history from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Before joining the faculty at Augustana, he taught at the University of Ottawa, Queen’s University and the University of Toronto. In addition to regularly teaching introductory classes on the history of "Western Civilization," he also offers courses on the history of the Middle Ages, "The Reformation," "Hitler and the Holocaust," and on genocide in the 20th century. His publications include "Antifraternalism and Anticlericalism in the German Reformation: Johann Eberlin von Günzburg and the Campaign Against the Friars" (1996), "Radical Reformation Studies: Essays Presented to James M. Stayer", co-edited with Werner O. Packull (1999), and “'Just as in the Time of the Apostles': Uses of History in the Radical Reformation" (2005). His translation of Johann Eberlin von Guenzburg's "The Fifteen Confederates" will be published in 2014.  He is currently working on a biography of the sixteenth-century Reformer Hans Denck and on a book-length study of literary and lived utopias in the age of the Reformation.

Dr. Pehl received his M.A. in history from Utah State University, where he served as the S. George Ellsworth editorial fellow at the Western Historical Quarterly. He earned his Ph.D. in American history from Brandeis University, where he was the recipient of a Crown Fellowship. Professor Pehl specializes in modern U.S. history, with a particular interest in religious, urban, and working-class history. His recent publications include "'Apostles of Fascism,' 'Communist Clergy,' and the UAW: Political Ideology and Working-Class Religion in Detroit, 1919-1945," in the Journal of American History (2012). His book (title pending), is currently under contract with the University of Illinois Press.