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In Memoriam, Cindy Lobel (1970-2018)

Cindy Lobel, an Associate Professor in the History Department, surrounded by her family, passed away at the Sloan Kettering Hospital on October 2, due to complications from Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Prof. Lobel started teaching at Lehman in Fall 2005, after teaching at Barnard College and Connecticut College. She received her PhD from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2003 under the supervision of Carol Berkin. At Lehman, she taught many courses including the History of New York City and State, the Peopling of New York (Macaulay Honors College), and US History and Historiography. She served as Deputy Chair of History at Lehman in 2009-10, co-coordinator of the Writing Across the Curriculum Program and was active in the MALS program at Lehman and the Graduate Center. She was a devoted teacher and shared her historical expertise with various New York museums and educational initiatives. She was the Membership Secretary of Urban History Association, who have posted a remembrance on the Metropole blog.  Her first book, Urban Appetites: Food and Culture in Nineteenth-Century New York, won the Dixon Ryan Fox Best Manuscript Prize in 2013. She was working on a popular biography of Catherine Beecher and a monograph focusing on Thomas Downing, the African-American oyster mogul and civil rights activist.  Friends and colleagues remember Cindy with love and admiration for her courage, wisdom, humor, and zest for life, and for her willingness to step up to make things better for us all.  She leaves behind her husband Peter, her sons Jonah and Ben, her mother Kaaren and her sisters Jodi, Susan and Debbie.

Past News

Jacob Judd received a Doctorate of Humane Letters at Lehman’s commencement ceremony this past June. Professor Judd taught in the History Department at Lehman (and before that at Hunter College in the Bronx) from 1967 until his retirement in 1998. He served as the department’s chair for twelve years and has also served as acting Dean of Arts and Humanities at Lehman and as chair of the Retirees Chapter of the Professional Staff Congress. The History Department salutes our former chair, who is well-deserving of this honor.

On March 4, Darlene Means, a student in the History MA program, read a paper entitled "Survival as a Form of Empowerment" at a panel on "Resistance and Empowerment" at the 19th Annual Women's History Conference at Sarah Lawrence. The theme of the conference was "Black Women in White America, Revisited."

Prof Robyn Spencer has been named Visiting Endowed Chair of Women's Studies at Brooklyn College for 2018-19. She will return to the History faculty at Lehman following her service in this new role.

Phi Alpha Theta Welcomes Five New Members

Five Lehman History majors have been inducted this spring in Phi Alpha Theta, the national History Honors Society: Starr Butler, Elizabeth Hansen, Jormary Melo, Stephanie Trinidad, and Michelle Zimmer. Get more information on the society, including guidelines on applying for membership.

Students: check out these useful resources! Click the "Information for Students" tab on the left for tips on how to create proper footnotes and bibliographies, a guide to writing theses and long research projects, and more!

Please visit our new Alumni Page. We're currently collecting information on the exciting careers of our former students, and will be posting them as they come in!

Visit History on Facebook!

FacebookThe History Department now has a facebook presence: Learn more about its programs and events, and to join faculty and students in conversations about the past.

Read about Faculty recognition award recipients in History (2010-11).