November 24, 2017

LaBreche Presents at Renaissance Society of America

Ben LaBreche, Associate Professor of English, recently presented a paper at the Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting in Chicago about “Political Theology and Marvellian Sexuality.” He was also a panelist on an RSA roundtable about political theology.

UMW Hosts Eighteenth-Century Conference

The 47th Annual Conference of the East-Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies met at UMW on Oct. 27-29. Marie McAllister (ELC) served as 2016 Conference Chair. Program Committee members were Ben LaBreche (ELC), Betsy Lewis (MLL), Will Mackintosh (HIST), and Maya Mathur (ELC). Marie Wellington (MLL) and Richard Hansen (emeritus, ELC) served as registration volunteers. The nearly one hundred attendees hailed from institutions in Virginia and neighboring states, and from schools across the country. Events included a keynote address by Catherine Ingrassia of VCU and walking tours of Historic Fredericksburg. LaBreche and Mackintosh also presented their scholarly work at the conference, and Wellington served on the Molin Prize Committee.

The conference was supported by the Wendy Shadwell ’63 Program Endowment in British Literature, the CAS Dean’s Office, and the ELC, HISP, HIST, and MLL Departments. Special thanks to our student aides and to the many wonderful staff members from Events, Setup, Catering, Copy Center, Admissions, University Center, Parking, CAS, ELC, HISP, HIST, and MLL who contributed their knowledge and assistance.

 

Harris talks to The Source about Soviet Aviation, Putin’s Russia

The Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991 might have been expected to make Russia a liberal democracy; instead we see broad popular support for Putin’s undemocratic regime. Historian Steve Harris turns to aviation to offer new ways of understanding the Soviet past and Russia’s present. See the full interview at The Source.

Martin Appears on The Source

Leslie Martin shares her research on Richmond schools, choice and diversity on the website The Source.

Bonds appears on The Source

Eric Bonds discusses his research on arctic climate change and American think tanks with The Source.

Bonds appears on The Source

Eric Bonds discusses his research on arctic climate change and American think tanks with The Source.

Ben LaBreche Receives Fellowship at Folger Shakespeare Library

LaBreche, Ben10Ben LaBreche, assistant professor of English, has been awarded a month-long fellowship at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. His research will focus on Milton’s conception of liberty, 17th-century natural law, and debates in modern political theory.

LaBreche also is the recipient of a fellowship at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas-Austin, a Clark Short-Term Fellowship for research at the University of California, Los Angeles William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, and of a year-long Solmsen Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Institute for Research in the Humanities.

Ben LaBreche Awarded Fellowship at University of Texas-Austin

LaBreche, Ben10Ben LaBreche, assistant professor of English, has been awarded a month-long fellowship at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas-Austin. His research will focus on Milton’s conception of liberty, 17th-century natural law, and debates in modern political theory.

LaBreche also is the recipient of a Clark Short-Term Fellowship for research at the University of California, Los Angeles William Andrews Clark Memorial Library and of a year-long Solmsen Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Institute for Research in the Humanities.

Ben LaBreche Awarded Fellowship at UCLA

LaBreche, Ben10Ben LaBreche, assistant professor of English, has been awarded a Clark Short-Term Fellowship for research at the University of California, Los Angeles William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. The fellowship will support a month of research at the Clark Library through the UCLA Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies. His research will focus on Milton’s conception of liberty, 17th-century natural law, and debates in modern political theory.

LaBreche also is the recipient of a Solmsen Fellowship for 2013-2014. The fellowship will support a year of research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Institute for Research in the Humanities.

UMW English Professor Awarded National Fellowship

Ben LaBreche, assistant professor of English at the University of Mary Washington, has been awarded a Solmsen Fellowship for 2013-2014. The fellowship will support a year of research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Institute for Research in the Humanities. As a fellow, LaBreche will research 17th-century conceptions of natural law and the problems of rationality in modern politics. The Institute for Research in the Humanities offers four to five external Solmsen Fellowships each year to scholars working on literary and historical studies of the European classical, medieval and Renaissance periods up to about 1700. “Although still early in his career, Ben LaBreche has already established himself as a meticulous scholar publishing ground-breaking, award-winning analyses of John Milton and other elements of 17th-century British literature and culture,” said Gary Richards, associate professor and chair of the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication. “It’s so gratifying to see that work acknowledged and enabled by fellowships like the Solmsen.” An expert on 16th- and 17th-century British literature and history, LaBreche received the Milton Society of America’s James Holly Hanford Award for the most distinguished essay on John Milton in 2010. He also has received fellowships from the Folger Institute and the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the Beinecke Library, and the Mellon Foundation, and he has recently been a seminarian at the National Humanities Center and the Folger Shakespeare Library. LaBreche has published on authors including John Milton, Edmund Spenser, and Francis Bacon, and topics that include free speech and religious liberty, the politics of gender, and Elizabethan patronage strategies. He is currently working on a book that will examine John Milton’s changing conception of liberty both in its historical contexts and in connection with the debates of 21st-century political theory. LaBreche received a bachelor’s in comparative literature and a Ph.D. in English and renaissance studies from Yale University.