December 4, 2020

Cooperman, Patterson, Rigelhaupt Publish in Political Science Journal

Professors Rosalyn Cooperman, Melina Patterson and Jess Rigelhaupt published an article titled “Teaching Race and Revolution: Doing Justice to Women’s Roles in the Struggle for Civil Rights,” in the July 2016 issue of P.S.: Political Science & Politics.

University of Mary Washington Professor Records History of Mary Washington Healthcare (The Free Lance-Star)

UMW Professor Documents Local Hospital History

The storied past of Mary Washington Healthcare has been preserved online, thanks to efforts of University of Mary Washington Professor Jess Rigelhaupt. The associate professor of history and American studies received a $25,000 grant from Mary Washington Healthcare to record oral history interviews and develop a website that covers the history of the 115-year old organization. The website mwhchistory.com, which launched this month, currently includes more than 35 hours of interviews with longtime administrators, board members, physicians, and nurses with a wealth of knowledge about the local hospital system for the past 30 years. The project is ongoing and will record over 80 hours of interviews with over 40 people when it is completed. Click here to view the embedded video. “We began as an eight-room hospital, and have evolved into a not-for-profit regional system of two hospitals and 28 healthcare facilities and wellness services,” said recently retired President and CEO of Mary Washington Healthcare Fred M. Rankin III, who was interviewed for the project. “Hearing personal accounts from many who have been part of Mary Washington Healthcare’s journey through the last 20-plus years is an important part of telling the story.” For the past two years, Rigelhaupt worked with UMW students to record interviews and edit video footage all with the goal of providing a more traditional history of the organization through the art of storytelling. “An important goal is to have a highly accessible repository that documents the growth and expansion of Mary Washington Healthcare through the voices of the people who contributed to it,” said Rigelhaupt. “To record how they experienced what they saw, what they did and how they reflect back on it and how they’ve made meaning out of and understand the growth of the organization and the challenges that were faced.” Jess Rigelhaupt  Photo by Norm Shafer The largest private employer in Fredericksburg, Mary Washington Healthcare has certainly seen its fair share of growth, especially since the new hospital opened in 1993. The website includes firsthand accounts of change from a variety of employees, including Diane Brothers, who began working as a nurse at the hospital in 1986 and is now a nursing supervisor and clinical ethics specialist, and Xavier R. Richardson, who joined MWHC in 1997 and currently serves as the executive vice president of Corporate Development and Community Affairs. “The Mary Washington Healthcare oral history website, hosted and presented by the University of Mary Washington, is a natural partnership which provides historical information, and new insights for public policy, healthcare, and regional development,” said Michael McDermott, M.D., president and CEO, Mary Washington Healthcare. Rigelhaupt agrees. “The project represents collaboration between the campus and the community,” he said. “As an institution for research and knowledge production, the University and this research project worked with and produced new knowledge about a pillar of the community.”    

Jess Rigelhaupt’s Op-Ed Appears in The Free Lance-Star

Assistant Professor of History and American Studies Jess Rigelhaupt’s op-ed “American Gulag: Justice for All?” appeared in the Sunday, April 1 issue of The Free Lance-Star. In the piece, Rigelhaupt argues for a review of the current American criminal justice system and provides historical background on incarceration practices.

“Sights of Struggle: Race, Art, Pedagogy” Lecture Tonight

Leigh Raiford, associate professor of African American studies at the University of California, Berkeley, will present the lecture “Sights of Struggle: Race, Art, Pedagogy” tonight. The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 411 and is free and open to the public.

Raiford is the author of “Imprisoned in a Luminous Glare: Photography and the African American Freedom Struggle” (University of North Carolina Press, 2011) and co-editor with Renee Romano of “The Civil Rights Movement in American Memory” (University of Georgia Press, 2006).

The lecture is part of the “James Farmer and the Struggle for Civil Rights” freshman seminar course and is sponsored by the James Farmer Lecturer and Postdoctoral Committee.

For more information, contact Jess Rigelhaupt at (540) 654-1480.

Jess Rigelhaupt

Jess Rigelhaupt, assistant professor of history and American studies, and four UMW students served on a panel on “Oral History and Documenting James Farmer’s Legacy at the University of Mary Washington” at the 2010 meeting of the Oral History Association. Christiane Lauer ’11, Sadie Smith ’11, Justin Mattos ’10 and MacKenzie Murphy ’10, with Rigelhaupt, presented papers based on interviews the students conducted in Rigelhaupt’s course “Oral History and James Farmer,” which was taught in fall 2009. The interviews are available at farmeroralhistory.umwblogs.org, a website that documents Farmer’s contributions to UMW and was built as part of the course.  Lauer’s and Smith’s participation in the Oral History Association annual meeting was supported by an undergraduate research grant from the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office.