Events Calendar

Conference in Honor of Rudy Bell's Career

Friday, February 21, 2020, 09:00am - 03:00pm

How to Do It at Rutgers

A Conference in Honor of

Rudolph Mark Bell

Distinguished Professor of History

Friday, 21 February 2020, 9:00-5:00

Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis (RCHA)

Rutgers Academic Building

15 Seminary Place, West Wing, 6th Floor

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

9:00-9:30am: Coffee and Bites

Morning Sessions: Paul Clemens, convener

9:30am – 10:50am: Quantitative Histories

Ted Crackel, Emeritus, George Washington Papers, University of Virginia

           “How I Almost Became a Quantitative Historian”

 Jack Reynolds, Emeritus, Univ. of Texas, San Antonio

“Clio, The Computer & Moi: The Confessions of a Geek Wannabe"

Margo Anderson, Emerita, Univ. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

            "The 2020 Census is Coming: Historical Lessons on the Supreme Court's Ban on a Citizenship Question"


11:10am – 12:30pm: American Histories

 Lex Renda, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

             “The Bell Curve:  How Statistics Shaped an Historian's Career”

Virginia Yans, Emerita, Rutgers University

            “Doing History: The Book and Beyond”

Stacey Patton, Morgan State University and Howard University

“‘A Chamber of Horrors?’ How Grad School Taught Me How to Write About the Lynching of Black Children”

12:30pm-1:50pm: Lunch

Afternoon Sessions: Samantha Kelly, convener

1:50pm – 3:10pm: European Histories I

Martina Saltamacchia, University of Nebraska, Omaha

 “‘May Our Business Get Better and Better by the Day’: A 14th-Century Milanese Merchant in Venice”

Nichola Harris, State University of New York, Ulster

 “Mineral Pharmacology within the Medical Marketplace of Early Modern  England”

Amanda Pipkin, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

 “Studious Mothers and Nurturing Fathers in 16th and 17th Century Advice”


3:30pm – 5:00pm: European Histories II

Martha Howell, Columbia University

“Like a Cock: Merchant Masculinity in Early Modern Northern Europe"                  

Linda Reeder, University of Missouri

 “Strangers in Italy: Fieldnotes from the Archives”

Judith P. Zinsser, emerita, Miami University Ohio

“Want to Write a Bestseller? Read Nancy Mitford”

Anthony DiBattista, Rutgers University

 “How to Do It (Right): A Tribute to Rudolph M. Bell”


A few highlights of Rudy Bell’s career

Warren I. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2017

Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research, 1988

President, Rutgers AAUP-AFT faculty/TA union, 2003-2005

Co-director, RCHA, 2003-4 (Singleness), 2004-5 (Children)

History Dept. Chair, 1989-1994

Books & Projects

Studies on Medieval Empathies, ed. (with Karl Morrison) (Turnhout, 2013)

Street Life in Renaissance Rome: A Brief History with Documents (Boston & New York, 2012)

Women on Their Own: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Being Single, ed. (with Virginia Yans) (New Brunswick, 2007)

The Voices of Gemma Galgani: The Life and Afterlife of a Modern Saint (with Cristina Mazzoni) (Chicago, 2003)

How to Do It: Guides to Good Living for Renaissance Italians (Chicago, 1999; paper 2000)

Medieval and Early Modern Database, ed. (with Martha Howell), CD-ROM 1996

Holy Anorexia (Chicago, 1985; trans. in French, Dutch, Italian)

Saints and Society: The Two Worlds of Western Christendom 1000-1700 (with Donald Weinstein) (Chicago, 1982; paper 1986, E-Book 2002)

Fate and Honor, Family and Village: Demographic and Cultural Change in Rural Italy since 1800 (Chicago, 1979)

Party and Faction in American Politics: The House of Representatives, 1789-1801 (Westport, 1973)


Flyer: Rudy_Bell_Conference_flyer_February_21_2020.pdf