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History Department Awards Fellowship to Kid Wongsrichanalai '03

Story posted March 30, 2004

Kanisorn ("Kid") Wongsrichanalai '03 has been awarded the 2004 Sherman David Spector of the Class of 1950 Fellowship for Graduate Study in History and Teaching. The fellowship is designed to assist students interested in pursuing a career in history or the teaching of history.

Kid had compiled an admirable record as a history major at Bowdoin and is now a graduate student in American history at the University of Virginia, one of the most rigorous programs in the country.

His senior honors project, directed by Associate Professor of History Patrick Rael, on Bowdoin veterans during World War II made a contribution to the historiography by arguing for an "intermediate motivator" for soldiering between "small group cohesion" and broader motives of nationalism. Institutions like Bowdoin, Kid claimed, served as a nexus between soldiers' personal connections and more abstract concepts of America; in short, soldiers' connections to institutions like Bowdoin helped shape what they meant when they said they were fighting for "home."

While at Bowdoin Kid published a series of articles on William Pitt Fessenden, Class of 1823, and Thomas Worcester Hyde, Class of 1861, in the Orient. That series was expanded into the book Civil War Memories: William Pitt Fessenden and Thomas Worcester Hyde (2003), which is available at the Bowdoin bookstore.

Sherman David Spector '50 is Professor of History Emeritus at Russell Sage College, Troy, New York, where he taught from 1960-1992. He earned his masters and doctoral degrees at Columbia University. Professor Spector is the author of numerous works on Eastern European history. He received the Distinguished Educator Award from Bowdoin in 1987.

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