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Spotlight on the Liberal Arts

Spotlight on the Liberal Arts

Keyword: history
Jessica Whitmore

Jessica Whitmore, C'16, is a member of our Mount community who has pursued excellence in all that she has applied herself to: in academics, athletics, and serving our university in the Mount Archives.  

Jessica graduated from the Mount with a History and German. As an undergrad, she was a member of the George H. Miles Honors Society, participated in the study abroad program in Salzburg, Austria, and was a captain of the Track & Field team. On the track, Jessica was the 2014 NEC Champion in the 60m dash, an event in which she still holds the school record. Also in 2014, she began to intern in the Mount Archives, a role that would become her career.

Since graduating, Jessica has earned her M.S. in Information and Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Concordia University Chicago. This Fall, Jessica gave a lecture at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Jessica currently serves the Mount community as Interim Library Director and University Archivist. In December of 2017, Jessica helped to secure a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to help preserve our library’s significant historical and cultural collections. Jessica credits her Mount education with her ability to take on these exciting challenges.

Congratulations Jessica on your accomplishments, and thank you for your service to our Mount community!

Philip Green

Philip Greene is an attorney, writer, and cocktail historian. He graduated from the Mount in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. He minored in English, Business and American Studies. 

Greene attended law school at Loyola University New Orleans, where he received his Juris Doctor in 1986.  After a stint with a suburban Maryland law firm, in 1988 he joined the General Counsel’s Office with the U.S. Department of Commerce.  He eventually was promoted to Senior Counsel for Internet Technology, providing trademark, copyright and Internet counsel agency-wide.  In 2007, while telecommuting part-time for Commerce, he served as Internet New Zealand’s Senior Research Fellow in Cyberlaw, and taught a masters and honors course in Internet law at Victoria University School of Law, Wellington, New Zealand.  He also wrote several law journal articles on trademark and Internet law.  His wife and three daughters enjoyed their time in New Zealand and Australasia immensely.

Since 2009, Greene is the Trademark and Internet Counsel for the U.S. Marine Corps, based at the Pentagon.  He provides legal counsel to the USMC’s robust Trademark Licensing Office, and oversees a portfolio of nearly 500 trademark registrations.  He’s presented at legal conferences across the country, notably the International Trademark Association and the American Bar Association.

Philip Green 2In his personal life, Greene co-founded the Museum of the American Cocktail in New Orleans in 2004, and has written and presented extensively on food and drink around the world.  His first book, To Have and Have Another – A Hemingway Cocktail Companion (Penguin Perigee), received critical acclaim from The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Food & Wine, Wine Enthusiast, Garden & Gun, Kirkus Reviews,, and many others, and remains a best seller in several categories (a second edition was released in 2015).  His second book, The Manhattan: The Story of the First Modern Cocktail (2016, Sterling Epicure) has also done well.  Phil is also a contributing author for the Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails, edited by David Wondrich, and to be published in 2018, and is a contributing columnist for The Daily Beast.  Greene just completed his third book, A Drinkable Feast: A 1920s Paris Cocktail Companion, to be published by Penguin Random House in 2018.

Greene is also on the Board of Directors of the National Food & Beverage Foundation, and the Museum of the American Cocktail’s Founders Board, both based in New Orleans.  He also serves on the Mount’s College of Liberal Arts Advisory Board, and the House Committee of the National Press Club, of which he is a member.

Green AnotherHis sideline interests are easily traced to his time at the Mount.  His love of history was nurtured by the Mount’s excellent History Department, and he began his writing career at the Mountain Echo, where he was News and Features editor from 1982-83.  He and his wife Elise have lived in Northwest D.C. since 1993, where they raised their three daughters.  Hannah, a graduate of University of Pennsylvania, now lives and works in New York.  Madeleine is a senior at Northwestern (Medill School of Journalism), and Olivia is a sophomore at the New England Conservatory (singer-songwriter) in Boston.


Kara Monahan

I graduated from the Mount in 2002 with a major in English and a minor in History. To this day, a well-worn copy of my freshman seminar book, Choices, sits on my bookshelf. That anthology represents for me the essence of my Mount experience—thoughtful engagement with a variety of sources about the important choices that shape our lives: education, values, and work. The Mount professors who facilitated discussions of these important choices through their various disciplines made a lasting impression on how I saw myself and my place in the world. After graduating in 2002, I embarked on a number of adventures, including teaching public school in a remote farming village in the north of Japan and earning a Masters degree in English from the University of Delaware. But, it was my college internship at Fort Detrick’s Office of the Judge Advocate General, which I found through the Mount’s Career Center, that ultimately inspired me to pursue a legal career. After graduating from Rutgers School of Law in 2010, I served as a law clerk for the Honorable Joseph E. Irenas in the District of New Jersey.

Currently, I am the Acting Deputy Assistant Director of the Health Care Division of the United States Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition in Washington D.C. In this capacity, I assist in the day-to-day management of the Division, which comprises more than thirty attorneys, paralegals, and support staff. The Health Care Division investigates potentially anticompetitive conduct involving physicians and other health professionals, hospitals and institutional providers, and pharmaceutical companies. I have also been involved with the FTC’s major pharmaceutical initiatives, including federal court litigation challenging anticompetitive pay-for-delay agreements, which delay access to lower-cost generic drugs.

I live in Takoma Park, Maryland with my husband Dan, who is also an English major turned antitrust attorney, and my two daughters, Maeve and Molly. -Kara Monahan, C'02


Assistant Professor of history Dr. Gregory Murry has just published a major study of Renaissance Italian politics.  The book, The Medicean Succession: Monarchy and Sacral Politics in Duke Cosimo Medici’s Florence, marks the first time a Mount professor has published with the prestigious Harvard University Press.

The Medicean Succession traces the unlikely success of a duke appointed by political compromise at age seventeen.  Drawing on a wide variety of archival and published sources, Murry examines how Cosimo and his court successfully employed the image of a divinely-inspired monarch.  Attentive to theological rhetoric and culture, Murry posits that Cosimo was able to channel preexisting local religious assumptions as a way to establish continuities with Florence’s republican and renaissance past.  In one of the first reviews, Steve Donoghue, of Open Letters Monthly, calls Murry’s Book “shrewdly intelligent and rollingly entertaining.” 

Dr. Murry came to Mount St. Mary’s in 2010, after completing doctoral work at Penn State.  He was an undergraduate, majoring in Catholic Studies, at University of St. Thomas (Minnesota).  At the Mount, Dr. Murry has been exercised leadership in the history department’s honor society, and in the development and implementation of the new Veritas Program.  Last spring Dr. Murry received the Class of 1950 Award for outstanding service to the university, and was named the Monsignor Tinder Professor in recognition of his support of the liberal arts.

The chair of the Mount’s history department, Dr. Curtis Johnson, notes, “Over the years, Mount St. Mary’s faculty members have published their work with prestigious academic presses and have won national awards for their essays, articles and monographs.  Dr. Gregory Murry has added his name to the above list.  The history department is very proud of Dr. Murry and his accomplishment.”

College of Liberal Arts faculty Jamie Gianoutsos, lecturer of history, Greg Murry, assistant professor of history, and University Professor Carol Hinds of the English department, recently took a group of sophomore honors students to Washington D.C. as part of the Veritas course Imagination and Invention. They went to the National Gallery, where Dr. Murry lectured on Van Eyck's painting "Annunciation, " and Prof. Gianoutsos lectured on Jacques Louis David's painting "Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries." The group also visited the Folger Shakespeare Library, and saw a Folger production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. For many of the students, this was the first time seeing a live performance of Shakespeare.

The trip allowed the students to apply the history and art theory they are learning in the classroom, and for many it was very rewarding. "I've never enjoyed a play as much, " said Micuela Kowalski of the Shakespeare performance.

"I feel very privileged to be a part of a program that treats students to trips like this," Peter Kelly said.

The trip was sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and the Honors Program.

students at national gallery of art

students in DC

dr murry lecturing

New Internship Component to History Major

As part of the History Department's concentrated focus on career planning, beginning with the Class of 2017 all history majors will complete an internship. Depending on student circumstances, internships will be 1-, 2- or 3-credit experiences. Students can complete an internship during the regular semester or over the summer, from the spring of their sophomore year up to graduation. History majors can also complete more than one internship (up to 12-credit hours are allowed) during their time at the Mount.

Faculty advisors in the History Department will encourage students to look for internships early in their undergraduate years. All history majors will learn about internship opportunities in HIST 202 Making History; the university's Career Center, along with Samantha Rife, the department's Administrative Assistant, will also serve as valuable resources as students seek relevant internships. The new component of the major is based on a commitment to importance of practical experience in developing students' skills and preparing for the post-college job market.

Congratulations to Brian Houdek, C'14, this year's recipient of the Patrick J. Goles Prize for Leadership. The Goles Prize is awarded to an outstanding junior who exemplifies the Mount's pillars of Faith, Discovery, Leadership and Community. Brian is a double-major in theology and history, a member of the track and field team, and is an active member of Campus Ministry, serving as a FOCUS Bible study leader, Kairos retreat leader and Mountward Bound retreat team member. Brian also volunteered for the past two years on several community-based service projects and believes there is a leader in all of us: read more about his perspective on leadership.

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