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Dr. William Watson Receives the Lindback Teaching Award from Immaculata University

Springfield (Delaware County) resident William Watson, Ph.D., associate professor of history and initiator of the "Duffy´s Cut Project" was presented with the 2006-2007 Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award during the university´s commencement ceremony on May 20, 2007. This award is given annually to a faculty member who possesses excellence in teaching.
Dr. Watson received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1990, specializing in European History (500-1500) with minor fields in Russian History and Middle Eastern History. In 1986, Dr. Watson received his MA in history also from the University of Pennsylvania. He was honored with the title magna cum laude from Eastern University where he received an undergraduate degree.
In addition to teaching at Immaculata University, Dr. Watson wrote "The Ghosts of Duffy´s Cut: The Irish Died Building America´s Most Dangerous Stretch of Railroad" with two of his colleagues. He keeps extremely busy with "Duffy´s Cut" discovering artifacts and a portion of the railroad. Dr. Watson is hoping to uncover the final resting place of 57 Irish immigrants who died in 1832.
As well as writing "The Ghost of Duffy´s Cut," he has published "The Collapse of Communism in the Soviet Union" and "Tricolor and Crescent: France and the Islamic World."
Dr. Watson has contributed to numerous books and has been published in a variety of journals and magazines.
He has presented papers at various conferences held at the University of Minnesota, Baruch College, Dickinson College, and the University of Oregon. He and his wife, Debra, who reside in Springfield, Pennsylvania, have three children.
"History is one of the most practical subjects in Humanities, as it provides context for our present-day human existence and cross-cultural contacts over time. It should also be one of the most enjoyable subjects, and I agree with the Roman author, Marcus Martial, who said that, ‘He lives doubly who also enjoys the past.´"
Immaculata University, a Catholic coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

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05.09.2007