The Consolation Prize team is made up of folks from pretty much every part of the university—we’ve got a term faculty member, a postdoc, two
In Episode 11, we explore the complicated, and sometimes tragic, life of Richard Greener, the first Black consul to a predominantly white post. Before Greener
In this bonus episode, we learn about the much more recent history of women in the consular service, as Abby interviews Maura Harty, a career
In today’s episode, we take a look at some people connected to the consular service who are worthy of notice: the women. We’re telling the
James Leander Cathcart and Richard O’Brien were uniquely suited to their jobs, from one point of view: they had spent a lot of time in
We go to Jerusalem to find out more about Selah Merrill, the longest-serving consul there before 1948. Despite his desire to be in Jerusalem, Merrill didn’t like the city or the people he encountered. He positively hated Jews; he disdained the American tourists; and he picked fights with the American colonists. So why did he stay?
In this bonus holiday episode, we explore the consular life of Joel Roberts Poinsett, everyone’s favorite holiday historical figure.
Within a year of the end of the American Revolution, the United States sent a ship to China, where the government hoped Americans could start
Have you listened to our episodes and thought, “I wish I knew more about that?” or “I wish someone I love knew more about that!”
In this special bonus episode, we talk with a scholar who studies the history of the US consular service. We answer your questions like, What