The Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees recently honored Castleton History, Geography, Economics, and Politics Professor Andre Fleche as the VSCS Faculty Fellow for the 2018-2019 academic year. The fellowship award honors tenured faculty who represent outstanding accomplishments in teaching and learning.
"I am honored to receive this recognition,” said Fleche of his distinction. “I thank Chancellor Jeb Spaulding, the VSCS Board of Trustees, and my Castleton colleagues for their support."
Fleche joined the Castleton community as a full-time faculty member in 2006. His knowledge of the Americas transcends to his teachings in the classroom. He primarily focuses on the history of the United States and Latin America, including the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Age of Revolution in the Atlantic World.
In the past, Fleche’s publications have focused on the Civil War on an international context. His articles and essays have appeared in a variety of works, such as the New York Times’ Disunion, Civil War History, and the Journal of the Civil War Era.
To honor his win Fleche presented about the Civil War and its correlation to the division in present-day America at the VSCS Faculty Fellowship this spring.
"For my talk, I chose a topic that is both immediately relevant to the news today and profoundly personal for me. Before coming to Castleton, I spent eight years in Charlottesville, Virginia, studying the Civil War,” said Fleche. “I would never have predicted then that in 2017, the legacy of the Civil War would result in tragedy in Charlottesville. In August, a white supremacist killed a young woman and injured others as part of his protest against the removal of a public statue of the Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Since then, the nation has been engaged in a debate about historical monuments, racism, and white supremacy.”