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Levine Wins AHA European History Prize

Dr. Emily Levine, assistant professor of German history, has been awarded the prestigious 2015 Herbert Baxter Adams Prize for the best book in European history from 1815 through the 20th century by the American Historical Association. Dreamland of Humanists: Warburg, Cassirer, Panofsky, and the Hamburg School, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2013. For more information, see http://blog.historians.org/2015/10/aha-2015-prizes-winners/

History Alumni Networking Event Oct. 15, 5:15-7:30

Are you majoring in history and considering your post-college career path? Are you interested in being a history major but curious about what one "does" with a history degree? You are cordially invited to attend the History Department's second annual alumni and student networking evening.

Time: October 15, 2015, 5:15-7:30pm.

Location: Moore Humanities Research Administration Building, first floor atrium.

You will hear presentations from recent alums and leaders who studied history at UNCG and are now leading successful careers in professions from business and law to education and government. You will also have the chance to win prizes from networking games, and enjoy snacks and light refreshments.

Preregistration required via the Spartan Careers page by Monday, September 28th with UNCG login and password at this page: https://shibboleth-uncg-csm.symplicity.com/sso.

You can also go to the Career Services home page at http://csc.uncg.edu and log in to your student account, click "Events," click "Workshops" and search for "History Department Student/Alumni Networking Event" and click "RSVP."

Questions? Email Dr. Levine at ejlevine@uncg.edu.

Join UNCG History, a subgroup of the UNCG Spartans Network on LinkedIn.

Parsons Awarded Soros Justice Fellowship

As a 2015 Soros Justice Fellow, during 2015-2016 Assistant Professor Dr. Anne Parsons will write a book exploring how the deinstitutionalization of mental hospitals intersects with the rise of mass incarceration, showing how one form of confinement and stigmatization has in effect been replaced by another. To read more, see the Open Society Foundations press release.

"Bills of Sale: Slave Deeds of Guilford County" Exhibit Opening

Please join us for the opening of the exhibit "Bills of Sale: Slave Deeds of Guilford County" at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum on Thursday, 9/10 at 6:00 PM. Faculty member Dr. Anne Parsons and Museum Studies' students Amanda Holland, Ellen Thompson, and Lance Wheeler worked on the exhibit. It closes on October 31, 2015. For more information, see http://www.carolinabusinessconnection.com/pr/guildford-county-register-deed-introduces-new-historical-exhibit-international-civil-rights-center-museum/

Students Study Abroad in Istanbul

Over Spring Break 2015, thirteen UNCG undergraduates and graduate students joined Dr. Asa Eger, Assistant Professor of History, and Dr. Derek Krueger, Joe Rosenthal Excellence Professor of Religious Studies and Women's and Gender Studies, on a field trip to Istanbul, Turkey. See the photos and find out more.

Kyle Pope Wins Undergraduate Research Award

History major Kyle Pope of Black Mountain, NC won the 2015 Undergraduate Research Award from the University Libraries for his paper, "Lightbulb Moment: Electricity in the YWCA Scrapbook." Read the article.

Levine Receives Bernard-Glickman Dean's Professorship

Emily Levine received a 2015-2016 Candace Bernard and Robert Glickman Deanís Professorship from the College of Arts and Sciences. The Bernard-Glickman Deanís Professorships are made possible by a generous gift from Candace Bernard (Ď67) and Robert Glickman. The award includes a salary stipend and a fund for research.

Hanson and McCartney Share Atlantic Research Network First Prize

Ph.D. student Sarah McCartney and M.A. student Arlen Hanson were named the co-winners of this year's UNCG Atlantic World Research Network Graduate Student Research Prize. Hanson's essay is titled "Business as Usual: Charleston and the Final Frenzy of the Legal Atlantic Slave Trade, 1804-1808." He will enter UNCG's Ph.D. program in Fall 2015. McCartney's dissertation chapter is titled "'The untrodden wilds of the west:' Dunmore's War, the Mathews' Store, and the Levels of Greenbrier."

Wright Wins Staff Excellence Award

Kristina Wright, executive assistant in the History Department office, was one of three winners of the College of Arts and Sciences Staff Excellence Awards.

Public History Exhibition at Durham Art Hub

Mary Williford, a second year M.A. in Museum Studies student, opens a new exhibit that honors Durham's early history, "Durham Beginnings: 1865-1885." A free, public opening will be held at 3 p.m. April 12 at the Durham Art Hub. Read more at the Herald-Sun.

Ph.D. Students Win Awards

Congratulations to Sarah McCartney, who won Best Graduate Student Paper at the Virginia Forum, and Margaret Williams, who won the Virginia Social Sciences Association 2015 Henry Abraham Best Graduate Student Paper Award this spring.

Public Screening of "Ida" April 14

There will be a public screening of Oscar winning Polish film "Ida" with special guest scholar Karen Auerbach, Assistant Professor of Eastern European History and Stuart E. Eizenstat Fellow at UNC Chapel Hill. When: Tuesday, April 14th, 5:30 p.m. Where: Ferguson 100. Parking available in the Oakland Avenue Parking Deck, 711 Kenilworth St. or 710 Forest St. Sponsored by the Department of History, German Studies, Jewish Studies, and UNCG's Holocaust and Genocide Research and Teaching Network.

McCartney Selected as Outstanding Teaching Assistant

Sarah McCartney, doctoral candidate in U.S. History, has been selected as the 2014-2015 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant from the College of Arts & Sciences. Her award will be presented at the UNCG Honors Convocation in April.

"The Holocaust and Genocides Worldwide: What Have We Learned?"

An interdisciplinary panel discussion featuring UNCG scholars Roy Schwartzman, Susanne Rinner, Emily Levine, and Lynda Kellam will be followed by a reception and a keynote by Mr. Alfred Schnogóa Holocaust survivor with a truly compelling story. Tuesday, March 3, 4-5 p.m. in Curry 225.

C-Span Interviews History Faculty

Recently, C-SPAN came to the UNCG campus to interview two faculty members and one emeritus faculty member in the History Department. The UNCG related programming will air Feb. 21-22. Read more...

"The Haitian Revolution"

David Geggus, a leading scholar of the Haitian Revolution, will speak Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 4 p.m. in MHRA 1214. The talk is open to the public and no RSVP is necessary. Following his talk Dr. Geggus will have a small reception/discussion with History Department graduate students.

Magee Exhibit at High Point Museum

UNCG museum studies students curated "Pieces of the Past: The Art of Gwendolyn Jones Magee," open until Feb. 21 at High Point Museum. For more information, read the News & Record article.

Elliott Writes Op-Ed in News and Observer

Mark Elliott weighs in on the political interference at play in the state's high school history curriculum in an opinion column titled "On US exceptionalism, history education vs. indoctrination," published in the News and Observer on Dec. 13, 2014. "My point is not that students must learn the dirt on the Founders to balance their virtues. Rather, it is essential that history teachers not distort the past by sanitizing it for the purpose of moral didacticism."

Rupert's Book Gets Baptized

Linda Rupert's book, Creolization and Contraband: Curaçao in the Early Modern Atlantic World., was baptized on the Caribbean island of Curaçao in December. This traditional ceremony indicates the reverence for the written word in a largely oral culture. Rupert hopes to develop an abridged version of the book in the local creole language, Papiamentu, for use in local education.

Moore Writes Lincoln Column

Joseph Moore (Ph.D., UNC-Greensboro, 2011; M.A. UNC-Greensboro 2007), assistant professor of history at Gardner-Webb University, published a column in the New York Times on December 4 in their ongoing Disunion series about the Civil War era: "Lincoln, God and the Constitution".

Thorpe Writes About Diversity in Public History

Angela Thorpe, who graduated from UNCG's History/Museum Studies program in 2014, has written a series of thought-provoking postings about diversity in public history for the National Council on Public History's website, history@work. (The most recent postings appear first here.)

Peach Wins Bernard Dissertation Fellowship

Steven Peach, a doctoral candidate in U.S. History, has been awarded this year's Bernard Dissertation Fellowship by the UNCG College of Arts and Sciences. This is two years in a row that a History Ph.D. student has won this competitive college award (last year's winner was Therese Strohmer). Candace Bernard, a 1967 alumna of the College of Arts and Sciences, established this fellowship to "support a deserving student as he or she pursues a graduate degree."

Peach Presents Seminar in American Indian Studies at UNC-CH

Carolina Seminar in American Indian & Indigenous Studies: Steven J. Peach, PhD Candidate, Department of History, University of North Carolina at Greensboro "Reconstructing Religious Identity in Indian Territory: Race, Gender, and Syncretism in the Creek Indian Nation, 1865-1907." Oct. 29, 5:00-6:30 p.m., Donovan Lounge, Greenlaw Hall, 2nd Floor, UNC Chapel Hill.

Levenstein Participates in NC Women's Summit

Lisa Levenstein participated in the 2014 NC Women's Summit, sponsored by Women AdvaNCe. The Summit featured a day of critical thinking and leadership training for women across the state. Panels feature scholars and community leaders addressing topics such as public education, health, and economic empowerment. Levenstein moderated the panel on women's health and served as a scholar advisor for the planning of the Summit.

Villella Awarded NEH Grant

Peter Villella and a team of experts from three other universities have been awarded a Scholarly Editions and Translations grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The award extends through the 2016-17 year, and will support research into the work of don Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl, an influential seventeenth-century Mexican historian, as well as the first-ever English translation of his major text, History of the Chichimeca Nation.

Alum Emmanuel Dabney Civil War Talk on C-Span

Petersburg National Battlefield Park Ranger and UNCG History alum Emmanuel Dabney spoke about U.S. Colored Troops at the Battle of the Crater at the Civil War Institute in June 2014. The film is available on C-Span at http://www.c-span.org/video/?319539-2/us-colored-troops-battle-crater.

Jennison Lecture on C-SPAN3

A lecture by UNCG history professor Watson Jennison will air on C-SPAN3's American History TV (AHTV) this Saturday, May 24, at 8 p.m. Dr. Jennison's lecture will focus on political unrest in the early American republic, with a look at local uprisings against the Federalist-led U.S. government in the 1790s. He will spotlight the Whiskey Rebellion in Pennsylvania and the formation of the Trans-Oconee Republic in western Georgia to illustrate the spread of discontent at the time.

The lecture will be available for online viewing in its entirety on Tuesday, May 27, at www.c-span.org/history.

More details are at series.c-span.org/History/Events/Lectures-in-History-Political-Unrest-in-the-Early-American-Republic/10737444262/.

Public History Students' Exhibits in Jackson Library

The work of Anne Parsons' HIS 627 class, about student activism at UNCG in the 1960s and '70s, has been featured twice in recent issues of the Library Columns newsletter:

Public History Students at Blandwood Mansion

MA in Museum Studies students Elyse Bennett, Tricia Runzel, and Lisa Withers served as docents at Greensboro's Blandwood Mansion during the past year. Read more: Blandwood docents dive into history.

"Historians, Digitization & the Future of Historical Research"

In association with the launch of "Textiles Teachers & Troops: Greensboro 1880-1945," this program will examine the implications of using digital resources such as this one. Panelists will include UNCG historians Lisa Tolbert and Anne Parsons of the UNCG History Department, and PhD candidate Alexandra Chassanoff of UNC Chapel Hill. Wednesday, April 16, 4:00-5:00 p.m., Hodges Reading Room, 2nd floor Jackson Library. Read more here.

Mozingo Exhibit Wins Award of Excellence

2nd year MA in Museum Studies student Kimberly Mozingo's exhibit, "A Beautiful Suburb: High Point's West End," won an Award of Excellence at the North Carolina Museum Council conference. Mozingo was interviewed by WFDD, the local NPR radio station, about the High Point Museum exhibit on High Point's West End neighborhood this past fall. Read and listen here.

Shea and Ethridge Win Student Excellence Awards

Congratulations to history majors Jennifer Ethridge and Kelsey Shea who won Student Excellence Awards, UNCG's highest academic award for undergraduates!

Bolton Awarded 2013 McLemore Prize

At the recent Mississippi Historical Society annual meeting Dr. Charles Bolton accepted the 2013 McLemore Prize for his book William F. Winter and the New Mississippi: A Biography. The McLemore Prize is awarded to the best book on a subject related to Mississippi history or biography published during the previous year. Read more about the book and the prize here.

Oakley Selected as Outstanding Teaching Assistant

Eric Oakley, doctoral candidate in U.S. History, has been selected as the 2013-2014 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant from the College of Arts & Sciences. His award will be presented at the UNCG Honors Convocation in April.

Levenstein Awarded National Humanities Center Fellowship

Dr. Lisa Levenstein has been selected to become a Fellow at the National Humanities Center during the 2014-2015 academic year. This fellowship is quite prestigious, as less than 10 percent of those who apply are accepted.

Kriger Awarded National Humanities Center Fellowship

Dr. Colleen Kriger has been selected to become a Fellow at the National Humanities Center during the 2014-2015 academic year. This fellowship is quite prestigious, as less than 10 percent of those who apply are accepted.

Strohmer Awarded Bernard Dissertation Fellowship for 2013-14

Therese Strohmer, a doctoral candidate in U.S. History, has been awarded the Bernard Dissertation Fellowship for 2014 by the UNCG College of Arts and Sciences. Candace Bernard, a 1967 alumna of the College of Arts and Sciences, established this fellowship to "support a deserving student as he or she pursues a graduate degree."

Jackson Radio and Television Appearances

Associate Professor Dr. Thomas Jackson recently made appearances on radio and television.

UNCG Public History brings "GTMO" to civil rights museum

Public History master's students at UNCG have uncovered a rich set of stories about the naval base that they are featuring in a new exhibition, The Guantánamo Public Memory Project. It opened December 12, 2013, at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum. See more in: Campus Weekly, article in the News and Record, and on The Syllabus.

"Everyday Change ‚Äď Stories of UNCG, 1963-1973"

An exhibition by UNCG's Public History program commemorated the 50th anniversary of our institution becoming UNCG. The exhibition, "Everyday Change ‚Äď Stories of UNCG, 1963-1973," shared the stories of students as they experienced changes on campus related to the university becoming a coeducational institution; the Civil Rights Movement with integration, creation of a new student group, and new curriculum; and student debates about the Vietnam War. The exhibit was on view in the Hodges Reading Room/Special Collections, second floor of Jackson Library.

A Dissertation Defense Behind Bars

Read a blog post on the National Council on Public History website from our newest faculty member, assistant professor Anne Parsons, about her dissertation research and its public history dimensions: A Dissertation Defense Behind Bars.

Charles C. Bolton Talks about William F. Winter Biography

Professor and Department Head of History Charles C. Bolton visited University Press of Mississippi to discuss his latest book, William F. Winter and the New Mississippi, A Biography, published by University Press of Mississippi. Watch the video of the interview, and another video of Dr. Bolton's talk at Lemuria Books about the book here.

History Student Madison Sampson's Vision

Madison Sampson wants to strengthen American education and make it accessible to all. - See more at UNCG Now.

Sanders Writes about Preservation Work

History major Rachel Sanders writes about her work in the Department of Special Collections and University Archives at Jackson Library on the SCUA blog: A Student's Perspective: Behind the Stacks in Manuscripts and Archives.

Public History Students Win National Award

The National Council on Public History has announced that UNCG's second-year History/Museum Studies students have won the 2013 Graduate Student Project Award for their work on the exhibition "Past the Pipes: Stories of the Terra Cotta Community," which opened in December at the Terra Cotta Museum in Greensboro. One such award is given annually. The designation recognizes the students' work in building community partnerships, recording oral interviews, designing and facilitating public programs, gathering images and artifacts, writing exhibition text, creating media pieces and interactives, and installing the exhibition.

Students Ellen Kuhn, Shawna Prather, and Ashley Wyatt traveled to Ottawa, Canada to be recognized at the awards luncheon of NCPH's annual conference, held April 17-20, 2013. The students also presented about the project at a poster session and wrote an article about their work for the publication "Public History News."

Tolbert Receives 2013 Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching

Congratulations to Associate Professor of History Lisa Tolbert, who has been selected as the UNCG recipient of the 2013 Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, the University's highest honor for superior teaching. She will be officially honored at the UNCG Spring graduation ceremony.


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Katie Heidsiek, M.A. '11

"After completing a Bachelor's degree in history from Carleton College in Minnesota, I looked for graduate programs that offered a good combination of theoretical coursework and field experience..." 

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The UNCG Department of History creates and disseminates knowledge of history through research, teaching, and public and professional service. Faculty members collaborate with peers around the world; open new lines of historical inquiry; and communicate their discoveries via university courses, publications, scholarly presentations, public projects, and community events. Undergraduates explore the historical development of human societies from a variety of perspectives, thereby acquiring a wide range of practical skills, such as the abilities to gather and analyze primary sources, interpret complex phenomena, and communicate effectively in both writing and speaking. Graduate students train in the methods of historical scholarship and gain broad pre-professional experience in research, pedagogy, and public history. As members of a public institution with a commitment to community engagement, we strive to serve Greensboro, the state of North Carolina, the nation, and the world by cultivating and nurturing wisdom, tolerance, and reason through a deeper understanding of the human experience.

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