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."
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.
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".
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.)
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Congratulations to history majors Jennifer Ethridge and Kelsey Shea who won Student Excellence Awards, UNCG's highest academic award for undergraduates!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Associate Professor Dr. Thomas Jackson recently made appearances on radio and television.
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.
An exhibition by UNCG's Public History program commemorated the 50th anniversary of our institution becoming UNCG. The exhibition, "Everyday Change – 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.
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.
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.
Madison Sampson wants to strengthen American education and make it accessible to all. - See more at UNCG Now.
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.
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."
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.
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..."
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.