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2015 Newsletter is online!

Please click here to view or download our latest news in PDF format: 2015 Historian.

Eger Wins ASOR Book Award

Dr. Asa Eger, associate professor of Islamic history, recently won the G. Ernest Wright Book Award at the 2015 meeting of the American School of Oriental Research for his book The Islamic-Byzantine Frontier: Interaction and Exchange between Christian and Muslim Communities. According to the ASOR website, "This award is given to the editor/author of the most substantial volume(s) dealing with archaeological material, excavation reports and material culture from the ancient Near East and eastern Mediterranean. This work must be the result of original research published within the past two years."

Jones Writes Op-Ed in News and Observer

Associate professor of Russian/Soviet History Jeff Jones wrote an op-ed for the News and Observer: On Syria, Obama should follow Putin's lead, not fight it.

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/

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intersects with the rise of mass incarceration, showing how one form of confinement and stigmatization has in effect been replaced by another.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 Dean's Professorship from the College of Arts and Sciences. The Bernard-Glickman Dean's 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.

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.

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.

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...

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."

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.

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.


Katie Heidiek

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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