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Harriet Elliott Lecture Series

"Challenge of Building a National Museum"
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
6:30-8:00 p.m.
UNCG School of Music Recital Hall

Lecture by Lonnie Bunch (Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture) exploring the history and struggle to create the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

"History for the People: African American and Civil Rights Histories in Museums"
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
1:00-2:30 p.m.
Ferguson 100

Panel Discussion featuring: Lonnie Bunch, John Swaine (The International Civil Rights Center and Museum), and Angela Thrope (Assistant Director of African American Heritage Commission)

"History Matters: Searching for LGBT History"
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
EUC, Alexander Room

Talk by John D'Emilio (Professor Emeritus of History and Gender and Women's Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago) with a response form Mandy Carter, (Co-founder of Southerners on New Ground and the National Black Justice Coalition).

Visiting Assistant Professor of Public History Search

The UNCG History Department invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor/Lecturer position for the 2018-2019 academic year to teach undergraduate courses in U.S. History and public history and graduate seminars in Museum Studies.

The candidate will work in a thriving public history program in which students receive a Master's degree in History with a concentration in Museum Studies. In particular, he/she will teach courses in U.S. History and public history at the undergraduate level and graduate level courses on the practice of public history and digital history. The Visiting Assistant Professor will also oversee public history capstone projects. Stand-out applicants will have a strong track record in public practice, demonstrating the ability to work collaboratively with public institutions and audiences.

UNCG's program has partnerships with a number of local cultural institutions, including the International Civil Rights Center and Museum, the Greensboro Historical Museum, and the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park.

UNCG is the most diverse campus in the UNC system, and we seek to attract a diverse applicant pool for this position, including women and members of minority groups. We are an EEO/AA employer with a strong commitment to faculty diversity.

Applications should include a letter of application stating research and teaching interests, as well as a current C.V. and three letters of recommendation.

Applications will be submitted through the UNCGJobSearch system at http://jobsearch.uncg.edu (Position #1656).

Questions regarding the position should be sent to Dr. James Anderson, jaander2@uncg.edu.

Review of applications will begin April 1, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.

The 1892 Edition of the Historian is Online!

Our annual department newsletter, The Historian has just been published. This year's edition celebrates the 125th anniversary of the founding of UNCG, as well as the accomplishments of our faculty, students, and alumni during the past academic year. Access it here, and be sure to follow UNCG History Department's Facebook page for the latest news throughout the year.

Kriger Publishes New Book in "Africa in World History" Series

Dr. Colleen Kriger's latest book, Making Money: Life, Death, and Early Modern Trade on Africa's Guinea Coast has just been published by Ohio University Press. Here's what one historian had to say about it: "In this wonderfully researched book, Colleen Kriger anchors the coastal activity of the Europeans in the African cultures they met, making them only one set of many actors in a society that had to marry widely different economic cultures into a workable system. This book will open a new chapter and discussion about the nature of African relationships with Europeans." - John K. Thornton, author of A Cultural History of the Atlantic World, 1250-1820

Levenstein on "The State of Things"

WUNC Public Radio's host Frank Stasio talks with Dr. Lisa Levenstein, associate professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, about trends that have shaped the feminist movement since the 1990s. Listen and watch: Looking Beyond Marches: The Feminist Movement in 2017. They are joined by Naomi Randolph, executive director of Women AdvaNCe, and Saira Estrada, Latinx services specialist with the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence, to discuss coalition building within North Carolina. Stasio closes the conversation discussing feminist activism on college campuses with Paige Meltzer, director of the Women's Center at Wake Forest University, D'atra Jackson, co-director of Ignite NC and co-chair of the Durham chapter of Black Youth Project 100, and Kennedy Bridges, junior at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. This conversation was recorded on Wednesday, Oct. 11 in front of a live audience at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill as part of a yearlong celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Carolina Women's Center.

"Fabric of Memory" Exhibition at Revolution Mill Honored

"The 'Fabric of Memory: The Cone Mill Villages,' a permanent exhibition at Greensboro's Revolution Mill created by students in UNCG's History/Museum Studies graduate program and their advisor Director of Public History Benjamin Filene, won a Leadership in History Award from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH). The award, which recognizes achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history was given to only 48 people, projects, exhibits or publications throughout the United States." - Campus Weekly

"Sculpting Memories: Confederate Statues in Historical Context"
Thursday, September 14, 2017
6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Museum Auditorium

UNCG History Faculty will analyze the history of Confederate statues in the South. Panelists: Dr. Watson Jennison, Dr. Mark Elliott, and Dr. Benjamin Filene. Moderator: Dr. Linda Stine. Co-sponsored by the History Department, the Humanities Network and Consortium, and Lloyd International Honors College.

Human Rights Research Network Film: "Belle"
Thursday, September 7, 2017
6:30 p.m., SOEB 120

The Human Rights Research Network is gearing up with another film series this semester called "History and Human Rights." The first movie is "Belle," the true story of Elizabeth Belle, the mixed race daughter of a British Royal Navy Captain. Belle's story becomes intertwined with efforts to end slavery in England. Dr. Mark Elliott will be the discussant and a reception will follow. This film is free and open to the public.

Elliott on History of Confederate Monuments

Dr. Mark Elliott was interviewed about the controversy of Confederate statues August 15, 2017 by WFMY News 2 in Greensboro. Click play in the link to see the video news story.

History Students Contribute to the UNCG Runaway Slave Ad Database

During the Spring semester 2017, students in the history research methods classes, HIS 391 and 430, helped to expand the UNCG NC Runaway Slave Advertisements Database. Read more here.

Department of History Recognition Ceremony

Graduating and award-winning history students were honored at our department ceremony Thursday, Friday, May 12, 2017. The speaker for the ceremony this year was Dr. Tiffany Packer. Dr. Packer, a native of Leakesville, Mississippi, obtained her Ph.D. from the Department of History at UNC-Greensboro and currently serves as Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Johnson C. Smith University. In the Spring of 2012, she became the first African American to graduate with a Ph.D. in History from UNC-Greensboro. Dr. Packer has done extensive research on the 1979 Greensboro Massacre and has a particular focus on Post-Civil Rights activism in black working class communities. Some of her most recent work has included the problems of policing in communities of color. Dr. Packer, along with her Public History class, recently co-curated the ground-breaking exhibition, "K(no)w Justice, K(no)w Peace," at the Levine Museum of the New South located in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Parsons in Time Magazine Article

As President Trump approached his 100th day in office, TIME History asked a variety of historians including UNCG's Dr. Anne Parsons to weigh in on the question: What will historians of the future say about Trump's first 100 days? Link: "What Will Future Historians Say About President Trump's First 100 Days? Here Are 11 Guesses"

Film and Panel: "Would you hide a Jew from the Nazis?: Refugees 1938 and Today"

Wednesday, April 19, 5:30 p.m.
MHRA 1215

Film "Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War." (approx. 80 min. by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky) will begin at 5:30pm in MHRA 1215.

Panel immediately following with Professor Emeritus Karl Schleunes, UNCG and Barry Trachtenberg, Presidential Chair of Jewish History, Wake Forest. Moderated by Dr. Emily J. Levine, Associate Professor in the History Department.

To read more about the film check out this article by Nicholas Kristof.

Gerald and O'Grady Win UNCG Student Excellence Award

The faculty and staff of the History Department are proud to recognize History majors Olivia Gerald and Patrick O'Grady as co-winners of the UNCG Student Excellence Award for 2016-17! The Excellence Award is the highest academic honor for undergraduates at UNCG. The Lloyd International Honors College will confer the award at the Student Honors Convocation in April. Please join us in congratulating Olivia and Patrick!

Osama Film Screening and Discussion

Thursday, March 30, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
UNCG, 120 School of Education Building
Free and open to the public

This is a story of a pre-teen girl living in Afghanistan under the Taliban who disguises herself as a boy to support her family. It won the Golden Globe Best Foreign Language Film award.

Part of UNCG's Annual International Human Rights Film Series. Jeff Jones, Associate Professor UNCG Department of History will facilitate the post-film discussion. Refreshments will follow. The event is free and open to the public. Cosponsors include UNCG Research's Human Rights Research Network, UNCG Political Science Department, UNCG Anthropology Department, UNCG Geography Department, UNCG Sociology Department, UNCG Ashby Dialogues, UNCG History Department, UNCG International College Program's Kohler Fund, UNCG International and Global Studies, and UNCG University Libraries.

"The Crisis of Global Modernity: Asian Traditions and a Sustainable Future"

Dr. Prasenjit Duara
Tuesday, March 28, 5:00 p.m.
UNCG, Weatherspoon Art Museum Auditorium

Dr. Prasenjit Duara is the Oscar Tang Chair of East Asian Studies at Duke University. Born and educated in India, he received his PhD in Chinese history from Harvard University. He was Professor of History and East Asian Studies at University of Chicago (1991-2008) and Raffles Professor and Director of Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore (2008-2015). His latest book is The Crisis of Global Modernity: Asian Traditions and a Sustainable Future (Cambridge 2014).

Co-sponsored by the Departments of History and Political Science and the Center for Legislative Studies for the War and Peace Imagined event series.

Free parking is available in the Weatherspoon lot.

Forum: "What is Fascism? What is Authoritarianism?"

Thursday, March 23, 6:30 p.m.
UNCG Faculty Center

The UNCG History Department invites the community to a roundtable discussion about authoritarianism throughout history.

The forum will be Thursday, March 23, 6:30 p.m., in the UNCG Faculty Center. Admission is free.

In 1944, George Orwell famously posed the question: "What is fascism?," suggesting that the widespread use of the term - in both print and conversation - had deemed it nearly "meaningless." Now, almost 75 years later, the word continues to be applied broadly, leading us back to Orwell's original question.

Join the UNCG History Department as they reflect on historical examples of fascism and other forms of authoritarianism, from Europe to the Americas.

Book Discussion: All the Light We Cannot See

Dr. Charles Bolton
Tuesday, March 21, 4:00 p.m.
Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library

Dr. Chuck Bolton (History) will lead a Friends of the Library book discussion on All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. It will be at 4 p.m. in the Hodges Reading Room of Jackson Library. It is free and open to the public.

"Mistresses, Wives, Mothers, Daughters: Black Women and the Nascent Argentine Republic, 1776-1830"

Public lecture by Dr. Erika Edwards, UNC-Charlotte
Tuesday, March 7, 5:00 p.m.
MHRA 1215

The UNCG History Department and the Atlantic World Research Network invite you to a special public lecture on Tuesday, March 7th, at 5pm in MHRA 1215, by Dr. Erika Edwards (UNC-Charlotte). Prof. Edwards is an expert on Argentine history, and her research examines the myth of black disappearance in Argentina from a gendered perspective. Her talk is titled "Mistresses, Wives, Mothers, Daughters: Black Women and the Nascent Argentine Republic, 1776-1830." It will trace the choices made by four black women contending for autonomy and freedom against the backdrop of slavery, national consolidation, and the larger socio-political policies put forward to "civilize" the non-white Argentine majority and create ideal citizens. Prof. Edwards's visit is the third in a a special annual series organized by the AWRN focusing on Afro-Latin Americans and the Age of American Revolutions. It is co-sponsored by the History Dept and Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, with support from African-American and Diaspora Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, and the UNCG History Club. For questions, please contact Prof. Villella at villella@uncg.edu.

For parking options: https://parking.uncg.edu/parking-operations/visitors/

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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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