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"Vietnam: The Chemical War"
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
SOEB 120

This is a special joint event organized by the Department of History, Human Rights Research Network, and the University of Libraries in conjunction with the Campus-Wide Interdisciplinary Event, "The '60s: Exploring the Limits". We will start with a film screening of "Story of from the Corner of a Park" and then environmental historian David Biggs will give a talk on the topic. For more information; https://sites.google.com/uncg.edu/hrrn/current-film-series

"Living with Little Corpses in Late-Roman and Early Medieval Britain"
Dr. Robin Fleming, Professor of Early Medieval History, Boston College
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 6-8 p.m.
Elliot University Center, Dail Room

Invited Scholar Lecture. Stillborn and infant burials are a standard feature of Roman-period settlements and urban cemeteries in Britain. This, however, is not true for early medieval sites, where infants rarely make an appearance. But because of the great chasm dividing Romanists from medievalists, the changing fate of little corpses has gone unnoticed. This talk will explore the ways a handful of not very fancy communities during the late-Roman and early medieval periods dealt with their dead babies. Little corpses can help us pinpoint some of the profound transformations in the lived experience and thought worlds of people in Britain first under and then after Rome that are completely unwitnessed by texts. They are useful in helping us track the ways a variety of ordinary Britons experienced the withdrawal of the Roman state from Britain.

Sponsored by the UNCG Department of History, UNCG Archaeology Program, and UNCG Humanities Network and Consortium.

"Care & Custody: A History of Mental Health and Incarceration"
Thursday, Oct. 25, 5:30-7 p.m.
Greensboro Project Space, 219 W. Lewis St., Greensboro

Dr. Anne Parsons will discuss her new book From Asylum to Prison: Deinstitutionalization and the Rise of Mass Incarceration after 1945.

To many, asylums are a relic of a bygone era. State governments took steps between 1950 and 1990 to minimize the involuntary confinement of people in psychiatric hospitals, and many mental health facilities closed down. Yet, as Anne Parsons reveals, the asylum did not die during deinstitutionalization. Instead, it returned in the prison industrial complex as the government shifted to a more punitive, institutional approach to social deviance. Parsons shows how the lack of community-based services, fear-based politics around mental illness, and the economics of institutions meant that closing mental hospitals fed a cycle of incarceration that became an epidemic.

Sponsored by Greensboro Project Space and the UNCG Department of History. Refreshments will be provided.

70th Anniversity Polio Hospital Event
UPDATE: Event Postponed due to Tropical Storm Michael. New date to be announced.
710 Huffine Mill Rd., Greensboro, NC

Help remember the Central Carolina Convalescent Hospital. After just three months of fundraising and construction, the hospital opened on October 11, 1948, in response to the North Carolina polio epidemic.

Join us at the hospital site to commemorate the hospital's opening with speakers and stories from the community and an exhibit about the site's history presented by students in UNCG's M.A. in History/Museum Studies program.

Refreshments provided. Please RSVP to the event at: go.uncg.edu/poliohospital.

Sponsored by UNCG Department of History, the Greensboro History Museum, and People & Paws 4 Hope. For disability accommodations, please email UNCGMuseumStudies@gmail.com or call 336-334-5645.

Screening: Selma
Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
SOEB 120

In conjunction with the Campus-Wide Interdisciplinary Event "The '60s: Exploring the Limits," the Human Rights Research Network film series, which focuses on films from or about the 1960s. For more information: sites.google.com/uncg.edu/hrrn/

Screening: The Fog of War
Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
SOEB 120

In conjunction with the Campus-Wide Interdisciplinary Event "The '60s: Exploring the Limits," the Human Rights Research Network film series, which focuses on films from or about the 1960s. For more information: sites.google.com/uncg.edu/hrrn/ Support provided by Political Science, the University Libraries, the International & Global Studies, Peace & Conflict Studies, History, Geography, & Phi Beta Kappa. For disability accommodations, please contact Agnes Szarka, a_szarka@uncg.edu

Gatson Hired as Visiting Assistant Professor in Public History

The UNCG Department of History is pleased to announce that Dr. Torren Gatson will be joining us as our Visiting Assistant Professor in Public History at the start of the fall term. Gatson's research focuses on historic preservation, material culture, 18th-20th century United States history, African American history, and southern history. Dr. Gatson defended his dissertation "The Combative Tactics of the NAACP Against Unfair Housing Laws and Practices: A Comparative Study of the Dynamic Changes in Urban and Rural Landscapes 1920-1960" in March of this year at Middle Tennessee State University. He will be teaching two undergraduate courses this fall: HIS 213, Topics in American History: "The Quest for African American Citizenship throughout American History" and HIS 317, "Creating a Public Past: History Beyond the University." Click here to see course descriptions for Summer and Fall 2018 classes.

Dr. Warren Milteer Joins UNCG History

The UNCG Department of History is pleased to announce the hire of a new assistant professor of early American history and to welcome back one of our own to Greensboro! Dr. Warren Milteer earned his Ph.D. degree in history from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2014 and his M.A. degree in History from UNCG in 2009. He will join our faculty this fall after holding assistant professor positions at Virginia Tech and the University of South Carolina. Milteer's research focuses on the history of free people of color (people of African American and American Indian descent) in North Carolina from the colonial era through the Reconstruction era of the late nineteenth century. Two of his journal articles have won the R. D. W. Connor Award for the best article in the North Carolina Historical Review in 2014 and 2016. Dr. Milteer will teach a variety of early America history courses, the History of North Carolina, the role of Race in American history, the history of interactions between African and Native American peoples, and graduate reading seminars. He tells us that "I am excited to work with a diverse body of students who bring a variety of life experiences and ideas to the classroom. I plan to show them how to use historical knowledge as a tool to connect the past, present, and future." Dr. Milteer is also excited about returning to his native state: "I am delighted to be returning to North Carolina and look forward to reconnecting with old friends and developing new relationships." Please join us in welcoming Dr. Milteer back home!

Annual History Graduate Student Conference
Thursday, April 26, 2018
MHRA 1215, 2211, 3204, 3208, and 3501, 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The History Graduate Student Conference will be held on Thursday April 26, 9:00 am-1:00 pm (Reading Day) in MHRA. This year's conference features paper presentations by graduating MA students and Senior Honors students, along with poster presentations by Museum Studies students, MA students who participated in the Graduate Research Expo, and Library Science students and faculty who worked on the Runaway Slave digital database. Download the conference program in PDF format.

"The Legacy of Pirates: Lesser Known Sea Lords to Legends"
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
MHRA 1215, 7:00 p.m.

The History Club will host their biannual panel at 7 pm in MHRA 1215. Refreshments start at 6:30 PM. Presentations will be given by Dr. Anderson, Dr. Oakley, and Dr. Rupert. Don't miss out on this great event! Students will also be able to sign up for information about future History Club events.

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).

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


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Katie Heidsiek, M.A. '11

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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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