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"Motivote: The History of Voting Rights Matters"

Monday, Oct. 24, 4:00 p.m., UNCG Alumni House Virginia Dare Room

UNCG students are proud to host the MOTIVOTE teach-in, a nonpartisan and frank discussion about voting rights in US history. Admission is free, everyone is welcome, and free pizza and popcorn will be served. For more information, read this article. Sponsored by the UNCG History and Women's and Gender Studies Departments.

"Fighting Racism: Albion W. Tourgée and His Alliance with African Americans in the 1890s" - A Lecture by Carolyn L. Karcher

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2:00-3:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum Auditorium (ABCB 103)

Based on her book, "A Refugee from His Race": Albion W. Tourgée and His Fight Against White Supremacy published by The University of North Carolina Press in 2016, Karcher tells the story of a defender of equality and civil rights from Greensboro who led a national crusade against lynching, segregation and disfranchisement. Carolyn L. Karcher is also the author of The First Woman in the Republic: A Cultural Biography of Lydia Maria Child and the editor of Tourgée's novel Bricks Without Straw." She is Professor Emerita of English, American Studies, and Women's Studies at Temple University.

This lecture is sponsored by the Department of History, the Department of English, the African American and Diaspora Studies Program; the Lloyd International Honors College, and the UNCG Historical Society.

States of Incarceration Exhibition

November 8 through December 15, 2016
International Civil Rights Center and Museum, 134 S. Elm St., Greensboro, NC

States of Incarceration is the first national traveling exhibition on the history and future of mass incarceration in the U.S. Developed by the UNCG History/Museum Students Program, and universities across the country, the exhibit explores the roots of mass incarceration and opens a national dialogue on what should happen next. Exhibit and programs free to the public. For more information and to register for events and tours associated with the exhibition, visit go.uncg.edu/incarceration.

"Totlahtol Totlamatiliz: A Mexican Native Language and Scholarship, Then and Now

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 10:30 (refreshments) 11:00 (presentation), SOEB 226

Open to the public. Nahuatl is a major indigenous language of Mexico, with well over a million native speakers. Before and after 1492, the Nahuas and other indigenous peoples of Mexico and Central America maintained rich and sophisticated traditions of scholarship and literacy. Today, however, academic research and publications are normally limited to dominant languages such as Spanish and English, excluding entire communities. Please join us for refreshments and a special presentation by Nahua educational and linguistic experts involved in a unique project to revitalize their native language through advanced scholarship and teaching at the university level. For more information, contact Prof. Peter Villella, villella@uncg.edu.

Sponsored by the Department of History, the Department of Langauges, Literatures, and Cultures, UNCG Spanish-American and Latin@ Students' Association (SALSA). Guests' visit made possible by: Dialogos de saberes/Pathways to Interdisciplinarity Working Group, Duke-UNC Consortium for Latin American & Caribbean Studies.

Transcultural & Multiconfessional Connections in the First Global Age

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Location: Ferguson 100

"Transcultural & Multiconfessional Connections in the First Global Age: Interactions between the Portuguese Overseas Empire and the Islamic World," a lecture by Dr. Amélia Polónia da Silva Visiting Scholar on Erasmus Exchange from Universidad de Porto. Co-sponsors: Islamic Studies Research Network, Department of History, Lloyd International Honors College.

Wrestling with Governor Aycock and His Legacies

Friday, Oct. 14, 3:30-5:15 p.m.
Location: UNCG Auditorium (formerly Aycock Auditorium)

After much study and debate, UNCG recently removed Governor Aycock's name from the campus auditorium, uncomfortable with his leadership in the twentieth-century white supremacy movement. This session, held in conjunction with the Historical Society of North Carolina, continues the public dialogue on this decision. Historians will share insights about Governor Aycock, the history of African Americans on Greensboro's campus, and how other North Carolina schools have handled commemoration controversies on their campuses. Following the session, graduate students in UNCG's public history program will hold an informal poster session to share creative proposals for how to remember Aycock in the building that used to bear his name.


  • James L. Leloudis, Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    "Aycock's Impact on North Carolina"
  • Gerald Prokopowicz, Professor of History, East Carolina University:
    "Remembering Aycock at ECU: Activism, Reaction, and the Role of Public History"
  • Erin Lawrimore, University Archivist, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
    "Searching for Aycock—and African Americans—on UNCG's Campus"
  • Students in UNCG's public history program

"War and Peace Imagined" Film - "Wartorn"

Friday, October 14, 6:00 p.m., SOEB 120
This HBO film explores the history of post traumatic stress and its effects on military service members. A panel discussion with UNCG student veterans will follow the screening. Free and open to the public. Hosted by The UNCG Veterans Resource Center.

Bender Featured Scholar on ACIS Site

Assistant Professor Jill Bender is the featured scholar this month on the American Conference for Irish Studies website. Read the interview.

Levine Publishes Article in AHR

Associate Professor Emily J. Levine's article "Baltimore Teaches, Göttingen Learns: Cooperation, Competition, and the Research University," was published in the June issue of The American Historical Review. In the article, she argues that the modern research university was co-created through mutual transatlantic exchange and reveals the historical roots of pressing issues facing the university today. Here is a link to the digital offprint.

Reagin Wins NCAH Paper Award

M.A. student Shawn Reagin received the 2016 North Carolina Association of Historians Midgette Student Paper Award for his paper "The Character of the Kaiser: How Wilhelm II Led Germany to War," which he presented at the NCAH Conference last month.

Comer Wins Atlantic World Research Network Prize

M.A. student Stephen Comer won the 2015-2016 UNCG Atlantic World Research Network Graduate Student Research Prize for his essay "Jim Crow at Nuremberg: Global Virginia as the Nazi Model."

Dudley-Shotwell Wins WGS Award

Hannah Dudley-Shotwell, soon to be Dr. Dudley-Shotwell, was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Work Award by Women's and Gender Studies Cone Awards Committee for her project titled, Empowering the Body: The Evolution of Self-Help in the Women's Health Movement.

"Mill village memories: New exhibit tells workers' stories"

Read the News & Record article about "The Fabric of Memory" exhibition.

Ross Wins Graduate Research & Creativity Expo Award

Ph.D. student Joseph Ross won the Humanities Division award at the 2016 Graduate Research & Creativity Expo at UNCG with his poster presentation "Remembering Nuremberg: The Paradox of Human Rights in American History." According to the Graduate School: "Winners of these $1,000 awards are chosen in each category on the basis of clarity of communication to a non-specialized audience, effective presentation skills, content knowledge and creativity, organization, originality, and ability to explain why this research/work matters (economic impact, societal impact, etc.)."

Stroud Wins Archie K. Davis Fellowship

Ph.D. student Jason Stroud won a 2016 Archie K. Davis Fellowship, awarded by the North Caroliniana Society for research on topics in North Carolina history.

"The Fabric of Memory" Exhibition Opening

April 24, 2016, 2-4 pm
1250 Revolution Mill Drive, Greensboro, NC 27405

Curated by UNCG Museum Studies graduate students. Drawing on oral interviews, "The Fabric of Memory" is a permanent exhibition that focuses on the communities of people who worked and lived in the Cone mill villages. https://www.facebook.com/events/1531399063824342/

"America & Islam: Quest for Justice in a Turbulent World"

Wednesday, April 13, 5:00 p.m.
Maple Room, Elliott University Center

The Islamic Studies Research Network at UNCG is pleased to present Omid Safi, professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and Director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center. He specializes in Islamic mysticism, contemporary Islamic thought, and medieval Islamic history, and serves as the editor of Progressive Muslims. Co-sponsored by the IPC Kohler Fund, Muslim Student Association, Religious Studies Department, and History Department.

"Getting Published: The Ins and Outs of Academic Journals"

Thursday, April 7, 3:30-5 p.m.
Curry 331

Paul Otto writes on European-Native American relations. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Early American History, and currently a fellow of the National Humanities Center. His first book, The Dutch-Munsee Encounter in America: The Struggle for Sovereignty in the Hudson Valley, won the Hendricks Award for best book on Dutch New York history. A Fellow of the New Netherland Institute and the Holland Society of New York, he is currently writing Beads of Power: Wampum and the Shaping of Early America. Open to history graduate students.

Spring Panel: Antisemitism: From Persecution to Genocide

Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
School of Education Building, Room 114

The UNCG Historical Society is proud to present our spring panel, Antisemitism: From Persecution to Genocide. Guest speakers will include UNCG Emeritus Professor and author of The Twisted Road to Auschwitz, Dr. Karl Schleunes, Rabbi Frank Fischer, witness to Kristallnacht, Dr. Zev Harel, survivor of three death camps, and UNCG Communication Studies Professor, Dr. Roy Schwartzman. Dr. Schleunes will be discussing the the progression of antisemitism in Europe during the twentieth century, Rabbi Fischer and Dr. Harel will discuss their experiences in Nazi Germany, and Dr. Schwartzman will discuss how antisemitism is relevant to today's issues of hate. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served immediately following the event. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Brittany Hedrick at bmhedric@uncg.edu. Hope to see you there!

Rupert Receives Awards for Book Project

Associate Professor Linda Rupert has received two awards for her book project, "Flight to Freedom: How Fugitive Slaves Shaped Imperial Policy in the Early Modern Caribbean." She has been awarded a Summer Stipend from the Nationsl Endowment for the Humanities to complete the first two chapters. During AY 2016-17 she will be a long term fellow at the John Carter Brown Library in Providence, RI, where she hopes to complete the manuscript.

Levenstein's Book on Women's History Month List

Associate Professor Lisa Levenstein's book, A Movement Without Marches: African American Women and the Politics of Poverty in Postwar Philadelphia, made this recommendation list for Women's History Month on the Huffington Post.

Forum: Migrations throughout History

Monday, February 29, 2016, 6:30 pm
Faculty Center, College Avenue, UNC Greensboro*
Free and open to the public

The UNCG History Department invites the community to a roundtable discussion about human migrations throughout history, and what they can teach us about the current world situation.

The world refugee crisis has become a major topic of international discussion. The BBC reports that more than a million human beings sought refuge in Europe in 2015 alone, making this the world's largest movement of people since World War II. Meanwhile, the arrival of undocumented immigrants intothe United States remains a hot-button political issue.

Human migration, its causes, and the widespread impact on society, are not new phenomena. From ancient times to the present, people have been uprooted by political, socio-economic, and environmental crises, and by various forms of persecution.

Join the UNCG History Department as we reflect on how the past shapes the present and how the present, in turn, shapes our understanding of the past.

*The Faculty Center is located on College Ave. next to the Alumni Center, just off Spring Garden St.

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

Jackson in TWC Greensboro Sit-in Feature

Associate Professor Tom Jackson, Dr. Joseph McNeil and the UNCG Civil Rights Greensboro Project participated in a TWC News televised feature, "Community Remembers Greensboro Sit-Ins 56 Years Later", on Feb. 11, 2016.

Rupert Becomes President of FEEGI

Associate Professor Linda Rupert has been elected to a two-year term as President of the Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction, which is dedicated to the study of the development of European overseas empires and the worldwide impact. Rupert has been actively involved with the organization since her graduate student days, and chaired the Program Committee for the recent biennial conference.

Filene Exhibition about Tobe

"Who tells my story?" History Professor and Director of Public History Benjamin Filene explores race and representation in exhibition about children's book Tobe. Read more in UNCG Research Magazine.

Jackson Wins Library Award

Associate Professor Thomas Jackson is a recipient of a Library Information Literacy Stipend Award in Spring 2016. The award provides funds and library staff support to revise HIS 391, Historical Skills and Methods, to more thoroughly integrate Information Literacy into evolving assignments. He will be working with Kathy Crowe on the location and evaluation of scholarship, with Lynda Kellam on the US Census, migration and opportunity in the 1930s, and with Kathelene Smith of Special Collections on Greensboro's sit-in movements of 1960 and 1963. Read more.

2015 Newsletter is online!

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

Ali Named North Carolina Professor of the Year

From Campus Weekly: "Dr. Omar H. Ali, interim dean of UNCG's Lloyd International Honors College, has been named North Carolina Professor of the Year by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education...Ali is a professor, historian and community organizer in North Carolina. He is associate professor of Comparative African Diaspora History in the African American & African Diaspora Studies Program with faculty affiliations in the History Department and the International and Global Studies program." Read more here.

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."

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/


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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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