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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/

Liberal Arts Advantage: Launching from Campus to Career

Friday, March 3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cone Ballroom, EUC, UNCG

Are you passionate about the study of History and English but worried about what you would do with that major? Are you already majoring in History, English, Classics, Religious Studies, Philosophy or another subject in the Humanities and curious about what professional paths might be right for you? I invite you to attend the Liberal Arts Advantage: Launching from Campus to Career, Friday, March 3rd, 9am-1pm.

The day's events will feature hands-on career prep workshops, a keynote speaker, spoken word poetry from the HNAC poet laureate, and a free lunch. Read more about the program and schedule here: https://hnac.uncg.edu/laa/. You must register at the link provided on the website site by Monday, February 27th to secure your slot. Individual break-out sessions are tailored for exploratory and first and second-year students, as well as those approaching graduation. Make sure to select the breakout sessions that are right for you. Extra credit may be possible for attending this event! Inquire with your professors of Humanities classes. If you have questions please contact Dr. Emily J. Levine at ejlevine@uncg.edu.

Queer-Trans-Race-Empire Symposium

Friday, February 24
UNCG Alumni House

From the conference website: "For this event, we will be bringing together a range of scholars who in various ways are working within queer studies and trans studies on questions related to race and empire. The aim of the symposium is to help make connections across what otherwise can be separate fields (both disciplines and interdisciplines) and to generate conversation — among participants as well as faculty and students at UNCG — about the kinds of knowledge that can be produced through queer and trans analytics when engaging questions of race, comparative racialization, imperialism, and colonialism.

"The symposium is cosponsored by: Women's and Gender Studies, Communication Studies Department; Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations; Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; English Department; History Department; Media Studies Department; Office of Intercultural Engagement; Office of the Provost; Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Religious Studies Department; Philosophy Department."

For more information, go to the website wgs.uncg.edu/queer-trans-race-empire-symposium-information/

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

Story Corps Listening Stage: "War and Peace: A Refugee's Story"

Thursday, February 9, 7:00 p.m.
Greensboro Historical Museum 130 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, NC

What is it like to be eleven years old, facing the muzzle of a gun, running for your life and losing everything? Join us for a conversation with Brima Lamin, author of The Walk, and UNCG History professor, Dr. Jeff Jones, about Brima's experiences during the Liberian Civil War.

For info, email beth.sheffield@greensboro-nc.gov. A book signing will follow the program. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Co-sponsored by the Atlantic World Research Network (AWRN) and the UNCG History Department, with support from African-American and African Diaspora Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and the UNCG History Club. For more information, email Prof. Villella at villella@uncg.edu.

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

Heather Ann Thompson Lecture

Thursday, Dec. 1, 7:00 p.m.
International Civil Rights Center and Museum

The UNCG Humanities Network and Consortium (HNAC) will host a lecture by renowned historian Heather Ann Thompson titled "The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy: Why History Matters to Mass Incarceration Today" on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. at the International Civil Rights Center & Museum. For more information, click here.

The Fall 2016 Historian, our department newsletter, is now online!

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.

"Transcending Trauma"

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 7:00 p.m.
EUC Auditorium

Patty Grant weaves a captivating tale that will take the audience into the historical grief and trauma experienced by millions of this continent's Native people. Her own journey from personal trauma to recovery is a powerful message that will resonate with everyone regardless of major, occupation, or knowledge of Native people. Patty Grant is a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, a licensed therapist and co-founder of the Cherokee Healing and Wellness Coalition. Over 12,000 Native children were brought to the Carlyle Boarding School for forced assimilation into white society.

Co-sponsored by the UNCG History Department and the Department of Women and Gender Studies. For more information or disability accommodations, contact Augusto Pena at aepenaes@uncg.edu.

"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.

"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.

"Revolutions: Fighting Oppression"

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 7:30-8:45 p.m. Light refreshment served at 7 p.m.
MHRA 1215

Guest speakers Dr. Jeff Jones, Dr. James Anderson, and Dr. Jill Bender will discuss revolutions in Russia, China, and the British Empire. Sponsored by the UNCG Historical Society and the UNCG History Department. For disability accommodations, please contact Molly Tate at mktate@uncg.edu.

"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.

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.

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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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