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Students to Help Unveil Marker for Victims of Lynching

Please join Professor John Giggie and students from his seminar on Southern memory course as they gather with Bryan Stevenson and members of the Equal Justice Initiative for the unveiling of a historical marker to the victims of lynching in Tuscaloosa County.  Prof. Giggie’s students have spent the semester researching the eight documented lynchings in […]

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USF Professor J. Michael Francis to Speak on “Before Jamestown: Europeans, Africans, and Indians in La Florida, 1513-1603”

The Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies Program and the Department of History welcome Dr. J. Michael Francis who will speak on “Before Jamestown: Europeans, Africans, and Indians in La Florida, 1513-1603,” on Friday, March 3, 2017, at 3:00 PM, in room 251 ten Hoor Hall. Dr. Francis is the Hough Family Chair of Florida […]

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Department Celebrates Publication of Dr. Erik Peterson’s The Life Organic

On February 2, the Department of History celebrated the publication of Dr. Erik Peterson’s The Life Organic: The Theoretical Biology Club and the Roots of Epigenetics. Dr. Peterson’s book tells the story of scientists in the late nineteenth nd early twentieth century who pursued a middle road of investigation between mechanists, those who argued that […]

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Dr. Edwin C. Bridges, Former Director of the ADAH, to Speak on the Importance of Alabama History, February 27

Dr. Edwin C. Bridges, who recently retired as director of the Alabama Department of Archives and History after more than thirty years at its helm, will speak in room 205, Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library at 6 pm, Monday, February 27. Bridges’s topic – “Alabama History: It’s Worth Another Look” – explores the important role that […]

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Professor Kathleen DuVal to Accept Deep South Book Prize and Speak on Independence Lost, February 15

On February 15, Kathleen DuVal, Professor of History at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, will be speaking about her book, Independence Lost: Lives at the Edge of the American Revolution, winner of the 2016 Deep South Book Prize from the Summersell Center for the Study of the South. Focusing on the American Revolution as […]

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Jacqueline Avila, Assist. Professor of Musicology at the University of Tennessee to Speak on the Corrido in Mexican Cinema

Dr. Jacqueline Avila, an Assistant Professor of Musicology at the University of Tennessee, will be discussing the the corrido (a traditional Mexican ballad) in Mexican cinema from the 1920s to the 1950s and the importance of both these ballads and the cinema in the construction of a new Mexican identity after the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920). […]

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History Majors Among Mock Trial Winners

The History Department would like to congratulate history majors Jordan LaPorta, Noah Caldwell, Ashlyn Cooper, and Chance Sturup for their recent tournament win with the University of Alabama Mock Trial Association. Jordan LaPorta, a senior history/political science double major and the president of the association, said he was “a little surprised” at their win. In […]

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Professor Emeritus George Rable Featured in Documentary

Professor Emeritus George C. Rable was recently featured on the American Heroes Channel’s documentary series Blood and Fury: America’s Civil War, where he was interviewed for their “Battle of Fredericksburg” episode. Rable is the author of Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg!, which details the battle and is the recipient of the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize (2003), The American Civil […]

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Alumnus Matthew Downs Inspires Students at the University of Mobile

Department alumnus Matthew L. Downs is carrying on the University’s tradition of teaching excellence and leadership at the University of Mobile, where he is Assistant Professor of History and Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Downs graduated from the University with his Ph.D. in History in 2010, after completing his Masters in […]

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Dr. Sharony Green Appears on SportsCenter to Discuss Race and Sports at UA

Assistant Professor Sharony Green appeared on ESPN’s SportsCenter recently to discuss the relationship between sports and race at The University of Alabama. Watch the segment below and read more about it at Dr. Green’s website.

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Summersell Center Sponsors Upcoming Public History Internships in Community

The Summersell Center for Southern History’s Public History Initiative is sponsoring a series of local internships with organizations in the community during the Spring 2017 semester. Students will be partnered with on-campus and local organizations, such as the Gorgas House, Hoole Special Collections, and local churches and clubs, to conduct research and create projects that […]

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Summersell Initiative in Public History Students Explore Options for History Majors

Archives, genealogy projects, museums, libraries — all of these are potential career paths for history majors, combining historical knowledge with technical skills and a love of the public. Drs. John Giggie, James Mixson, and Dan Riches , along with the Summersell Center for the Study of the South, have teamed up to create a track […]

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Dr. Lawrence F. Kohl to Retire

After 30 years in the University of Alabama’s Department of History, Dr. Lawrence F. Kohl will be retiring at the end of the 2016-2017 school year. Dr. Kohl is known across campus for his courses on the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln, however this was not the period he was trained in. In fact, Kohl […]

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GATE Students Visit Department

Last week, Dr. Teresa Cribelli welcomed third, fourth, and fifth graders from the Tuscaloosa County School System to ten Hoor Hall. Dr. Cribelli spoke to them about Brazilian history and culture, including Brazilian food and capoeira, the national martial art, and life as a university professor. The students were part of the Gifted and Talented […]

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Department holds First-Ever Career Conversations Luncheon

Yesterday, the Department held its first-ever Career Conversations luncheon, and it was a huge success! Students enjoyed a tasty lunch and spoke with our professors, as well as experts in fields related to history: Christina McLellan, from UAB’s Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts Art Museum; Megan Payne, UA Masters in Marketing/MBA programs; Tyler Roberts, UA […]

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