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Summersell Students Launch Queer Alabama Site

Students in Director of the Summersell Center Dr. John Giggie’s Spring 2019 course Invisible Histories: Queer History South have unveiled the website for their research, Queer Alabama. The website features each of the students’ research projects, all of which analyze the queer community’s impact on The University of Alabama campus and its broader Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Southeastern […]

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Dan Vivian Talks Public History with Students

Dr. Dan Vivian, Director of Historic Preservation at the University of Kentucky, visited campus this spring to deliver a talk, “The Future of Public History,” and host a lunch-and-learn event. In these talks, he discussed the results of a multi-year study on public history employment from the Joint Task Force on Public History Education and […]

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Department Hosts Documentary Crew to Discuss Public History and the Media

Earlier this semester, Drs. John Giggie and Julia Brock hosted the documentary crew Phil Bertelsen and Rachel Dretzin for a free lunch and discussion on their recent film, Hope and Fury: MLK, the Movement and the Media. Students discussed the project and Bertelsen’s and Dretzin’s respective career paths, as well as how they too could join […]

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Associate Dean Lisa Lindquist-Dorr Celebrates New Book

Associate Professor of History and Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences Dr. Lisa Lindquist-Dorr celebrated the publication of her latest book, A Thousand Thirsty Beaches: Smuggling Alcohol from Cuba to the South during Prohibition. Dorr analyzes the complex smuggling network connecting Great Britain and Europe to Cuba via the United States between 1920 through the […]

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Dr. Tera Hunter Visits Campus for Summersell Book Prize

This past semester, Dr. Tera Hunter, Edwards Professor of American History and Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, visited campus to receive the Fourth Biennial Deep South Book Prize from the Summersell Center for the Study of the South for her book Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth […]

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Summersell Center and Civil Rights History Task Force Publish Civil Rights Trail Book

Director of the Frances J. Summersell Center for the Study of the South , Dr. John Giggie, working with students from his class on Religion and Civil Rights at The University of Alabama and members of the Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History Task Force, recently published a 37-page Civil Rights History Trail guide for the city of Tuscaloosa. […]

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History Students Excel at URSCA

The College of Arts and Sciences held its 16th annual A&S Summit for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (URSCA). Five of our students submitted research projects in History, and an additional two of our students worked in the related field of Classics. In the Humanities and Fine Arts Oral Presentations session, Molly Buffington, triple […]

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History Students Participate in and Win at URCA Conference

Several history majors recently participated in the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URCA) Conference on campus. Emily Adams presented “Ethical Espionage: The Role of Covert Operations in a Democratic Government,” a project she has completed with Dr. Caroline McClure in the Geography Department. This research explores whether ethically-ambiguous covert action operations have a place within […]

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History Undergraduates Score Outstanding Research Award

Two of our History majors – Molly Buffington and Margaret Lawson – recently received the prestigious Randall Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award, which recognizes undergraduate students who are involved in innovative research around campus. Margaret was recognized for her project “History of Us: Empowering High School Students to Confront the Legacy of Lynching.” Under the guidance […]

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A Triumph of American Technology: Remembering the 1969 Apollo Moon Landing on its Fiftieth Anniversary

Faculty and students met on April 10 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing. “A Triumph of American Technology: Remembering the 1969  Apollo  Moon  Landing on its 50th Anniversary” was hosted in Gorgas Library and had a very successful turn out. The discussed topics ranging from the dynamics of rocketry, the race […]

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Summersell Center to Partner With Central High School to Teach About Lynching History

Dr. John Giggie and the Summersell Center for the Study of the South were recently recognized for their efforts to map the history of lynching victims in Alabama and develop a program for teaching about racial violence and southern history at the secondary education level. The Council on Community-Based Partnerships at The University of Alabama […]

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Honors Day 2019 Review

The Department of History Honors Day 2019 from The Department of History on Vimeo.  The Department of History recognized our outstanding undergraduate and graduate students on April 5, 2019, at ceremonies held at the Hotel Capstone Ballroom. Please join us in congratulating these deserving recipients. Colonial Dames of America Essay Award The 2019 recipient of […]

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Dr. David Beito’s T.R.M. Howard: Doctor, Entrepreneur, Civil Rights Pioneer Named Best Biography

Drs. David Beito and Linda Royster Beito‘s recent work, T.R.M. Howard: Doctor, Entrepreneur, Civil Rights Pioneer, won the 31st Annual Benjamin Franklin Award for best biography from the Independent Book Publishers Association, the largest organization of book publishers in the United States. T.R.M. Howard was selected from a field of more than one hundred entrants. […]

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Summersell Center Students Present at National Conference

Students enrolled in Dr. John Giggie’s Invisible Histories course recently presented research posters at the Queer History South Conference, which was held in Birmingham, Alabama, from March 27 through March 29. Invisible Histories is the first course of its kind in the history department — dedicated to learning about queer history and specifically recapturing the […]

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