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Department Alum Marcus Witcher Featured on WaPo’s “Made By History.”

UA Department of History Alum Marcus Witcher, currently a scholar in residence with the department of history and the Arkansas Center for Research in Economics at the University of Central Arkansas, was featured recently in the Washington Post‘s “Made By History” series. His piece, entitled “Why Joe Biden had to work with segregationists,” explores the […]

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Doctoral Candidate Wins Graduate Council Writing Fellowship

Doctoral Candidate Melissa Young has won a special Graduate Council Writing Fellowship for the summer and fall terms. Funded by UA’s Graduate School, the competitive award is designed to allow top doctoral students to devote themselves full-time to completing their dissertations and includes release time, a summer stipend, and an enhanced fall stipend (along with […]

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Alum Lawrence Kreiser Publishes “Marketing the Blue and Gray.”

Lawrence Kreiser, Jr., a doctoral alum of The University of Alabama Department of History and Associate Professor of History/Chair of Social Sciences at Stillman College, recently published his fourth book, Marketing the Blue and Gray: Newspaper Advertising and the American Civil War. From the publisher: “Marketing the Blue and Gray analyzes newspaper advertising during the […]

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UA Doctoral Alum Highlights “Peanuts” Role in D-Day Remembrance

Department doctoral alum Blake Scott Ball, currently an assistant professor of history at Huntingdon College, recently published an opinion piece in the Washington Post. Ball recounts the role that Charles Schultz’s Peanuts comic strip played in shaping the popular remembrance of the D-Day Invasion. From the June 6, 2019 edition of the Washington Post. “How […]

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Summersell Center Receives Grant to Develop Queer History Website

Dr. John Giggie and the Summersell Center were recently chosen to receive a 2019 Teaching Grant from The University of Alabama College of Arts & Sciences to develop Queer Alabama, the digital humanities website that came out of the course “Invisible Histories,” that was taught this spring. It will fund the work of student Isabella […]

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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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