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History and Reconciliation: Conversations on Slavery, Historic Preservation, and Community in the South

Please join the White House Historical Association, Department of History, and the Blackburn Institute on Thursday, October 17 for a panel, “History and Reconciliation: Conversations on Slavery, Historic Preservation, and Community in the South.” The conversation features Dr. Matthew Costello, interim director of the David M. Rubenstein Center for History at the WHHA, Dr. Hilary […]

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Ole Miss Associate Professor Jesse Cromwell to Speak on Smuggling & 18th Century Venezuela and the Atlantic World

University of Mississippi Associate Professor Jesse Cromwell will speak on “The Smugglers’ World: Illicit Trade and the Atlantic Communities in Eighteenth-Century Venezuela,” on October 22, 2019, at 4:30 PM, in 251 ten Hoor. From Dr. Cromwell’s faculty profile: “Jesse Cromwell is Associate Professor of Colonial Latin American history.  His research focuses on the imperial and […]

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Graduate History Association Conference on Power and Struggle

The 11th Annual University of Alabama Graduate History Association Conference on Power & Struggle will be held on October 12, 2019 on the second floor of ten Hoor Hall. Registration and breakfast starts at 8:00 a.m. Panels start at 9 a.m. and run until 4:20 p.m. They are open to the public. The Conference on […]

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Alum Adam Petty Enjoys Success After Graduation

Department alum Adam Petty recently published The Battle of the Wilderness in Myth and Memory: Reconsidering Virginia’s Most Notorious Civil War Battlefield (LSU Press, 2019). Petty’s inspiration for the work came from his first seminar paper as a student in the department’s graduate program in which he researched the 1863 Mine Run Campaign in Virginia. […]

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Department Participates in Get On Board Day

The Department of History came out for Get on Board Day, talking to prospective new majors, recruiting for our relaunched History Club, and playing our popular historical trivia game. We had a wonderful time meeting new and returning students, and we hope to see you all at our Welcome Back Party on September 4, from […]

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Dr. John David Smith to Speak Sept. 17

Join us to hear Dr. John David Smith’s lecture “The Making and Meaning of Dear Delia: The Civil War Letters of Captain Henry F. Young, Seventh Wisconsin Infantry.” Henry Young, an officer in the famed Iron Brigade, wrote 155 letters home during the Civil War, offering insights and details of military service that enable readers […]

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UA Faculty and Students Present at University of Montevallo’s Civic Institute

Last week our faculty and students participated in the annual David Mathews Center for Civic Life‘s  Civic Institute in Montevallo. The panel, organized by Dr. John Giggie and titled “Geographical Imaginations: The Role of Recuperative Storytelling in Southern History and Memory,” explored the transformative potential in little-known, marginalized, and difficult pasts. Panel participants included two UA History majors: […]

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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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