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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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Margaret Lawson Receives Graduate Fellowship

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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Undergraduates Launch Crimson Historical Review

History majors have launched the Crimson Historical Review (CHR), an undergraduate research journal. The idea for the journal started in Dr. Margaret Peacock’s undergraduate research seminar. Her students were reviewing one of the few undergraduate historical research journals in the United States and concluded that they could do it better. Peacock and students Jodi Vadinsky […]

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A Triumph of American Technology: Remembering the 1969 Apollo Moon Landing on its 50th Anniversary

The Department of History is hosting a colloquium on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing on Wednesday, April 10, at 5:15 p.m. in 205 Gorgas. It will include talks by Dr. Richard Branam, Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, titled “How We Got There: the Technology of Rocketry and Space Flight,” Dr. Margaret […]

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Doctoral Student Ashley Odebiyi Wins Medieval Essay Contest

Ashley Odebiyi, second year Ph.D. student, recently placed an article with an upcoming volume of the online peer-reviewed Medieval Feminist Forum published through the University of Iowa. Odebiyi studies medieval women’s spirituality, especially semi-religious women, who did not take traditional religious vows yet practiced a spiritual way of life, such as adherence to apostolic poverty. […]

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Emily Adams Wins John Fraser Ramsey Award

The Department of History is proud to announce that one of our undergraduate students, Emily Adams, was recently named the winner of the 2019 John Fraser Ramsey Award! The award, one of The University of Alabama’s Premier Awards, is given in the memory of long-time history professor John F. Ramsey and honors students who embody […]

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Dr. Catherine Clinton to Discuss Mental Illness During & After the Civil War

On Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at 12:00 pm, Dr. Catherine Clinton, Denman Chair of American History at the University of Texas at San Antonio, will discuss her past and present academic work, including her new project on Union soldiers and mental illness during and after the Civil War. Previously, Dr. Clinton has served as President […]

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