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Prof. Kevin Mattson's new book, "We're Not Here to Entertain: Punk Rock, Ronald Reagan, and the Real Culture War of 1980s American," has been released! Check out a description here:
Many remember the 1980s as the era of Ronald Reagan, a conservative decade populated by preppies and yuppies dancing to a soundtrack of electronic synth pop music. In some ways, it was the "MTV generation." However, the decade also produced some of the most creative works of punk culture, from the m...
Check out our Fall 2020 course offerings, revised with information about which courses are entirely online: https://bit.ly/2XrEPLQ
The past can be a window into the present (so take a history course in fall 2020!)...
As the influenza pandemic swept across the United States in 1918 and 1919, masks took a role in political and cultural wars.
Check out this upcoming event of interest to OU history majors and alumni!
“Saddening events in the last few months remind us of the need to understand structures of power and human agency within a historical context and to seek out and wield historical knowledge responsibly. For the American Historical Association’s recent statement on the history of racist violence see: https://www.historians.org/news-and-advocacy/aha-advocacy/aha-statement-on-the-history-of-racist-violence-in-the-united-states-(june-2020)”
The AHA has issued a statement urging a reckoning with the United States' deplorable record of violence against African Americans, a record that stretches back centuries. The killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers stands within this sordid national tradition of racist vi...
We've had a request to see the full text of the new Christopher Davis remembrance marker. Here it is. If you click on the picture, you can get an up-close, easy-to-read view.
Congratulations to Department of History graduate student Jordan Zdinak for her work on the Christopher Davis Remembrance Project. Her master's thesis research contributed to the text of the historical marker that was installed on the Ohio University campus on June 24. The marker commemorates the 1881 lynching of Davis, a Black resident of Athens County, and is located near the site where his murder occurred. (On present-day Mulberry Street near the fourth-floor entrance to Baker Center.) Jordan defended her thesis in the spring and will begin her doctoral program in the department in the fall.
Women’s Suffrage Centennial Virtual Event
Discussion of the PBS Series The Vote
Join members of the Ohio University and Athens community for a virtual discussion of the new two-part American Experience documentary The Vote (airing on WOUB TV, Monday, July 6, 9-11 p.m. and Tuesday, July 7, 9-11 p.m.)
Discussion date/time: Thursday, July 9, 4-5 p.m.
Discussion topics include: Black suffragists, suffrage movement strategies, lessons for today’s activists
Discussion registration: RSVP to [email protected] by Friday, July 3
For more information on The Vote, go to: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/vote/
OU History Professor Robert Ingram is quoted in the National Review, for an article released today:
Is a self-consciously conservative approach to the humanities and social sciences desirable? Prominent right-leaning scholars are skeptical.
OU History Professor Kevin Mattson gets a shout-out in today’s Washington Post:
There’s a sense in the land that the man at the controls is utterly overmatched and has no idea which button to press.
Ohio University Archives is collecting stories from students who want to help document this historical moment and how OHIO students are experiencing the pandemic. The memories of your time here are the most significant part of the University’s unique and permanent history, please contribute!
Preserve your story through this form: https://bit.ly/COVID19ArchivesSurvey
Qualtrics sophisticated online survey software solutions make creating online surveys easy. Learn more about Research Suite and get a free account today.
Check out the Southeast Ohio History Center's COVID-19 History Project...and participate to create materials for future generations of historians!
At the Southeast Ohio History Center, we believe that our region’s history is significant and worthy of preservation. We also know that history starts today. Amid the COVID-19/Coronavirus outbreak of 2019-2020, the Southeast Ohio History Center is collecting stories from the region of southeast Oh...
Career Corner | Apply Now for Summer Community-Based Internships - Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences
Follow this link for information about 5 paid internships...deadline is May 15 for a June 15 start!
From Ohio University News College of Arts & Sciences juniors and seniors are invited to apply for community-based internships for this summer. The internships may be completed remotely if COVID-19 social distancing guidelines remain in effect. See details and application at the Center for Campus and...
A Brief History of Toilet Paper.. .https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/03/opinion/toilet-paper-hoarding-bidets.html?algo=top_conversion&fellback=false&imp_id=501876259&imp_id=93703171&action=click&module=Most%20Popular&pgtype=Homepage
Why are we hoarding it when experts agree that rinsing with water is more sanitary and environmentally sound?
Insight from the 1918 Flu Epidemic: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/20/opinion/coronavirus-nuns.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage
The sisters of Philadelphia were lifesavers during the Spanish flu epidemic. They are an inspiration today.
Take a History Course in Fall 2020!
On Thursday 3/5, the Contemporary History Institute will host Michelle Moyd (Indiana University) for a 4:30-6 pm talk in 124 Bentley on Africa, Africans, and the First World War .
Learn about about AmeriCorps opportunities in Ohio on Wednesday, February 26 from 6:30pm-8:30pm in Alden 319--history majors/minors might be interested in opportunities with the Ohio History Service Corps!
Watch the four keynote addresses from last week's Ohio Settlement Conference on OU's College of Arts & Sciences YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgI3J1f9v7JMvGzmg3fOUEg
Ohio University Women's Center
February 25, 7pm at Athena Cinema there will be a
FREE film showing of Mankiller. The film will be followed by a discussion with director and producer Valerie Red-Horse Mohl.
the Women's Center
Ohio University Multicultural Center Black Student Cultural Programming Board Ohio University's Cutler Scholars Program The Margaret Boyd Scholars Program OHIO Honors Program The Athena Cinema Alden Library Ohio University Film @Arts For Ohio Ohio University English Department Ohio University History Department
Paid Summer Internship Application Now Open
Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative2020 Summer Cohort Internship ProgramApplication Deadline: March 15, 2020This summer, be a part of a transformational experience that goes beyond just another internship.
Come to the 2020 Baker Peace Conference: "Religion and Peace: Global Perspectives"--Feb 20 & 21
“Settling Ohio: First Nations and Beyond”: Hear from historians, scholars and the Chief of the Eastern Shawnee Nation at Settling Ohio: First Nations and Beyond. The conference will take place at Ohio University’s Baker Center on Feb. 21 and 22, 2020. It is free and open to the public. For more information and a schedule of events, see www.ohio.edu/cas/ohio-settlement-conference
“Libel Law as a Cudgel: Historical and Present Day Threats to Press Freedom”: Join the Contemporary History Institute on Feb. 6 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Baker 231 for the first speaker of the Spring Semester, when Dr. Aimee Edmondson, Associate Professor of Journalism at Ohio University, speaks on “Libel Law as a Cudgel: Historical and Present day Threats to Press Freedom.” For more information: www.ohio-forum.com/2020/01/first-chi-talk-of-spring-semester-investigates-libel-law-and-press-freedom/.
Recommended reading, courtesy of Dr. Shadis:
David Perry rejects recent columns that put the dwindling of humanities majors on a crisis of faith or a lack of traditional content in the classroom. Perry, who has been a grad student, a history professor, a journalist and now an advisor to undergraduates, says the issue is fear among undergraduat...
The Department of History is co-sponsoring a series of free films at the Athena Cinema this spring in honor of the 100th anniversary of the women's suffrage amendment. Enjoy some great movies and learn more about women's history!
"The textbooks cover the same sweeping story, from the brutality of slavery to the struggle for civil rights. The self-evident truths of the founding documents to the waves of immigration that reshaped the nation.
The books have the same publisher. They credit the same authors. But they are customized for students in different states, and their contents sometimes diverge in ways that reflect the nation’s deepest partisan divides.
Hundreds of differences — some subtle, others extensive — emerged in a New York Times analysis of eight commonly used American history textbooks in California and Texas, two of the nation’s largest markets."
We analyzed some of the most popular social studies textbooks used in California and Texas. Here’s how political divides shape what students learn about the nation’s history.
From the 12/9 Newsletter for History Majors/Minors:
OU History Department Events & Opportunities—
Fall 2019 Final Exam Schedule: The official fall semester final exam calendar is here: https://www.ohio.edu/registrar/fall-semester-final-exam-schedule.
Spring 2020 Advising: Find a listing of Spring 2020 History classes and information on remaining seats here: https://bit.ly/2AVLke1.
OU/Athens History-Related Events & Opportunities—
Apply for Free Guide Training | Students Interested in Working in Museums & Parks, Jan. 9-12: Arts & Sciences students interested in working in a museum or national park, thinking about a career in education, or wanting to improve their public speaking can apply for College of Arts & Sciences scholarships for Certified Interpretive Guide training. The Certified Interpretive Guide program is designed for anyone who delivers interpretive programs to the public. It combines both the theoretical foundations of the profession with practical skills in delivering quality interpretive programming to visitors. The training, valued at $399, is Jan. 9-12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Baker 239. Apply online by Dec. 13 for the Certified Interpretive Guide Training. For more information and link to application, see https://www.ohio-forum.com/2019/11/apply-for-free-guide-training-students-interested-in-working-in-museums-7-parks-jan-9-12/.
10-hour-per-week student position open in Digital Initiatives at Alden Library: Access the posting at http://www.ohiouniversityjobs.com/postings/33538. Apply by December 15.
Projects vary, but some current ones that this student may participate in are:
- scanning and creating descriptive metadata for WWII first-hand accounts from the Ryan Collection
- scanning and creating descriptive metadata for 19th century Inquest of Lunacy records for the Athens Asylum
- Inspecting microfilm of The Post for the 1970s-1990s, in preparation for digitization
- transcribing 19th and early 20th century OU board of trustees minutes
- creating an inventory of University Archives reel-to-reel tapes from the 1960s-1970s
- inspecting scans and creating metadata for Manuscript and Printed Leaves collection.
Undergraduate Grant: Student Enhancement Award (Deadline 4pm, 1/23/20): Competitive awards to support undergraduate, graduate, and medical student research, scholarship, and creative activities. Awards of up to $6,000 to support research and travel to attend a professional meeting to present results. One review cycle in spring. Contact: For FY20, contact Amy Chadwick, Research Faculty Fellow, [email protected]
Apply to be a Learning Community Leader (Deadline 2/3/20): Learning Community Leader applications are available at https://www.ohio.edu/uc/learning-communities/apply.
Undergraduate Grant: OU Undergraduate Travel Fund (Deadline: OPEN, but only a limited # of awards remaining): Small awards of up to $500 for travel assistance for undergraduate students presenting their research or creative work at conference or other venue for presentation. Contact: Carma West, (740) 593-0929, [email protected]
Ohio University Student Expo (April 9, 2020; Registration begins 1/15/2020): For the past fifteen years, hundreds of undergraduate, graduate and medical students have gathered at the Convo to present their original work at Ohio University’s annual Student Research and Creative Activity Expo. Projects have included documentary film making, robotic lawn mowers, innovative theater costumes and presentations on the latest findings from medicine, astrophysics, education, and environmental science. Last spring, more than 800 students participated in the event—2 of whom were from the History Department; this is a great opportunity to develop a presentation based on a J Course paper, an independent study, or a departmental honors project. See https://www.ohio.edu/studentexpo for more information.
Off-Campus History-Related Events & Opportunities—
VW Star History Across the Humanities Conference (HATH) is a two-day event sponsored by the Alpha Gamma Beta chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society and the Youngstown State University History Department. The conference will be held February 20-21, 2020 at the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor on YSU’s campus. Call for proposals closes January 17, 2020. For more information, or to submit a proposal, visit the HATH website or email [email protected]
Call for Papers: Johns Hopkins University’s first annual Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium: This will be a new annual two-day event at our main campus in Baltimore, Maryland and it will offer students across the country the chance to disseminate their humanities research on a national scale. This symposium is open to undergraduate students from any two-year or four-year college or university who would like to present their original scholarship in the humanities. We hope to have 400 participants this year and will also be offering a select number of travel grants to help students afford participation. Our event will be this spring, April 3rd and 4th, 2020 and our application portal is now open. You can learn more at our conference site: https://krieger.jhu.edu/macksey-symposium/. Abstract Submission Deadline: January 24, 2020
"We’ve never needed knowledge of history and the skills that come with the discipline more than we do now. Not only is it a good choice of a major for all the usual selfish reasons — you’ll likely get a good job, even if it takes a bit longer than the STEM disciplines, and more importantly you’ll probably be very happy with it."
Put down the science brochures. If your high schooler really wants to be a history major, smile, knowing that they’re taking the first step to a deeper understanding of the world around them.
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