Posts By: Tiffany Rivera

Annual Dr. John T. Washington Scholarship Luncheon honors four recipients

The UCF Africana Studies Program Awards held its annual Dr. John T. Washington Community Service and Scholarship Luncheon on Feb. 19, 2018. The awards luncheon honors Dr. John T Washington, one of UCF’s first African-American professors, by recognizing UCF students along with community adults and youth who have made outstanding contributions to our local area…. Read more »

Florida veteran establishes a legacy of honor and valor

When Joe Tillmon was in elementary school, segregation was still legal. However in the 5th grade, when Tillmon’s all black school became an integrated institution, he found himself as one of the only two black boys in his class. One day after a social studies lesson, while Tillmon was at recess, a classmate told him… Read more »

New African American Primary Source Collections now available at UCF Libraries

In honor of Black History Month, the UCF Libraries, the Department of History, and the Africana Studies program would like to announce the acquisition of two new African American primary source collections. These are the second of a two-part technology fee proposal. The first phase led to the acquisition of six new databases: Black Abolitionist… Read more »

UCF History Alumni Spotlight: Karen Kelly, Class of 2017

Karen Kelly currently lives about an hour away from Paris in the historic city of Rouen, Normandy teaching English to French children. Since graduating from UCF in 2017 with a BA in History, Karen has started working as a teaching assistant through the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF). The program is an initiative through… Read more »

In Memoriam: Dr. Simon Barton

With great sadness, the Department of History at the University of Central Florida announces the passing of Simon Fraser Barton, Professor of History. The renowned historian of medieval Iberia passed away in Orlando on Friday, December 15, 2017 at the age of 55. Before coming to the University of Central Florida, Dr. Barton was a… Read more »

Dr. Luis Martinez-Fernandez, UCF Professor of History, presents “Before-and-after Maria”

Over 200,000 people have migrated from Puerto Rico since hurricane Maria devastated the island. Following the storm’s landfall, the Central Florida area has become a refuge to a growing number of Puerto Ricans impacted by the storm. Dr. Luis Martinez-Fernandez, UCF Professor of History, continues to share his expert knowledge on Latinos in the United… Read more »

History Undergrad, Laurel Schafer Awarded Integrative Learning Scholarship

History major, Laurel Schafer was recently selected as a fall 2017 recipient of the Integrative Learning Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to students who exhibit excellence while participating in integrative experiences such as internships, study abroad opportunities or independent studies. This past summer, Laurel was invited by Ancient Near Eastern Societies’ Professor, Dr. Tiffany Earley-Spadoni, to… Read more »

Faculty Summer Research Spotlight: Dr. Yovanna Pineda

The Harvester: The Memories behind the Machinery Dr. Yovanna Pineda spent three weeks in Argentina directing her documentary The Harvester. Joining her was Professor Scott Launier, UCF Department of Writing and Rhetoric, who assisted with filming, lighting, and driving through towns and cities in Santa Fé province to record interviews, nature, and farm machinery. Often… Read more »

Summer Internship Spotlight: Brandon Nightingale

History graduate student Brandon Nightingale is currently interning at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. His work this summer focuses on researching and developing WWI White Papers that will become interpretations for future exhibitions, identifying replacements for Gallery Loans and conducting research relative to African American history associated with Arlington… Read more »