Posts Categorized: Faculty

Upcoming Panel at HASTAC 2017 – Digital Storytelling as Public History/Archaeology: a View from the Vayots Dzor Fortress Landscapes Project, Armenia

This year HASTAC 2017 will take place at the University of Central Florida. At this conference, a number of panels will take place relating to this year’s theme of “The Possible Worlds of Digital Humanities.” One of the panels featured at HASTAC is led by UCF’s History Department’s Dr. Tiffany Earley-Spadoni. She, along with three… Read more »

History Professor focuses on the Space Industry in Orlando Sentinel Column

The Orlando Sentinel featured visiting assistant professor, Yanek Mieczkowski in an online op-ed. In this piece, Professor Mieczkowski comments on the recent SpaceX launch of the Falcon 9 rocket and how it plays to what former president Eisenhower envisioned for the future of the Space Age. You can read Professor Mieczkowski’s column here.

Professor Luis Martínez-Fernández shares insight into Puerto Rican Migration to Florida

Almost a month after Hurricane Maria, much of the island of Puerto Rico is still without power. Significant infrastructure damage and limited resources have given many Puerto Ricans reason enough to relocate to the U.S. mainland. UCF history Professor Luis Martínez-Fernández discusses a potential mass migration to the state of Florida in the wake of… Read more »

UCF Honors College documentary about the notorious “Johns Committee” to air on WUCF-TV Thursday, October 19th at 10:30pm

Fifty years ago, Florida’s Legislative Investigative Committee, led by Senator Charley Johns sought to remove homosexuals from Florida’s state universities. As a result of the “Johns Committee’s” efforts, more than 200 gay and lesbian students and teachers were expelled or fired. Featuring two of the victims and one interrogator, The Committee exposes the committee’s subversive… Read more »

Experiencing Chinese Culture through the Local Community

Students from Dr. Hong Zhang’s Chinese history class attended a local celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival. Also referred to as the Moon Festival, it’s one of the most important Chinese festivals and takes place when the moon is at its brightest during the lunar calendar. “Seeing the diverse array of people that not only attended… Read more »

Rebuilding Puerto Rico, From a Historians Perspective

Central Florida is home to one of the world’s highest concentrations of Puerto Ricans. Almost two weeks since Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, efforts to grasp to magnitude of the devastation are still underway. In a recent interview, Professor Luis Martínez-Fernández, historian and expert on the Hispanic Caribbean, discusses the history of Puerto… Read more »

Important New Volume on the Jewish Enlightenment: The Maskil in our Time: Studies in Honor of Moshe Pelli

Three scholars, namely Zev Garber, Lev Hakak, and Shmuel Katz have recently undertaken to edit a jubilee volume (Festschrift) in honor of Moshe Pelli, authority on the Hebrew Haskalah (the Jewish Enlightenment), as well as longtime Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Judaic Studies and the Abe and Tess Wise Endowed Professor of Judaic Studies… Read more »

History Professor receives Community Based Research Grant

Dr. Rosalind Beiler, Associate Professor of History, received a Community Based Research Grant from the Office of Research and Community Engagement at the Burnett Honors College to partner with History Revealed, Inc., a historical research organization that focuses the public education of lesser-known groups of people from the past. The Community Based Research Grant is… 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 »