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New classes are being offered through the History Department for Spring 2018! Want to take something different? We’ve got you covered.

December 6, 2017

Digital Storytelling (ASH 3930) - Dr. Tiffany Earley-Spadoni If you are interested in new ways to tell stories about the past, this class is for you. "Digital Storytelling" is a relatively new practice which uses digital tools for community-engagement. Digital stories are often presented in a compelling first-person style and combine a variety of formats including film, photography, illustration, graphic art etc. It also covers a variety of digital formats: web-based stories, interactive... Read More

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

October 24, 2017

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 students, will present, "Digital Storytelling as Public History/Archaeology: a View from the Vayots Dzor Fortress Landscapes Project,... Read More

The 5th Annual Jerrell H. Shofner Lecture Series

October 20, 2017

The History Department hosted the annual Jerrell H. Shofner lecture series covering Florida culture and history earlier this week. Nearly 100 students, faculty and alumni attended this year’s lecture as guest speaker, Gary. R. Mormino, discussed “Florida and the Age of Terror.” Mormino explored Florida as it navigated its way into the new millennia in honor of Jerrell H. Shofner who recently passed this last... Read More

Student Highlight: Rachael Rothstein-Safra, Knight of Distinction

October 19, 2017

Senior history major Rachael Rothstein-Safra was recently recognized as a Knight of Distinction. The Knights of Distinction Program highlights students who participate in experiences that allow them to apply knowledge learned within the classroom to real world situations and environments. You can read more about Rachael as she reflects on her most memorable UCF history experiences and post-graduation plans... Read More

History Professor focuses on the Space Industry in Orlando Sentinel Column

October 19, 2017

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... Read More

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

October 19, 2017

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 Hurricane Maria in a recent interview with NPR. Read more about the story... Read More

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

October 11, 2017

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 activities and how its effects are still felt today. The 30-minute documentary film traces the... Read More

Experiencing Chinese Culture through the Local Community

October 11, 2017

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 the festival but took part in it showed me that Chinese history and culture can unite people and communities in new and interesting ways,” explained... Read More

Rebuilding Puerto Rico, From a Historians Perspective

October 3, 2017

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 Rico and what we might expect to see as the island begins to rebuild.... Read More

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

September 22, 2017

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 at University of Central Florida. In order to bring this project to fruition, they contacted some twenty fellow scholars in the field of... Read More

UCF Community Veterans History Project receives The Anne J. Caudal Foundation Grant

September 6, 2017

The UCF Community Veterans History Project, coordinated by the History Department’s Dr. Barbara Gannon, has been awarded the Anne J. Caudal Foundation Grant. The Anne J. Caudal Foundation’s grant helps to fund the UCF CVHP’s efforts to collect the stories of veterans in the Central Florida community as well as employ and educate students to work in many facets of the project, including interviewing veterans and processing the interviews to be archived in the UCF Library Special... Read More

That First Labor Day

September 3, 2017

by Robert Cassanello, Associate Professor of History In the late nineteenth century, labor leaders in New York City organized the first Labor Day on September 5th, 1882. It was birthed in activism and a need to demonstrate the breath and composition of the local labor movement to politicians and business leaders alike. Workers took to the streets paraded and carried signs speaking out against monopolies, the right to strike and supporting workers’ rights to organize. They marched with... Read More

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