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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

History Professor receives Community Based Research Grant

August 31, 2017

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 awarded to projects that demonstrate community engagement and lead to a collaboration between community partners, students... Read More

History Undergrad, Laurel Schafer Awarded Integrative Learning Scholarship

August 24, 2017

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 participate in a summer research project. Dr. Earley-Spadoni traveled with three... Read More

Faculty Summer Research Spotlight: Dr. Yovanna Pineda

August 3, 2017

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 she is asked “what is your film about?” Her short answer is “farm machinery.” But indeed this film is far more... Read More

Summer Internship Spotlight: Brandon Nightingale

August 3, 2017

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 National Cemetery. Read about Brandon’s internship experience in his... Read More

UCF History Alumni Spotlight: Where Are They Now: Meghan Ashley Vance, UCF BA in History, 2011 and MA in Public History, 2015

July 17, 2017

UCF History Alumni Spotlight: Where Are They Now Meghan Ashley Vance, UCF BA in History, 2011 and MA in Public History, 2015 Since completing her MA in Public History at UCF, Meghan Ashley Vance continues her work in Digital History and Preservation at the Morse Museum in Winter Park, FL. As the Assistant to the Director of Public Affairs and Publications, she is currently working on projects that further the museum’s digital upgrades, including Digital Asset Management and Collection... Read More

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