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History Student published in Orlando Sentinel

October 1, 2018

History major Jacqueline Love is a “New Voice” in the Orlando Sentinel. As a result of her independent study with faculty member James Clark, she has been able to make her opinions be known.  UCF College of Arts and Humanities highlight's Love's recent article... Read More

History Professor featured on upcoming space-themed episode of Central Florida Roadtrip

September 14, 2018

In August, Dr. Amy Foster, Associate Professor of History, was interviewed for an upcoming episode of Central Florida Roadtrip. The interview focused on the history of the U.S. Space Program, including the early days of the Space Race and into the Shuttle Era, and the role that Central Florida played in defining the American role and identity in space. The space-themed episode of Central Florida Roadtrip will air on Thursday, October 18th at 8:00 PM on WUCF... Read More

First semester student receives Dining Stipend Award

September 11, 2018

Nia Washington is the recipient of the Africana Studies and Business Services Dining Stipend Award. The Africana Studies minor was chosen for the award from a group of applicants based on her academic standing, community involvement and a personal essay. The UCF Africana Studies and Business Services Dining Stipend is an All Access 7 Dining Meal Plan Stipend for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters, valued at $3,960. Washington started her first semester at UCF this fall after transferring... Read More

Research efforts support St. Augustine National Cemetery

August 31, 2018

Two Veterans Legacy Program team leaders, Dr. Amy Giroux and Dr. Scot French presented preliminary research findings and future plans for the St. Augustine National Cemetery project at recent events hosted by area veterans groups. In late July, French and Giroux spoked to a packed room at the monthly meeting of the Veterans Council of St. John’s County. Three weeks later, at the invitation of the West Point Society of North Florida, they participated in the 11th Annual Commemoration of... Read More

History Graduate is Chosen for UCF 30 Under 30 for Impacting the Lives of Teenage Girls

August 27, 2018

UCF History grad Lindsey Turnbull is selected for this year’s 30 Under 30 Award. The award recognizes alumni making significant impacts within their professions and communities while still in the early stages of their careers. “This year’s 30 under 30 class is a group of trailblazing young alumni,” said Mike Kilbride, chair of UCF’s Young Alumni Council. Turnbull was chosen for her advocacy and founding of MissHeard Media. The organization provides young girls with a space to... Read More

Undergraduate pursues passion for history in Washington, D.C.

August 17, 2018

Evan Murray, a UCF History major and research assistant with the UCF-NCA Veterans Legacy Program, has taken the skills learned in his courses and applied on VLP to conduct his own archival research in Washington D.C. Evan works on both the VLP technical team and the World War I African American research team. He is using the programming languages HTML and CSS to edit biographies to include “pop out” encyclopedic information on events and terms, such as “The Great Depression” or... Read More

Featured Courses for Fall 2018

August 1, 2018

  The UCF History Department has numerous, interesting courses being offered for Fall of 2018. Starting now, you can register for any of the following courses. Be sure to check beck regularly to see what new courses are coming this Fall.       In AMH3562, we will unpack this historical statement and many other writings by and about American women. We will look at various depictions of women in popular culture and analyze the evolution of gender roles in U.S.... Read More

Florida Veteran Remembered on the 100th Anniversary of His Death

July 23, 2018

100 years ago on July 20, Deland resident and Stetson University student Paul Hon died in a battle "leading his platoon into a charge against the Germans" in the First World War. The battle began on July 18, 1918, under the command of French General Charles Mangin. Dr. Amelia H. Lyons attended the commemoration of these events last week, as a guest of the Mangin family. The ceremony included the dedication of the reconstruction of the tower (click here to view the tower) from which the... Read More

Community Project Grant Awarded to History Department

July 16, 2018

The Florida Humanities Council granted the UCF History Department a $4,360 grant to assist the Jones High School Historical Society with archiving their museum and collections. Located near downtown Orlando, the high school and was founded in 1882 and was originally a segregated high school. Historically black high schools throughout Central Florida faced closures and were repurposed for non-educational uses. Thanks to continuous support from the local community and alumni, Jones High School... Read More

Veterans Legacy Program Team Member Highlight

July 5, 2018

Harrison Smith and Nikki Hearn are two of our undergraduate students working with the Veterans Legacy Program at UCF. Last Spring they worked on biographies of World War I veterans Clyde Atwood Emerson and Edward D. DeSaussure in Dr. Lyons’ History and Historians course, which focused on World War I veterans from Florida who died and were buried in France. The research they conducted and the current centennial of World War I prompted Harrison and Nikki to join our Veterans Legacy team this... Read More

UCF students, faculty travel to France to document WWI history

June 29, 2018

The University of Central Florida’s History Department and Center for Humanities and Digital Research are proud to partner with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Cemetery Administration to bring the stories of U.S. veterans buried in national cemeteries to life as part of the Veterans Legacy Program. The Orlando Sentinel featured the Veterans Legacy Program's upcoming research trip to France in an article published on June 29. You can read the article here. Follow UCF... Read More

History Student Named Boren Fellow

June 7, 2018

History major Rachel Rothstein-Safra received a Boren Fellowship which provides funding for immersive study of the language and culture of countries deemed critical to U.S. national security. Read more... Read More

C-SPAN 3 features UCF History Professor

April 30, 2018

Visiting professor Yanek Mieczkowski was recently recorded by C-SPAN 3 to be featured on its series titled “Lectures in History.” Mieczkowski specializes in 20th century U.S. history and teaches courses that cover presidential, diplomatic, economic, social and cultural history. The most recent airing will be Mieczkowski’s fourth CSPAN appearance. His most recent CSPAN feature covers his “U.S. History: Since 1877” course. In a lecture titled “The Mavericks,” Mieczkowski... Read More

Graduation and awards reception honors student accomplishments

April 27, 2018

The History Department celebrated students who have been recognized by awards and graduating seniors at this semester’s Graduation and Awards Reception. The reception took place is the Graduate Student Center located in Colbourn Hall. Each spring, the event allows History Department staff and faculty to celebrate student accomplishments and wish them well in their future endeavors. Department chair, Dr. Peter Larson, welcomed students. Faculty members Edward, Andrew, Tiffany... Read More

A variety of courses are being offered through the History Department for Summer 2018

April 17, 2018

This summer, the History Department has numerous interesting courses available for student registration. Still looking to fill your schedule? We’ve got you covered. This online course will be taught by Dr. Luis Martinez-Fernandez. History of the Caribbean provides student with a multidisciplinary introduction to the historical trajectory of the Caribbean from the pre-Columbian era to the present. It covers selected topics such as Amerindian societies, European colonization, slavery... Read More

History graduate student is recognized by Order of the Pegasus for first time in department history

April 13, 2018

History graduate student Porsha Dossie was awarded UCF’s Order of the Pegasus, which is the first time a History student has received the universities most prestigious recognition. The Order of the Pegasus award recognizes students for their exemplary performance at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Undergraduates who are selected for the university’s most significant award are chosen based on their academic achievement, outstanding university involvement, leadership and... Read More

UCF Celebrates the Arts features Veterans Legacy Program

April 13, 2018

As UCF celebrates the arts at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the Veterans Legacy Program digitally showcased playscript readings and demonstrated a mobile app for the arts, storytelling and technology themed exhibition night. Undergraduate students in three UCF history courses researched and wrote biographies of more than 100 veterans commemorated at Florida National Cemetery. Directed by Theatre UCF faculty member Holly E. McDonald, theater students also wrote monologues... Read More

Collecting and Digitizing Local History: RICHES hosts “How to Conduct a History Harvest”

April 10, 2018

Collecting and Digitizing Local History: How to Conduct a History Harvest was the first workshop of its kind offered as a collaborative community outreach initiative presented by RICHES, Celery Soup and UCF’s Department of History. The workshop provided community organizations and members with tips and techniques on how to preserve their own history by hosting a History Harvest. Participants from St. Cloud Heritage Museum, Goldenrod Historical Society, Sanford Museum, Pine Castle... Read More

Judaic Studies professor engages students through video textbooks

April 10, 2018

Professors are constantly searching for innovative ways to engage their students. Judaic Studies professor Dr. Ken Hanson is leading the charge with courses that use cinematic productions and interactive video games to bridge the gap between the past and present. Hanson was the 2017 recipient of the Chuck D. Dziuban Award for Excellence in online Teaching. The award recognizes one outstanding UCF faculty member who has recently taught a “High Quality” online course. Recipients can only... Read More

History students present at annual Graduate Research Forum

April 6, 2018

The 15th annual Graduate Research Forum was held in the Student Union’s Pegasus Ballroom, April 3, 2018. The event is one of many scheduled during UCF’s Research Week and showcased the research and creative projects of more than 300 graduate students. Student presentations represented a variety of disciplines and were evaluated by a group of judges. UCF History was represented by a large group of participants which included: Mike Burke, Tyler Campbell, Onyx De La Osa, Mason Guinto,... Read More

UCF History Professor makes appearance on radio program and UVA podcast

April 4, 2018

Dr. Barbara Gannon appeared on the Florida Frontiers radio program to discuss the sacrifice both black and white Union soldiers made to preserve the Union. On the show, Gannon also spoke on the Grand Army of the Republic, which was the first post-Civil War veterans organization founded in 1866. The organization was the first organization where both black and white Union soldiers from all branches were members.   “The GAR was the largest veterans organization of the Union... Read More

History student chosen for a fellowship designed to impact girls in low-income countries

March 21, 2018

History major, Danielle Dickey was chosen to take part in the She’s the First Community Impact Fellowship. The fellowship will provide Dickey with an opportunity to develop a local community project aimed at empowering and educating girls in low income countries.  Dickey will kick off her year-long fellowship with a retreat in Antigua, Guatemala. For her project, Dickey proposed a leadership camp for middle school girls.  “The leadership camp will hopefully foster leaders we will read... Read More

Florida Conference of Historians recognizes UCF History students

March 12, 2018

UCF History students were awarded for presenting the best papers at the annual Florida Conference of Historians. Graduate student Colin Cook was presented with the Blaine T. Browne Award for his paper titled “Scottish Identity and Presbyterian in Antrim, 1613 – 1670.” The award is given out each year to the best paper written by a graduate student at the meeting. The Florida Conference of Historians also recognizes the best undergraduate student paper at each annual meeting with the... Read More

History student receives sixth academic award for 2017-2018 academic year

March 6, 2018

Rachael Rothstein-Safra received the Honors in the Major Outstanding Theses Award for her thesis on China’s only female emperor, Wu Zetian. Every year, the award is presented to four students. The award recognizes one student thesis from a social sciences, business and education category, a natural sciences and health sciences category, an engineering and technology category and an arts and humanities category. Recognized theses are chosen based on their use of thorough research, display... Read More

Humanities and Tech intersect at THATCamp FL 2018

February 28, 2018

The History Department, Center for Digital Humanities and Research and RICHES hosted this year’s THATCamp at the UCF Teaching Academy, this past weekend. The Humanities and Technology Camp featured over 65 attendees and 10 sessions led by graduate students and scholars collaborating on Digital Humanities projects. Unlike formal conferences, THATCamp sessions are proposed throughout the day. It aims to create a more casual environment that allows for spontaneity and conversation.... Read More

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

February 20, 2018

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. This year’s luncheon theme “Drum Majors for Service” featured renowned historian Dr. Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, the Victor... Read More

Florida veteran establishes a legacy of honor and valor

February 6, 2018

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 something he’s always carried with him. “We were studying social studies at the time,” said Tillmon. “My classmate said, ‘Joe, you all were only... Read More

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