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In Memoriam: Dr. Simon Barton

January 19, 2018

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 faculty member at the University of Exeter, where he also served as Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies from 2010-2012 and as co-Director from... Read More

UCF History Department Presents at American Historical Association Conference

January 18, 2018

Professors and students from the UCF History Department presented at the American Historical Association Conference last week. Dr. Amelia Lyons, Dr. Scot French, Dr. Barbara Gannon, and Graduate student Sarah Schneider presented papers on the benefits and challenges of the Veterans Legacy Program. Dr. Martinez-Fernandez also chaired a Latin American History Session on Slavery and Emancipation and presented as a panelist on a panel titled, How Working with Teachers Impacted My Work: Historians... Read More

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

January 11, 2018

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 States with local, national and international audiences. He was invited by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Orlando focusing on... Read More

Dr. Robert Cassanello and Dr. Lisa Mills discuss upcoming documentary film on WMFE 90.7

December 18, 2017

  Dr. Robert Cassanello and Dr. Lisa Mills recently joined Reporter Brendan Byrne at the WMFE 90.7 studio to discuss their work on an upcoming documentary film, "Marching Forward". Slated for release in early 2018, the documentary chronicles the rise of the all-black marching band at Orlando's Jones High School during segregation. Listen to the radio interview here: http://www.wmfe.org/marching-forward-examines-jones-high-school-band-during-segregation/81256 Watch the "Marching... Read More

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

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

UCF History Alumni Spotlight: Where Are They Now: Albert Tellez, UCF Class of 2016 – BA in History

June 30, 2017

Albert’s office is in the First Bank of the United States, where 18th and 19th century artifacts are archived. UCF History Alumni Spotlight: Where Are They Now Albert Tellez, UCF Class of 2016 – BA in History After completing a history internship at the Museum of Military History in Kissimmee, FL, alumna Albert Tellez served as the museum’s Historian and Curator following graduation. He recently accepted a position with the National Park Service in Philadelphia, PA. In his new... Read More

UCF History Alumni Spotlight: Where Are They Now – Anne Ladyem McDivitt, Class of 2010 & 2013

June 27, 2017

UCF History Alumni Spotlight: Where Are They Now Anne Ladyem McDivitt, Class of 2010 & 2013 While pursuing her PhD in Public History at George Mason University, Anne Ladyem McDivitt is interning this summer at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. She is working on curatorial projects in the Space History department. According to a recent article published in the Dyersburg State Gazette, a portion of Anne’s tasks while interning at the institution will be to... Read More

Citizen Curator Project on RICHES

June 8, 2017

RICHES (the Regional Initiative for Collecting the History, Experiences and Stories) includes a permanent archive of Resilience: Remembering Pulse and Pulse: A Consultation, plus five additional projects: Florida Pride and Shame by Amanda Polk; Black in White by Kimari Jackson; Literature for the Resistance by Jaclyn Crawford; Central Florida Pulse: The Tragedy of Place and the Power of Activism by Mia Tangor, Carys O’Neill and Savannah Bitto; and A Cultural Poultice by Abigail Padfield,... Read More

“The Committee” Documentary Now Online

June 8, 2017

The Committee, created by the Honors Advanced Documentary Workshop Class at UCF under the advisement of faculty members Robert Cassanello (History) and Lisa Mills (SVAD), is a documentary about the little-known Florida Legislative Investigative Committee of the State Legislature from 1956-1965. The documentary is currently available to watch on WUCF TV and will be rebroadcast in October during Orlando Pride.... Read More

History Department’s Dr. Tiffany Earley-Spadoni has been published in the Journal of Archaeological Science

May 26, 2017

History Department's Dr. Tiffany Earley-Spadoni has been published in the Journal of Archaeological Science. Her article, "Spatial History, deep mapping and digital storytelling: archaeology's future imagined through an engagement with the Digital Humanities," argues for collaboration between GIS specialists and digital humanists, as well as collaboration in deep mapping, digital storytelling and data visualization. Earley-Spadoni also highlights the RICHES project here at the University of... Read More

UCF History Alumnus Receives Florida Historical Society Award

April 26, 2017

Terrell Orr (MA History 2016) has won the 2016 Gov. LeRoy Collins Award from the Florida Historical Society for his MA Thesis titled “Conflict and Modernity in New South Florida's Phosphate Mines, 1900-1930.” You can read the abstract for Orr’s thesis here. Named in honor of the late Gov. LeRoy Collins, a distinguished Floridian connected with one of the state's pioneer families, who promoted significant improvements in public education at all levels. This award recognizes the most... Read More

UCF History Students Showcase Their Research at the 2017 Graduate Research Forum

April 10, 2017

On Tuesday, April 4th, seven History graduate students showcased their research at UCF's 2017 Graduate Research Forum. The Graduate Research Forum allows students from all disciplines to share their research and projects through academic posters. Along with creating a poster that showcases their work, students are given the opportunity to explain their research, answer questions and gain feedback. This year, MA History candidate Holly Baker placed 1st for Master's in the Business... Read More

Seminole Tribe of Florida former Chairman and current Council member and tribal historian Max Osceola recently spoke to students in Bob Clarke’s AMH 2010 class

April 10, 2017

Seminole Tribe of Florida former Chairman and current Council member and tribal historian Max Osceola recently spoke to students in Bob Clarke's AMH 2010 class. Covering a wide range of topics from Indian Removal to modern Seminole culture, Max helped student's understand different perspectives on U.S. History and answered a variety of questions from the audience. All in attendance gained much insight from Max's perspectives and the UCF History department hopes to have a long, and productive... Read More

Historian David Staley Unveils FHQ Data Sculpture At Public History Talk on “The Creative Humanities”

April 7, 2017

Visitors to the Florida Historical Quarterly offices on the fourth floor of Colbourn Hall will soon find displayed there a 3D data sculpture representing 100 top key terms from the journal’s 85-year run of digitized back issues, courtesy of Ohio State University historian David J. Staley. The sculpture resembles a topographical map, with peaks and valleys corresponding to the journal’s most commonly used key terms. Some terms, such as “Indian,” demonstrate the journal’s year-to-year... Read More

UCF Students Present at the Florida Conference of Historians

March 14, 2017

March 10-12, 2017 Punta Gorda, Florida Several UCF students from the History and School of Visual Arts and Design presented their work at the 57th Annual Florida Conference of Historians March 10-12 at Florida Southwestern State College. The conference highlighted historical subjects through paper and new media presentations, and gave our students the opportunity to share their scholarship. The following undergraduate, graduate, alumni, prospective student, and faculty presented this... Read More

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