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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

New African American Primary Source Collections now available at UCF Libraries

February 1, 2018

In honor of Black History Month, the UCF Libraries, the Department of History, and the Africana Studies program would like to announce the acquisition of two new African American primary source collections. These are the second of a two-part technology fee proposal. The first phase led to the acquisition of six new databases: Black Abolitionist Papers, Black Thought & Culture, Slavery and Anti-Slavery Transnational Archive, Slavery and the Law, and Slavery in America. In 2017, we... Read More

Nearly 100 Years of the Sanford Herald now digitally available on the RICHES™ Mosaic Interface

January 29, 2018

On August 22, 1908, the Sanford Herald published its first issue. Featuring articles about the cost of purchasing and developing farm land and details of orange culture, the first issue was named the “industrial edition” as Sanford was then known as the Gate City to Florida. News of the past is no longer limited to newspaper print as the result of a collaborative partnership between the Museum of Seminole County History, the Sanford Museum and the University of Central Florida History... Read More

UCF History Alumni Spotlight: Karen Kelly, Class of 2017

January 29, 2018

Karen Kelly currently lives about an hour away from Paris in the historic city of Rouen, Normandy teaching English to French children. Since graduating from UCF in 2017 with a BA in History, Karen has started working as a teaching assistant through the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF). The program is an initiative through the French government allowing graduates to teach English in French schools. “I do lessons in English about the United States, American history and... Read More

History Department partners with the ZORA! Festival

January 23, 2018

In partnership with the Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities, Dr. Scot French and UCF History graduate student Gramond McPherson created an exhibit highlighting the history of Eatonville, Fl. and Zora Neale Hurston’s legacy. The exhibit narrates part of Eatonville’s history, one of the nation’s oldest African American towns. During the mid 20th century, African American communities were increasingly devastated by unwanted road expansion projects. These destructive... Read More

In Memoriam: Dr. Simon Barton

January 23, 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

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