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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

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