In remembrance of Anthony “Tony” Major

June 4, 2019

Anthony “Tony” Major, who recently retired from UCF after a long career as an actor, producer, director, documentary filmmaker and professor, passed away May 27. He was 79. In addition to his family, he leaves behind scores of colleagues and former students who have benefited from his friendship and guidance. Major spent more than 40 years creating films and theatre productions that depict slices of the African-American experience in the United States. Major worked with well-known... Read More

Award-winning history alumna Elizabeth Klements ’19 pursues master’s at UCF

May 24, 2019

It was Elizabeth Klements’ own family history that inspired her to study history. She grew up hearing stories about her grandparents fleeing Lithuania during World War II, when Soviet troops began to invade the country and set up a communist regime. “Their stories were an integral part of my childhood, and they showed me a different perspective on the Second World War and the Sovietization of Eastern Europe than what I saw in the classroom,” says Klements, who will graduate with her... Read More

History honor society members present research and best practices at regional conference

May 23, 2019

Officers and members of Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society, UCF Chapter participated in the society’s regional conference held at the University of North Florida. Phi Alpha Theta members Keith Richards and Sara Nazarian presented “An Uncertain Future: Tampa Cubans and the Revolution of 1933” and “The United States and its Role in Mexico’s Drug War”, respectively, at the conference. Officers Samuel Ortiz and Bryce Forgue met with other university chapter leaders to... Read More

Pabst Steinmetz Foundation Arts & Wellness Innovation Awards

May 22, 2019

The Pabst Steinmetz Foundation Arts & Wellness Innovation Awards are open for submission from Monday, May 20-Thursday, October 10, 2019. Two winners will be selected and receive $25,000 each. The purpose of the Pabst Steinmetz Foundation Arts & Wellness Innovation Awards is to build sustainable models for arts and wellness innovation across the community and UCF campus. Interdisciplinary collaboration and evidence-based community impact will be recognized as guides for building... Read More

History Instructor explores the cinema of West Bengal

May 22, 2019

Last summer I embarked on an extraordinary journey into India’s remarkable cinematic past and present. As a passionate enthusiast for international cinema, I was presented with an extraordinary opportunity to go behind the scenes to study one of India’s oldest and internationally prestigious motion picture industries. While many westerners may have at least a passing knowledge of the big-budget spectacles produced out of Mumbai’s Bollywood, a far different style of films are produced... Read More

Florida Historical Society honors CAH professors and alumni

May 17, 2019

Three College of Arts and Humanities faculty members and two alumni received awards from the Florida Historical Society at the organization’s annual meeting and symposium on Thursday, May 16 in Cape Canaveral. The event recognizes individuals who create outstanding work that preserves and celebrates Florida’s past, which has been the mission of FHS since it was established in 1856. FHS awards are competitive, with as many as ten or twelve significant books or projects submitted per... Read More

“Marked, Unmarked, Remembered”: Documenting shared history in local African American communities

May 1, 2019

Associate Professor of History and Director of Public History Dr. Scot French co-authored an article based on his research for a local museum exhibit and larger book project, in the Spring 2019 issue of Winter Park Magazine. The article, which includes review notes and supplementary text by editor Randy Noles, details two related exhibits which explore African American life in two local communities: Maitland and Eatonville. In the article, French notes that the exhibits highlight the close... Read More

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