Exhibits celebrate black community, friendship during Black History Month

January 24, 2020

Two concurrent exhibits—one at UCF and one at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in Tampa—use photographs to explore themes of black community, friendship and resilience in the face of systemic violence and discrimination. The first exhibit, “Zora Neale Hurston’s ‘Native Village’: Historic Eatonville Remembered,” hosted on the first-floor gallery wall in UCF's John C. Hitt Library, runs through February. Curated by Associate Professor of History and Director of Public... Read More

Alumnus Mike Diaz begins CBS’ Writers Mentoring Program

January 21, 2020

Alumnus Mike Diaz was one of six writers chosen for mentorship for CBS’ Writers Mentoring Program. The eight-month mentoring program pairs a CBS executive mentor with a writer who will receive help in developing a new piece of material. After the mentorship period, writers are provided access to agents, managers, executives, showrunners and producers through a workshop dedicated to teaching them all about the television business. Diaz earned a B.A. in History and an M.F.A in Film, which led... Read More

Students receive Africana Studies scholarships

January 17, 2020

Three students recently received scholarships from the Africana Studies program for the Fall 2019 and/or Spring 2020 semesters. Rachel Mungovan (pictured), received the UCF Africana Studies and Business Services Dining Stipend for Fall 2019-Spring 2020. The stipend is an all-access/seven-day dining meal plan stipend for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters, valued at $3,960. “Being in the Africana Studies minor coursework has shown me the interconnectedness of African history, culture,... Read More

New books from faculty to add to your winter break reading list

December 2, 2019

As the countdown to major December holidays approaches, now is the time to search for the perfect gift or find an opportunity to learn something new over winter break. Our faculty have come to the rescue with amazing new books for readers of many interests – from commentary on indigenous religious freedoms to poetry to video game design. Here are seven of the most recent CAH faculty publications from this semester, and all are available for purchase online or at major retailers. They're... Read More

History M.A. student Matt Patsis in Orlando Sentinel: The forgotten people of the forgotten war

November 12, 2019

History M.A. student Matt Patsis wrote a guest column in yesterday’s Orlando Sentinel entitled "The forgotten people of the forgotten war." "In the United States, we remember Nov. 11 as Veterans Day, when we honor those who served in all wars. Yet, our commemoration of this day is no accident. The Allies signed the armistice with Germany on Nov. 11, 1918, restoring peace in Europe. Many nations remember Nov. 11 as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day, a day specifically reserved for remembrance... Read More

James Weldon Johnson Lecture Series: Exploring gynecology through a socio-cultural anthropological lens

November 12, 2019

Nessette Falu, PhD, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UCF, delivered the second lecture in the 2019 James Weldon Johnson Lecture Series, "Afrofuturistic Bem-Estar: Black Lesbians' Wellbeing, Liberation, and Gynecology in Brazil." Falu spoke about her forthcoming book, which explores how Black lesbians in Salvador-Bahia, Brazil understand and navigate their own sexual health and wellbeing, or bem-estar, given heteronormative social structures in Brazil and the entrenched racial, sexual,... Read More

Annual Shofner lecture focuses on Florida’s changing environmental landscape

October 21, 2019

Visiting scholars shared diverse insights into Florida’s environment as the UCF History Department and the Florida Historical Quarterly presented the seventh annual Jerrell Shofner Lecture on Florida History and Culture. “Perspectives on Florida’s Environment,” featured a panel of three speakers, whom Dr. Connie Lester, associate professor of history and editor of the Florida Historical Quarterly described in her introduction as being among “the foremost historians of this state’s... Read More

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