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

“Awareness, Appreciation and Advocacy”: Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community honors UCF

October 11, 2019

Representatives from the College of Arts and Humanities, including the Department of History, participated in an event that celebrated and honored UCF’s ongoing role in documenting, preserving and educating people about the historically African American town of Eatonville, which is thirteen miles west of UCF's main campus. Associate Professor of History and Director of Public History Dr. Scot French, who has carried out extensive research on the town, spoke and curated an exhibit at the... Read More

Five ways to celebrate Latinx Heritage Month 2019 at UCF

September 12, 2019

It’s September, which means it’s time to celebrate Latinx Heritage Month! Last year, UCF was named a Hispanic Serving Institution and hosted several Latin American-inspired events to celebrate Hispanic culture. And this year, UCF will be kicking off Hispanic Serving Institutions Week on September 16 with special guest speaker Dr. Gina Garcia and free refreshments! The College of Arts and Humanities is also getting in on the fun with several activities that spotlight Hispanic culture.... Read More

New faculty members strengthen the arts & humanities

August 26, 2019

The College of Arts and Humanities welcomes new faculty members joining the college this fall! English Jason D. Gregory '19, Lecturer Jason D. Gregory is a recent film production MFA graduate from UCF's Nicholson School of Communication and Media (Go Knights!). He received his undergraduate degree in film from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002 and during his studies, Gregory was selected, twice, as a participant in the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Writer’s Workshop.  In 2010,... Read More

Online History student makes first visit to campus — to graduate

August 1, 2019

Congratulations to Sarah Gebert, a history major, on her graduation this weekend! Gebert's graduation is special: it will be the first time she steps foot on the UCF campus. Completing her degree entirely online, the North Carolina resident, who is married to a Marine and had to be ready to move at any time, says UCF’s courses gave her the ability to remain mobile and study on the go. “The online learning platform at UCF helped me develop vital organizational and time-management skills... Read More

History professor’s first book receives award from the Royal Historical Society

July 24, 2019

Duncan Hardy, associate professor of history, received the 2019 Gladstone Award for his first book, Associative Political Culture in the Holy Roman Empire: Upper Germany, 1346-1521. The Royal Historical Society annually presents the Gladstone History Book Prize for a first solely-written book on a historical subject not primarily related to British History published in the UK. "I am delighted and very grateful that my book has been recognized with this award," says Hardy. "The Gladstone... Read More

Two UCF projects accepted for ‘Pompeii’ exhibition

July 12, 2019

UCF's School of Visual Arts and Design (SVAD) and Center for Research and Education in Arts, Technology and Entertainment (CREATE) will host Pompeii-related arts initiatives in the months leading up to the opening of “Pompeii: The Immortal City,” an exhibit that will be at the Orlando Science Center from June-September 2020. The science center will be one of only four museums nationwide to host the traveling exhibit of ancient artifacts, and partnered with Orange Country Arts and... Read More

Adventure awaits in Pegasus! Let’s go!

July 12, 2019

The most recent issue of UCF's magazine Pegasus is "adventure" themed, and includes several features about College of Arts and Humanities faculty members. Looking for a meaningful life? In an article about curiosity, Michael Strawser, chair of the department of Philosophy and coach of the UCF Ethics Bowl team, says there is great value in taking risks, "both in asking new questions and asking anew the all-important questions about ourselves and our world, and then trying to develop new... Read More

History alumna Rebecca Schwandt ’18 collects “mermaid” stories in collaboration with RICHES™ and The Florida Humanities Council

June 24, 2019

History alumna Rebecca Schwandt ’18 discovered her passion through preserving the history of Weeki Wachee Springs. Now a state park, Weeki Wachee opened in 1947 as a roadside attraction in Hernando County, FL, presenting women wearing fish tails and other fanciful outfits in underwater acrobatics. Recently, The Florida Humanities Council awarded a Community Project Grant to Friends of Weeki Wachee Springs, a Florida citizens support organization whose focus is the preservation of the park.... Read More

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

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