“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

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

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