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

Digital history project featured at UCF Celebrates the Arts

April 24, 2019

Two History Department faculty members presented digital media projects at UCF Celebrates the Arts 2019. Associate Professor of History Robert Cassanello presented the “Jones High School Digital History exhibit,” and Associate Professor of History Yovanna Pineda presented “The Middle Passage: Virtual Reality Experience.” Cassanello and students worked with the Jones High Historical Society to digitize the school’s on-campus history exhibits and collections. Most of these... Read More

UCF professor showcases artwork on veterans and family

April 24, 2019

The UCF Community Veterans History Project and UCF Veterans Academic Resource Center recently hosted a "Lunch and Learn" with Kevin Haran, UCF Associate Professor of Visual Arts and Design. As part his art exhibition Materiel: Sculptures and Works on Paper, Haran discussed his influences and methods of creating warfare-themed artwork. While not a veteran himself, several of Haran’s family members served in the US military. His parents met in Europe during the Second World War. His... Read More

17 CAH faculty members receive promotion or tenure

April 16, 2019

Fostering the success of our faculty and staff is critical to meeting the mission of the College of Arts and Humanities. This year, 17 faculty members received promotion or tenure and several received awards recognizing their service to CAH and the university. See the full list of UCF faculty members who received promotion or tenure this year at UCF Today. Department of Writing and Rhetoric Vanessa Calkins Deborah Weaver Department of History James Clark Patricia Farless Department... Read More

5 Arts & Humanities faculty members receive emeritus status

April 3, 2019

The title emeritus is awarded to retired faculty and staff members who have achieved eminence during their time at UCF through teaching, research and service. Five retiring UCF College of Arts and Humanities faculty members received emeritus status in 2019. The title emeritus is awarded to retired faculty and staff members who have achieved eminence during their time at UCF. They must have an established record of distinguished performance in teaching, research and service to UCF and the UCF... Read More

Arts and Humanities faculty members honored for excellence

April 3, 2019

Faculty members from across the College of Arts and Humanities were honored at the 2019 Founders’ Day Honors Convocation on April 3. The annual ceremony recognizes UCF faculty members and students from across disciplines for their academic achievements, contributions and tenures. The awards include funding to support each winner’s research, encouraging them to continue making strides in their careers and contributing to the success of the university. Along with awards for teaching,... Read More

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