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UCF History Professors Research Round-Up

January 14, 2022

From a guide to the Holy Roman Empire to an essay on gendered roles in medieval and early modern England, UCF history professors have published a wide variety of work in the past few months. We've rounded up the latest places you can explore research by the department's faculty members: Duncan Hardy Assistant professor Duncan Hardy is a historian of Central Europe in the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries, specializing in the history of the Holy Roman Empire. His recent guide to the Holy Roman... Read More

2022 ZORA! Festival Season Highlights: New Venue, a Year-round Calendar, and a Bold Vision for the Future

January 10, 2022

As the Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities (ZORA! Festival) enters its 33rd season with an expanded, year-round calendar of in-person and virtual events, one can only marvel at the entrepreneurial spirit and future-minded vision of the executive team that leads the Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community, Inc. (PEC), the organization which presents this award-winning, nationally and internationally recognized event. A savvy team of marketing, social media, and web... Read More

Orlando Sentinel: 70 Years After Brevard Bombing, Legacy of Civil Rights Movement’s 1st Martyrs Lives On

December 22, 2021

Seventy years ago this week, Harry and Harriette Moore were assassinated when a bomb hidden under their house was detonated. The bombing demonstrates how Florida played a significant role in Black Americans' fight for civil rights — more so than is often acknowledged. Supported by his wife, Harry Moore spent two decades registering Black voters, demanding equal pay for Black teachers, leading an anti-lynching campaign and growing the NAACP's membership in small towns across Florida. Weeks... Read More

WMFE: UCF Professor of Military History Says Today’s Students Can Learn Resilience From World War II Veterans

December 8, 2021

Yesterday marked the 80th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor that launched the United States into World War II. Barbara Gannon, associate professor of military history, spoke with WMFE's Joe Byrnes about what students can learn from veterans of this war. "I...hope that they can learn from these Americans of all particularly — and I really like this — of all races, ethnicities, men, women, young, old people, no different than them, people in college, just out of college,... Read More

Pegasus Professor Luis Martínez-Fernández a Finalist for Don Quijote Award

November 17, 2021

Professor of history Luis Martínez-Fernández is a finalist for a 2021 Don Quijote Excellence Award, an honor that recognizes visionary, courageous Central Floridians who have taken risks to achieve their goals and improve their community. Conceived in 1997 by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando and Prospera, the Don Quijote Awards have honored 140 individuals to date for their contributions as community leaders, business owners and outstanding professionals. Finalists are... Read More

WESH-Channel 2: Stephanie Murphy Visits UCF to Kick Off Veteran’s Day Week

November 10, 2021

On Tuesday, November 9, UCF hosted the Veterans Salute, a ceremony honoring veteran students and staff. In addition to the planting of 1,400 American flags on Memory Mall, the ceremony featured speeches from community members including Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy. "To the service members and veterans here today, a heartfelt thank you," Murphy said. "Thank you for the sacrifices you make to defend our country. Veterans fought fiercely for this country, and now UCF is doing a great job... Read More

WMFE: Associate Professor of History Discusses the Roots and Trauma of Native American Boarding Schools

November 1, 2021

WMFE spoke with associate professor of history Daniel Murphree about the roots of Native American boarding schools and the generational trauma they caused. Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Halaand recently called for a federal investigation into the schools after thousands of unmarked graves were found near similar residential boarding schools in Canada. "I think for many, many Native communities today, and there are many Native Americans that either were in boarding schools, or... Read More

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