Amy Foster Discusses Wally Funk’s Historic Journey to Space

July 20, 2021

Amy Foster, associate professor of history, was featured in a Rolling Stone piece about the 60-year journey of trailblazing aviator Wally Funk. Today, the 82-year-old pilot became the oldest person to journey to space when she traveled alongside Jeff Bezos on the Blue Origin New Shepard rocket. In the 1960s, Wally Funk was one of NASA's "Mercury 13," a select group of women who participated in the same medical and psychological tests given to the first astronaut candidates in the country... Read More

History Professors Provide Background and Insight Into Cuban Protests

July 15, 2021

In recent days, Cuba has seen unprecedented protests and demonstrations in response to shortages of food and medicine, as well as the government's handling of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. History professors James C. Clark and Luis Martínez-Fernández have provided background and insight into the recent Cuban protests to a number of news outlets. WKMG-Channel 6 featured Clark, a senior lecturer of history, in a piece exploring whether the White House could intervene in Cuba's current... Read More

Discover the History of Juneteenth with Dr. Fon Gordon

June 7, 2021

Each year on June 19, we celebrate Juneteenth: a holiday commemorating the belated announcement in Texas of the Emancipation Proclamation. It is a day of celebration and remembrance, on which we pay tribute to those who sacrificed so much for freedom and mark a point in our country's history where racial healing could begin. This year, you can learn more about the history and relevance of Juneteenth by attending a virtual event! On June 8 from 7:00–8:00 p.m., the Orange County Library... Read More

The American Association of Ukrainian Studies Honors Book by Vladimir Solonari

May 6, 2021

The American Association of Ukrainian Studies awarded honorable mention to Vladimir Solonari's book, A Satellite Empire: Romanian Rule in Southwestern Ukraine, 1941-1944. Solonari is an associate professor of history and his research focuses on the policy of ethnic cleansing in World War II Romania. The competition committee described the award-winning publication as a pioneering, comprehensive, nuanced and insightful contribution to Ukrainian history. The association also noted that... Read More

A Decade of Digitally Preserving the Past

May 5, 2021

Committed to creating engagement opportunities for students, scholars and the UCF community alike, the Regional Initiative for Collecting History, Experiences and Stories (RICHES™) project marked its 10th year of preserving the past using innovative digital tools. RICHES™ is an interdisciplinary project that partners with multiple academic units at the University of Central Florida, six other Florida universities, and commercial and nonprofit sectors of the community. The project serves... Read More

Staff Awards Recognize Dedication and Exemplary Service

April 29, 2021

The annual CAH staff awards recognize employees who have delivered exemplary service to the college and UCF. In 2021, the College of Arts and Humanities recognized staff members for their commendable dedication to UCF and acknowledged the challenging year the employees faced. Three of these staff members received prestigious honors that include a financial award of $600 each. In a message to all faculty and staff, Dean Jeff Moore said, “Sometimes you probably think no one notices all... Read More

Remembering Paul W. Wehr

April 28, 2021

Paul W. Wehr, retired professor of history, passed away on March 19. Wehr was a part of the UCF History Department from its inception through 1995, making a remarkable impact on UCF and surrounding communities. As we mourn his passing, we also reflect on Wehr’s unforgettable sense of humor and passion for history. Born in Hamilton, Ohio, Wehr originally did not see himself as a college student. As he confessed in a 2016 interview with Orlando Memory, “I didn’t plan to go... Read More

CAH Faculty Members Receive Tenure and Promotion in 2021

April 26, 2021

The College of Arts and Humanities is proud to celebrate the success and achievements of our faculty and staff. In 2021, 28 faculty members have received promotion and/or tenure to recognize their dedication to the university. Congratulations to our exceptional colleagues! Read the full list of UCF faculty receiving promotion here.   English Mel Stanfill, Associate Professor Sonia Stephens, Associate Professor   History Vladimir Solonari,... Read More

2021 Founders’ Day Awards Honor Excellence in the Arts and Humanities

April 7, 2021

UCF College of Arts and Humanities faculty members were honored at the 2021 Founders’ Day Honors Convocation on Wednesday, April 7. The annual ceremony, which took place virtually this year, honors UCF faculty and students for excellence across departments and disciplines. In recognition of outstanding teaching, advising, mentoring, research, professional service, librarianship and instruction, faculty are awarded research funding and encouragement to pursue their professional endeavors at... Read More

Celebrate the Arts From the Comfort of Your Couch

April 5, 2021

UCF Celebrates the Arts is harnessing the power of art — and the virtual world — to bring our community together. While many events at this year’s festival will be held at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts using strict health and safety protocols, a series of virtual events will also allow attendees to experience the arts from the comfort of their own homes. Events ranging from discussions about the art of Black language to showcases of artistic talent will be featured... Read More

James C. Clark Discusses Consequences of Controlling Voters Through Legislation

April 1, 2021

James C. Clark, senior lecturer of history, was featured in the Orlando Sentinel as a guest columnist for his insight on the unintended consequences of controlling voters through legislation. Citing key elections in 1860, 1960 and 2020, Clark paints a picture of the effects of voter suppression attempts and connects them with current legislature being debated in Florida. “Making it more difficult to vote would set up a kind of gladiator competition to decide whose voters are most... Read More

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