Spring 2018

  • Keri Adams will lead two Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area Alliance tours of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers on April 28th and May 26th. Each tour group is joined by a Trappist monk on the last leg of the tour, usually Brother Callistus.  Ms. Adams undertakes these tours each semester, so if you miss these, check back for future dates.
  • Thank you so much to Dr. John Ferling and Carol Ferling, who have generously donated funds to the University of West Georgia for the purposes of establishing the John Ferling Distinguished Lecture Series in United States History. This is an endowed lecture series by distinguished professional historians with specialties in Colonial Anglo America/American Revolution, 19th century U.S. history, and 20th century U.S. history, and we hope to schedule a lecture every two years.
  • We are excited to announce the creation of the Danny Williams and Arden Williams Center for Public History Scholarship. This scholarship has been established by Ms. Arden Williams, '98 and ’02 alum, in memory of her son, Daniel “Danny” Adam Williams, and it will be awarded to a nontraditional student in the Center for Public History. Thank you so much, Ms. Williams! We are honored to receive this scholarship in memory of your son.
  • On April 19, Dr. Colleen Vasconcellos hosted an on-campus screening of Frida as part of the UWG Housing and Residence Life Cultural History Month Film Series, in collaboration with UWG's Center for Diversity and Inclusion. In addition to introducing the film, Dr. Vasconcellos also led a discussion afterwards on the cultural significance of Frida Kahlo as an artist, revolutionary, and feminist icon.
  • Dr. Nadejda Williams participated in the COAH Theme Year Forum on Truth on April 18 with several other faculty members from the College of Arts and Humanities.  The panel, which was extremely well attended, dicussed how artists, historians, philosphers, and other creaters and scholars approach the topic of truth in their research, work, and discipline.
  • Dr. Keith Bohannon's lecture on the Lost Cause mythology of the Confederacy and Confederate monuments appeared on C-Span 3 on April 14, and featured several of our history majors asking questions and commenting.  The lecture was taped in his 4000-level Civil War class back in the Fall of 2017. After being aired on April 14 the lecture will be archived, along with hundreds of other U.S. History related lectures and tours, at the C-Span 3 website. This website is really a wonderful resource!
  • Dr. Stephanie Chalifoux participated in The Other Night School Lecture Series at the Inn at Serenbe on April 10, where she presented a paper called "B-girls and Bombshells: The Other 1950s Women."  Dr. Chalifoux also gave a talk on March 20 at the Newnan Historical Train Depot entitled "MeToo:  Past, Present & Future of a Women's Movement" as part of the Newnan Coweta Historical Society's Women's History Month Programming.
  • On April 6th, Dr. Michael de Nie participated in a symposium on the American school of Irish history at Boston College.  There, he presented a paper entitled “Ireland and Empire: Where do we go from here?,” and participated in a roundtable discussion on Irish History in the United States.  
  • Also on April 6th, Dr. Gary Van Valen presented his paper, "Indigenous People and the New Mexican Land Rush," as part of the Indigenous Borderlands Conference at Texas State University.  The Conference is an International Symposium sponsored by TSU's Center for the Study of the Southwest.
  • On April 3rd, Dr. Larry Rivers participated in a roundtable discussion at Morehouse College that was part the institution’s commemoration of the 50th year since Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech, the last public address of his life.  
  • Our second Study Abroad cohort took in the sights in NYC this March with a Study Away trip over Spring Break as part of Dr. Steve Goodson's Immigration in the United States class.  The class saw History Where It Happened on their guided tours of Ellis Island, the Tenement Museum, and other important historical sights.  Dr. Goodson and Dr. Lipp are pioneers in the Department's Study Abroad program, having taken our first cohort to France in the summer of 2017. They plan on taking another group in the summer of 2019.
  • The Department of History hosted a well-attended event for Presidents' Day on February 19 in the Ingram Library Nook. We were joined by two Poli Sci professors - Dr. Kathleen Barrett spoke on James Madison and Dr. Bob Schaefer talked about Abraham Lincoln.  Our own Dr. Keith Pacholl covered George Washington, Dr. Dan Williams talked about Teddy Roosevelt, and Dr. Steve Goodson spoke about FDR.  Dr. Stephanie Chalifoux presented on Eleanor Roosevelt, while Dr. Ann McCleary talk about presidential food.
  • Dr. Larry Rivers presented a talk entitled "Racism in the Era of Jackie Robinson," on February 28, as part of Ingram Library's month long program on the babeball and civil rights pioneer's life.
  • On February 15, we hosted our 5th Annual Graduate Symposium in the Ingram Library Nook, where graduate students Mollie Marlow, Russ Lenox, and Monique Hyman presented their thesis research.  Drs. Molly McCullers, Larry Rivers, and Colleen Vasconcellos offered comments and feedback for our students.  Dr. Stephanie Chalifoux served as Emcee.

Fall 2017

  • Congratulations to Dr. Ann McCleary, who was one of three UWG 2018 Nominees for the USG Regents' Teaching Excellence Awards!
  • As Oct. 31st, 2017 marked the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's nailing up the Ninety-Five Theses, an event that began what we now call the Reformation, we held a roundtable discussion in anticipation of this anniversary. On Oct. 10th, the History Department hosted "The Reformation at 500: Five Perspectives," where Dr. Robert Schaefer joined our own Dr. Lipp and Dr. Dan Williams and two area clergy, Rev. Karen Kagiyama and Pastor Andrew Hendley, in a discussion on the varied historical, political, and theological impact of the Reformation on the world.
  • On September 26, Dr. Dan Williams gave a lecture on the controversial relationship between religion and American politics on both the left and the right as he tried to answer the question: Why is American politics so religious? Dr. Williams is an AIR Serenbe Fellow and participant in the non-profit artist residency program of the Serenbe Institute.
  • Ketty Cusick and Dr. Keith Pacholl visited with the Abraham Baldwin Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution on September 21, to award UWG pins to those members who have contributed to the John Ferling Award endowment. Thank you so much for your continued support of our majors!
  • On September 19, the Department of History threw a brunch in honor of History Club, who won UWG's small organization of the year award! Congrats guys!! We are so proud of you!!
  • Dr. Ihor Pidhany's book Chinese Literature: An Introduction is now being used as part of the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia's pedagogy program.
  • Dr. Michael de Nie's article "The Comic Press, Ireland, and Empire, 1882-1885" was published in the fall/winter 2017 issue of Éire-Ireland.
  • Welcome Dr. Aimee Genell!  Dr. Genell joins our faculty as our historian of the Islamic World.
  • Dr. Steve Goodson's article "“The Nashville of its Day:' Recalling the Origins of Recorded Country Music in 1920s Atlanta" was published in Atlanta Studies in August.

Summer 2017

  • Dr. Ihor Pidhainy published Chinese Literature: An Introduction as part of the Association of Asian Studies' Key Issues in Asian Studies series.
  • Dr. Colleen Vasconcellos participated in a lightening roundtable session on Black Girlhood at the Annual Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders, and Sexualities in Hempstead, NY in June. 
  • Drs. Steve Goodson and Charles Lipp traveled to Bayeux, France for our inaugural History Where It Happened Study Abroad program.  Students had a great time traveling throughout France and Germany, and our first study abroad cohort was a success!  We are busy planning next summer's trip, so contact Drs. Goodson and/or Lipp for more information.

Spring 2017

  • Please join us in welcoming and congratulating Dr. Stephanie Chalifoux in her new position as Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of History! Also, many thanks to outgoing Director Dr. Nadya Williams for her 5 years of hard work as DGS!!
  • UWG Career Services office recognized Dr. Ann McCleary for her continued support of their department and her positive impact she has had on her students' career goals, employment plans and graduate school preparation. Dr. McCleary has gone above and beyond her role as a professor in the Department of History in the College of Arts and Humanities and we would like to publicly acknowledge her collaboration and devotion to helping her students prepare for life after UWG.
  • On April 30, Dr. Keith Pacholl attended the dedication of a new wall at the Carroll County Veterans Memorial Park in honor of the Revolutionary War veterans who settled in Carroll County. The Casimir Pulaski Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and Abraham Baldwin Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution are sponsoring the memorial. Both organizations are very active in the community and sponsor student awards in our Department as well.
  • Dr. Michael de Nie's co-edited volume Ireland in an Imperial World: Citizenship, Opportunism, and Subversion was published in March by Palgrave.  Dr. de Nie also contributed a chapter to the volume entitled "The Irish Press and Imperial Soldiering, 1882–85."
  • Dr. Colleen Vasconcellos participated in a roundtable discussion on Global Girlhood at the Global History of Black Girlhood Conference held at the University of Virginia, March 17-18.  She also had an article published in a/b: Auto/Biography Studies entitled "Reframing Discourses--Sally and Molly:  Life History, Black Girlhood, and the Future of the Field" in April. 
  • Dr. Larry Rivers' article “‘A New Social Awakening:’ James Hudson, Florida A. & M. University’s Religious Life Program, and the 1956 Tallahassee Bus Boycott,” was published in the Florida Historical Quarterly Winter Issue.  The research was supported, in part, by the UWG Presidential Development Grant Dr. Rivers received in 2015.