Dr. Ann McCleary serves as national co-curator and state scholar for Crossroads: Change in Rural America, a traveling exhibition that examines the evolving landscape of rural America. Georgia
Humanities has announced that in Georgia, Crossroads will travel from August 24, 2019, through June 6, 2020, on display for six weeks
each in Thomaston, McRae-Helena, Monticello, Cuthbert, Summerville, and Blue Ridge.
The exhibition is presented by Georgia Humanities, in collaboration with the Smithsonian
Institution, in partnership with the Center for Public History at the University of
West Georgia and Georgia EMC. The exhibition's Georgia grand opening took place on
August 24, 2019, at 10:00am, with a community ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by
musical performances, a farmer’s market, vendor booths, and a vintage car and tractor
show around the Thomaston downtown square.
Congratulations to Dr. Keith Pacholl, who has been appointed Fellow for UWG's Center for Teaching and Learning this academic
year (2019-20). He will help with areas of course design and enrichment, pedagogy
consultations, classroom observations, and other CTL projects.
In August of this year, Dr. Colleen Vasconcellos joined the History Gateways Project as a Discipline Advisor. The project is an endeavor
undertaken by the American Historical Association (AHA), the John N. Gardner Institute
for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, and 11 institutional partners to evaluate
and revise core curriculum courses in an effort to meet the changing needs of college
students. Dr. Vasconcellos will serve as an advisor and mentor to faculty implementing
the program within their department's core history courses.
We are pleased to welcome two new faculty members to our Department! Dr. William Stoutamire comes to us from Kearny, Nebraska where he served as Director of the G.W. Frank Museum
of History and Culture and Graduate Lecturer of History at the University of Nebraska
at Kearny. He received his PhD in Public History from Arizona State University in
2013, and his fields of study are Material Culture, Historic Preservation, and Memory
Studies, as well as the 19th Century US, US West, Heritage Tourism, Cultural History.
Dr. Stephanie Laffer, who received her PhD from Florida State University in 2010, joins us as an Instructor
at the Newnan Center. Her current research interests include British Imperialism and
the impact of memory on the imperial process. Welcome Drs. Laffer and Stoutamire!
This summer Drs. Steve Goodson and Charles Lipp traveled to Strasbourg, France for our biennial History Where It Happened Study Abroad program. Students took classes on America in France during the World Wars and Post-War
periods, as well as travel throughout France and Germany. We are also busy planning
an upcoming trip with Drs. Molly McCullers and Ann McCleary to South Africa, who took a field reconnaissance trip to the country this summer,
so stay tuned!
Dr. Michael de Nie's article "'Our Dead Chief': The Irish Press and the Death of Parnell" appeared in the
spring 2019 issue of New Hibernia Review.
Dr. Nadejda Williams participated as the guest speaker at LaGrange Biblical History Center's innaugural
"History Happy Hour," on May 3, where she gave a fascinating talk on the history of
the ancient Roman military, on the eve of their annual Roman Army day.
On April 30, 2019, Dr. Colleen Vasconcellos served as a Featured Speaker at the History Gateways to Completion 2019 Launch Meeting,
where she discussed the Department of History's G2C efforts with the HIST 2111 survey,
an initiative that has focused largely on increasing student engagement and lowering
our DFW rates for the course. Her talk, entitled "Lessons Learned," also focused on
the successes and complications of the Department's G2C efforts, as well as future
plans and goals for HIST 2111's G2C initiatives.
On April 10, 2019, Dr. Daniel K. Williams discussed whether a new era in American politics is beginning with Dr. Chapman Rackaway,
Professor of Political Science and chair of the Department of Political Science at
the University of West Georgia, at a Political Realignment Event hosted by the Penelope
Melson Society at UWG's Ingram Library. The event was well attended.
UWG's Xi Rho Chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta National Honor Society hosted the 2019 Phi Alpha Theta Georgia Regionals Conference on March 30, 2019.
Organized by Dr. Colleen Vasconcellos, chapter advisor, Dr. Stephanie Chalifoux, Director of Graduate Studies, and Ms. Jan Ridgway, Department of History Office Manager, the Xi Rho Chapter hosted students and faculty
from 5 states and 17 different schools. Thanks also to Drs. Chuck Lipp, Steve Goodson,
Michael de Nie, Gary Van Valen, and Keith Bohannon who volunteered to serve as panel
moderators. The event was a great success, and was supported and co-sponsored by
UWG's College of Arts and Humanities and Graduate School.
Congratulations to Dr. Stephanie Chalifoux, who was recognized this semester as a Best of the West Faculty Member, who was also
awarded the 2019 Michael Goodroe Faculty Service Award for her work as Director of
Graduate Studies and the 2019 J. David Griffin Award for Superior Teaching! Our office
manager, Ms. Jan Ridgway, was also recognized as a 2019 Best of the West Staff Member. Best of the West awards recognize
excellence and the promotion of colleague collaboration in the categories of Values,
Strategic Imperatives, and Cross-Divisional Collaboration.
On March 5, 2019, Dr. Stephanie Chalifoux gave a talk at The Hub at Hudson Mill in Carrollton entitled "A Revolution in Manners
and Morals" as part of the UWG School of the Arts The Other Night School Lecture Series.
Her talk discussed youthful rebellion and the music, manners, and social mores of
Also in March, Dr. Michael de Nie gave a paper entitled "Pat and the Land War" at the annual meeting of the American
Conference for Irish Studies in Boston.
Dr. Matthew Hild has enjoyed a very productive year. The University of Missouri press published his
monograph Arkansas’s Gilded Age: The Rise, Decline, and Legacy of Populism and Working-Class
Protest in the fall of 2018. It received the Arkansas Historical Association's 2019 J.G.
Ragsdale Book of the Year Award. In addition, he co-edited another book that was published
in 2018 by University of Florida Press. That work, titled Reconsidering Southern Labor History: Race, Class, and Power, received the United Association for Labor Education's Best Book Award.
In February, Dr. Colleen Vasconcellos was interviewed about her book Slavery, Childhood, and Abolition (Georgia 2015) for the Society for the History of Childhood and Youth podcast as
part of their Featured Books Series.
In conjunction with an exhibit on the history of immigration in Georgia in the Thomas
B. Murphy Reading Room this semester, Ingram Library’s Special Collections hosted
a panel discussion on Tuesday, February 26 that featured our own Dr. Steve Goodson. Priyanka Bhatt, staff attorney for Project South and J. Salvador Peralta, Associate
Professor of Political Science at the University of West Georgia, also served as panel
participants. The panel was moderated by exhibit curator W. Michael Camp, and was
followed by a reception and exhibit tour. The exhibit titled Borders Real and Imagined:
Georgia Immigration Politics in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries examines
anti-Catholicism in the 1910s, refugees from Eastern Europe resettled in the state
in the 1940s and 1950s, the Mariel Cubans cases of the 1980s, immigration reform bills
presented in the US Congress in the 1990s, and the activities of the Multicultural
Community Alliance in Carrollton in the early 2000s. Displaying items held by UWG’s
Special Collections library, the exhibit illuminates the complex history of immigrants
and refugees in Georgia, as well as the efforts of Georgia politicians to mold and
shape national immigration policy.
Dr. Larry O. Rivers gave a talk on December 4, 2018 at The Inn at Serenbe entitled "Hip Hop & Dr. Martin
Luther King," as part of the UWG School of the Arts The Other Night School Lecture
Series. The talk discussed the curious convergence of Hip Hop and the Civil Rights
Movement as sparked by the musical tribute organized by Dexter King on the first-ever
federal holiday observation of King scheduled for January 20, 1986.
Congratulations to Dr. Keith Pacholl, who has been selected by the University System of Georgia as an inaugural Chancellor’s
Learning Scholar. The Chancellor’s Learning Scholars (CLS) program is comprised of
USG faculty who will work on their respective campuses to design and facilitate faculty
enrichment learning communities (FLCs). Each of UWG’s Chancellor’s Learning Scholars
will work with UWG’s Center for Teaching and Learning to develop and facilitate semester-long
Faculty Learning Communities, beginning in the spring.
Ms. Keri Adams, Assistant Director of the Center for Public History, gave two guided tours of the
Monestery of the Holy Spirit this semester, the first on October 27 and the second
on November 23. Each tour group is joined by a Trappist monk on the last leg of the
tour, usually Brother Callistus. If you missed these, check back for future dates.
On November 13, 2018, Dr. Michael de Nie gave a talk at the UWG Newnan Center entitled "The Great Famine and the Irish World,"
which examined how the failure of the potato crop in Ireland led to the creation of
a global Irish diaspora. The talk was a part of the UWG School of the Arts The Other
Night School Lecture Series.
Congrats to UWG Center for Public History and the UWG History Project for receiving a Community Foundation of West Georgia Community Impact grant! With
this grant, The Center will develop a new arts initiative, the West Georgia Music
Trail, traveling through Carroll, Haralson, and Heard Counties. This new trail will
derive from their Regional Music Project and feature live musical performances.
Dr. Nadejda Williams gave a talk on November 6, 2018 entitled "Life and Death in the Roman Army" as part of
the UWG School of the Arts The Other Night School Lecture Series. Her talk discussed
what was it like to be in the army of one of the greatest empires the world has ever
known by focusing on such aspects of the Roman legionary experience as training, diet,
love life, birthday parties, and funerals.
On November 3, 2018, Dr. Steve Goodson spoke on the life and times of music great Johnny Cash at the Carrollton Center for
the Arts as part of their Icons of Southern Music Series. His talk was accompanied
by live music performed by Tony Sims with the Kris Youmans Band.
On September 28, 2018, a delegation from the Department of History attended the UWG
LEAP Summit to learn more about how to enhance student engagement and learning. In
attendance were Drs. Charles Lipp, Molly McCullers, Ann McCleary, Colleen Vasconcellos, and Ms. Keri Adams
Dr. Colleen Vasconcellos attended the October Georgia Gateways to Completion (G2C) Regional Meeting and participated
as a featured speaker. Her talk focused on the Department of History's G2C efforts
with the HIST 2111 survey, which have focused on increasing student engagement and
learning and lowering our DFW rates for course. Dr. Keith Pacholl and Ms. Keri Adams, along with Dr. Vasconcellos, are spearheading the Department's G2C efforts with
On September 27, 2018, the Department of History hosted a panel entitled Dr. Martin
Luther King's Legacy at 50 as part of the College of Arts and Humanities Dean's Signature
Series, which featured presentations by Dr. Molly McCullers, Dr. Daniel K. Williams, Dr. Steve Goodson, Dr. Larry O. Rivers,
and Dr. Stacy Boyd Director of the UWG Africana Studies Program and Minor and Professor of English.
The event was moderated by Dr. Colleen Vasconcellos. The event was co-sponsored by UWG Center for Diversity and Inclusion.
Congratulations to UWG History Instructor Ms. Jennifer Egas, who was one of several eFaculty awarded a 2018 eHero Award for Teaching Excellence
for her work with eCore.