University of West Georgia
Department of History
Congratulations to Dr. Gary Van Valen, who received the Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin Book Prize for his book Indigenous Agency in the Amazon: The Mojos in Liberal and Rubber-Boom Bolivia (Arizona, 2013). The American Society for Ethnohistory gives this prestigious award each year for the best book-length contribution to ethnohistory.
Welcome new faculty! Public Historian Dr. Jae Turner comes to us from Emory University (by way of KSU) and Amber Surmiller is just finishing up her dissertation at Texas Christian University. Both Dr. Turner and Ms. Surmiller join us as Visiting Assistant Professors, while our very own Keri Adams joins us as Assistant Director of the Public History Center, as well as a Lecturer.
Join us in congratulating Dr. Keith Pacholl, who was selected as one of 12 Fellows for this year's Governor's Teaching Fellowship Program! Over the course of the following year, Dr. Pacholl will attend six 3-day symposia on curriculum design, integrating technology, developing student skills, increasing student engagement, and service learning. He will also be working on his own teaching improvement projects throughout the year.
Congratulations also to the Center for Public History, who was recognized on September 5 with the 2014 Governor’s Tourism Award for Partnerships. The Center partnered with the Smithsonian Institution, the Georgia Humanities Council, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the Georgia Council for the Arts to create and deliver the Smithsonian’s New Harmonies exhibit. From April 2012 through November 2013 the Center was instrumental in the tour’s movement through 12 small Georgia towns, combining with concerts at each stop in celebration of Georgia’s roots music. The tour culminated earlier this year with a day-long celebration at the Woodruff Arts Center featuring artists from across the state.
On September 25, the History Department marked the Great War’s centenary by convening a panel of historians to examine the subject of Africa and the First World War. The program featured speakers Dr. Michelle R. Moyd, Associate Professor Indiana University Bloomington, our own Dr. Molly McCullers, Assistant Professor University of West Georgia, Dr. Melvin E. Page, Professor Emeritus East Tennessee State University, and Dr. Richard S. Fogarty, Associate Professor University at Albany -SUNY. The event was well attended, with standing room only.
The Department of History hosted a book talk featuring Dr. Gary Van Valen's recent book, Indigenous Agency in the Amazon: The Mojos in Liberal and Rubber Boom Bolivia, 1842-1932 (Arizona 2013) in January in the Library Nook. Dr. Daniel Williams presented his latest research on the history of the pro-life movement in March at the same venue. Both talks were well attended.
On January 4, Dr. Colleen Vasconcellos presented a paper entitled "'To so dark a destiny, my Lovely babe I've born:' Slavery and Child Survival in Jamaica" at the American Historical Association Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.