University of West Georgia
Department of History
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.
Save the Date! On September 25, the History Department will mark the Great War’s centenary by convening a panel of historians to examine the subject of Africa and the First World War. Four scholars will offer insights from their research on this important watershed in African and world history and participate in a discussion of the conflict in Africa and its legacy. We are very excited that a distinguished group will participate. The program will feature 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 will take place in Campus Center Ballroom 108.3 on Thursday, September 25 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Everyone is invited and the event is free. We hope to see you there!
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.
Welcome new faculty! This year the Department of History welcomes Dr. Molly McCullers, who has joined the department as Assistant Professor of African Studies.
On October 15, Dr. Gary Van Valen participated in the History Department's Fall Roundtable, entitled "Latino Immigration to the South: What's Distinctive?" Organized by the Department's Public Programming Committee, the panel also included Dr. Sal Peralta, Associate Professor of Political Science here at UWG, Ms. Gyla de la Rosa from Latinos United Carroll County, and Dr. Mary Odem, Professor of History at Emory University. The panel was moderated by Dr. Maria Doyle, Associate Professor of English and Assistant Director of International Programs at UWG.
Also in October, Dr. Charles Lipp and Nate Michalewicz, a recent graduate from our MA program, presented their work at the Western Society for French History Annual Meeting in Atlanta. While Dr. Lipp spoke on the Diplomacy of the Ducal Restoration in Lorraine from 1690-1697, Mr. Michalewicz discussed the goals of French Diplomacy in the Levant. The panel, organized by Mr. Michalewicz, was entitled "Unconventional Diplomacy: France and the Early Modern World." The conference took place October 25-26.
Dr. Keith Pacholl was our featured speaker for the November Brown Bag Luncheon on November 22. His talk, "General Diffusion of Knowledge," focused on two main issues: why online learning matters, and how to do it.