University of West Georgia
Department of History
The Department of History is hosting 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 published by University of Arizona Press in February of 2013. The talk will take place Thursday, January 21st from 5:30-7:00pm in the Library Nook.
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. This is a very current issue on this campus, and the talk addressed some of the concerns that have been expressed in recent conversations, and provided constructive ways to successfully engage the world of online learning.