Please join us in welcoming and congratulating Dr. Timothy Schroer in his new position as Chair of the Department of History! Also, many, many thanks
to outgoing Department Chair Dr. Steve Goodson for his 12 years of hard work and service as Chair!!
Drs. Nadejda Williams and Colleen Vasconcellos were both invited to attend the 2018 Provost's Summer Symposium held over the course
of two days on the UWG Newnan Campus. Participants are invited by the Provost to
discuss and make recommendations on issues central to the academic mission of the
university. The theme of the 2018 Summer Symposium was “LEAP 2.0: Aligning UWG's Academic
Initiatives & Taking Student Success to Scale.”
Drs. Colleen Vasconcellos, Molly McCullers, Nadejda Williams, and Keith Pacholl presented a panel at the 2018 Innovations in Pedagogy Conference hosted by UWGs Center
for Teaching and Learning on May 15. The panel, entitled "If You Can't Beat 'Em,
Join 'Em," explored the usage of social media as an experiential teaching tool.
Keri Adams ead 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 missed these, check back for future
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
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.
Congratulations to Dr. Ann McCleary, who was one of three UWG 2018 Nominees for the USG Regents' Teaching Excellence
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.