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 will will take
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. 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.
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!!
Dr. Timothy Schroer's “Multinormativity in Western Arguments Regarding Punishment of the Boxers and their
Patrons, 1900-1901,” was published in the Max Planck Institute for European Legal
History Research Paper Series, No. 2018-07 (July 2018).
Drs. Nadejda Williams and Colleen Vasconcellos both attended 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.”
Dr. Ihor Pidhainy had a productive summer participating in a USG study-abroad program in Zhengzhou,
China. He also completed an edited volume entitled Representing Lives in China: Forms of Biography in Ming-Qing China, 1368-1911, which is scheduled to come out this fall with Cornell East Asian.
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 led 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 History Club!! We are
so proud of you!!
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.