News Archive 2009
Award-winning historian to discuss the Great Depression in the Student Center
Added: November 3, 2009
Lizabeth Cohen, historian and award-winning author, will speak about the Great Depression at 7:30 p.m. in Student Center Room 204. Cohen's presentation will offer insight into the current financial crisis and its relationship to history.
Upcoming Events - Mark your Calendars (October - December)
Added: November 3, 2009
Monday, October 26th, RASP Research Leave Proposals due
Wednesday, October 28th from 7:30-9 NATO lecture presentation by Dr. Marvin A. Goodman, “Successes and Failures of the CIA in Intelligence and Policy,” KSC 310
Thursday, October 29th from 3:30-5 a special one-topic department meeting to discuss the Merit proposal sent out last week. It will be in BSA 210
Friday, October 30th, FAC ballots for next year’s FPIL applications due to chair.
Thursday November 5th from 12:30 -2 the Transformative Learning team (or those who volunteered and you know who you are) will be presenting their findings on WC II and the CORE in the history conference. Come early and bring a snack!
Wednesday, November 11th – NO SCHOOL Veteran’s Day!!! Yahoo!
Friday, November 13th, Department FAC and general meeting. Time and location TBA.
Friday, November 20th, 12:45-2pm, President Lefton meets with A&S faculty KIVA
Tuesday, December 1st, 5th Annual Akron/Kent Graduate History Symposium, 5-8 Martin Center, UA.
Friday, December 4th, Final FAC and Department meeting of 2009 and Fall semester.
Dr. Lizabeth Cohen to deliver keynote
Added: October 17, 2009
Speaking on "Living with Economic Crisis: A Historical View" on Wednesday, October 21st at 7:30PM in the Kent Student Center, Room 204. See the flyer for more information.
Added: October 17, 2009
“100 Books for Understanding Contemporary Japan” Book Donation Project
Added: September 7, 2009
In the spring of 2009 Dr. Patti Kameya and Dr. Judy Wakabayashi of MCLS successfully applied for the “100 Books for Understanding Contemporary Japan” Book Donation Project at the Nippon Foundation, a nonprofit Japanese philanthropic association. As a result, the Kent State University Library will receive forty-eight books worth about $2420. The books cover a wide range of topics on Japan, including history, business, science, arts, and international relations. Dr. Kameya completed the initial draft and assisted with research for the grant proposal.
Mark Your Calendars
Added: August 22, 2009
September 15: Dr. Helmut Flachenecker, Dean and Professor of History , Wartzburg University, will discuss "Within Boundaries Boundless Opportunities: Regional History and Identity in Present day Europe."
September 28: Geoffrey Giles, University of Florida, will give a talk on Monday, September 28th, at 7:30pm at the KIVA, on the fates of gay men in the Third Reich.
October 21: Dr. Lizabeth Cohen, Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Harvard University, will discuss "Getting a Living: An American View," as the featured speaker for the Department of History and Performing Arts Library inaugural International Film Festival from October 16-24 in the KIVA
November 9: Saul Friedländer, of UCLA, will come on Monday, Nov. 9, also at 7:30pm at the KIVA, for a lecture on the Pope and the Holocaust. Friedländer won the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction last year for his magnum opus, Nazi Germany and the Jews, volume two.
Jazz and the American Century
Dr. Philip McMurry
Added: May 22, 2009
Dr. Philip McMurry has been teaching history and political science at the University of Northwestern Ohio for about seven years – basically since he finished his doctoral exams. He is the only history professor at the school; therefore, he is a bit of a history department all to himself. He teaches survey courses as well as 300 level courses on the American Frontier, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and a comparative history of England and Scotland. He recently presented a paper on educational history at the International Writing Across the Curriculum conference in St. Louis, and he is currently working on an article on the pedagogy of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. He is due to receive a promotion to Associate Professor in June of this year. He is the chair of the university’s Teaching and Learning Committee and serves as the advisor to the Politics Club.
Leslie Heaphy wins Distinguished Teaching Award
Added: May 6, 2009
Leslie Heaphy, Associate Professor of History, was chosen to receive this year’s Distinguished Teaching Award.
Photos from NATO Conference
Added: May 1, 2009
History News for Monday
Added: April 27, 2009
Bryan Kvet has received a University Fellowship for AY 2009-2010. Also, Monika Flaschka is the recipient of the 2009 David B. Smith Fellowship.
PFHF hosting last session of the year
Added: April 17, 2009
PFHF will be hosting its last session of the year this Friday (4-17)
from 12-2 in 201 Bowman. Our topic for this last session will be
"Publishing an Article," and Kevin Kern from the Univ. of Akron will be
our guest. As editor of the Northeast Ohio Journal of History, he will
tell us about the publishing world "from the inside," and describe
potential opportunities for KSU students at his journal.
Professor Thomas Dublin Visits Kent Campus
On April 6th, Prof. Thomas Dublin of SUNY Binghamton visited the Kent
campus to share his thoughts on using technology in the classroom as
part of the Transformative Learning grant. About thirty faculty and
graduate students attended his interactive presentation on teaching.
Spring 2009 Department Newsletter Now Available
Added: April 6, 2009
Download the newsletter in PDF format.
Thomas Dublin presents "The World Wide Web in Research in Teaching"
Added: April 1, 2009
On Monday April 6th, Thomas Dublin, professor of American history at SUNY Binghamton, will visit the Kent campus to present on “The World Wide Web in Research and Teaching – Revolutionary Possibilities.” This visit will include two events for which we are hoping to get as much history department participation as possible. Most importantly, Prof. Dublin’s presentation will be at 4:00 in room 333 of the library. The presentation will be interactive and the classroom includes computers for audience members, but you can bring your own laptop if you prefer. The other event will be a brunch in the departmental conference room at 10:30. Please stop in to have something to eat and to talk about teaching.
Hoping to see many of you next week,
The Transformative Learning Grant Team
You Are Invited to a Book Party Meet and Greet With The History Department Faculty Plus Refreshments!
Added: April 1, 2009
WHEN: Wednesday, April 8, 2009
TIME: 4-6 P.M.
WHERE: SATTERFIELD 217
WHAT: COME MEET AND TALK TO THE HISTORY DEPARTMENT FACULTY. HAVE SOME FOOD AND DRINK!
LISTEN TO SHORT PRESENTATIONS ON EXCITING NEW BOOKS PUBLISHED BY HISTORY DEPARTMENT FACULTY THIS ACADEMIC YEAR:
KEVIN ADAMS, CLASS AND RACE IN THE FRONTIER ARMY: MILITARY LIFE IN THE WEST, 1870-1890 (UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA PRESS, 2009)
TIMOTHY SCARNECCHIA, THE URBAN ROOTS OF DEMOCRACY AND POLITICAL VIOLENCE IN ZIMBABWE: HARARE AND HIGHFIELD, 1940-1964 (UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER PRESS, 2008)
ELIZABETH SMITH-PRYOR, PROPERTY RITES: THE RHINELANDER TRIAL, PASSING, AND THE PROTECTION OF WHITENESS (UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS, 2009)
Assistant professors see works published
Added: February 18, 2009
Published by: The Daily Kent Stater
The history department at Kent State is buzzing with excitement this academic year as respected university presses across the country have published three books by Kent State assistant professors.
4th Annual University of Akron/Kent State Graduate History Symposium
Added: February 10, 2009
On Thursday December 4th, Kent State graduate students and faculty alike braved the cold and snow to participate in and enjoy the 4th Annual University of Akron/Kent State Graduate History Symposium. Three of our talented graduate students presented their research and submitted a paper for competition at the joint symposium.
Ashley Patadia presented fascinating research on how the gendered language of imperialism was constructed within a colonial context in her paper entitled "Reversing the Imperial Gender Discourse: Marguerite Duras’ The Sea Wall." Austin Mc Coy presented a marvelous paper entitled "Black Power Must be Viewed as a Projection of Sovereignty: The Impact of Nationalism and Gender on the Black Panther Party’s Political Rhetoric and Discourse." His paper demonstrated the coherence and gendered nature of the Black Panther Party’s revolutionary nationalist discourse
Monika Flashka presented some of the results of her PhD research in a paper that examined the ways in which sexual violence and fear of sexual violence reinforced women's identities as women in German-run concentration camps. Her paper entitled "Only Pretty Women were Raped: The Role of Rape and Fear of Rape in Reinforcing Women's Gender Identities in Concentration Camps" won the symposia competition and she was presented with the 2008 "Z Award," a Barnes and Noble gift card. This award is named for its generous sponsor Greg Zaebst, a University of Akron alumnus (MA, 2003). The panel judges commended Monika's paper for its innovative methodology and original historiographic basis.