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The Department of History is dedicated to fostering a welcoming, inclusive, and safe environment for all students, staff, faculty, visitors AND North Carolinians.  We believe that a broad definition of diversity is essential for the protection of human rights and human dignity in our state, in this nation, and across the globe.  Diversity, as a principle and a practice, is essential for innovative scholarship and lively, creative, and engaged learning.

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The College of Arts and Sciences Recognized 12 New Distinguished Professors

distinguished-professors-2016The College of Arts and Sciences recognized 12 new distinguished professors at a reception Oct. 24 in Hyde Hall. “We are fortunate to have such extraordinary scholars and teachers on our faculty,” said Dean Kevin Guskiewicz, who presented framed certificates to the honorees.

Congratulations to Kathleen DuVal, Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor, one of the Professors recognized at the reception. DuVal is the author of several important books on American history and is a widely respected scholar. She teaches her students how to think like historians, demonstrating in the classroom how historians approach the past. Her book, Independence Lost, was a finalist for the George Washington Book Prize.

History Department Fall 2016 Phi Beta Kappa Initiates

Congratulations to the outstanding history majors who became members of Phi Beta Kappa Fall 2016!

  • Lea Efird
  • George Johnson
  • Adrienne Marlo Kronovet
  • Meredith Gracen Miller
  • Austin Michael Mueller
  • Lauren Trushin

Brooke Bauer, Recent PhD Graduate, Goes Home to Preserve Catawba Culture

brookeBrooke Bauer grew up listening to the voices of native women sitting in the shade of a huge oak tree in front of her grandmother’s home on the Catawba Indian Reservation. Unlike her grandmother, Brooke was allowed to attend public school. She dreamed of college, but put that on hold and devoted herself to her children.  Dr. Brooke Bauer, 49, is the first Catawba Indian ever to earn a PhD and is now a professor at the University of South Carolina Lancaster, teaching Native American studies and early American history. Bauer humbly expressed gratitude for the many who supported her through the years. “I realize the degree is not only for me,” she said. “It is a way of pushing back against colonialism and oppression to give back to my people.” Bauer’s work and life is the product of hard-working Catawba women. Her thesis showed how the women provided continuity for the Catawba tribe culturally through their pottery and physically with creative land-leasing. Their pottery became an integral part of the Catawba economy from the late 1700s through the 20th century. Today the tribe numbers fewer than 3,000. Dr. Brooke Bauer lived that history, and now she teaches it. Click here to read more.

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