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Department of History's Statement of Values

This campus and others have periodically been the target of hateful posters and other media designed to incite fear and loathing of various groups of people. Recent incidents have attempted to encourage anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim, anti-LGBTQ, anti-immigrant, and anti-African-American hatred, among others. As historians, we are all familiar with the frightful history of this type of dehumanizing rhetoric, and aware of its devastating cost to the communities in which it is mobilized and tolerated.

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author to Give Lunn Lecture

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author to Give Lunn Lecture

Please join us Wednesday, May 3, for this year’s Lunn Memorial Lecture featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Stacy Schiff.

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Resendez Wins Bancroft Prize for 'The Other Slavery'

Resendez Wins Bancroft Prize for 'The Other Slavery'

A landmark history by Professor Andrés Reséndez, The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America, is the winner of a 2017 Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy.

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Chancellor's Achievement Awards for Diversity and Community

Chancellor's Achievement Awards for Diversity and Community

Warmest congratulations are due to Professor Lorena Oropeza, who is a recipient this year of the Chancellor's Achievement Award for Diversity and Community.

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A Historian's Impact: New National Monument

A Historian's Impact: New National Monument

Historian Gregory Downs has devoted much of his career to setting the record straight on Reconstruction—writing books, articles and an interactive website about “the most misunderstood period in U.S. history.”

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Genesis Lara

Genesis Lara

2015-2017 Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship Awardee

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PhD Application Extended Deadline!

PhD Application Extended Deadline!

The application for our graduate program has been extended to January 15th.

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'Time' Article Spotlights Olmsted

'Time' Article Spotlights Olmsted

Historian Kathryn Olmsted is one of three professors nationwide quoted in a Dec. 15 article on the growing relevance of courses on conspiracy theories.

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Materson to present Thornbrough lecture

Materson to present Thornbrough lecture

Lisa Materson, associate professor of History and a specialist in US women's political history, has been invited to present the annual Thornbrough Lecture at Butler University on November 4, 2016. Materson will present a case for the continuing vitality of political history when viewed through the lens of African-American women's electoral activism.

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Book Exposes Myths About Drylands

Book Exposes Myths About Drylands

Professor Diana Davis’ latest book, The Arid Lands, overturns long-held notions of deserts as wastelands in need of restoration.

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Book on Native American Slavery Vies for National Book Award

Book on Native American Slavery Vies for National Book Award

A sweeping history by Professor Andres Resendez, "The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America," is a finalist for a 2016 National Book Award.

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Teacher Workshop on Transcontinental Railroad to Make Another Run

Teacher Workshop on Transcontinental Railroad to Make Another Run

Historic Landmarks Program Gets 4th Round of NEH Funding

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Graduate Application Deadline changed to January 5

Graduate Application Deadline changed to January 5

There has been a change in the application deadline for Graduate Students applying to the Department of History

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Professor's Study Helps National Park Service Commemorate Reconstruction Era

Professor's Study Helps National Park Service Commemorate Reconstruction Era

As the National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary this summer, Associate Professor Gregory Downs has focused on an oft-forgotten part of U.S. history that our national parks are now helping the public to understand - the Reconstruction era.

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