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Department of History

News & Events:


June 23-26, 2014

The Winthrop University History Department, with funding from the South Carolina Department of Education, is pleased to offer summer institutes for new and/or experienced AP United States History and AP World History teachers. The institutes will allow teachers to explore in more depth the AP United States or AP World History course, engage in specialized study for one of these courses, and earn 3 graduate United States or World History education credits. Please see the History Department's AP Summer Institutes webpage or e-mail for more information.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 7:00pm, Richardson Ballroom, DiGiorgio Campus Center

Dr. Jason Silverman, the Ellison Capers Palmer Jr. Professor of History, will deliver a lecture entitled, "Thieves, Greasers, and Mongrels": The Emancipator Encounters the Immigrant. This will be an entertaining look at Lincoln's introduction to the presence and significance of immigrants in the United States. This is an approved cultural event.

Now-January 2014

The Louise Pettus Archives & Special Collections will host a three-month exhibition titled "A Stitch in Time: Winthrop Uniforms 1895-1910." History department graduate student and Winthrop alumna Alison Boulton helped recreate the historic uniforms for the exhibit, which continues through January 2014. Please see the Winthrop Alumni page for additional details.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 7:00pm-9:00pm

The history department will host a public screening of part I of the documentary, "The Gate of Heavenly Peace."  Dr. Catherine Chang, professor of history, will lead a discussion following the movie. The discussion will focus on the history of China's search for democracy in the 20th century. Global cultural event credit is pending. This event will be held in Owens 202.

Friday, November 22, 2013 2:00-4:00pm

The history department will host a public screening of part II of the documetary, "The Gate of Heavenly Peace."  Dr. Catherine Chang, professor of history, will lead a discussion directly following the movie, which will focus on Chinese intellectuals' efforts in creating a civil society after 1989, such as issuing Charter 08 (2008) and the Oxford Census (2013).  Global cultural event credit is pending. This event will be held in Kinard 018.

Monday, January 14, 2013 7:00pm

The history department is co-sponsoring an approved cultural event on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 7:00pm in Plowden Auditorium, which will feature a lecture entitled, "Gender, Militarism, and U.S.-Latin American Relations," by Father Roy Borgeois, a life-long social activist, Cathoic Priest, and the founder of the School of Americas Watch.

Father Roy Bourgeois has been active in leading the movement to close the School of the Americas since the 1980s because of its reputation as a school that teaches Latin American soldiers how to commit human rights abuses against its own citizens. He was personal friends with two of the four U.S. churchwomen who were killed in El Salvador by soldiers who were trained at the SOA. He also witnessed firsthand the abuses of a Latin American military dictatorship while serving as a priest in Bolivia in the 1970s. This will be Father Roy’s third visit to Winthrop. This time he will share not only his experiences working to end military violence in Latin America, but his efforts to work with Catholic women to seek their right to serve as Catholic priests.

Friday, February 1, 2013 2:30pm

Dr. Danke Li, associate professor of History at Fairfield University in Connecticut, will be the guest lecturer at an approved cultural event hosted by the History department. The event entitled, "Rethinking Resistance: Ordinary Chinese Women in Chongqing during WWII," will be held on February 1, 2013 at 2:30pm in Kinard 018.



Department News:

Transcript of Palmer Lecture

The History Department was pleased to offer the 2013 Advanced Placement Summer Institute this summer. Read more about Winthrop University's Summer 2013 AP United States and World History Institute.

Current Student News:

A paper written by History student Jonathan Hennika has been accepted for the 2013 North Carolina State University Graduate Student History Conference. Jonathan also received $200 from the conference committee to help cover his travel expenses. Congratulations, Jonathan!


Alumni News: 

Scott Dunn, who recently completed the MA program in History at Winthrop University, presented his work entitled, "Playboy and the Civil Rights Movement, 1965-1966," to the Graduate History Forum at the University of Alabama at Birmingham on March 9, 2013. Dunn's paper discussed the high-profile and very favorable coverage that Playboy magazine gave to the civil rights movement at a time when Playboy was becoming an influential cultural and political voice in the U.S. His paper won the award for the best paper at the conference, for which he received a cash prize and the publication of his paper in the Vulcan Historical Review. Well done, Scott!

Brooke Bauer, an alumna of both the BA and MA History programs at Winthrop University, is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.  She has had fellowships at the Newberry Library and the Smithsonian Institute.

Angela Alexander received both her BA and MA in History from Winthrop University, and also completed a Master's degree in Divinity Studies at Harvard University.  Currently, Ms. Alexander is a presidential scholar in the Ph.D. program at the University of Georgia.

Whitney Denton, an alumna of the History department, was recently named teacher of the year at Statesville High School! Congratulations, Whitney!


Faculty News:

Dr. Andy Doyle, associate professor of history, was recently interviewed about the significance of football newsreels between the 1920s and 1960s on a program called "All Sides," which airs on WOSU, a public radio station in Columbus, Ohio. Click here to hear the podcast 

Dr. Gregory Crider, chair and professor of history, helped commemorate two important Mexican anniversaries with the publication of an anthology. Crider and Jürgen Buchenau, chair and professor of history at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, have published México: 1810-1910-2010, an anthology recognizing the anniversary of Mexico’s independence and revolution with ten English- and Spanish-language scholarly articles in a diverse range of disciplines. For more information, see this story. Access the publication  

In Southern Cold Warrior (Xlibris, 2011), Eddie Lee, associate professor of history, explores the life and times of Congressman James P. Richards, a U.S. Representative from South Carolina. For more information, see page two of the recent F.Y.I.  

The History Department is honored to announce that Dr. Jason Silverman is the inaugural recipient of the Ellison Capers Palmer Jr. Professorship. The Professorship is a distinctive honor and will create opportunities for Dr. Silverman to advance his research and to promote student learning. A prolific scholar and award-winning teacher, Dr. Silverman has taught and mentored innumerable undergraduate and graduate students in his years of service to the department and university. Read more about Dr. Silverman and the Palmer Professorship.