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 News and Events from Winthrop University's Department of History

Are you a former or current Winthrop University History student with news that you would like to share? If so, please send your information to Kayla Davis. 

Upcoming Events

  • Please check back frequently for upcoming History events!

Opportunities

  • The Education Department at Levine Museum of the New South is looking for volunteers to serve as docents, tour guides, and program assistant to helps with tours for school groups and local organizations. This would be a fantastic experience for all history students, especially those who are interested in learning more about Public History, please contact Kamille Bostick for more information. 
  • The Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, offers an internship program that, "is an opportunity for area college students to gain valuable career insight into the workings of a museum." Please visit The Mint Museum's website for more information.
  • The York County Culture and Heritage Museums offer a diverse array of internships and volunteer opportunities that would be perfect for Winthrop History students. Please visit their webpage for more information.

 Faculty News

  • Dr. Eddie Lee received the annual South Carolina Historical Preservation Award, presented by the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, the S.C. Department of Archives and History and the S.C. Governor's Office Friday, June 5, 2015. Dr. Lee earned this award for his hard work in preserving the York County Courthouse. You can read more about his achievement here.
     
     Lee Award Photo 2
    Above, Mr. Randy Imler (left), member of the Winthrop Board of Trustees and Executive Director for the Catawba Regional Planning Council, and Dr. Gregory Crider (right), Chair of the Department of History, celebrate Dr. Lee's (center) achievement in Columbia, SC June 5, 2015.
     
  • Dr. Jason Silverman's book, Lincoln and the Immigrant, is set to be published September 15, 2015. Following the release of this volume, Dr. Silverman will return to the Lincoln Cottage October 15, 2015 to discuss his research and to celebrate the opening of the exhibit there based off his work. He has since begun a companion volume which will detail President Lincoln's reputation in 19th century Europe.
  • Dr. Gregory Bell was featured on Inside Higher Ed's Academic Minute April 10, 2015, where he discussed perceptions of the Crusades, as well as the day - to - day life, including the methods and work ethic, of the Crusaders. Please take a moment to listen to this program and learn more about Dr. Bell's work!
  • Dr. Jason Silverman is serving as content consultant to President Lincoln's Cottage at the Soldier's Home in Washington, DC, who are featuring is book, Lincoln and the Immigrant, in their annual "Cottage Conversations" series. Dr. Silverman will travel up to speak at this exhibit in September to highlight his new book and his research on Abraham Lincoln and his policies and views on immigrants and immigration.
  • The History Department is proud to announce Dr. Eddie Lee as the new Director of Graduate Studies for the History MA program! If you are interested in pursuing an MA degree in History at Winthrop, please contact Dr. Lee!
  • Dr. Andy Doyle was featured on WOSU, a public radio station in Columbus, Ohio, in a program that focused on the issue of amateurism in college football in the context of the recent attempts to create a special status for the Power Five conferences. We encourage you to take a moment to listen to the program, which originally aired on September 4, 2014. The program can be accessed via WOSU's website. Dr. Doyle's feature begins at the 13 minute mark.
  • Dr. Jason Silverman, the Ellison Capers Palmer, Jr. Professor of History, was recently selected to share his Winthrop Experience. Please take a moment to read his story.

Alumni News

  • We are proud to announce that Aaron Fountain, who graduated in May 2014 with a B.A. in History, has had two articles accepted for publication in scholarly journals. He wrote each of these articles as part of his research for the McNair Scholars Program while he was at Winthrop. The articles are:
    • "The War in the Schools: San Francisco bay Area High Schools and the Anti-Vietnam War Movement, 1965 - 1973," California History, vol. 92, no. 2 (Summer 2015)
    • "The Right to Sit: Symbolic Expression and the Pledge of Allegiance in New York Public Schools, 1969 - 1973," New York History, to be published Fall 2015 or Winter 2016.
      Congratulations, Aaron!

Current Student News

The History Department was proud to honor the following students for their superb academic achievements at our annual Department Award Ceremony April 16, 2015:

  • Brierly Harris, recipient of the Ross Webb Award
  • Casey Espich, recipient of the Bert Viault Award
  • Cody Knight, recipient of the Glen Broach Award
  • Joy Rudd, recipient of the Fred Hembree Award.

Congratulations!