Department of History at Winthrop - News & Events


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 the History Department's administrative assistant, Ms. Katie Hartnett.

Upcoming Events

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Past Events

  • Winthrop University to host the 2019 Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference: April 12-13, 2019

    The Department of History and the Alpha Tau Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta are proud to announce that Winthrop University will be the host of the 2019 Phi Alpha Theta Carolinas Regional Conference. Phi Alpha Theta is an American honor society for undergraduate and graduate students, professors of history, and all history friends who have taken many history courses and achieved success. Winthrop University's Alpha Tau chapter is the earliest chapter established in the Carolinas, back in 1947. For decades, the Alpha Tau Chapter at Winthrop has organized many cultural events and field trips to promote history and to build connections between Winthrop University and many Carolinian communities. With the sponsorship of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of History, and Ms. Maggie Elrod (an alumna of Winthrop's Department of History and Phi Alpha Theta member), the conference will be held April 12-13 of 2019. The department and the Alpha Tau Chapter invite both graduate and undergraduate students in the Carolinas to attend this two-day event. For more information, please contact Dr. Donald RakestrawDr. Catherine Chang, Dr. Gregory Bell, Ms. Katie Hartnett, and Ms. Marlana Mayton.


  • 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

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Left, Dr. Jason Silverman at the Lincoln Cottage in Washington, DC October 16, 2015. Dr. Silverman participated in a sold out books signing and discussion at this historic landmark, which houses an exhibit curated entirely around his new book, Lincoln and the Immigrant. Dr. Silverman also served as the keynote speaker for the United States  Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization ceremony at the Lincoln Cottage, which was broadcast on tow local D.C. television stations as well as CSPAN.  You may read the full press release for this event here. (pdf - 311 KB)

  • Dr. Jason Silverman's book, Lincoln and the Immigrant, is now available from Southern Illinois University Press! To celebrate the release of this anticipated book, Dr. Silverman will be a keynote speaker for an immigrant nationalization ceremony October 16, 2015 at the Lincoln Cottage in Washington, DC. In addition, Dr. Silverman has several other exciting events planned for his book release - please read more about his accomplishments here.
  • 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 2Mr. Randy Imler (left), member of the Winthrop Board of Trustees and Executive Director for the Catawba Regional Planning Council, and Dr. Gregory Crider (right), 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:

  • Evan Michael Schultheis, recipient of the Ross Webb Award
  • Cheyenne Altman, recipient of the Bert Viault Award
  • Jordon Buschman, recipient of the Glen Broach Award
  • Irene Natsis, recipient of the Fred Hembree History Scholarship
  • Vladimir Markarov, recipient of the Fred Hembree History Scholarship
  • Kelly Bunts, recipient of the Maggie Elrod Scholarship


Last Updated: 2/26/20