With the end of the spring semester, the History Department bids a fond farewell to Dr. T. DeWayne Moore, a Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor who taught for the Department during the 2019/2020 academic year. DeWayne specializes in African American, 20th-century, and public history. The Department was fortunate to have him on the faculty, if only for a year.Continue reading
Historiography: A Prize-Winning Course!
Dr. Matt Schumann, history students Ms. Haley Hoffman and Mr. Nick Bowers, and AYA student Ms. Olivia Johnson won the Elliott L. Blinn Award for Faculty / Undergraduate Basic Research for 2020. The prize will be given officially at the Faculty Awards Ceremony on April 6. In giving this award, the university substantially recognizes both the ongoing history research of all three students, and Dr. Schumann’s scholarship on course design for the class in which the students’ research got its start: HIST 3790: Historiography. Continue reading
Over J-term 2020, Dr. Lara Martin Lengel, School of Media and Communications, and I took 14 students to Costa Rica for a study abroad experience, under the auspices of a cross-listed course, HIST 4950/COMM 4060/HONS 4900, Cultural Studies in Costa Rica. After landing in San Jose, the capital, the group spent four days at the Costa Rica Animal Rescue Center in Turrúcares, in Costa Rica’s Central Valley.
There, the students cared for animals including parrots, macaws, howler and spider monkeys, sloths, and kinkajous. We learned about the local flora and fauna from the Center staff, including Dr. Andreas Perez, the Center veterinarian. While at the Center, the group took day trips to Manuel Antonio National Park, and Volcan Irázu, Costa Rica’s highest volcano. A highlight of the Irázu trip was playing soccer on the side of the volcano. Continue reading
By Katie Nowakowski
I have been very grateful for my opportunity to work with Heritage Sylvania, a history center and museum in Sylvania, Ohio, in 2019. Because it is such a small organization, I got to witness in depth how it is managed, what kind of workers are involved, and how a non-profit operates financially. Heritage Sylvania is run primarily by the executive director and I was the only other “office” employee. For this reason, I had a variety of tasks that were all important to the organization.Continue reading
Last June, I visited Asia for the first time, traveling to Shanghai, China, to present a paper at the biennial Alcohol and Drugs History Conference, which was hosted by Shanghai University. Shanghai hosted the 1909 International Opium Commission, which led to tougher restrictions on opium production and distribution in many nations, and was an important precursor of the first major U.S. legislative regulation of narcotics, the Harrison Narcotic Tax Act of 1914. The conference went exceedingly well, due both the caliber of papers presented by a talented group of international scholars, and the warm hospitality of our colleagues at Shanghai University. Papers and panels on the history of opium regulation, international drug markets, and Chinese approaches to suppressing illegal drug use provided new insights and stimulating conversation with historians from the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Meeting and conversing with Chinese colleagues who taught and conducted research in a very different system of higher education than that of the United States highlighted both differences in academic cultures and similarities in the interests, concerns, and methods of historians on the both sides of the world. Continue reading
On April 22, the History Department held its annual Excellence in History awards presentation the Bowen Thompson Student Union. The event celebrates the excellent work done by undergraduate and graduate students in the department. In addition, the department’s chapter of the honor society Phi Alpha Theta initiates new members at this event. Allison Francis, who received the department’s Undergraduate Research Excellence in History award, gave a presentation based on her senior capstone research paper, “The War Against the High Cost of Living: How a Community of Polish-American Women Fought to Better their Lives,” while Joe Lueck, the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Seminar Paper award, presented “Hog Wild: Shifting Livestock Control Policies in 17th-century New England.” Other award recipients included Dillon Barto, of the John Schwarz Essay award, Elizabeth Hile, of the Outstanding Senior in History award, Lindsay Bauman, of the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant award, and Joe Lueck, of the Outstanding Departmental Citizen award. Lueck, who is also the president of the department’s Gamma Upsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, inducted eleven new members into the Society: Lindsey Marie Bauman, Zachary Burton, Danya Marie Crow, Amanda Catherine Dreyer, Heather Hines, Michael Horton, Grant Calvin Joy, Brandon J. Leal, Amber Lewis, Daniel K. Rossignol, and David Staub. After the awards, students, family members, and faculty enjoyed a reception in the History Department. Congratulations to all the honorees, and thanks to the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, faculty, and Tina Thomas for organizing the event and reception.
On Friday, April 8, 2016, the History Department held its History Professionals Day, an annual event that brings approximately 30 history and social studies teachers to BGSU for a morning of workshops and lectures on the latest developments in a variety of historical fields and topics. Dr. Nicole Jackson presented on “Civil Rights in the US: From Reconstruction to the Present,” Dr. Becky Mancuso on “The Underground Railroad’s Canadian Connection,” and Dr. Amilcar Challu on “Environmental History.” In addition, BGSU’s Director of Pre College Programs and College Credit Plus Coordinator (and BGSU History MA alumnus) Michael Ginnetti reported on new initiatives to aid teachers gaining the graduate credit hours in History required for College Credit Plus certification. The teacher-participants responded well to all of the presentations. “Love the diversity of topics,” noted one teacher, “and the collection of primary sources that I can definitely use in the classroom.”
At the annual Ohio Academy of History conference, which met at the Stark Campus of Kent State University on April 1 and 2, 2016, BGSU History faculty and alumni participated in four panels. Drs. Ben Greene and Steven Schrag delivered papers, “Waging a Cultural Cold War: U. S. Public Diplomacy During the Cold War,” and “Goering in Captivity: An Analysis of the Treatment of High Value German POWs in the Immediate Postwar Period,” respectively, while PhD alumnus Dr. Don Eberle’s paper was entitled “Dumped in to the Maumee River of Placed in a Padded Cell: Scott Nearing, Toledo University and Academic Freedom During the First World War.” Graduate Director Dr. Michael Brooks participated in a roundtable discussion of Graduate Directors in Ohio. Department Chair Dr. Scott C. Martin chaired and commented on a panel that was co-sponsored by the Alcohol and Drugs History Society: “Drink and Temperance: Literature, Rum, and Central Asia.” In addition, Dr. Martin, who assumed the presidency of the Ohio Academy for the coming year, delivered his Presidential Lecture at Business Meeting/Luncheon on Saturday, speaking on “Serendipity in the Cemetery: The Anglo-American Community in Florence, 1840-1860.”
Dr. Bruce Olav Solheim, a 1993 PhD graduate of the History Department, recently published Making History: A Personal Approach to Modern American History (Cognella Academic Publishing, 2016). According to the publisher, Making History “takes a personal approach to American history. It gets readers excited about their own roles in making history and empowers them to make changes for the betterment of their country. Making History begins with the important point that while most standard textbooks refer to events that have shaped America, these events didn’t happen to American – they happened to individual Americans. It is individuals who give their lives in armed conflicts and lose their homes during financial downturns. With its non-traditional take on events and their impacts, Making History is a free alternative to survey courses in American history and historiography or classes in American civilization.”
Dr. Solheim is a Distinguished Professor of History at Citrus College in Glendora, California. He was a Fulbright Professor in Norway in 2003. He has published five books and written six plays.
At the American Library Association’s winter meeting earlier this month, the ALA named The SAGE Encyclopedia of Alcohol: Social, Cultural, and Historical Perspectives, edited by Professor Scott C. Martin, as one of ten publications on its 2016 Outstanding References Source List. Academic and public libraries use this list when considering which reference works to purchase for their collections. Andrew Boney, the senior acquisitions editor at SAGE, congratulated Martin for receiving this “great honor in the academic publishing world,” calling the award “well-deserved recognition.” The encyclopedia contains 1,774 pages in three volumes, with a total of 550 entries.