Authored by Emma Brown (B.A. History, Media Production at BGSU, graduated December 2022)
Two years ago in April of 2021, I got an email from a professor I’d only ever had through an asynchronous class. It was the end of a school year spent fully online and this email was an opportunity I could only dream of. The absolutely incredible Dr. Melissa K. Miller of the political science department was working on a documentary and wanted me to be a undergraduate researcher that summer. The documentary was looking at Trailblazing Women in Ohio politics and with my history major and media production minor she thought I would be a perfect fit with the three other undergraduate researchers. Of course, I accepted!
Breaking the quiet at the end of Spring Break, the Bowen-Thompson Student Union was full of excitement as students set up their projects for the Ohio History Day Region 1 Competition on Saturday, March 11. Middle- and high-school students from across Northwest Ohio traveled with their history teachers and families to BGSU to present their own historical research, interpreted creatively through exhibits, documentaries, websites, and performances.
This article is re-posted from Dr. Amílcar Challú‘s personal academic blog.
Last Thursday I took my pre-independence Latin America to The Teaching Kitchen, an annex to the main cafeteria in which a chef, in coordination with a faculty member, instructs how to cook a certain dish. I used food in classes before but it was the first time I tried using cooking as a teaching tool. We prepared tortillas from masa harina, baked them (don’t grill me for this) and then ate them with beans and salsa, with chocolate made with almond milk (no atole available, unfortunately).
Last Saturday, social studies teachers from Northwest Ohio traveled to BGSU for a professional development workshop: “Histories of Disease, Health, and Medicine.” Through speakers and discussion groups, teachers both broadened their knowledge of medical history and explored challenges and opportunities for applying this knowledge in the classroom.
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During the winter break, I had the incredible opportunity to present research at the 136th annual conference of the American Historical Association in the “City of Brotherly Love.” Along side nine other burgeoning undergraduate scholars, I presented “Rice is the Price: American Agriculturalists as Counterinsurgents in South Vietnam, 1964-73” in a lightning round style panel on the Vietnam War and the Global 70s. Being the only scholar – among only a handful of others in the entire conference – focusing on agricultural history, I had the unique opportunity to introduce others to its infinite wonders (for my fellow graduate students, I didn’t introduce myself as “Corn King”). For those interested in reading a short synopsis of my research, I have included the abstract below.
As the Gary Hess Lecture approaches and our speaker, Bill Allison, is a distinguished graduate of our program, we take the opportunity to share this post of our colleague Dr. Doug Forsyth about the department’s contributions to the field of Policy History —Amílcar E. Challú
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By Kasandra Fager, BGSU History MA student, edited by Chloe S. Kozal
Imagine the best museum you have visited, whether that was a
Presidential Museum, a battlefield, or an art museum. Did it have
interactive exhibits, a planetarium, an easy-to-read narrative, or a
family-friendly atmosphere? Well, if nothing comes to mind, consider
Grand Rapids, Michigan as your next destination!
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As we reflect on 50 years since 1972, we contemplate how past events and historical figures impact our present history. Students of Dr. Greene will learn more about this influential period in the HIST 3334/3334H: The Vietnam War course in Fall 2022.
Chloe S. Kozal has been passionate about researching how civilians express their political views through art during tumultuous periods of history in Latin America. A continuation of her research and her article (Communication from Far: The Role of Subversive Mail Art During the Argentine Dirty War (1976-1983), this podcast investigates how Mexican artists and mail artists brought change and protest during the Mexican Dirty War.
Nicholas Hartzell- NPR Mexican Debt Crisis Talk
A podcast on the Mexican Debt Crisis in 1982. Listen on Spotify!
Connor Przysiecki- NAFTA, the Economy, and Mexico’s Public Heath Crisis
In Connor’s own words: ” This is my final project for a course I’m taking (Spring 2022) at Bowling Green State University, Modern Mexico. I’ve never done a project in this format. I’m open to civil conversations in the comments, if you’d like more context on a particular subject within this area of study. Enjoy!”
As a remembrance of our colleague Professor Emeritus Don Rowney, who recently passed away, we share below Dr. Doug Forsyth’s eulogy with minor edits for brevity. We thank Dr. Forsyth for sharing the text.
early as my on-campus job interview at Bowling Green, in spring 1996, it became
clear to me that Don Rowney was the faculty member at the university who was
most interested in having me as a colleague.
My wife, Mercedes, and I drove out to northwest Ohio in early summer of
1996, as I looked for a place to live.
Don and Susan invited us over for dinner, and I paid my first visit to
the Old West End Historical District in Toledo, where Don and Susan were
living, where Susan is still living, and where I would go on to live for
twenty-four years and counting. I still
remember vividly that dinner, on the porch behind Don and Susan’s house, and in
particular one detail. Don asked
Mercedes, who was and is a professor at Brown University in Providence, Rhode
Island, why she had accompanied me on the long drive out to the Midwest as I
looked for a place to live. ‘Do you
think I’m going to leave my husband back here, without making sure it’s a
decent place?’ she quipped. Don looked
at her with this peculiar expression of delight he sometimes had, when someone
said something unexpected, and in his view particularly amusing—it was the
first, but not the last time I saw that expression on his face. And that sealed it—he and Mercedes became
friends for life. Mercedes and I made life-long friends in the Old West End,
and in many cases they were already friends of Don and Susan. I think I owe not just the continuation of my
career to Don, but also a good deal of the happiness I’ve derived from living
in this part of the world, over the past quarter century.