Dr. Nathan Wood presents 53rd Annual Callahan Lecture

On March 27, the Department of History hosted Nathan Wood to present “Backwardness and Rushing Forward: The Age of Speed in a Suburb of Europe” for the 53rd annual Callahan Lecture. Dr. Wood, professor of history at the University of Kansas, explored the trenchant irony of the history of transportation in Poland from 1885-1939: that the quintessential experience of the age of speed—and of modernity generally—just might be the sensation of feeling left behind. 

Dr. Arthurs selected as faculty fellow for his innovative course

In an effort to engage students with the past, Dr. Arthurs has been actively developing courses that take a thematic approach to history. He believes that courses should allow students to think about history in a broader sense.

Dr. Katherine Aaslestad recognized as a Benedum Distinguished Scholar

Dr. Katherine Aaslestad was recently named a 2016 Benedum Distinguished scholar, an honor which recognizes her high caliber of research and scholarly activity. 

WV Women’s History Tour created by graduate students and alumna

A team of emerging history professionals connected to the WVU History Department recently collaborated to create an online tour of West Virginia women. The interactive tour was designed for “IN.Exclusive,” a new exhibit at Arts Monongahela designed to commemorate Women’s History Month (celebrated during the month of March). The exhibit and interactive tour aim to highlight contributions and accomplishments of women in West Virginia that may have been overlooked in mainstream culture and historical interpretation previously.

Dr. Kate Staples earns Caperton Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Writing

Kate Kelsey Staples, associate chair of the West Virginia University Department of History, was named the recipient of the 2016 Caperton Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Writing.

What can you do with a history major? History alumni in law

For students interested in law school, studying history provides a solid set of skills to research, present, and contextualize. Many students who have come through our program are interested in law school or working with law. Two examples of these are Carrie Cecil, attorney at Spilman Thomas & Battle, and Jessie Reckart, associate at Bowles Rice LLP.

Marc Sanko to be lead North American historian in Valletta 2018 interactive project

To Ph.D. student Marc Sanko, his historical research is not just about the past. It involves working with living communities and enabling them define their own heritage. This is why he is excited to join Latitude 36, an audio-visual production company out of London, for work on a community project looking at global Maltese migration. The fall, Marc was recruited to be the lead historian for North American Maltese migration by Latitude 36 as they prepare to run exhibits as part of Valletta 2018.

Dr. Blobaum publishes new book

Dr. Robert Blobaum brought in the new year with a book publication. His book, "A Minor Apocalypse: Warsaw during First World War" (Cornell Press, 2017), is the first history of Warsaw in World War I to appear in English. 

From the cover: "In A Minor Apocalypse, Robert Blobaum explores the social and cultural history of Warsaw's "forgotten war" of 1914–1918. Beginning with the bank panic that accompanied the outbreak of the Great War, Blobaum guides his readers through spy scares, bombardments, mass migratory movements, and the Russian evacuation of 1915. Industrial collapse marked only the opening phase of Warsaw’s wartime economic crisis, which grew steadily worse during the German occupation. Requisitioning and strict control of supplies entering the city resulted in scarcity amid growing corruption, rapidly declining living standards, and major public health emergencies." 
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