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Two Roads Converged

Dr. Eric Weisbard knows first-hand that the 1990s were a great decade to be writing about popular music. After all, he worked as a rock critic for New York City’s Spin magazine and The Village Voice in the years following the rock band Nirvana’s surge in popularity, which paved the way for hundreds of alternative bands nationwide to receive unprecedented, widespread recognition for their music. At the time, people lived and died over questions of musical authenticity across all genres, […]

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Why History Matters

From the May 2015 Desktop News | What would Dr. John Beeler say to a group of students if it were his last time addressing them? That history matters. “It isn’t rote memorization of dry-as-dust facts and dates,” said Beeler, a professor in the Department of History. “History is about ideas. It’s about how we make sense of the past as it relates to our own lives and circumstances.” He explored this conviction in depth at the 2015 Last Lecture […]

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College Establishes New Academic Minors

From the April 2015 Desktop News | Two interdisciplinary minors focused on burgeoning academic fields have been created and can be pursued by students beginning in fall 2015. The first, cybercrime, will combine classes on the technical aspects of thwarting cyber attacks and processing digital forensic evidence with classes on understanding criminal motivations. The second, Latin American, Caribbean and Latino studies, will allow students to explore the social, cultural, linguistic, political, economic and biological diversity of nations that make up […]

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Historian Awarded Botstiber Fellowship

From the March 2015 Desktop News | Dr. Janek Wasserman, assistant professor in the Department of History, has received a fellowship from the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies that is allowing him to spend the current semester and summer of 2015 conducting research abroad for his next book, tentatively titled “From Coffeehouse to Tea Party: An Intellectual History of the Austrian School of Economics.” The book follows the story of one of the most important schools of 20th-century economic thought, […]

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“Cold War Dixie” Wins Best Book Award

From the December 2014 edition of Desktop News | A book examining the impact of the Cold War on the U.S. South, written by a College of Arts and Sciences historian, was recently recognized by the Southern Historical Association as the best book in southern economic or business history published in the last two years. The Bennett H. Wall Award recognized Dr. Kari Frederickson, professor and chair of the Department of History, for Cold War Dixie: Militarization and Modernization in […]

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SEC Recognizes History Professor

From the May 2014 Desktop News | The Southeastern Conference announced in April that Dr. George C. Rable, a professor in the Department of History and the Charles G. Summersell Chair in Southern History, won the 2014 Faculty Achievement Award. Rable was one of only 14 professors across the SEC to be chosen for the award. “I am deeply honored to have been chosen for this SEC Faculty Achievement Award,” Rable said. “I am also humbled to realize how much students […]

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Chambers Contributes $100,000 to Establish History Professorship

Dr. Richard Chambers of Montgomery has contributed $100,000 with the intent to establish The Richard Leon Chambers Endowed Professorship. Additional funds have been pledged from his estate. The professorship will be endowed when it reaches the minimum level of $500,000 and will be used to employ a scholar who specializes in Middle Eastern culture and Islamic religious studies, specifically in the “modern era” of the post-7th Century studies that would include the Ottoman Empire and Turkish civilization. Chambers earned his […]

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Rothman’s Book Recognized with Two Awards

From the November 2013 Desktop News | Dr. Josh Rothman, a professor in the Department of History and the director of the Frances Summersell Center for the Study of the South, was recently honored with two awards for his book, Flush Times and Fever Dreams: A Story of Capitalism and Slavery in the Age of Jackson. The work won the Gulf South Historical Association’s Michael V.R. Thomason Book Award for the best book on the history of the Gulf South. The Gulf […]

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