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Esther Willits Lecture Series
March 20, 2018
7 p.m. in MSU 183

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Dr. Amy Bass, Professor of History and the Honors Program Director at the College of New Rochelle will speak on the topic of "Race, Protest, and Politics: Listen to Athletes for a Change." Refreshments will be served after the lecture.

Amy Bass’ research interests include African-American history; modern American culture, with a particular focus on sports; identity politics; and historical theory and methodology. She has published her research extensively, including the prestigious Journal of American History and South Atlantic Quarterly, and has presented at a range of national meetings, including the American Historical Association, the American Studies Association, the Organization for American Historians, and Association for the Study of African American Life and History. As well, she has contributed to organs such as Slate, Salon, CNN Opinion, and The Christian Century. Her first book, Not the Triumph but the Struggle: The 1968 Olympic Games and the Making of the Black Athlete, is considered a standard-bearer for those interested in writing about sports from a cultural perspective. Her edited collection, In the Game: Race, Identity and Sports in the 20th Century, solidified that reputation. Her most recent work, Those About Him Remained Silent: The Battle Over W.E.B. Du Bois, on the culture of civil rights struggles and memory, received an Honorable Mention from the National Council on Public History.

Her new book is entitled “One Goal:  A Coach, A Team, and the Game that Brought a Divided Town Together” - due out Feb. 2018 from Hachette Book Group.

She also edits her own series, “Sporting,” for Temple University Press, and has served as senior research supervisor for NBC Olympic Sports since 1996, winning an Emmy Award for her work at the London Olympics in 2012. Bass teaches a range of courses in the History Department, the Women’s Studies Program, and the Honors Program, including “Popular Culture and the Making of Modern America," “Race and Ethnicity," “Civil Rights Struggles," “Race, Sport, and Society," “Once Upon A Time: American Princess," “Women in American History,” and “The Rise and Fall of the American Teenager."

Kutztown University's History Department is hosting

National History Day - Region 9

March 3, 2018

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***We are looking for student volunteers!***Please contact if you are interested in volunteering to help on the day of the competition.***

 NHD engages students in grades 6-12 in the process of discovery and interpretation of historical topics. Students produce dramatic performances, imaginative exhibits, multimedia documentaries, websites, and papers based on research related to an annual theme.  Individually or in teams of two to five, students research a historical topic, develop a thesis, and create a project to present their argument.  Students enter their projects in local and regional competitions and compete for the opportunity to advance to higher levels of competition. 

The NHD program teaches students important literacy skills and engages them in the use and understanding of museum and library resources. The program inspires students to study local, regional, or state history and challenges them to expand their thinking and apply that knowledge to the national or even worldwide scene. The program also teaches students to become technologically literate through the use of computer and Internet research methods and the use of technologically advanced applications in their presentations.

Students visit the Terra Cotta Warrior Exhibit  at the Franklin Institute

during Fall 2017 semester with Dr. Eric Johnson

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Dr. Michael Gabriel contributes to a documentary, "Hallowed Ground: New York's Forgotten Revolutionary War Battlefields."
See it HERE


Dr. Christine Saidi's blog about her trip to Africa during Summer 2017 can be found HERE



KU students and faculty (Drs. Kraal and Mace) in the London Winter Program met with KU History alumnus Guy Sechrist ’14 in Cambridge, UK. Guy was pursuing his M.Phil. and Ph.D. in the History of Science at Clare College and Pembroke College at Cambridge University.  Guy is the tallest person with the black scarf on in the back row.

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