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Kudos to those who participated in the poster session at the Pennsylvania Historical Society's Annual Meeting in Lancaster, PA on 10/13/18 to present their research:

Kathryn Frasch - Paper: The Mysterious John White (Faculty Advisor, Dr. Derr)

Emily Sakal - Paper: An American Thanksgiving: Reasserting the Origins of Freedom and Equality ( Faculty Advisor, Dr. Arnold)

Thomas Middlebrooks - Paper: 1918 Spanish Flu's Real Impact on Pennsylvania - (Faculty Advisor - Dr. Arnold)

Shannon Shafnisky - Paper: The Impact of the 1918 Flu Epidemic in Hokendauqua, PA - (Faculty Advisor - Dr. Arnold)

Congratulations to our winners & honorees

The History Department held their Year End Celebration on April 17, 2018, to honor our student's scholastic excellence.

The following awards were given:

Outstanding Achievement in History Senior Award - Jonathon Kamor, Kathleen O'Neill, Carly Plesic, Austin Yanek

Anthony J. Mazzaferri Senior Award - Donata Hilton

Bright and Lucille Beck American History Senior Award - Matthew Harris

Anthony J. Mazzaferri Faculty Undergraduate Prize - Isabelle Waddelow

History Club's Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior Award - Jonathon Kamor

History Club's Faculty of the Year Award - Dr. Michael Gambone

The following scholarships were given:

Richard J. Yashek History Scholarship - Mitchell Oller

Esther M. Willits History Scholarship - Lucinda Damm

Dr. Victor Story History Scholarship - Gregory White

Esther Willits Biennial Lecture Series
was held March 20, 2018 
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Dr. Amy Bass, Professor of History and the Honors Program Director at the College of New Rochelle spoke on the topic of "Race, Protest, and Politics: Listen to Athletes for a Change." 

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”  - is 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."

https://www.amybass.net/

HISTORY DEPARTMENT STUDENT ROOM - LY 151 was recently renamed the

Judy Groff Study Center


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For those of you who didn't know Judy, she was the History Department Secretary from 1991 until her untimely passing in 2005. She is still missed by all who knew her!! You can also look for Judy's memorial bench outside the front entrance of Lytle the next time you walk by.

Kutztown University's History Department hosted

National History Day - Region 9 on

March 3, 2018

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THANK YOU TO ALL OUR JUDGES AND VOLUNTEERS!  CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE STUDENT PARTICIPANTS. WHETHER THEY PLACED OR PARTICIPATED IT WAS A SUCCESSFUL DAY AND A LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR THEM! THANKS TO JEFF HAWKS - STATE DIRECTOR, ANDY ARNOLD, ARABEL ELLIOTT, AND THE HISTORY FACULTY FOR ALL YOUR EFFORTS.

 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

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


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KUTZTOWN LONDON PROGRAM Winter 2017
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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