History Department Graduate School Orientation
August 19, 2019
The VCU History Department M.A. Program Orientation for graduate teaching assistants and new students will take place on Monday, August 19. Orientation for graduate teaching assistants will start at 5:00 p.m. in the History Department conference room at 811 S. Cathedral Place. The new student orientation will start at 6:00 p.m. at the same location. For questions and additional information, please contact Emilie Raymond, Director of Graduate Studies, History Department.
Celebrating 25 Years of the History M.A. Program!
September 21, 2019
Join us! September 21, 2019 From 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Join VCU History graduate students, alumni, and faculty on September 21 as we celebrate our past and inspire our future!
At 11:00 a.m., join Professor John Kneebone for a walking tour exploring the ever-changing Monroe Park Campus with attention to the architectural and academic histories of the landscape. The tour will begin at the History Department at 811 S. Cathedral Place.
At 12:30 p.m., we will gather on the third floor of Cabell Library for lunch and a special program featuring:
- Professor George Munro, VCU History department
- Michael Lynch (class of 2001), Senior Historian at U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center and Assistant Professor at U.S. Army War College
- Kerry Dahm (class of 2013), Editorial and Research Assistant, Thomas Jefferson Papers: Retirement Series, Thomas Jefferson Foundation
- Peighton Young, current M.A. student (class of 2020)
Special guests include retired faculty Professors William Blake, Alan Briceland, Harold Greer, John Kneebone and Bob Talbert.
Society of the Cincinnati Annual Lecture: Mutiny, Martyrdom, and the Origins of American Political Asylum
October 14, 2019
Join us on October 14 at 5:30 p.m. to hear from Professor A. Roger Ekirch of Virginia Tech's history department at the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Virginia Annual Lecture.
The presentation, Mutiny, Martyrdom, and the Origins of American Political Asylum, will take a look back at the formative years in American history. Following in 1797 the most violent mutiny in the history of the British Royal Navy (aboard the frigate Hermione off Puerto Rico), the arrival in Charleston, South Carolina of one of the alleged mutineers had vast repercussions for the early Republic, not least helping to decide the tumultuous presidential election of 1800 and, most important, advancing America’s adoption of political asylum for foreign refugees – a major achievement in fulfilling the iconic promise of the American Revolution to provide “an asylum for mankind.”
A. Roger Ekirch is an award-winning author and a University Distinguished Professor in the history department at Virginia Tech. His writing has been translated into eight languages. Although early America remains his teaching interest, his research has ranged widely to include European as well as American history - even the history of sleep, a more recent pursuit.
Q&A with Brian Daugherity on the battle for — and against — educational opportunity in Prince Edward County, Virginia
May 15, 2019
History professor, Brian Daugherity, recently discussed his new book, “A Little Child Shall Lead Them: A Documentary Account of the Struggle for School Desegregation in Prince Edward County, Virginia," as part of the the University of Virginia Press’ Carter G. Woodson Institute Series. He explained how echoes of the school desegregation fight in Prince Edward County continue to be felt today. Click here to read more about Brian's insight into the history of desegregation as it relates to his book.
Kudos to History Faculty for Recent Accomplishments
May 24, 2019
The History Department is pleased to announce some recent faculty accomplishments!
John Kneebone has won the University Award of Excellence, an award which comes out of the President's Office and is open to all faculty from both campuses in the university. This is a great honor for him and celebrates everything he has accomplished as a faculty member and chair in the History Department as well as through his service to the university. John will be formally presented with this award during the university's fall convocation in August.
Karen Rader has been elected as the future president of the History of Science Society. She will serve for two years as the society's vice president, then become president for two years, and finally transition to president emerita for another two. This is a prestigious position, which reflects her status within the history of science community and her commitment to professional service.
Greg Smithers has been named as one of the the College of Humanities and Science's eminent scholars. This award is a testament to Greg's research productivity and excellence in scholarship. He will hold this position for five years.
Brooke Newman has been named as the interim director of the VCU Humanities Research Center (HRC). She will lead the HRC through its upcoming transition to a new permanent director.
VCU History student creating 3D images for Agecroft Hall collection
March 18, 2019
VCU History student creating 3D images to make Agecroft Hall collection more accessible.