Department News for 2017

Bill Allison, Professor of History, gave an invited lecture at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, on Monday, October 23, titled “At the Crossroads: Vietnam, 1967.” He also met with an undergraduate course – War and Society, and met with History graduate students during his visit.


Paul Rodell published “How ISIS Has Arrived in the Philippines,” Oasis: Christians and Muslims in the Global World, 11 October 2017,


Craig Roell’s books, Matamoros and the Texas Revolution and Remember Goliad: A History of La Bahía, are featured in the “Texas Revolution Book Bundle” offered by the Texas State Historical Association’s Legacy of Texas website (“Your Source for All Things Texas”).


Solomon K. Smith gave an invited lecture at Coastal Heritage Society’s Revolutionary Perspectives Lecture Series in Savannah on October 3. His lecture was entitled, ““To Chastise the Cherokees [and] reduce them to the absolute necessity of suing for pardon”: Lt. Col. James Grant and the cause of the Anglo-Cherokee War, 1758–1761”.


Corinna Zeltsman received the Richmond Brown Dissertation Prize, awarded by the Latin American & Caribbean Section of the Southern Historical Association, for her dissertation “Ink under the Fingernails: Making Print in Nineteenth-Century Mexico City.”

R. Frank Saunders, Jr. Fall History Lecture on Oct 17

The Department of History’s R. Frank Saunders, Jr. Fall History Lecture will feature Kurt Knoerl, Assistant Professor at Armstrong State University. The title of his talk is “The Online Museum of Underwater Archaeology:  Public Outreach and the Internet.”

An Internet search on shipwrecks conducted in 2004 would have shown numerous website dedicated to treasure hunting and the sale of artifacts but very little on historic preservation or maritime history.  The online Museum of Underwater Archaeology (MUA) was created to encourage underwater archaeologists and maritime historians to counter the treasure hunting message of “Go for the Gold!”  Since its incorporation the MUA has helped hundreds of researchers publish over 300 pages of content viewed in over 90 countries worldwide.  Through online exhibits, public lectures, and education materials the MUA has helped educate the public about the need to preserve their maritime past.


Date: October 17, 2017

Time: 7:30PM

Location: Arts Building, Room 2071

History Film Festival Schedule Announce for Fall 2017

Department News for August 2017

The Department is pleased to welcome Dr. Corinna Zeltsman. Her research focuses on printers
and politics in nineteenth-century Mexico and she will be teaching courses on the history of
Latin America. zeltsman/

Paul Rodell presented a paper on Philippine political traditions and the current administration of
President Rodrigo Duterte at a workshop on “Illiberal Democracies” at Georgia State University.
The workshop was hosted by that university’s Center for Democracy and Human Rights and
their Center for Middle East Studies. He also co-authored the article “Reaching for the Vision:
The ATWS/AGSS Story,” that appeared in the fall 2016 issue of the Journal of Global South
Studies, pp. 17-71.

Dr. Craig Roell was awarded the Who's Who Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement
Award for 2017. He also appears as a talking head in San Jacinto, the latest documentary film in
the award-winning, eight-part “Birth of Texas Series,” Mike Vance, producer. DVD video.
Houston: Texas Historical Foundation, 2017.

History graduate helps local museum secure grant

Former undergraduate and graduate history student Shannon Browning- Mullis successfully led the effort to secure a $250,000 NEH grant for reinterpretation of the Owens-Thomas house museum in Savannah. Already things have greatly changed in the interpretation presented there since she arrived, and now it will be able to dramatically shift the physical environment of visitors to the slave quarters, kitchen, etc.

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