A message from our department chair, Brian Cannon:
BYU's Department of History
Department of History 2130 JFSB Provo, UT 84602
A message from our department chair, Brian Cannon:
Religious Freedom Annual Review:
The Religious Freedom Annual Review brings together nationally recognized policymakers, scholars, and religious leaders to discuss the role of religion and religious freedom in the United States. This year the Annual Review will address several pressing questions about the global pandemic's implications for religious freedom.
Religion and Religious Freedom in the COVID-19 Era: Finding Community and Hope
June 17-19, 10-11 a.m. (MDT) each day
Free webinar; RSVP at https://religiousfreedom.byu.edu/home
Confirmed speakers: Elder David A. Bednar, Dr. Alaa Murabit (a UN High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment and Economic Growth), Michael Leavitt (former Secretary of Health and Human Services; former Utah governor)
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/538244887079325/
More questions? Contact [email protected]
Applications for BYU’s 2020-2021 Volume of the Pre-Law Review are now being accepted! This journal is one of the premier undergraduate pre-law reviews in the nation and is well recognized and annually distributed to each law school across the country. Authoring or editing an article for the Review enables you to hone your legal writing and research abilities, preparing you for the demands of a top-tier law program. If you are thinking about law school, interested in a legal career, or just love research and writing, we encourage you to apply!
Congrats to Professor Stewart Anderson, the author of the new book A Dramatic Reinvention: German Television and Moral Renewal after National Socialism, 1956–1970. 👏
Description: Following World War II, Germany was faced not only with the practical tasks of reconstruction and denazification, but also with the longer-term mission of morally “re-civilizing” its citizens—a goal that persisted through the nation’s 1949 split. One of the most important mediums for effecting reeducation was television, whose strengths were particularly evident in the thousands of television plays that were broadcast in both Germanys in the 1950s and 1960s. This book shows how TV dramas transcended state boundaries and—notwithstanding the ideological differences between East and West—addressed shared issues and themes, helping to ease viewers into confronting uncomfortable moral topics.
Read the blogpost here:
Purchase the book here:
If you would like to see our graduates' profiles, head over to the FHSS virtual convocation website here: https://fhssgraduates.byu.edu
Published Book Shoutout 🎉
Teaching History, Learning Citizenship: Tools for Civic Engagement—a book by our dear Professor Jeff Nokes—is intended to help teachers design history lessons that foster students’ knowledge, skills, and dispositions for civic engagement. The range of lesson topics include Alice Paul and the Silent Sentinels, Samuel Gompers and the American Federation of Labor, Harriet Tubman, Reagan and Gorbachev’s unlikely friendship, Lincoln’s plan for reconstructing the Union, and other topics.
Want a copy? Go to: https://www.amazon.com/Teaching-History-Learning-Citizenship-Engagement/dp/0807761923
We know there's a lot chaos going on, but can we get a drumroll please!! The aspiring historian, Miranda Jessop, is our Valedectorian and will have 4 published academic works to her name. To learn more about her analyzed proto-feminist's arguments for women's education in her Honors thesis, visit: https://honors.byu.edu/women-thus-educated
Students! A word from the dean of our college: All events, lectures, and club meetings etc. have been or will be canceled for the remainder of the semester. Please message us with any questions. 💙
STUDENTS: Please stay updated with Brigham Young University + www.byu.edu/coronavirus for any information on what has been happening around campus and all the new changes. Stay safe 💙
Here's the link to Professor Garcia's Hickman Diversity Lesson in case you missed it!
Did you know that professor Brenden Rensink hosts and produces podcast series featuring conversations with authors of new books on the North American West, sampling from a vareity of disciplines and subfields? Go and listen the podcasts for an exciting time! (Writing Westward Podcast)
Q: What do all these places have in common?
A: Libraries where you can do research this spring as part of the Department's first "study abroad." Get History credit (Hist 200, 221, or electives) while you study and learn in the Nation's capitol (and beyond).
Apply by Friday Jan. 17th (link in the comments).
Welcome back cougars 🐾 The Liberal Arts Career Success Lecture series is starting this semester! Each month, Career Director Linda Evans will be presenting a 1 hour workshop on very helpful topics from the STDEV 317 Career Strategies class.
Remember that the Career Studio in 2590 WSC is a helpful resource for resumes, cover letters, Handshake, Linkedin, and mock interviews, as well as making appointments with assigned career director.
Good luck this semester students!
UPDATE: The application deadline has been extended to January 17. (Spots are limited and applications will be reviewed as they are submitted.)
Be a part of the History Department's NEW STUDY ABROAD based in Washington DC (and that includes excursions to North Carolina and New York).
All history majors and minors accepted will get experiential learning $$$ to go toward the costs of the program.
Classes offered include History 221, History 200, or up to 6 credit hours of history electives.
Come explore American history in the archives, at museums, and in the places it happened! We are excited to offer this program next spring and hope you'll consider joining us!
Dr. de Schweinitz, who is leading the program, is happy to answer questions--and will be sure to check her email frequently over the next day and a half. Contact info in the comments.
The end of the semester is here, and we know it can be a difficult time. If you’re struggling or have a friend who could use some help, know there are many resources available to students. Please take some time to read through these resources, save them for later, or share it with a friend in need. 💙 You’ve got this!
We would like to congratulate Professor Jeffrey Shumway on Publishing his new book: “A WOMAN, A MAN, A NATION: MARQUITA SANCHEZ, JUAN MANUEL DE ROSAS, AND THE BEGINNINGS OF ARGENTINA.”
Mariquita's and Juan Manuel's lives corresponded with the major events and processes that shaped the turbulent beginnings of the Argentine nation, many of which also shaped Latin America and the Atlantic World during the Age of Revolution (1750-1850). Their lives provide an overarching narrative for Argentine history that both scholars and students will find intriguing.
For more information or to buy the book, go here: https://www.amazon.com/Woman-Man-Nation-Mariquita-Beginnings/dp/0826360904
Check out this great class opportunity! 🎉
Dr. Rensink is looking for students to enroll in his Western American Studies Seminar (AM ST 301). It can count as 300-level history elective credit. Students study the American West as a region from a variety of disciplinary approaches. The research project culminates with the opportunity to publish your research on the Intermountain Histories digital public history project website and apps! Enroll now!
Looking to build your resume, become a published author, improve your writing skills, and earn college credit while doing so? Become an editor of The Thetean! This is an incredible opportunity to add unique skills to your resume/CV, so don’t miss out!
The Thetean is an undergraduate history journal that features BYU student essays. This journal has 48 years worth of history in giving an opportunity for students to showcase their talents in historical research and writing. Last year's issue can be found online at https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/thetean/, where article topics range from Civil War spies to the Spanish Influenza pandemic, and from papal politics to young female criminals in the nineteenth century. The sky's pretty much the limit!
To apply, fill out the following application and upload the requested writing sample by December 2, 2019:
Apply here: https://forms.gle/z5v4qQwivbg72qVq5
“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. We can’t get complacent. We need to be aware—aware of what’s going on in Washington D.C. We need to be aware of what’s going on locally with state politics. We need to be involved and we need to be full participants.”
-Kayla Jackson as Ida B. Wells
Thank you to all who came to the Dead Suffragists’ Debate this week! We hope that you’ll remember the words of our women on stage and thoughtfully consider how you can get involved in making your environment an inclusive and safe place for all.
Get ready for one of the BIGGEST events of the year! The Dead Suffragist’s Debate will discuss the Equal Rights Amendment and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, passed June 4, 1919. The Amendment was championed by several of the historical figures that will be on the stage at the Debate. All of them are contemporaries, but each experience the period in a different way.
This event will truly be spectacular, and we invite all to come this Tuesday.
For more information about each suffragist, please check our Facebook story today or Instagram highlights later!
“Prior to this internship, I’d always had an interest in archival work, but had little experience with it. This opportunity to learn first hand was very illuminating for me, and I was able to observe the different roles and duties that an archivist may have. I quickly noted that many of these tasks aligned with my own interests, and I came to the realization that this may be a well-suited field for me.
This internship experience truly changed the way that I view family history, for the better. It showed me the need for family historians in history professions, and affirmed my belief in the importance of this work.”
Meet Nicole Hunsaker, an Orem native and senior studying Psychology and Family History! Over the summer she completed an internship in archival work. She is one example of the many benefits of your experiential learning opportunities through the department! If you ever have questions about your opportunities through the department, always remember that you can stop by the weekly info sessions on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
You do NOT want to miss the BYU Forum next week! Author, filmmaker, and historian Henry Louis Gates, Jr. of Harvard University is coming to speak on Nov. 19th. It's going to be a truly great opportunity.
To learn more about him, watch this quick video! See you there!
Are you ready for our next forum? Author, filmmaker, and historian Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is coming to speak on November 19. And as BYU student Grace Soelberg attests, "This is such a historic and rare opportunity, and it's something you're definitely not gonna want to miss."
Have you applied yet? 👀 🇬🇧 Don’t miss your chance to head to Europe on the Legendary London Centre Study Abroad!
The application is due next Thursday, Nov. 14th! Details and application at kennedy.byu.edu
#byuabroad #byustudyabroad #londoncentre #uk #travel
Today and Tomorrow! Women, the Vote, and Political Participation. Lots of great speakers, including historians from Temple University and the University of Richmond! https://womensstudies.byu.edu/conferences
The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women's constitutional right to vote.
The paper submission deadline for the Biennial Phi Alpha Theta Conference in San Antonio is coming up quickly (November 15th!), so we’ll be having a brief info session this Wednesday! If you can’t make it, you can also join us on Instagram or Facebook live.
See you on Wednesday at 2:00!
The Intermountain Histories Internship gives students valuable (and marketable) experience in digital and public history. They will first complete background readings on public history. For the remainder of the semester students consult with Dr. Brenden W. Rensink to select research topics they are passionate about, research and write micro-histories, and publish them (under their own name!) on the project website and free mobile app (www.intermountainhistories.org).
More details are listed at the online application link: https://forms.gle/kwHpyMFGqjC6nfat9
Any questions can be directed to Dr. Rensink by email: intermount[email protected]
WE NEED YOUR HELP... to help you! A survey was just sent out to students via email to help us understand what opportunities and services you know about and use in connection with the department. Students that complete the survey will be entered into a drawing to receive a personally signed copy of a professors’ book! 📚
This survey will enable us to serve you and advertise events better. Thank you in advance for your participation!
(All history majors and minors, history/social science teaching majors, FH majors and minors, and Native American Studies minors received the email.)
Don't miss this upcoming GWS Conference Nov. 7 & 8--especially presentations by historians Bettye Collier-Thomas (Temple U) and Lori Gates Schulyer (U of Richmond)!
Miss the Department's standing-room-only panel, "LDS Native American Perspectives on Columbus"? Video of the discussion will be posted soon. In the meantime, check out this handout, with resources for understanding and supporting Indigenous perspectives.
Class registration begins next week! Are you looking for a great course to take?
This coming winter semester, Dr. Gordon Daines and university archivist Cory Nimer will be teaching a public history course for the department (History 431). This course will introduce students to the field of public history, and provide them with a practical opportunity to engage in a public history project. Students will gain first-hand experience with materials from the university archives in the design and implementation of an online exhibit. The course will also include visits to the L. Tom Perry Special Collections, the Education in Zion exhibit, and Museum of Peoples and Cultures.
If you would like more information about the course, please contact either Gordon ([email protected]) or Cory Nimer ([email protected]).
You are cordially invited to a panel discussion next Wednesday, October 16th at 2 PM in B192 JFSB. The topic is "LDS Native American Perspectives on Columbus," and we are delighted to be hearing from Farina King, Michalyn Steele, Roni Jo Draper, and James Courage Singer. It will be moderated by David-James Gonzales. We hope to see you there!
Quick reminder: The De Lamar Jensen lecture presented by Merry Wiesner-Hanks is TOMORROW (Thursday, October 10th, 11 AM, 2107 JKB)! We hope to see you there!
Join us for the the 2019 De Lamar Jensen lecture, which will be presented by Merry Wiesner-Hanks, Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 11:00 AM in 2107, Jesse Knight Building. This lecture is free and open to the public. Learn more on our blog at https://fhssbyu.com/2019/09/26/2019-de-lamar-jensen-lecture-will-focus-on-religion-in-the-age-of-the-reformation/.
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Find out more about the History Department's first "Study Abroad." TOMORROW--Tuesday Oct. 8, 2019 at 4:15 PM in the 2114 JFSB (Department Conference Room). https://kennedy.byu.edu/u-s-history-washington-d-c-and-the-eastern-u-s/
As the capital of the U.S., Washington, D.C. has played an important role in history and is the site of some of the most significant public memorials and museums dedicated to America’s past. It is also home to some of the most important public and private libraries and archives in the world. Based...
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