History Department News & Events
Dr. Sharon Kowalsky served as chair of the 2013 John L. Snell Memorial Prize Committee for the "graduate student with the best seminar paper in European history" delivered at the European section of the Southern Historical Association.
Dr. Jessica Brannnon-Wranosky was appointed to the membership committee for the Southern Historical Association. She will serve as the Texas representative on the committee.
Dr. Jonathan Bergman will serve as a keynote speaker at the Seventh Annual Sustainability Conference in Long Island, New York (http://sustainableli.org/events/annual-conference-2013/). This year's conference will focus on the area's recovery from Hurricane Sandy, which hit the Northeast Coast of the United States in late October 2012.
The Department of History congratulates Dr. Jessica Brannon-Wranosky, as she has been elected to the Texas State Historical Association Board of Directors.
Dr. Eric Gruver has been elected the Texas Oral History Association Board of Directors.
Dr. John Howard Smith is the recipient of a Faculty Research Enhancement Award for the 2012 academic year to continue work on his current project, “To Hear News from Heaven”: A History of the First Great Awakening in America, 1725-1775. He will be using the funds to finance travel to libraries and archives throughout the Eastern Seaboard, where he will spend many happy hours poring through eighteenth-century documents.
Dr. Jessica Brannon-Wranosky has had an article published, “Investing in Urban: The Connected Growth of the Woman’s Monday Club and the Entrepreneurial Elite of Corpus Christi, Texas,” in THIS CORNER OF CANAAN: Essays on Texas in Honor of Randolph B. Campbell. The anthology is in print as of February 2013, and was edited by Richard B. McCaslin, Donald E. Chipman, and Andrew J. Torget and published by the University of North Texas Press.
The Department of History welcomes alum and distinguished historian, William "Bill" Allison to give a talk on February 27, 2013, at 3:30 p.m. in Ferguson SS 124. His talk is entited "1968 in America."
The History Department congratulates current members and alumni who are participating in the upcoming East Texas Historical Association Fall 2012 Meeting in Nacogdoches, Texas. John Jackson, Andrea Potter, and Cirrus Peterson, all current graduate students, are presenting papers on a panel entitled "Memory, Migration, and Movement: Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Texan Community Founders." Dr. Eric Gruver, current Director of Honor's Advising, is chairing a roundtable entitled "Northeast Texas Veterans vs. Hollywood: Teaching and Learning War and Memory." Hayley Hasik, a current undergraduate student, is a member of that roundtable. Alumni of the department who are participating in the conference include Dr. Elizabeth Hayes Turner, Dr. Kyle Wilkison, and James Blackshear. Additionally, Dr. Jessica Brannon-Wranosky is a member of the conference’s program committee.
Dr. Jessica Brannon-Wranosky will serve as the opening keynote speaker on October 11, 2012, from 6-8 p.m. for the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association's travelling exhibit, "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War," funded by the National Endowment of the Humanities. The Sulphur Spring Public Library will host the exhibit from its opening on October 11, 2012, through November 2012. Dr. Wranosky's keynote address is entitled, "Lincoln in the Public Mind: History, Memory, and the Icon." She will also give a closing talk sometime in late November.
Dr. John Howard Smith received the Paul W. Barrus Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching during the Spring 2011. Congratulations goes out to Dr. Smith!
Belinda Mulrooney, the Administrative Assistant for the Department of History, was a recipient of the Texas A&M University-Commerce Service Award. Congratulations!