Summer Highlights

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The UTC History Faculty had a busy summer.  Here are some of the highlights. Ryan Edwards spent the summer teaching incarcerated students at Cayuga Correctional Facility and making the move from Ithaca to Chattanooga. He is very excited about joining the history department and exploring eastern Tennessee. Boris Gorshkov taught at UTC and worked on chapters of his new book, Peasants in Russia from Serfdom to Stalin: Adaptation, Survival,

New Faculty and Courses

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The History Department is excited to welcome two new faculty members to UTC. Ryan Edwards, a scholar of modern Latin America, recently completed his Ph.D. at Cornell University.  His work engages historical geography, political ecology, and science and technology studies. Through interdisciplinary methods and multiple historiographies, he examines nature-society relations, especially those that emerge through the confluence of science, cultural practices, and national and state-formation.  This semester he’ll be teaching an upper-level course

Why the U.S. President Needs a Council of Historians

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In a new article in The Atlantic, Graham Allison and Niall Ferguson, both scholars at Harvard University, urge the president to establish a “Council of Historians,” arguing that “the U.S. could avoid future disaster if policy makers started looking more to the past.” A key passage: We suggest that the charter for the future Council of Historical Advisers begin with Thucydides’s observation that “the events of future history … will be of the

The Flexibility of a History Degree

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A new post from the AHA discusses the career flexibility and versatility history majors get with their degrees.  History, as the author notes, “is an all-encompassing degree.” Read the full post here.

More reasons to study history: “Why America’s Business Majors Are in Desperate Need of a Liberal-Arts Education”

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More reasons to study history, this time from The Atlantic.  Some key passages: “[W]hen businesses go hunting for CEOs or managers, “they will say, a couple of decades out, that I’m looking for a liberal arts grad,” said Judy Samuelson, executive director of the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program.” “[T]o succeed in the long term, [students will] require an education that allows them to grow, adapt, and contribute as citizens—and

Check out the documentary films from the Department’s spring break study tour in Vienna and Budapest

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Over spring break 2016, Department Head John Swanson led a study tour in Vienna and Budapest for the UTC students in his class on “Two Sides of the Iron Curtain: Making Documentary Film.”  The students worked in pairs and made short documentary films exploring a series of historical and social issues in Austria and Hungary. Check out the films in Vimeo.

History isn’t a ‘useless’ major. It teaches critical thinking, something America needs plenty more of

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From the Los Angeles Times: “History isn’t a ‘useless’ major”! A few key quotes: “Over the long run, … graduates in history and other humanities disciplines do well financially. … After 15 years, [] philosophy majors have more lucrative careers than college graduates with business degrees. History majors’ mid-career salaries are on par with those holding business bachelor’s degrees.” “The utility of disciplines that prepare critical thinkers escapes personnel offices, pundits and  politicians (some

Third Annual African American History Event – Pictures

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The Department of History at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga held its 3rd annual African American History event on Tuesday, May 10, from 6:00-7:30pm at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center (http://www.bessiesmithcc.org/). Against the backdrop of the Bessie’s new exhibit on “Negro League Baseball in Chattanooga,” a panel of community participants engaged in a candid but constructive discussion about the relationships – past, present, and future – among the Lincoln

Highlights from the Spring 2016 Alumni Event

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Thanks to all those who joined us for the Spring 2016 Alumni Event.  Alumni can find out about how to stay in touch with the department here. Alumni Event Program Alumni Event Invitation     Professor Emeritus Larry Ingle speaks about his new book, Nixon’s First Cover-Up

Third Annual African American History Event – May 10

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The Department of History at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is excited to announce its 3rd annual African American History event, to be held on Tuesday, May 10, from 6:00-7:30pm at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center (http://www.bessiesmithcc.org/). Against the backdrop of the Bessie’s new exhibit on “Negro League Baseball in Chattanooga,” a panel of community participants (listed below) will engage in a candid but constructive discussion about the