Upcoming History Club Events

The UTC History Club has lots of exciting events planned for the spring semester. Here are the ones coming up soon.

Dr. Michael Thompson’s Book Garners Rave Reviews

Dr. Michael Thompson, UC Foundation Associate Professor of History, published his book entitled “Working on the Dock of the Bay: Labor and Enterprise in an Antebellum Southern Port” with the University of South Carolina Press in 2015, and has since received outstanding reviews from top scholars in the field.

FRI. NOV. 18: Righteous Transgressions: A Lecture by Dr. Lihi Ben Shitrit

How do women in Israeli and Palestinian conservative religious movements expand spaces for political activism in ways that go beyond their movements’ strict ideas about male and female roles? How and why does this activism happen in some movements but not in others? Dr. Lihi Ben Shitrit will discuss her research on those questions, which were the subject of her book “Righteous Transgressions: Women’s Activism on the Israeli and Palestinian Religious Right” (Princeton University Press, 2015).

Screaming Queens

A documentary screening sponsored by the UTC History Club and Spectrum.

Righteous Transgressions: A Lecture by Dr. Lihi Ben Shitrit

How do women in Israeli and Palestinian conservative religious movements expand spaces for political activism in ways that go beyond their movements’ strict ideas about male and female roles? How and why does this activism happen in some movements but not in others? Dr. Lihi Ben Shitrit will discuss her research on those questions, which were the subject of her book “Righteous Transgressions: Women’s Activism on the Israeli and Palestinian Religious Right” (Princeton University Press, 2015).

2016 Holocaust Lecture

“The Youngest Children in Buchenwald” — The 2016 Holocaust Lecture with Julius Maslovat, child survivor of the Buchenwald and Bergen Belsen camps, and Kenneth Waltzer, Professor of History Emeritus at Michigan State University and former Director of Jewish Studies.

Highlights from the Historical Tour of the Tennessee Riverfront

On October 13, 2016, the UTC History Club and Southern Adventist University hosted a historical walking tour of the Tennessee riverfront with Maury Nicely. Check out some of the photos from the tour.

The U.S. and the World: Foreign Policy and the 2016 Presidential Election

On October 5, the UTC History Club and Euphrates Chapter held a roundtable with UTC’s history faculty on “The U.S. and the World: Foreign Policy and the 2016 Presidential Election.” The History Department’s regional experts broke down the foreign policy positions of the presidential candidates for an audience of UTC students, professors, and community members.

Summer Highlights

The UTC History Faculty had a busy summer. Here are some of the highlights.

New Faculty and Courses

The History Department is excited to welcome two new faculty members to UTC — Ryan Edwards, a scholar of modern Latin America, who recently completed his Ph.D. at Cornell University, and Fang Yu Hu, an expert on East Asia, who received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

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

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.”

The Flexibility of a History Degree

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.”

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

More reasons to study history, this time from The Atlantic. Bottom line: take more history classes!

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

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.

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

From the Los Angeles Times: “History isn’t a ‘useless’ major”!