Events and Activities



Upcoming Lecture: "The Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Afrikaner Nationalism to Mandela"

The Department is surely busy with lectures right now. Along with the Phi Alpha Theta Faculty Lecture Series, Kevin Kraak, who served as a composer-in-residence last semester at UAH, will be delivering a lecture titled "The Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Afrikaner Nationalism to Mandela."

The lecture will be held this Friday, February 7, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM in Roberts Hall 419. As with our Faculty Lecture Series, this one is free and open to the public.

We hope to see you there! Feel free to bring a guest with you!


Phi Alpha Theta Faculty Lecture Series

Phi Alpha Theta is holding its second annual Faculty Lecture Series with the Department of History. There have already been two lectures this season. The first, titled "Have a Coke and a Smile: The Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan," was presented by Dr. James Isbell. The second came from Dr. Nicole Pacino, titled "What Public Health Programs Can Teach Us About U.S.-Latin American Relations: The Case of 1950s Bolivia."

There are still two left. They are as follows:

February 6, 2014, 7:00 PM: Dr. Andrei Gandila, "Ancient Coins as a Historical Source"

February 13, 2014, 7:00 PM: Dr. Evan Ragland, "Da Vinci's Bodies and Machines"

Both lectures are located in Roberts Hall 419. They are free to attend, and we hope to see you there.


Info Session for "Legacies of the Third Reich: Munich, Nuremberg, Berlin" (taught by Dr. Molly Johnson in Huntsville and Germany): Friday October 25, 1:00 p.m.

On Friday October 25 at 1:00 p.m. in Roberts Hall 423, Dr. Molly Johnson will hold an informational session for students interested in taking History 399 / Global Studies 199, "Legacies of the Third Reich: Munich, Nuremberg, Berlin."

This course will meet once a week during the spring semester in Huntsville. Then, from May 4-17, 2013, students will travel to Germany to explore historical and memorial sites in Munich, Nuremberg, and Berlin.

Dr. Johnson will also arrange for 400, 500, and 600-level history credit options for interested students.

The info session will feature a PowerPoint showing all the sites students will visit in Germany, as well as key information about travel, cost and financing, work expectations, etc. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers, and we will also have some snacks on hand.

If you are interested in the class but cannot attend the info session, please email Dr. Johnson at

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Two Lectures by Eminent Historian Dr. Linda Gordon (New York University) on Thursday October 24

Dr. Linda Gordon of New York University, one of the nation's foremost experts on women's history and social policy, is coming to UAH this week as a Humanities Center Short-Term Eminent Scholar.

She will give two public lectures.

"Birth Control and Abortion: Why Still so Controversial? An Historical View"
Wilson Hall Theater (room 001)

"Visual Democracy: How Dorothea Lange Used Photography to Promote Equality"
Shelby Center 107
11:10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Dr. Gordon’s keynote lecture is drawn from her 1976 book, Woman’s Body, Woman’s Right: The History of Birth Control in America (revised and republished as The Moral Property of Women in 2002), which remains the definitive history of birth control politics in the United States. Her Honors lecture is based on her most recent book, Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits (2009), which won the Bancroft Prize for best book in US history and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography.

Dr. Gordon has also published three other major academic monographs, Heroes of their Own Lives: The History and Politics of Family Violence (1988), Pitied But not Entitled: Single Mothers and the History of Welfare (1994), and The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction (1999), each of which won a major book award.

Please come and bring a friend!


AIA Talk: Ancient Languages 23 September 7:30 PM

Dr. Kevin McGeough has graduate degrees from Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania and teaches at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. He has done fieldwork in Israel, Turkey, Jordan, and Egypt and is a specialist in ancient economies and languages.

In his evening talk, Dr. McGeough will introduce the languages of ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, describe the history of the alphabet, explore how ancient scripts were deciphered, demonstrate some of the peculiar features of ancient writing, and examine some of the different approaches world cultures have taken to expressing their ideas in written words. 

The next day he will discuss how the conventions used by ancient Near Eastern artists remained stable across shifting political and social situations. Dr. McGeough will explain how to “read” the basics of ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian visual culture.

Puzzling Out Ancient Languages or How an Evil Bird becomes a Word and A Horizontal Wedge becomes a Fish
WHERE:  Wilson Hall Theatre, UAH campus
WHEN:  7:30 PM Monday 23 September

"Reading" Ancient Near Eastern Art
WHERE:  Wilson Hall 168, UAH Campus
WHEN:  12:45 PM 24 September


Campus Cemetery Stroll Sponsored by UAHuntsville's Center for Public History, Friday November 16, 5:30pm

On Friday, November 16th at 5:30 p.m. UAH’s Center for Public History will host a campus cemetery stroll with noted local historian Jacque Reeves.

Come join us and learn more about UAH’s very own historical burial ground that includes a Revolutionary War soldier who fought with George Washington at Valley Forge.

UAH Public History students will also highlight their work in the community and on campus as well as showcase UAH's newest program of study.

Visitors can park in front of the University Center and should be at Union Grove Gallery by 5:30 p.m.

Free food and drinks will be provided by the Public History Club!

Please come and bring a friend!


AIA Talk: First Floridians 15 November 2012

Thursday, November 15
“The Invisible Sex: Some Thoughts on the Role of Women in Prehistory”
12:45 PM, Wilson Hall 168

Since the discoveries of stone artifacts associated with the remains of extinct fauna in mid 19th century France, a variety of often negative stereotypes have persisted about the roles of women in the past. A fundamental failure to recognize and evaluate evidence contradictory to these stereotypes in addition to the stressing of stone tools and the hunting of megafauna by mature males has created a faulty interpretation of life in this period. If mentioned at all, women as well as the old and the young of both sexes are characterized solely as minor players. Careful assessment of the available information from both the Old and the New World indicates that the andro-litho-centric view of the past with its “men in furs sticking sharp spears into large animals” image is fatally flawed. In this talk, evidence for a very different behavioral scenario is presented.

“The First Floridians: Early Humans on the Submerged Gulf Coast of Florida”
7:30 PM, Chan Auditorium

In his second talk Dr. Adovasio will discuss the geo-archaeological exploration of the inner-continental shelf in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico where a tremendous amount of side-scan sonar and sub bottom profile data, including nearly 2000 targets of interest, has been generated. Highlights of the 2008-2009 field seasons include the documentation of two lengthy paleo river systems. These sites are replete with Paleo-Indian sites and it is assumed that the paleo-channel is, likewise, flanked by early occupations. The results of this research will substantially enhance our understanding of the utilization of coastal environments in the late Pleistocene and, more broadly, the early colonization of the New World