Events and Activities



History Club/Phi Alpha Theta Event on Nov. 13: Research Talk by Dr. Sandra Mendiola

History Club and Phi Alpha Theta invite you to come hear new history professor Dr. Sandra Mendiola give a talk, entitled "Research on the Streets: Vendors and Politics in Puebla, Mexico," on Thursday November 13 at 5:30 p.m. in Roberts Hall 423 (the seminar room). Snacks will be served!

Pictured here is a photograph from Sandra's research.

Please come and bring a friend!


History Club Events for November

The History Club has several events planned for November.

On election day, November 4, the History Club will host a bake sale in Morton Hall from 9-2. Come and enjoy a baked treat -- and be sure to vote! On Thursday November 6, History Club will show the film Iron-Jawed Angels and serve pizza in Roberts Hall 423 at 6:15 p.m.The film explores Alice Paul, Lucy Burns, and the National Woman's Party campaign to gain for women in the United States the right to vote.


Wine and Auction Benefit for the North Alabama Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, Saturday November 15

The History Department has been a long-standing supporter of the North Alabama Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, which has brought five to six distinguished scholars and archaeologists to UAH to share their research insights every year for the past decade. We are pleased to announce AIA's upcoming Wine Tasting and Silent Auction benefit.

The benefit will be on November 15 at the Lowe House in historic Twickenham. The Lowe House is the elegant home of UAH president David Williams. We will sample fine wines from Spain, Argentina, and Chile with the guidance of sommelier Tami Herrington of Pinnacle Imports who will be talking about the history of these wines and their vineyards as well as describing the character of the individual wines. Archaeologist Dr. Tom Sever will give a brief talk on his current research on the Maya. We have a number of fine items in our auction. Enjoy the company of others interested in archaeology.

For tickets, please contact Lillian Joyce (


Phi Alpha Theta/History Club Sponsor Lecture by Dr. John Kvach (Thurs. Oct. 16)

Phi Alpha Theta and the History Club are cooperating to sponsor a talk by new history professor Dr. John Kvach, on "How Old is the New South?: J.D.B. De Bow and the Economic Development of the Nineteenth-Century American South."

The talk will be on Thursday October 16, 2008, at 5:30pm in Roberts Hall 423. Light refreshments will be provided.

Dr. Kvach's dissertation, recently completed at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, explored J. D. B. De Bow, the editor of De Bow’s Review, and the movement toward economic modernization in the antebellum South.

Please come and bring a friend!


History Forum Lecture by Oral Historian Charles T. Morrissey: Wednesday Oct. 22

The History Department is pleased to announce the upcoming History Forum lecture by Charles T. Morrissey, "Life and Memory in America: Oral History in an Age of Public Amnesia."

Morrissey, a past president of the Oral History Association, began his career in 1962 by interviewing former members of the White House staff during the Truman administration for the Truman Library, and he subsequently directed the John F. Kennedy Library Oral History Project. He has also directed projects for and about the Ford Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Bush Foundation of Minnesota, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and a Washington group, Former Members of Congress. He frequently teaches oral history workshops and has published more than fifty articles about oral history skills and applications.

Morrissey's main lecture will be on Wednesday, October 22, at 7:00 p.m. in Roberts Recital Hall.

Morrissey will give an additional public lecture to the UAHuntsville Honors Forum, "Oral History and the Modern Presidency," on Tuesday October 21 at 11: 10 a.m. in the Frank Franz Hall Multipurpose Room. In addition, he will guest lecture in several classes.

Special thanks to the UAHuntsville Faculty Senate Distinguished Speakers Series, the Honors Program, the Humanities Center, and the Bankhead Foundation for helping the History Department make Morrissey's visit possible.

Please call 256-824-6310 with questions.


AIA Lecture on Mycenaean Coastal Worlds: Thursday October 2

The North Alabama Chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America is featuring Dr. Thomas Tartaron, who teaches at the University of Pennsylvania, on Thursday, October 2.

Dr. Tartaron’s field work is in Greece where he is currently Co-Director of the Saronic Harbors Archaeological Research Project. In his talk, Dr. Tartaron will focus on archaeological methods of reconstituting the coastal worlds of the Mycenaeans, using the concept of “coastscapes” within a broad landscape archaeology approach. In the Saronic Gulf region, recent discoveries have made it possible to recreate a Bronze Age Saronic “small world,” populated by small coastal settlements enmeshed in habitual maritime interactions within a political and economic system dominated by Kolonna on the island of Aigina. These interactions were in turn embedded, through the agency of Kolonna, in trade networks in the Aegean Sea and beyond. Dr. Tartaron’s current research in the region of the Saronic coastal village of Korphos in the Corinthia investigates how this small world was transformed by the expansion of the state of Mycenae in the 14th century B.C.

The talk will be held in Chan Auditorium of the Administrative Science Building on the UAH campus at 7:30 PM on Thursday October 2. Please bring a friend!

Second Zotero Workshop Scheduled for Friday October 3

At popular request, Dr. Sam Thomas will do a second Zotero workshop on Friday, October 3, at 2:00 p.m. in Roberts 423. Be sure to attend and learn how to make the process of researching and writing papers much easier!


Invitations to History Club Zotero Workshop and Movie Night and History Club/Phi Alpha Theta Bake Sale

The UAHuntsville History Club and the Tau Omega chapter of Phi Alpha Theta have several events scheduled for the coming two weeks.

On Tuesday, September 23, at 12 noon in Roberts Hall 434, the History Club is sponsoring a workshop on Zotero, a wonderful Google application that can help you download, organize, and format bibliographic references. Dr. Sam Thomas's presentation will make the process of compiling bibliographies and writing research papers much easier for you!

On Tuesday, September 30, the History Club and Phi Alpha Theta are consponsoring a Bake Sale as a fundraiser from 9am to 2pm in the lobby of Morton Hall. Come and buy some yummy baked goods!

On Thursday, October 2, the History Club is sponsoring a Movie Night featuring "Amistad" in Roberts Hall 419 from 6pm to 9pm.

Please come to any and all of these events -- and spread the word to others!


AIA TALK September 17: Satellites & Egypt

Dr. Sarah Parcak has a PhD from Cambridge University. Dr. Parcak is the founding Director of the Laboratory for Global Health Observation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she also holds a tenure-track position in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the Department of Anthropology. Dr. Parcak is an expert in the use of remote sensing satellite images to detect archaeological sites, many of which were previously unknown. According to Dr. Parcak, “only 1/100th of one percent of archaeological sites in Egypt have been discovered. Our entire understanding of Egyptian history is based on these few discoveries. What we have discovered so far is just the tip of the iceberg.” Dr. Parcak has published widely in archaeological journals, and is writing Satellite Archaeology for Routledge. She has received extensive media coverage for her work in satellite archaeology by the Discovery Channel (where she was featured in “Why Ancient Egypt Fell”), The Economist, The Times, Popular Science and internet-based news channels such as LiveScience.

Dr. Parcak will be guest lecturing in the Women in Antiquity seminar on women’s lives at Deir el-Medina, the workers’ village for the Valley of the Kings, final resting place of the New Kingdom Pharoahs.
This talk is open to the public.

Her evening talk will be directed toward her research
using satellites. With the aid of this technology, she can identify sites in a matter of weeks instead of years. In 2003-2004 she located over 130 new sites dating from the time of the pyramids through the early Christian period.

“Women and Power in Antiquity: A New Kingdom Case Study from Deir el-Medina, Thebes” September 17, 2008 (Wednesday) 2:20 PM Roberts 419, UAH

“Making the Mummies Dance from Space: Using Satellite Imagery to Find Ancient Egypt” September 17, 2008 (Wednesday) 7:30 PM Chan Auditorium, UAH


Archaeology Lectures: Gender in Ancient Egypt

“Hatshepsut: Women and Power” August 25, 2008 (Monday) 2:20 PM Roberts 419, UAH

“Androgyny and Blurred Boundaries in Ancient Egypt” August 25, 2008 (Monday) 7:30 PM Chan Auditorium, UAH

Dr. Ann Macy Roth is currently the Director of the Giza Cemetery Project and has spent considerable time in Egypt pursuing her research. She teaches as the Clinical Associate Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and Art History at New York University. Dr. Macy Roth investigates questions of gender, wealth, and rank evident in cemeteries.

In her daytime lecture, Dr. Macy Roth will discuss the famous female pharaoh Hatshepsut. In her evening talk she will explore how the ancient Egyptians believed that to maintain the universe, they needed to maintain the boundaries between things. Since one of the principal boundaries in their universe was the distinction between male and female, it is curious that there is so much evidence, in both the political and the religious realms, for the blurring of that distinction. Androgyny occurs both in literary sources and in representations in tombs and temples. This talk will present examples of this androgyny and discuss some possible reasons for the blurring of gender boundaries.

Please come and bring a friend! For more information, contact Dr. Lillian Joyce, President of the North Alabama Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, at


Classics Week 2008: Dr. Nathan Rosenstein on Roman Military History

The Society for Ancient Languages and the History Department at UAH are pleased to announce 2008 Classics Week featuring Dr. Nathan Rosenstein, a professor of history at The Ohio State University.

Dr. Rosenstein, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, is a specialist in the history of the Roman Republic and early Empire. He is the author of Imperatores Victi: Military Defeat and Aristocratic Competition in the Middle and Late Republic (1990), Rome at War: Farms, Families, and Death in the Middle Republic (2004) and co-editor, along with Kurt Raaflaub, of War and Society in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds (1999) and, with Robert Morstein-Marx, of A Companion to the Roman Republic.

Dr. Rosenstein will give two public lectures on Friday April 4, 2008, both in Roberts Hall 419 (the art history lecture hall):

12:00 noon: "Phalanges in Rome?"

7:00 p.m.: "War and State Formation: Republican Rome and Warring States in China"

Please come and bring a friend! For more information, contact


AIA TALKS: King's Handkerchief and Angkor Wat

Dr. Robert Brown LA County Museum & UCLA will talk on “The King’s Handkerchief: Royal Power at Angkor Wat in Cambodia” on Mar 27, 2008 (Thurs) at 7:30 PM in Shelby Hall, Room 107.

After graduation from the University of New Mexico, Dr. Brown joined the Peace Corps and worked as an English teacher in Thailand from 1966-1968, which furthered his interest in the cultures of Southeast Asia. His two years in the Peace Corps were in turn followed by three years of service in the US Army. After teaching English as a Second Language in the Los Angeles County School system, Professor Brown began his formal study of Southeast Asia art, earning his MA and PhD from UCLA in Indian Art History. Currently, he is both a Full Professor at UCLA and the Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Dr. Brown has received numerous grants, including a Donner Foundation Grant, a Pacific Rim Grant, and a Carpenter Foundation Grant. He is author of The Dvaravati Wheels of the Law and the Indianization of South East Asia and editor of Ganesh: Studies of an Asian God, Living a Life in Accord with Dhamma, Art from Thailand, and The Roots of Tantra.

Dr. Brown's talk on "The King's Handkerchief: Royal Power at Angkor Wat in Cambodia" will describe two stone relief portraits of King Suryavarman II among the stone relief carvings at Angkor Wat. Suryavarman built Angkor Wat in the 12th century, in part as a heaven on earth. Portraits are almost non-existent inSoutheast Asian art before those at Angkor Wat. One shows the King holding two unusual and unique objects. The talk attempts to identify the objects and relate them to his power as king and to the symbolism of the monument.

The next day, Dr. Brown will lecture on “Royal Burials and Buddha Relics” Mar 28, 2008 (Friday) 12:30 PM Shelby, Room 109. Several royal burials were excavated by the Soviets in Afghanistan in the 1970s. The contents of these burials, located at Tilya Tepe, are used to argue that the use of relic deposits in Buddhist stupas in Ghandhara, an area that today includes parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan, are related to kingly burials. That is, the relics carry as much a royal meaning as a Buddhist one.


Award-Winning Historian Dr. Michael Neufeld to Speak on Wernher von Braun Feb. 26 and Feb. 28

Dr. Michael Neufeld, Chair of the Space History Division at the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution and author of Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War (Knopf, 2007), will give two public lectures the last week in February.

"Wernher von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War"
7:30 p.m.
Roberts Recital Hall, UAH
Book signing following the talk

"Space Hero or Nazi Villain? Wernher von Braun as Cold War Icon"
11:10 a.m.
Frank Franz Hall, UAH
(as part of the UAH Honors Forum)

Dr. Neufeld's biography of von Braun was just chosen as the winner of the 2008 Richard W. Leopold Prize of the Organization of American Historians. The Leopold Prize is given by the Organization of American Historians every two years for the best book written by a historian connected with federal, state or municipal government.

Neufeld's book has been critically acclaimed by the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the L.A. Times Book Review, the Washington Post, and the Financial Times of London. Neufeld also discussed his book on NPR’s Talk of the Nation in October and with the Smithsonian's Air and Space Magazine.

Neufeld is visiting UAH as a Humanities Center Short-Term Eminent Scholar.


Public Lectures on the History of Ghana: Thursday February 21

The UAH Global Studies Program, in cooperation with the Honors Forum and the History Department, is pleased to announce two upcoming lectures by Dr. Jean Allman, an African history specialist at Washington University in St. Louis.

Her main public lecture, on Thursday, February 21 at 7:30 in the Shelby Center, Room 109, is entitled ““Nuclear Imperialism and the Pan-African Struggle for Peace and Freedom: Ghana, 1959-1962.” The talk will explore Pan-Africanism, African nationalism, and movements for independence through a close focus on the relationship between struggles for the liberation of the continent from colonial rule and pacifist movements in opposition to nuclear armament. The movement against nuclear imperialism that took root in the Pan African freedom struggle not only showcases the “global” and the “transnational” in ways that need to be recovered, but stands as a counter-narrative, a corrective, to the afro-pessimism that has so dominated scholarship on Africa since the 1980s.

Dr. Allman will also give a lecture as part of the UAH Honors Forum. The lecture, at 11:10 a.m. on February 21 in Frank Franz Hall, is entitled "The Disappearing of Hannah Kudjoe: Nationalism, Feminism, and the Tyrannies of History."

Dr. Allman has written The Quills of the Porcupine: Asante Nationalism in an Emergent Ghana, 1954-1957 (1993) and co-written TONGNAAB: The History of a West African God (2005) and "I Will Not Eat Stone": A Women’s History of Colonial Asante (2000). She has also edited several volumes and published over 25 articles. She has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora and for the African Studies Association.


AIA Talk: Early Peoples of Eastern North America

Dr. David Anderson will discuss “First Peopling to Monumental Architecture in Eastern North America” in Chan Auditorium at 7:30 PM on 4 February 2008. Our first speaker's talk will build upon and possibly challenge the suggestions that Dr. James Adovasio made in his engaging spring 2007 lecture on Paleolithic culture and the peopling of the Americas. For his University of Michigan PhD dissertation, "Political Change in Chiefdom Societies: Cycling in the Late Prehistoric Southeastern United States," Dr. Anderson received national recognition by winning the Society for American Archaeology's (SAA) prestigious Dissertation Prize. The SAA honored Dr. Anderson again in 1997 and 1999 with its Presidential Recognition Award and its Excellence in Cultural Resource Management Research Award. After a fascinating career with the National Park Service, which had Anderson working from the Caribbean to New Mexico to Shiloh, TN, he joined the anthropology faculty at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he has been teaching since 2004. The University of Alabama Press has published four of his last five books. His most recent tome, co-authored with K. Maasch and D. Sandsweiss, explores a timely issue that also had implications for past cultures: Climate Change and Cultural Dynamics: A Global Perspective on Mid-Holocene Transitions.


Mark Your Calendars! Dr. Michael Neufeld to Speak on Wernher von Braun

The UAH History Department is delighted to announce the upcoming visit of Dr. Michael Neufeld, the chair of the Space History Division at the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution. Neufeld has just published Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War (Knopf, 2007), a pathbreaking biography that has been widely praised by the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the L.A. Times Book Review, and the Washington Post. Neufeld also discussed his book on NPR’s Talk of the Nation in October.

Dr. Neufeld will be in Huntsville from February 25 to February 29 as a Humanities Center Short-Term Eminent Scholar. He will give two public lectures, one on "Wernher Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War" on Tuesday February 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Roberts Recital Hall, and a second on "Space Hero or Nazi Villain?: Wernher von Braun as Cold War Icon" as part of the UAH Honors Forum on Thursday February 28 at 11:10 a.m. in Frank Franz Hall. He will also lead discussions with students enrolled in Dr. Dunar's "U.S. Foreign Policy since 1920," Dr. Waring's "Modern America," and Dr. Johnson's "Studies in Modern Europe" classes.

Mark your Calendars!