Events and Activities



Living Life in Antebellum Huntsville

Friends of the UAHuntsville History Department are invited to attend a presentation, "Living Life in Antebellum Huntsville," at 2pm Sunday September 12 at the auditorium of the downtown Huntsville Library. Susanna Leberman and Ranee Pruitt have prepared the presentation, and the Huntsville Historical Society and the Huntsville Madison County Public Library are sponsors. Susanna, a UAHuntsville MA in history, promises lots of interesting old photographs!


Classics Week Speaker: Dr. Bryan Ward-Perkins

UAH will have guest speaker Dr. Bryan Ward-Perkins from the University of Oxford give lectures during UAH's annual Classics Week (an event hosted by The Society for Ancient Languages and The UAH Humanities Center.) Dr. Ward-Perkins will be giving two lectures concerning the controversial fall of the Roman Empire on Friday, April 9th. 

His first lecture, entitled “The Death and (very slow) Rebirth of Public Statuary, 300-1500AD,” will be at 11:30am in Roberts Hall, room 419.   

The second lecture he will give, “A Real Economic Melt-down – The End of Roman Britain,” will be at 7:00pm also in Roberts Hall, room 419.

These lectures are free and open to the public. 
Feel free to invite anyone that might be interested.  



History Forum Lecture on Gender in Gabon with Dr. Rachel Jean-Baptiste: Thursday March 25

The history department is pleased to announce that Dr. Rachel Jean-Baptiste, Assistant Professor of African history at the University of Chicago will soon present her work on women, marriage, and sex in Gabon, Africa. This public lecture entitled, “Contested Conjugal and Sexual Relations in Gabon: Changes in Gender, Social Status, and Political Authority,” will take place March 25th at 7:00 p.m. in 419 Roberts Hall.

Dr. Jean-Baptiste, who received her doctorate from Stanford University, specializes in the social, cultural, and political history of Central Africa. Her wide-ranging research encompasses gender, sexuality, urban history, colonialism, and law in late twentieth-century Gabon. Her past work has included interracial sex, métissage, and the codification of customary law. In a forthcoming article, entitled “‘A Black Girl Should Not be With a White Man’: Sex, Race, and African Women’s Social and Legal Status in Colonial Gabon, c. 1900-1946,” Dr. Jean-Baptiste looks more closely at interracial sex.

Currently, Dr. Jean-Baptiste is working on a manuscript that considers contested conjugal and sexual relationships in Libreville. She uses these cases to dissect and explain changing gender roles, social status, and political authority in the merging city. Her public lecture draws on this recent research.

This lecture is free and open to the public. Support is provided by the History Department, Women’s Studies Program, Global Studies Program, and the Humanities Center.


AIA Talks: Moche Woman Warrior: 8 March 2010

Dr. John Verano is the Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Tulane University, where he has been teaching since 1994. His talents are in demand: over the last ten years he has been a visiting professor or fellow at the Universidad Católica del Perú, Dumbarton Oaks, the Universidad Pablo de Olavide in Seville, Spain, Yale University, and the Smithsonian. His research focuses on human skeletal biology, paleopathology, bioarchaeology, and forensic anthropology. His geographical focus is Andean South America, especially sites in Peru and Bolivia. He is an expert in mortuary practices and has extensive experience in the examination of skeletal and mummified remains. In particular, Dr. Verano explores trepanation and other ancient surgical practices. Dr. Veraano applies his skills with ancient remains in assisting local, state, and federal law enforcement officials, coroners, and medical examiners in assessing human skeletal remains.

"Royal Moche Mummy," Chan Auditorium, 7:30pm Monday March 8.

"Human Sacrifice in Ancient Peru?" Wilson Hall 168, 12:45pm March 9.


Exhibit and Opening: "Dora and the V-2: Slave Labor in the Space Age"

Please attend the opening, Sunday February 21, 2010, at 3:00pm in Chan Auditorium, of our coming exhibit on "Dora and the V-2: Slave Labor and the Space Age." For details, see our entry on the History News blog.

Additional events include:

"Preserving the History of the V-2 and Slave Labor at Dora"
Yves Le Maner, Director, La Coupole History and Remembrance Center (France)
Dr. Jens-Christian Wagner, Director, Mittelbau-Dora Concentration Camp Memorial (Germany)

Monday February 21, 11:30am-12:25pm, Frank Franz Hall Multipurpose Room

"Mittelbau-Dora in History and Memory"
Dr. Michael Neufeld, Chair, Space Division, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Thursday February 25, 7:30pm, Chan Auditorium

"Images of Dora: Art, Photographs, and the Holocaust"

Dr. Daniel Magilow, Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Thursday March 4, 7:30pm, Chan Auditorium

Faculty Music Recital

Dr. Don Bowyer, Professor of Music, UAHuntsville
Friday March 7, 3:00pm, Roberts Recital Hall

Please come and bring a friend! More information at 256-824-6114


Dr. John Kvach and UAH Students Scanning Local Civil War Photos and Documents Saturday February 6, 2010

Do you have any old Civil War era photographs or documents?

Then head down to the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library (915 Monroe Street) Saturday, February 6, 2010, where Dr. John Kvach, along with his UAH history students and 10th-grade students and teachers from Huntsville High School, will have a scanning session in the Heritage Room on the third floor from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Working with Kvach are Huntsville High teachers Diane Blocker and Amber Hall and local resource librarians Ranee Pruitt and Nancy Rohr. They are collaborating on the "Real People, Real History" History-Channel-funded project to highlight the history of the Civil War in Madison County by creating a website.

Kvach is asking those with documents or photos to schedule an appointment Saturday through Blocker at or Kvach at 824-2570.

"We're hoping to get some photos or documents their great granddads or anybody else passed down," Kvach said. "We want to highlight the 150th commemoration of the Civil War."

Pictured here is a photograph showing Union troops occupying Huntsville. For more information, see the February 1, 2010 article in the Huntsville Times.