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Archived News

Mon, Oct 24, 2011

Undergraduate Essay Contest!

Essay winners will be published in the December issue of

Mon, Oct 10, 2011

History professor to lead Maymester Study Abroad to Prague, Czech Republic

Dr. Tatjana Lichtenstein and the Study Abroad Office will offer "Uncovering Jewish Prague, Past and Present"

Tue, Sep 27, 2011

Five Principles Critical to Successful Nation-Building, Finds History and Global Affairs Scholar

AUSTIN, Texas — The United States must follow five fundamental principles in order to successfully build strong, self-sufficient nations in post-conflict situations, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin.

Thu, Aug 25, 2011

Two history professors receive System-wide teaching award

Professors Yoav Di-Capua and Brian Levack receive the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award for 2011.

Sat, Aug 20, 2011

Historian interviewed by Wisconsin Public Radio & blogs on Libya's liberation over the weekend

Jeremi Suri interviewed and answered callers’ questions on the “At Issue with Ben Merens” show on NATO’s involvement in Libya on Aug. 18, posts on his blog about the extraordinary events in Libya on Aug. 21.

Fri, Aug 19, 2011

Institute for Historical Studies welcomes new class of scholars for 2011-12 academic year

The institute culled through over 150 applications to choose its fourth class of fellows to continue working on the theme of Power and Place.

Thu, Aug 18, 2011

Undergraduate publishes class paper on slavery in Austin

Undergraduate Joanna Labor publishes her paper for Professor Daina Berry’s spring class on Gender and Slavery in the U.S. in the premiere issue of the journal, Lone Star Legacy: African American History in Texas.

Fri, Aug 12, 2011

Levine's book on eugenics wins Cantemir Prize

Dr. Philippa Levine and her co-editor from the University of Sydney, Alison Bashford, were awarded the Berendel Foundation’s 2011 Cantemir Prize.

Wed, Aug 3, 2011

Falola recipient of another lifetime achievement award

The African Studies Association selected Professor Toyin Falola for its 2011 Distinguished Africanist Award.

Mon, Jul 25, 2011

From Longhorn Senior to Senior Citizen Longhorn

He’s just another student of history at The University of Texas (UT). But in his seventh decade, Larry Najvar has actually lived some of the history he studies.

Fri, Jul 1, 2011

Inaugural Toyin Falola Annual Conference in Nigeria kicks off July 3

The University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria will host the first annual international conference in honor of Professor Falola on Africa and the African Diaspora. A yearly event, the conference will move from one African country to another and bring together the next generation of scholars interested in Africa and the issues of concern.

Fri, Jun 24, 2011

Bill Gates reviews Professor David Oshinsky’s Pulitizer Prize-winning book on polio

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates just reviewed Oshinsky's book on his website, The Gates Notes, launched in January 2010.

Tue, Jun 21, 2011

Faculty mentor schoolteachers at Humanities Texas June Institute

Department of History faculty participated in the continuing education institutes for middle and high school teachers on the Forty Acres organized by Humanities Texas on June 5-8, 2011.

Thu, Jun 9, 2011

International history scholar to join faculty in fall 2011

Jeremi Suri received the first Mack Brown Chair at the Strauss Center for International Security and Law and a joint appointment at the LBJ School and History Department.

Tue, Jun 7, 2011

Historian Al Martínez to speak and sign copies of his third book at BookPeople, June 8

Associate Professor Alberto A. Martínez has published his third book: "Science Secrets: The Truth about Darwin's Finches, Einstein's Wife, and Other Myths" (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011).

Wed, Jun 1, 2011

Storied lawyer and philanthropist Joe Jamail addresses class of 2011

The Department of History celebrated its 10th commencement ceremony with a speech from the renowned Houston lawyer and philanthropist, Mr. Joseph D. Jamail, J.D. '53, B.A. History '50, on Friday at 6 p.m., May 20, 2011. He received a standing ovation.

Wed, Jun 1, 2011

Institute for Historical Studies year in review

The institute’s fellows boast new works and achievements for academic year 2010-11.

Tue, May 31, 2011

Life & Letters newsmagazine for spring released

Magazine highlights College of Liberal Arts community of scholars, students, alumni, and as always the History Department.

Wed, May 18, 2011

Neil Foley's latest book featured on ShelfLife blog

Historian Neil Foley’s book, “Quest for Equality: The Failed Promise of Black-Brown Solidarity” (Harvard University Press, May 2010) was selected by the Texas Institute of Letters as the most significant scholarly book for 2010.

Tue, May 10, 2011

Graduate Program honors students at awards reception

The Graduate Program recognized and congratulated graduate students for honors, awards, degrees earned and jobs with a reception on May 9, 2011.

Tue, May 10, 2011

Staff member receives College of Liberal Arts Excellence Award

Administrative Associate Courtney Meador is recognized with the Liberal Arts Staff Excellence Award.

Tue, May 10, 2011

President Powers addresses Commission of 125 and University of Texas community, lauds Dr. Oshinsky and others

In a speech on May 9, 2011, The University of Texas (UT) President Bill Powers thanked the “students, faculty, alumni, and friends around the world who continue their strong support” of the university.

Tue, May 3, 2011

Professor Foley’s book wins award from Texas Institute of Letters

On April 30, 2011, The Texas Institute of Letters (TIL) held their annual awards banquet in Dallas.

Mon, May 2, 2011

Historians available to discuss the possible impact of Osama bin Laden's death

Professors H.W. Brands and Yoav Di-Capua included in list of experts from The University of Texas that are available to talk about the killing of bin Laden and its implications for the region, national security and the Obama administration.

Fri, Apr 29, 2011

Historian elected fellow of American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Professor Wm. Roger Louis is one of two University of Texas (UT) at Austin faculty elected to be fellows.

Thu, Apr 28, 2011

Prof. Hardwick recipient of teaching fellowship award

Professor Julie Hardwick has just been selected to be the recipient of the Raymond Dickson Centennial Endowed Teaching Fellowship.

Mon, Apr 18, 2011

Professor's book on diaspora formation wins award

Associate Professor of History Frank Guridy’s book receives the Elsa Goveia Book Prize from the Association of Caribbean Historians.

Thu, Apr 14, 2011

Jewish Studies Center meets $6 million challenge grant

The Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies has matched a $6 million grant from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Foundation, ensuring the continued growth of Jewish studies at The University of Texas at Austin.

Wed, Apr 13, 2011

Not Even Past website honored by Texas State Legislature

On April 6, 2011, Not Even Past, the recently launched website by the Department of History was honored with a resolution passed by the Texas State Legislature.

Tue, Apr 12, 2011

Frank Guridy discusses anthology on Latina/o life, stereotypes

ShelfLife blog post features Q&A with Associate Professor of History Frank Guridy.

Mon, Apr 11, 2011

Historian invited to U.S.-Islamic World Forum

Associate Professor Denise Spellberg has been invited to participate in the 2011 U.S.-Islamic World Forum to be held in Washington, D.C., April 12-14.

Fri, Apr 8, 2011

George Christian, adjunct professor of English and history grad student, wins Harry H. Ransom Teaching Award

The Departments of English and History congratulate Dr. Christian.

Thu, Apr 7, 2011

British Scholar Conference features keynote address by historian A.G. Hopkins

The fourth annual British Scholar Conference brought together over 80 participants from 50 different universities and seven different countries to consider the history of Britain’s interactions with the world.

Tue, Apr 5, 2011

Historian featured on Know website, talks about why knowing history matters

Mason Jones, a videographer in The University of Texas' Office of Public Affairs, recorded Dr. Don Carleton, the executive director for the Briscoe Center for American History, on why history is important.

Thu, Mar 31, 2011

"Africa in World Politics" was 2011 annual Africa Conference theme

On the last weekend in March for the past 11 years, Professor Toyin Falola, the Francis Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor in History in the Department of History, and the Graduate Student Africanist Organization (GRAFO) have convened the Africa Conference.

Fri, Mar 25, 2011

Historian appointed as a Vice President of the International Scientific Committee for UNESCO's Slave Trade Route Project

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova has approved Professor Toyin Falola's membership to the Board of the International Scientific Committee (ISC) for four years and the ISC voted to make him a Vice President.

Fri, Mar 11, 2011

Two history majors receive Dean’s Distinguished Graduate Award

They have what it takes to overcome adversity, pursue and accomplish goals, excel as students, and set examples for their peers: Lindsey Carmichael (History/English) and Stephen Mercer (History).

Tue, Mar 8, 2011

College of Liberal Arts Pro Bene Meritis Award honors two Visiting Committee members — both history alumni

The College of Liberal Arts has announced the five recipients of the 2011 Pro Bene Meritis award which include Carolyn Townsend (B.A. English and History, '66, with a teaching certificate) and her husband, Peyton Townsend (B.A. Government and History, '62).

Wed, Mar 2, 2011

College of Liberal Arts honors historian and four others with Pro Bene Meritis Award

The College of Liberal Arts proudly announced the five recipients of the 2011 Pro Bene Meritis award and retired Professor G. Howard Miller was among the five selected for their outstanding service to the college.

Tue, Mar 1, 2011

Department of History receives $500,000 gift to create the Stuart W. Stedman Excellence Fund in History

Houston businessman and philanthropist Stuart W. Stedman has pledged $1 million to The University of Texas (UT) at Austin to provide scholarships to students in the Plan II Honors program and to promote excellence in the Department of History.

Mon, Feb 28, 2011

Q&A with historian H.W. Brands from Point Person of Dallas Morning News

Professor Brands talks about Texas celebrating its 175th aniversary as a once-upon-a-time republic and how "we haven't done a good job making people admire us."

Thu, Feb 24, 2011

Retired Professor Richard Pells has forthcoming book

Pells’ latest book provides a wealth of informative detail into modern American culture.

Mon, Feb 14, 2011

Two historians write opinions on the relevance of studying history and the Egyptian monarch’s ouster in Austin American-Statesman newspaper

Professor Joan Neuberger writes about the importance of history for understanding the present and Associate Professor Yoav Di-Capua about looking at the recent literature from the region to shed light on the youth’s seemingly surprise eruption in Tehrir Square.

Thu, Feb 10, 2011

Visiting Committee Chair Josiah M. Daniel, III is elected to membership in The American Law Institute

Founded in 1923, The American Law Institute (ALI) has established itself as an organization “dedicated to clarifying and improving the law,” said ALI President Roberta Cooper Ramo when she welcomed 44 new members.

Wed, Feb 2, 2011

Two historians listed as experts for Black History Month

Professors Tiffany Gill and Juliet E.K. Walker are listed among the College of Liberal Art's faculty experts available for dialogue.

Tue, Feb 1, 2011

Historian selected as Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies Fellow

History Professor Miriam Bodian has been appointed as a fellow at the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan for the academic year 2011-12.

Thu, Jan 27, 2011

Historian David Oshinsky to join Bill Gates for conversation on polio eradication

Professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Oshinsky will join Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and other global leaders to discuss "Polio Eradication and the Power of Vaccines."

Tue, Jan 18, 2011

As Yale agrees to return artifacts of Machu Picchu to Peru, graduate student is interviewed by NPR

Third-year graduate student Christopher Heaney was interviewed by National Public Radio (NPR) regarding Yale University’s scheduled return of the artifacts from Machu Picchu.

Wed, Jan 12, 2011

Vaughn awarded research fellowship at Yale University

Assistant Professor James Vaughn has been appointed a research fellowship at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University for the spring semester of 2011 and the 2011-12 academic year.

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