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Visiting Mellon Professor Rafael Hernández of LLILAS.

Breadth and depth of research and perspectives exemplify Latin America in Cold War conference

In the aftermath of the Second World War, Latin Americans found themselves caught in the emerging struggle between the world’s two superpowers, the United States and the Soviet Union.

Fri, Nov 13, 2009

Dr. C. Bantz, IUPUI Chancellor; Dr. T. Falola, 2009 Africana Studies Distinguished Global Scholar Lifetime Achievement Award recipient; Chief Dr. Mrs. B. House Soremekun, Conf. Convener & MC

Dr. Toyin Falola receives Africana Studies Distinguished Global Scholar Lifetime Achievement Award

Prof. Toyin Falola received the inaugural Africana Studies Distinguished Global Scholar Lifetime Achievement Award from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) on Oct. 31, 2009.

Fri, Nov 6, 2009

Bill Gates praises David Oshinsky's book

Bill Gates praises Dr. David Oshinsky's book "Polio: An American Story"

Bill and Melinda Gates gave a presentation at the Sidney Harman Hall Theater in Washington, D.C. to launch the Living Proof Project.

Wed, Nov 4, 2009

Jacqueline Jones and Tracie Matysik runner-up recipients of Hamilton Book Prize

Professors Jacqueline Jones and Tracie Matysik win Hamilton Book Award runner-up prize

The winners of this year’s University Co-operative Society's Robert W. Hamilton Book Awards were announced on Wednesday, Oct. 28,  2009 at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Fri, Oct 30, 2009

H.W. Brands interviewed on dining with Obama

Dinner at the White House

History's H.W. Brands was among nine of America's most distinguished historians and scholars invited to dine with President Barack Obama at the White House during June 2009.

Thu, Oct 29, 2009

Prof. Emeritus Philip White

Prof. Emeritus Philip White dies

Philip White, professor emeritus of American history, died Oct. 15 at the age of 86.

Wed, Oct 28, 2009

Prof. Julio Moreno

Historian examines Coca-Cola, Latin America diplomacy and globalization

How does Coca-Cola help us explore questions of globalization and U.S. business and diplomacy in Latin America?

Thu, Oct 22, 2009

Four history professors available to discuss governor's race

History profs. available to discuss governor's race

The 2010 Texas governor's race is already garnering press coverage promising to be an historic contest as U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison challenges incumbent Rick Perry for the Republican nomination.

Mon, Oct 19, 2009

Prof. Alberto Martínez publishes new book titled

Prof. Al Martínez publishes book on origins of Einstein's relativity

Albert Einstein's theory of special relativity undermined the physics that had been established by Isaac Newton and which was widely admired for over two centuries as a paragon of human certainty.

Thu, Oct 1, 2009

Vol. 3 of History Department Alumni Newsletter published

Third edition of History Dept. Alumni Newsletter published

The Department of History publishes the third volume of its Alumni Newsletter in September 2009.

Wed, Sep 30, 2009

Oswaldo Tofani: A Bomb at the Cafe Terminus, the Arrest of the Assassin, illustration from Le Petit Journal, Feb. 26, 1894

Historian of modern France to give a lecture

John Merriman, a prolific scholar of modern France, will explore the history of terrorist violence in a lecture on Oct. 9 entitled "Émile Henry's Bomb at the Café Terminus: The Origins of Modern Terrorism in Fin-de-Siècle Paris."

Wed, Sep 23, 2009

Dr. Stuart Rockoff

Galveston Movement Symposium highlighted Texas' Jewish immigrants' stories

America is the land of the free, yet for immigrants, coming here involved some costs.

Thu, Sep 3, 2009

History Prof. Emeritus Sidney Monas

Prof. Emeritus Monas, former POW, taught for generations

When Sidney Monas was taken in as a German prisoner of war during World War II, he remembers being huddled in boxcars – cold, hungry and dehydrated – as he was transported all over the German railroad network to Nuremberg.

Tue, Sep 1, 2009

Three History Dept. faculty receive inaugural ROTA award

Three History Dept. professors receive inaugural Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award

History Dept. faculty members G. Howard Miller, Karl Miller and Penne Restad are among 35 professors at The University of Texas at Austin to receive the inaugural Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award.

Mon, Aug 24, 2009

Dr. Penne Restad selected for inaugural ROTA award and receives grant funding

Dr. Restad receives inaugural Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award, grant proposal funding

Restad, senior lecturer in American history in The University of Texas's History Department, was one of three to receive the inaugural Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award for non-tenure track faculty. Plus, her teaching proposal was awarded a grant.

Mon, Aug 24, 2009

Freshman Reading Round-Up, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009

Freshman Reading Round-up on Tuesday, Aug. 25, '09

Class of 2013: If you haven't yet picked out your book to read this summer, do it today and find out why you should consider a free class with a history professor.

Wed, Aug 5, 2009

Prof. H.W. Brands invited to White House

Prof. H.W. Brands, along with eight other historians, invited to dine with President Obama

President Obama frequently refers to the "White House Bubble" that he seeks to continually burst with various unscheduled outings.

Tue, Jul 28, 2009

Group of scholars at UJEI meeting, Salzburg, with Prof. Wynn kneeling (far right)

Prof. Wynn participant in Ukrainian-Jewish Encounter Initiative (UJEI) meeting, June 2009 in Salzburg, Austria

Associate Prof. Charters Wynn, an expert on the development of Ukrainian-Jewish relations, was one of 20 eminent scholars from North America, Israel, and Ukraine invited to participate in a conference June 7-10 by the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation (IHJR).

Wed, Jul 1, 2009

Schoolteachers attending Humanities Texas institute at LBJ Library and Museum

History Dept. faculty participate in Humanities Texas workshops for schoolteachers

AUSTIN, Texas -June 15, 2009- What better venue to study "The U.S. Constitution and American History" than at the 36th President's Library and Museum at The University of Texas at Austin--LBJ country.

Wed, Jun 17, 2009

Prof. Tracie Matysik

Prof. Matysik receives teaching fellowship

Assistant Professor Tracie Matysik has just been selected to be the recipient of the Raymond Dickson Substantial Writing Component Centennial Endowed Teaching Fellowship.

Wed, Jun 10, 2009

Prof. Susan Deans-Smith

Prof. Deans-Smith receives teaching fellowship

Associate Professor Susan Deans-Smith has just been selected to be the recipient of the Raymond Dickson Centennial Endowed Teaching Fellowship.

Tue, Jun 9, 2009

Prof. Erika Bsumek and detail from

Prof. Bsumek's book Indian Made wins book award from Historical Society of New Mexico

Assistant Professor Erika Bsumek's book, "Indian Made: Navajo Culture in the Marketplace, 1868–1940" has been selected as the 2009 winner of the Ralph Emerson Twitchell Award from the Historical Society of New Mexico (HSNM) for its significant contribution to the field of history.

Fri, Jun 5, 2009

History Commencement Ceremony 2009

This year the History Department was honored to have actor Paul Bartholomew, B.A. '94, give the commencement speech for the graduating class of 2009. More than 160 of the 250 graduating students participated in the commencement ceremony on May 22 at the recently renovated Bass Concert Hall.

Wed, Jun 3, 2009

Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies dedicates the Nathan I. Snyder Library

Fri, May 29, 2009

The Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies dedicated its Nathan I. Snyder Library May 12, located at Mezes Hall.

History Professor Janet Meisel Dies

Scholar of medieval history taught at the university for 34 years

Wed, May 20, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas -May 20, 2009-Janet Meisel, associate professor of medieval English history at The University of Texas at Austin, died April 30 at age 65. She taught at the university for 34 years.

Graduate students honored at awards reception

Wed, May 20, 2009

On Tuesday, May 12, 2009, the History Graduate Program honored its students with a reception to announce and celebrate awards, fellowships, degrees, and jobs. We congratulate these scholars and look forward to news of their continued excellence far from the Forty Acres.

David Oshinsky to receive the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Dean's Medal

History professor honored for significant contributions to the field of public health

Tue, May 19, 2009

New issue of Life and Letters newsmagazine features top-ranked History Department

Magazine highlights college's community of scholars and alumni

Tue, May 19, 2009

History alumnus publishes book chronicling Mexico's fight for independence

Alumnus (B.A., History, '80) featured on university's ShelfLife blog

Tue, May 19, 2009

In The Mexican Wars for Independence, (Hill and Wang, 2009) Timothy Henderson (B.A., History, ’80) tells the complex story of Mexico’s revolution years of rebellion and civic unrest from 1810 to 1821, chronicling the progression of a nation struggling to liberate itself as an independent state.

Prof. Louis named Kluge Chair at the Library of Congress for spring 2010

Thu, May 14, 2009

Prof. Wm. Roger Louis has been appointed Distinguished Chair for the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress for the spring semester 2010.

History professor's book selected as Honorable mention for the 2009 Lincoln Prize

Wed, May 13, 2009

Jacqueline Jones' recent book Saving Savannah: The City and the Civil War was one of three books awarded an Honorable mention from among the record-breaking 172 submissions for the 2009 Lincoln Prize.

Assistant Professor Karl Miller receives fellowship to study the long history of music piracy

Wed, May 13, 2009

Assistant Professor Karl Miller is a 2009-2010 recipient of the Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies for his research project titled "Sound Investments: A History of Music Ownership and Piracy." 

Professor David Crew named to Academy of Distinguished Teachers and recipient of Liberal Arts Council's Teaching Award

Fri, May 8, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas — May 8, 2009 — Professor David Crew has been selected to be a member of the prestigious Academy of Distinguished Teachers and is also the recipient of the Liberal Arts Council's (LAC) Teaching Award for outstanding commitment to students.

Institute for Historical Studies conference emphasizes importance of environmental history for diplomacy in contemporary world

In April, the Institute for Historical Studies finished its first full year with a three-day conference entitled “The Nation-State and the Transnational Environment.”

Thu, May 7, 2009

Prof. Canizares-Esguerra to give Lansdowne Lectures in Canada

Wed, May 6, 2009

Professor Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra has been invited this fall as Lansdowne Short Term Visitor to the University of Victoria in British Columbia. The Lansdowne Visitor is chosen among leading scholars of international reputation in the humanities to deliver two public lectures to the academic and non-academic communities.

Prof. David Oshinsky gives historical perspective on H1N1 (Swine) flu

Mon, May 4, 2009

So what’s all this uproar about the swine flu? Is it dangerous? Should we panic? The answer from an historical point of view would be “yes,” but mostly “no.”

Prof. Di-Capua selected to participate in seminar on decolonization

Fri, Apr 24, 2009

Professor Yoav Di-Capua is one of 15 scholars selected to participate in the National History Center's (NHC) international seminar on decolonization. The seminar will be held July 5 through July 31, 2009 in the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

H.W. Brands named Pulitzer Prize Finalist

History professor's book 'Traitor to His Class' nominated for prestigious literary award

Wed, Apr 22, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas -April 21, 2009- H.W. Brands, professor of history at The University of Texas at Austin, was among the 93rd annual Pulitzer Prize finalists. He was nominated in the category of biography or autobiography for his book Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. This is the second time Brands has been nominated for the honor.

Denise Spellberg named 2009 Carnegie Scholar

History professor earns grant to research Islam and the founding fathers

Mon, Apr 20, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas -April 17, 2009- Denise Spellberg, associate professor of history, has been awarded a two-year grant of up to $100,000 from the Carnegie Corporation of New York for a book project titled Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an: Islam and the Founders.

Madeline Hsu recipient of Asian American Excellence Award

Tue, Apr 14, 2009

The Asian/Asian American Faculty and Staff Association (AAAFSA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2009 RAISE award (Recognizing Asian/Asian American Faculty and Staff for Instilling Strength and Excellence).

Dean's distinguished graduates for 2009 includes history student

Twelve liberal arts students selected for special honor

Wed, Apr 1, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas -March 26, 2009- The University of Texas at Austin celebrates spring commencement May 22-23. Each year, the College of Liberal Arts honors 12 seniors with the Dean's Distinguished Graduate Award for their leadership, scholarly achievements and service to the community.

A look into the Mexican-American struggle for equal rights

History professor's book featured on university's book blog

Thu, Mar 26, 2009

During the economic boom of the Second World War, Mexican laborers experienced unparalleled occupational gain in the United States. However, Emilio Zamora, associate professor of history, points out that discrimination impeded their movement from low-wage, low-skill agricultural jobs to better-paying jobs in rapidly expanding industries.

Black Urban Atlantics Conference: An Urban Perspective, 1400-1900

Wed, Mar 25, 2009

University of Texas Harrington Faculty Fellow Matt Childs of the University of South Carolina, and UT Austin Professors James Sidbury and Jorge Canizares-Esguerra, the Alice Drysdale Sheffield Professor of History, are convening specialists on urban slavery in early modern Africa, Europe, and the Americas to study Atlantic history as a space of relentless exploitation but also incessant transnational circulations on April 2-3, 2009.

Department of History Spring Graduation 2009

Tue, Mar 24, 2009

The Department of History's spring graduation of 2009 will take place in the Bass Concert Hall (PAC) on Friday, May 22 at 6 p.m.

Institute for Historical Studies hosts the Nation-State and Transnational Environment Conference

Conference to explore ways nation-states have attempted to find international solutions to global environmental problems

Sun, Mar 15, 2009

The eminent environmental historian William Cronon has written that there is nothing fundamentally new about the challenges confronting national governments in the twenty-first century. “The rate of change may have accelerated and its scale shifted dramatically, but in fact current environmental problems almost always have historical analogues from which we have much to learn.”

Los Angeles Times announces 2008 book prize nominees

Prof. H.W. Brands' FDR biography nominated

Tue, Mar 3, 2009

On March 2, 2009 the Los Angeles Times Book Prize nominees and Kirsch Award winner were announced. All awards will be presented in a ceremony on April 24, kicking off the L.A. Times Festival of Books.

LLILAS promotes cross-cultural academic exchange with China

History prof. among leading scholars in Latin American studies exchange new research at conference in China

Mon, Mar 2, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas -March 2, 2009- The Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies (LLILAS) at The University of Texas at Austin is hosting a conference "China and Latin America in the Global Age" to present new research and promote academic exchange initiatives March 17-18 at Peking University in Beijing, China.

Prof. Louis recipient of Professor of Year award

Senate of College Councils recognizes history professor for dedication to students

Mon, Mar 2, 2009

Professor Wm. Roger Louis, the Mildred Caldwell and Baine Perkins Kerr Centennial Chair in English History and Culture, received the Professor of the Year award for outstanding teaching and dedication to his students from the university's Senate of College Councils on Friday, February 27, 2009.

Economic stimulus experts includes History professor

Faculty members are available to provide analysis of economic recovery plan

Fri, Feb 27, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas -Feb. 26, 2009- University of Texas at Austin faculty are available to provide expert perspectives on issues related to President Barack Obama's $787 billion plan to stimulate the economy, including healthcare reform, the impact on financial and auto industries, and federal funding for advancements in green technology.

What's on your nightstand, Juliet Walker?

Fri, Feb 20, 2009

History Professor Juliet E.K. Walker knows first-hand the power of a book to shape history.

Visualizing Russia’s kaleidoscopic history

History professor's book featured on university's book blog

Fri, Feb 20, 2009

Geographically, Russia is the largest country in the world, covering more than ten million square miles and spanning 11 time zones. With its immense size and varied landscapes it’s a nation known not only by its unique beauty, but also for its storied history.

Burnt Orange Britainnica and British Studies Program help bring conference to UT

Prof. Wm. Roger Louis' latest book instrumental for British Scholar Annual Conference

Wed, Feb 18, 2009

British studies scholars from around the globe will converge on campus Feb. 20-21 for the 2009 British Scholar Annual Conference to be held at the Harry Ransom Center.

From Freud to Dr. Phil, scholars analyze the rise of psychotherapy in America

Tue, Feb 17, 2009

The first day of class in "The Birth of Psychotherapy," taught by historian Dr. Robert Abzug, begins more like a group therapy session than a graduate seminar course.

History professor's book featured on university's book blog

Prof. Braisted's new book reveals how the U.S. Navy kept the peace in China

Mon, Feb 16, 2009

What does a navy do when it is not at war? From 1922 to 1933, the U.S. Navy kept the peace in the volatile western Pacific.

History Professor Emeritus Sidney Monas wins 2009 Pro Bene Meritis Award

Recipients have shown dedication to the liberal arts

Fri, Feb 13, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas -Feb. 11, 2009- The College of Liberal Arts is proud to announce four winners of the 2009 Pro Bene Meritis Award. College alumni Leslie Blanton and Maureen Decherd, Professor Emeritus Sidney Monas, and publisher Frances Vick were chosen for their outstanding service to the College of Liberal Arts.

Institute for Historical Studies hosts workshop for Black History Month

Workshop to explore new Texas Black History Preservation Project

Mon, Feb 9, 2009

On Friday, February 20, the Institute for Historical Studies (IHS) will host a workshop for Black History Month on a major new Texas Black History Preservation project.

Historian examines the Bulgaria Fair Experience

Tue, Feb 3, 2009

The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies presents "Bulgaria at the Fair: Spectacles of Cold War Consumption at the Plovdiv Trade Exhibition, 1956-1976," a discussion with Mary Neuburger, associate professor of history on Feb. 4, Calhoun Hall, Room 422 from Noon to 1 p.m.

British Scholar Society to host second annual conference

Mon, Feb 2, 2009

The British Scholar Society will host its second annual conference on February 19-21 at the Harry Ransom Center (HRC) at The University of Texas at Austin (UT).

What Obama can learn from FDR

Prof. Brands' book featured on university's ShelfLife blog

Fri, Jan 30, 2009

The Feb. 12 issue of The New York Review of Books highlights a selection of new works about Franklin Roosevelt’s presidency, including Traitor to His Class by UT Historian H.W. Brands.

Inman named interim dean of LBJ School of Public Affairs

Fri, Jan 30, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas — Admiral Bobby R. Inman has been appointed interim dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, Provost Steven W. Leslie has announced.

Prof. Abzug's book chronicles liberation of Nazi concentration camps

Prof. Robert Abzug featured on university's ShelfLife blog

Wed, Jan 28, 2009

Sixty-four years ago today, Soviet soldiers liberated Auschwitz, one of the largest concentration camps established by the Germans during World War II. The United Nations now recognizes January 27 as an International Day of Commemoration for victims of the Holocaust.

PBS to air polio documentary based on Professor Oshinsky's prize-winning book

"The Polio Crusade" airs Monday, Feb. 2 at 8 p.m.

Mon, Jan 26, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas -Jan. 26, 2009- Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) will air "The Polio Crusade," a one-hour television documentary based in part on History Professor David Oshinsky's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, at 8 p.m. (CST) Feb. 2.

Prof. Spellberg's book receives award from Turkish Women's Cultural Association

Mon, Jan 26, 2009

Associate Professor Denise Spellberg has been honored by the Istanbul-based Turkish Women's Cultural Association for her book, Politics, Gender, and the Islamic Past: the Legacy of 'A'isha bint Abi Bakr (Columbia 1994).

New issue of Life and Letters newsmagazine features history professors' research

Mon, Jan 26, 2009

Historians at The University of Texas feature prominently in the current issue of the College of Liberal Arts' "Life and Letters" newsmagazine--utilizing the study of the past to help construct a better tomorrow.

Prof. Braisted publishes new volume on U.S. Naval Officers in China

Wed, Jan 21, 2009

Professor Emeritus William R. Braisted has published another volume on the U.S. Navy in China entitled, Diplomats in Blue: U.S. Naval Officers in China, 1922–1933, (University Press of Florida, January 2009).

Historian's research earns National Historic Landmark recognition from President Obama

Wed, Jan 21, 2009

In December 2008, the site of New Philadelphia, Illinois, a town founded in 1836 by African American, Free Frank McWorter (1777-1854), was approved as a National Historic Landmark.

History professor's book featured on university's book blog

Prof. Sidbury traces how black identity was forged in America

Tue, Jan 20, 2009

During the transatlantic slave trade millions of people from the continent of Africa were transported to North America as slaves.

History alumna publishes book on civil rights movement in Alabama

Alumna (B.A. History, '83) featured on university's ShelfLife blog

Fri, Jan 16, 2009

January 19 marks the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr., a remembrance of the life and legacy of a man who championed racial justice and equality.

Alumnus' comic book illustrates Iraq war experiences

History alum featured on university's ShelfLife blog

Wed, Jan 14, 2009

Texas Ex Richard C. Meyer (B.A. History, ‘07) offers a novel spin on the war memoir genre with No Enemy, But Peace, a comic book that draws upon his experiences in the Iraq war.

Senior lecturer Penne Restad unwraps origins of Christmas traditions

Dr. Restad featured on the university's new ShelfLife blog

Mon, Jan 12, 2009

It’s Christmas in America. Time to deck the halls, trim the tree, hang the stockings and take the kids on an annual pilgrimage to see Santa Claus.