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Professor Ross Kennedy to appear on BBC episode of their series on World War One

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The BBC World Service and their partners, the British Council, are staging public events in key countries which took part in the war and exploring how it affected particular aspects of culture.

These programs give an international perspective on a war which has en enduring effect on how we live now.  Each program has a panel of two historians and a local cultural figure who delivers an essay on the theme of the particular edition.  The events are all recorded with local audiences and broadcast around the world on the BBC World Service and by BBC Radio Three in the UK.

Dr. Kennedy will be participating in the event at the United States Library of Congress on June 1st, 2015 where he will be one of the two expert historians who will discuss the theme of ‘Isolationism’, and how the war changed America.

They have so far staged events in nine cities: Sarajevo; Dresden; London; Istanbul; Delhi; St Petersburg; Paris; Dar es Salaam and Sydney.  In each location they discuss the legacy of the war for that region and explore a related theme of the war – you can listen to the broadcast here.

Department presents annual awards to 16 history majors



Tuesday night, April 28, 16 History or History-Social Sciences Education majors gathered with their families and department faculty members to be recognized for their hard work.  Nearly $30,000 was awarded to these students from eight department scholarship funds:

Helen M. Cavanagh Awards Best Master’s Degree Student – Meghan Hawkins and Fusheng Luo

Helen M. Cavanagh Awards for Best Master’s Thesis in US History – Kera Storrs

Helen M. Cavanagh Awards for Best Master’s Thesis in non-US History – Fusheng Luo

Lucy Lucile Tasher Senior Scholarship – Samuel Quast and David Shanahan

Gleynafa A. Ray Award – Blake Bodine, Matthew Donta, Nora Dunne and Kerry Garvey

Mark Wyman Scholarship – Adam Barnes and Jeremy Yeary

James Todd Wilborn Scholarship – Kelly Schrems

Darrel A. Sutter Award – Jason Blankenship and Trevor Shields

Kyle C. Sessions Honors Scholarship – Beau Ott

William and Jeanne Howard Scholarship – Lucas Mays

Four new members of Phi Alpha Theta inducted Tuesday night

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Benjamin Boing, Addison Tweedy, Katelyn Maragi and Eldon Yeakel were inducted into Phi Alpha Theta Tuesday night as part of the department Awards Ceremony.  To qualify a student must have at least 12 semester hours in History with a GPA of at least 3.1 in History and 3.0 overall.  Graduate students must have 12 graduate house completed toward their Master’s Degree with at least a 3.5 GPA.  Only Phi Beta Kappa has more stringent membership qualifications.  As a result, the faculty and staff of the History Department take these students’ achievement very seriously.  Congratulations!

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