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Graduate Certificate in Public History Coming in Fall 2017

Beginning Fall semester 2017 the History Department at the University of Utah will offer a Public History Certificate designed to prepare graduate students for a range of careers in public history institutions. The program combines rigorous training in historical methods and theory with practical, real world experience.

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Professor Paul Reeve Appointed First Mormon Studies Professorship

History Professor Dr. Paul Reeve has been appointed the first Simmons Mormon Studies professor, advancing the University's Mormon Studies initiative.

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The U History Department Welcomes Professor Nicole Giannella

An introduction to our newest Ancient Mediterranean specialist, her research interests, and her plans for the future at the U.

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Alumnus Andrew Smith Receives Prestigious Boren Award

Andrew Smith, U of Utah History alumnus (BA, 2015), is among the latest recipients of the Boren Award, the prestigious and nationally competitive fellowship program that supports service and language learning abroad. He is currently at work in Tanzania and learning Swahili. Tanzania’s Kigoma province has received a majority of the over 400,000 Burundi refugees.

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Graduate Student Kathryn Hain Wins World History Association Honors

Kathryn Hain, December 2016 graduate from the History Department, received an Honorable Mention, in the World History Association Dissertation Prize, an award that placed her work in the top ten percent of the competition.

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First-Year Graduate Student Lori Wilkinson Accepted for Publication

Lori Wilkinson, a first-year graduate student focusing on 19th and 20th century US History, will have a research paper featured in the January 2018 issue of the Journal of Mormon History titled "Scribbling Women in Zion: Mormon Women Emulate Fanny Fern". The paper focuses on the relationship between LDS women on the frontier of Utah and the writings of Fanny Fern, a satirical newspaper columnist with the New York Ledger known for her conversational writing style.

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Graduate Student Travis Ross Curates Rare Utah Map Exhibit

History graduate student Travis Ross partnered with the Utah State Historical Society to curate a collection of rare maps of the Utah territory, on display at the Utah State Capitol. The exhibit will run from January 27 to late summer 2017.

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Featured Course

(HIST 4230) Global Islam

China has more Muslims than Saudi Arabia. India has more Muslims than Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Jordan combined. And Indonesia has the largest Muslim population on earth. We think of Islam as a religion of the Middle East and North Africa, but the vast majority of the world’s Muslims are not Arab and do not live in those regions. This course explores Islam as it exists everywhere else. We discuss the military, political, intellectual, and economic reasons for Islam’s expansion into Africa, Asia, and Europe. We look at historical relations between Muslims and non-Muslims and ask what “counts” as orthodox Islam as we discuss Sufism, the Sunni-Shi’ite divide, and Islamic extremism. We also discuss current news stories and try to understand them in historical context. 
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Last Updated: 9/6/17