Associate Professor Elizabeth Clement has not only won the 2016 Faculty Teaching Award for Excellence in General Education, but over the last two years, Clement has been active in the creation and processing of the new Kristen Ries/Maggie Snyder HIV/AIDS Collection at the Marriott Library. In her capacity as “the historian,” she has assessed archival materials and conducted oral histories with people involved in the epidemic in Utah. Part of her commitment to this project involves writing a book tracing this history. Organized around sites of care: the hospital, church, home, and community, each chapter will address the impact of the AIDS epidemic on the spaces—physical, emotional and cultural—where people in Utah confronted and grappled with AIDS.
Broadly, she argues that AIDS transformed the politics of homosexuality in America, leading to a greater acceptance of queer people in national life. Early on the epidemic became associated with the stigma of homosexuality. As some people with AIDS came home to die, the knowledge that homosexuality was not limited to big cities, but in fact happened everywhere, began to shift attitudes towards homosexuality in the American heartland. However, big cities and liberal places still dominate the historiographical literature on AIDS. That Utah recently brokered a truce in the culture wars in the form of an anti-discrimination ordinance that protects both queer people and religious people from discrimination, indicates that scholars must study places like Utah if they want to understand the radical shift in attitudes towards homosexuality that have occurred in recent years.
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Our award-winning and internationally-recognized faculty educate students in a myriad of time periods, world regions and areas of interest. Guided Pathways will allow students to customize a learning experience specific to their interests and future career goals.
New for 2018, we are introducing a regular blog post feature from our faculty members wherein they tackle current topics from a historical perspective. Our inaugural essay comes from Dr. Nadja Durbach on the phenomenon of "lunch shaming" schoolchildren and its relationship to education standards in the United Kingdom in the early 20th century.
Dr. Elizabeth Clement, along with other specialists from the College of Law and Marriott Library, contributed to Quiet Heroes, which will be screened at this year's Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Dr. Clement served as historical consultant and conducted interviews with subjects in the film. She has also worked to solicit and evaluate archival materials and conduct oral histories.
In Spring 2018, Dr. Maile Arvin will begin teaching her first classes with the U History Department, rounding out our course offerings with her expertise in the Pacific Islands. Professor Arvin comes to us from her postdoctural fellowship at UC Riverside and will also be teaching classes for the Gender Studies department. Enjoy this brief introduction to Professor Arvin and her work!
History Professor Dr. Paul Reeve has been appointed the first Simmons Mormon Studies professor, advancing the University's Mormon Studies initiative.
An introduction to our newest Ancient Mediterranean specialist, her research interests, and her plans for the future at the U.
Associate professor of history Dr. Bradley Parker has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue his archaeological work on Inca and Wari Imperialism in Ayacucho, Peru.
Safi S. M. Safiullah, a native of Bangladesh and Manager of the Salt Lake City Public Library’s Marmalade Branch, was recognized for his career in community engagement and lifelong support of libraries and education around the world.
The American Historical Society has announced its participants for the 2017-18 Career Diversity for Historians Faculty Institute, including Department Chair and Professor Eric Hinderaker, Professor Matt Basso, Professor Greg Smoak, and Professor Paul Reeve.
Dr. Clement was one of 20 faculty members selected out of over 200 nominations to receive this year's award. Her nomination by student Amy Brown emphasized Dr. Clemet's "dedication to helping students find resources, figuring out their career passions, and realize the possibilities that exist for their futures".
Professor Matthew Basso has been named the State Scholar for the Smithsonian Institute's The Way We Worked, a Museum on Main Street program. Presented by Utah Humanities and the Smithsonian Institute, this exhibition of work and labor in American history began its year-long Utah tour in January at the Ogden Union Station.
Danielle Olden, Assistant Professor in the Department of History, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. The year-long NEH Fellowship will enable Danielle to complete her book, Racial Uncertainties: Mexican Americans, School Desegregation, and the Making of Race in Post-Civil Rights America,which examines Denver, Colorado's battle over school desegregation in the late 1960s and 1970s.
The Utah Council for the Social Studies recently honored Professor Paul Reeve with its University Teacher of the Year Award at its annual conference in Salt Lake City. The UCSS recognized Professor Reeve for his contributions to the teaching of Utah history in particular and his efforts to re-imagine and reinvigorate pedagogical approaches to that subject.
Professor Bradley Parker guests on the Thinking Aloud podcast to discuss Utah's archaeological treasures, the dangers facing petroglyphs and material remains, and how archaeologists and the public can work to preserve them for future generations.