Travis E. Ross, current history graduate student, has partnered with the Utah State Historical Society to curate a collection of rare historical maps depicting the region that would eventually be designated the state of Utah. This exhibit includes forty maps from a number of private and public collections, including the J. Willard Marriott Library and the American West Center at the University of Utah. Utah Drawn opens on the 4th floor gallery of the Utah State Capitol on January 27, 2017, and will be exhibited through late summer. An opening reception will be held in the gallery between 9am and noon on January 27. More information about the exhibit can be found at history.utah.gov/utahdrawn. Mr. Ross' work and research can be found at his personal website, traviseross.com.
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The story of one SLC doctor's fight against stigma, shame and ignorance at the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis. The film premieres at the 2018 DTH Film Festival on Friday, July 20th.
Ben Cohen, professor of history and Department Chair discusses why historical knowledge is vital to society and why it’s important to understand who we are and where we come from. Listen now!
The University of Utah announced that Stuart K. Culver, associate professor of English, has accepted the appointment as the dean of the College of Humanities. Currently acting as interim dean, Culver will move into his new position immediately.
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.
History department graduate student Jeffrey Mahas was recently published in the Journal of Mormon History. His paper introduces the reader to the little-discussed whistling and whittling movement of early Mormonism and its relationship to vigilante violence within the community.
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.
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.
Three Humanities students, Jessica Chamorro, Sabrina Dawson, and Kate Mower have won the 2016-2017 Fulbright Awards. The US Fulbright program was established in 1946 to create mutual understanding and support friendly and peaceful relations between people in the U.S. and other countries.
Hosted by H-SAC in cooperation with Department staff and faculty, the second annual Futures in History social brings together faculty, students, and alumni to share stories, network, and to explore the rich variety of career pathways open to History undergraduates.
Professor Benjamin Cohen received a 30k grant from the U.S. Consulate, Hyderabad, India, to lead a team of nine Indian and six American students in studying sustainable urbanization in India. He travelled with Stephen Goldsmith (Architecture + Planning) to Hyderabad in December-January where the students conducted interviews, fieldwork, and meetings.
Brad Dennis, who graduated in the Fall of 2015 with his Ph.D. in History from the University of Utah this December, discusses the origins of interethnic and interreligious conflict at the birth of the modern Middle East from the ashes of the Ottoman Empire.
Congratulations to Alyssa Victoria Mae Wall for winning one of the two J. Willard Marriott Library Honors awards this year. The title of her thesis was "A Tradition of Appropriation of Culture for Political Gain: Music in Korea," which one in the category of Social Science / Science.