Phi Alpha Theta lecture series: Athens Illuminated with Dr. Stephen Berry

Phi Alpha Theta Epsilon Pi presents a lecture series about the sometimes forgotten aspects of Athens' local history. From historic markers to street and building names, our surrounding landscape may appear to present a white-washed history. However, just beneath the surface is a plurality of perspectives and voices. Each of the three Athens Illuminated lectures will focus on Athens' people or places in order to help bring to light some of this past.

Dianne Harris: “Framing Los Angeles, 1960: Case Study House #22 and the Architecture of Whiteness”

Dianne Harris is Dean of the College of Humanities and professor of history at the University of Utah. She holds a doctorate in architectural history from the University of California, Berkeley and is best known for her scholarly contributions to the study of “race and space” – the relationship between the built environment and construction of racial and class identities.

History at Work: Library science

History at Work is a series that explores the many ways to turn your degree into a post-college careeer. This installment features librarians and archivists of the UGA Library System. They'll talk about grad school in library science, the different kinds of work that libraries offer, and how historical thinking can keep going after you graduate. Open to students of any major. Free pizza.

History at Work: Grad school in history

Normally History at Work is dedicated to the non-obvious ways that you can put your degree to use after college, but this installment is dedicated to an option that is probably familiar but also maybe a bit mysterious. Professors Jones, Kreiner, Palmer, and Rood will talk about how grad school in history works, what the job market looks like, what the application process involves, and whatever else the audience wants to know.

Jim Grossman, American Historical Association: "Preparing Historians for the Future Instead of the Past”

Half of all history Ph.D's end up in tenured or tenure-track positions in colleges and universities. Only one-third of those are in research universities.  Are our Ph.D programs therefore preparing most graduate students for careers they are unlikely to have?   Except for faculty at a few elite research universities, historians no longer spend their professional lives just writing books and articles, lecturing in the style of the “50 minute essay,” conducting seminars, and mentoring advanced students.  Moreover, one-fourth of our Ph.D.

Lunchtime Time Machine: How did slaves survive the Civil War?

This installment of the Department of History’s undergraduate lecture series features Dr. Scott Nesbit. Professor Nesbit uses digital tools to tackle questions about the history and spaces of the American South. He has led digital history projects such as Visualizing Emancipation, which used a wide array of textual sources — ranging from military correspondence to runaway slave advertisements found in southern newspapers — to map out where and when slavery fell apart during the American Civil War. 

Free admission, free pizza.

Lunchtime Time Machine: How is the jellyfish the allegorical figure of global capitalism?

This installment of the Department of History’s undergraduate lecture series features Dr. John Short. Professor Short teaches courses on the intellectual and cultural history of Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is the author of Magic Lantern Empire: Colonialism and Society in Germany. He is currently working on a project that explores the idea and limits of global consciousness.

Free admission, free pizza.

Lunchtime Time Machine: Why did punks hate hippies?

This installment of the Department of History’s undergraduate lecture series features Dr. Montgomery Wolf. Professor Wolf teaches the first and second halves of the U.S. survey course and upper-division courses on modern America and American popular music. She is finishing a book manuscript titled We Accept You, One of US? Punk Rock, Community, and Individualism in an Uncertain Era.

Free admission, free pizza.

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