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  • Support for scholarship
    The Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center has awarded grants to four intellectually ambitious projects as the center marks its 10th anniversary.
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  • 34th Annual Woman's History Month Film Series
    This year’s Film Series focuses on women’s political power and what it takes to achieve it. Each film is followed by a guest speaker
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  • In Memorium
    Professor John Crum, University of Delaware alumnus and adjunct faculty member who taught UD history courses for more than 40 years, died Dec. 30, 2019. He was 78.
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  • Lessons of Nancy Drew
    Art conservation junior Miriam-Helene Rudd has long been a collector of mystery books for young women; now, she also is studying book preservation.
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    13
    Feb. 13th, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
    116 Gore Hall
    'A Horror Almost Inconceivable': What the Five Senses Can Tell Us about Slavery 
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    14
    Feb. 14th, 12:30 PM to 1:45 PM
    203 Munroe Hall
     
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    24
    Feb. 24th, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    004 Kirkbride Hall
     
  • Feb
    27
    Feb. 27th, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    Copeland Room, Hagley Library and Museum
    Author Talk: Bess Williamson Accessible America: A History of Disability & Design Thursday, February 27, 2020 Location: Copeland Room Main Library Building Time: 7:00 PM Have you ever hit the big blue button to activate automatic doors? Have you ever used curb cuts to roll a stroller across an intersection? If so, then you have benefited from accessible design—design for people with physical, sensory, and cognitive disabilities. Disability advocates fought tirelessly to ensure that the needs of people with disabilities became a standard part of public thinking. That fight took many forms worldwide, but in the United States, activists used design to make an argument about the place of people with disabilities in public life. Accessible America: A History of Disability and Design traces the history of design responses to disability rights from 1945 to recent times. This project shows how the concept of “access” emerged as a value in design in this period. Chapters highlight the ways that prosthetics research led to expanded accessibility in the American home; how medical experts pushed for access while also putting much of the pressure on individual patients to navigate their home and work lives; and how civil rights language reshaped arguments around technology and infrastructure. Bess Williamson is Associate Professor of Art History, Theory, & Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she teaches a range of design history courses, and currently serves as the Graduate Program Director in the Art History department. Williamson is a historian of design and material culture with interests in the social and political concerns in design, including environmental, labor, justice, and rights issues as they shape and are shaped by spaces and things. Please r.s.v.p to Carol Lockman, clockman@Hagley.org , 302-658-2400, ext. 243. Walk-ins welcome. Free and open to the public.  
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    29
    Feb. 29th, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    Trabant University Center
     
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  • Michael L Dickinson, PhD
    Assistant Professor, African American History

    ​My academic training at the University of Delaware was exceptional. I had the pleasure of obtaining my bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees from this university. The talented faculty and invaluable resources provided by the University and its departments of History and Africana Studies equipped me with the intellectual tools to achieve my career goal of becoming a history professor at a research university.

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  • Holly M. Golder
    Supervisor of Social Studies

    ​My history education degree from the University of Delaware provided me with strong content background and the ability to create lessons to meet state and national standards. My connection to UD’s history education program did not end after graduation. The program’s continued help and support has been an integral part of my success in the classroom and beyond.

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  • Nalleli Guillen
    Historian and Project Manager, Revealing Long Island History Project

    ​My education at the University of Delaware paved my way to a career in public history. I was trained to scrutinize all matter of historical evidence from manuscripts and advertisements to photographs and objects. I also learned how to integrate my research into contemporary academic conversations in new ways.  Through opportunities like the Delaware Public Humanities Institute and hands-on work museum experience I developed a toolkit that has prepared me to share my love of history with diverse audiences.

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  • Nicholas Ustaski
    Law Clerk

    ​The UD History Department did an excellent job training me in research and writing skills so that I have been able to succeed and thrive in my post-graduate legal field and community.

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  • Andrew Bedell
    Social Studies Teacher, Cab Calloway School of the Arts

    ​My time in the the Social Studies Education program challenged my perception of instruction and gave me an open and friendly environment to discover the teacher I wanted to become. Dr. Joyce and Dr. Kim always had their doors open for help and encouragement. Their continued communication and support of me even today is a reflection of their passion for education and the achievement of their students. I feel very fortunate to have been a part of their tremendous program.

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  • Ai Hisano
    Senior Lecturer, Graduate School of Economics

    ​Scholarly training, mentorship, and friendship at the University of Delaware opened the door to a new career path. An academic program with an emphasis on business history and the history of technology, weekly lunch-time workshops, and lectures at the university and other institutions such as the Hagley Museum and Library were invaluable opportunities for me to broaden my intellectual boundaries and look at my research project from multiple angles. In such a stimulating environment, generous support and encouragement from faculty and other graduate students helped me complete graduate study and prepare for the next step as a scholar. My forthcoming book "Visualizing Taste: Business, Color, and the Creation of American Food" will be published in 2019 or early 2020 by Harvard University Press.

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  • Jaimin Carter
    Director of K-12 Teacher Academy Program/ Social Studies Teacher

    ​The Social Studies Education Program's innovative approach to teaching instruction fostered my ability to create and teach high quality lesson plans. Everyone says that your first year is the hardest, but mine felt like a breeze, and I credit it to the rigor and high expectations set by the Social Studies Education program.

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  • Kendall Barger
    Social Studies Instructor

    ​Completing the social studies education program was the best decision I made in college for my career and my proudest accomplishment at UD. The experience was challenging, rigorous, and inspiring. Thanks to the professors and the program they designed, I entered my classroom prepared and excited to teach my students!

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  • Alan Meyer
    Associate Professor, History of Technology and Aviation History

    ​Delaware’s generous funding allowed me to concentrate on my coursework and early research until I reached a point where I could successfully compete for the national-level fellowships that helped me finish my dissertation. And the program’s small size fostered a camaraderie both in and outside the classroom that forged professional connections and lifelong friendships I continue to value two decades after I showed up for my first day of graduate school.

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  • Margaret (Maggie) Gammie
    Social Studies Teacher

    The History Education program at UD equipped me with a tool chest full of innovative teaching strategies and detailed content knowledge. I loved the way that Dr. Joyce and Dr. Kim modelled enthusiasm, creativity, and rigor for us in the History Ed program. I continue to use their example as the basis for my teaching practices as I enter my 5th year of teaching.

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