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Olivia Mann (right) with David Plastino during the Plastino Scholars Dinner.

​livia Mann (right) with David Plastino.

​Two history majors Olivia Mann and Caleb Owens were named Plastino Scholars and honored at the annual Plastino Scholars dinner on May 2. The program provides support to undergraduate students interested in pursuing self-designed, off-campus experiential learning opportunities. To be considered, students must propose an experience that will allow the pursuit of a passionate interest that goes beyond the scope of an academic course, normal summer job, internship or enrichment program.

History major and and history honor society, Phi Alpha Theta, president Olivia Mann shared her experiences as reported by Nadine Sabater in a recent UDaily article:

After stumbling upon several disturbing national polls, one that showed we, as a society, are losing track of history especially of the Holocaust and genocides, Mann, an Honors student in the Class of 2019, set out to Arizona, Nebraska and Tennessee to explore how these topics are taught and studied in rural and predominantly Christian areas. She was particularly interested in how Americans, on a local level, can counter ignorance by expanding mandatory Holocaust and genocide education throughout the 40 states where it is not currently required.

“With the resurgence of white supremacy, ethnic genocide and race-based discrimination, now more than ever, we need to recognize repeating patterns so that we can prevent the horrors of the past from happening again,” said Mann as she reflected on what she took away from her experience.

Her research concluded with numerous findings in each state, such as how empathy is generally lost when the Holocaust is taught as a solely historical event out of fear of discussing politics. Mann plans to pursue a career in public service leadership and hopes to help ensure historical atrocities are never forgotten or repeated.


David Plastino with the 2020 Plastino Scholars in front of the living wall in the Tower at STAR. Caleb Owens is standing on the left.

​Caleb Owens (left) with other Plastino Scholars and David Plastino.

At the same ceremony history major Caleb Owens was named as a 2020 Plastino Scholar. Owens will spend a month in Estonia, primarily in the country’s capital, to explore the country’s e-governance system. He’ll shadow and interview government officials to further understand the technology and immerse himself in Estonian society to gain insights on the public’s perspectives on the e-governance system.

Congratulations to Olivia and Caleb! Please read the full UDaily story about the Plastino Scholars program.

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Two history majors Olivia Mann and Caleb Owens were named Plastino Scholars and honored at the annual Plastino Scholars dinner on May 2.

Two history majors Olivia Mann and Caleb Owens were named Plastino Scholars and honored at the annual Plastino Scholars dinner on May 2.

5/24/2019
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  • Department of History
  • 46 W. Delaware Avenue
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • University of Delaware
  • Phone: 302-831-2371
  • history@udel.edu