Our superb department has produced professors, lawyers, diplomats and civil servants, successful businesspeople, school teachers, military officers, fiction writers, and other professionals engaged in a myriad of pursuits in their lives and around the globe. Winners of awards in teaching and scholarship, our faculty members bring proven records of excellence to their daily collaborations with undergraduate and graduate students, and together they explore interests that span space and time. Students learn to read, think, and write critically. They come to know that ours is a small world and a big world. They grasp that humanity has the capacity to create the magisterial works hanging in the Louvre as well as the horrors of Auschwitz, or the inspiring wonder of Angkor Wat as well as the Killing Fields of Cambodia. Studying history propels our lives, whether for the purposes of entering an important and satisfying profession or for the more expansive incentive of revealing the human condition. That is our department’s job. Such is our responsibility.
Department of History
4th Floor, Bentley Annex
Athens, OH 45701-2979
Phone: (740) 593-4334
Fax: (740) 593-0259
New Scholarships for History Majors to Study Abroad in Tel Aviv: The Lazaroff Fund is pleased to award two $750 scholarships to OU history majors interested in the Tel Aviv Cultural and Political Intersections Summer Study Abroad program. The program runs from June 5 to July 10, 2014, and the deadline for applications is fast approaching. For further information about the program and how to apply, contact Rabbi Danielle Leshaw at email@example.com.
Internships Available: The League of Women Voters of Ohio is looking for an intern to work on its current Judicial Voter Education project. Prelaw History Majors and students interested in legal history research are encouraged to apply. For further information, contact Carrie Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Ohio Attorney General's office also is seeking summer interns. Visit http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/About-AG/Careers/Learning-Opportunities
Grad Student Publishes Article: Seth Givens, a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department, has published “Liberating the Germans: The US Army and Looting in Germany during the Second World War,” in War in History, v. 21, n. 1, January 2014, pp. 33-54. War in History is a leading peer-review journal in its field. To complete the article, Seth conducted oral history interviews as well as carried out extensive primary research in multiple archives. Seth’s research was supported in part by funding from the Cantigny First Division Foundation, based in Chicago. Seth is a specialist in US military history, and is completing his dissertation under the supervision of Dr. Ingo Trauschweizer, Associate Professor of History. His dissertation examines the US presence in Berlin during the Cold War.
Emeritus Founds Eckes Prize for Top History Major: Retired Eminent Scholar in Contemporary History Alfred Eckes recently established the Eckes Prize--a $5,000 scholarship for a senior History major with the highest cumulative GPA. The prize will be awarded yearly to rising seniors for the next 10 years. An OU Compass article recently showcased the prize and its generous benefactor.
Emeritus Publishes Book: John Reiger, Professor of History Emeritus, Chillicothe Campus, recently published his fourth book, an autobiography entitled Escaping into Nature: The Making of a Sportsman-Conservationist and Environmental Historian (Oregon State University Press). Congratulations to Professor Reiger on both the publication of your latest book and on your recent retirement!
Department of History Alumnus Honored: Richard O. Davies, Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Nevada-Reno, has been named to the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. Davies, who received his BA at Marietta College, his MA at Ohio University, and his PhD at the University of Missouri, notes that his favorite among the many books he has written is Main Street Blues, a study of his home town of Camden, Ohio. Congratulations Professor Davies!