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Students from Stevenson's Public History program participated in "spring cleaning" at Antietam Battlefield in Sharpsburg. Read more about the project here.
Thank you to Dr. Jen Erdman (Public History) and Dr. Ryan Schurtz (Psychology) who shared their research at the inaugural HaSS Diverse Perspectives Forum. This new series creates a space for HaSS faculty members (full-time and part-time) to discuss their research, scholarship, and creative work. Topics are open and work in progress is particularly welcome.
For our inaugural session, Dr. Erdman talked about teaching critical thinking through the topic of conspiracy theories in her INDSC350 class and Dr. Schurtz shared his experiences writing op-ed pieces for the Baltimore Sun (including useful tips for colleagues interested in exploring this form of publication). Our March Forum will feature speakers from Human Services and Theatre & Media Performance.
If history has taught us anything, explains James Grossman, Executive Director of the American Historical Association, it is that we need more history majors. In his May 2016 op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, Grossman uses recent employer data to demonstrate how the narrative that history majors are too-often unemployed or underpaid is simply not true. He also makes a compelling argument for why the skills taught in humanities disciplines, such as history, are essential for employers seeking future leaders: "historical thinking prepares one for leadership because history is about change — envisioning it, planning for it, making it last." Stevenson's Public History program helps students develop these leadership skills through extensive fieldwork, experiential learning, and internship opportunities at sites such as the Smithsonian Museum and Library of Congress. If you want to make a difference in the future, consider learning more about the past.
We know not to judge a book by its cover, but can we judget faculty members by their office doors? Whose door is this? What kinds of courses does she/he teach? What kind of research does he/she do?
This is LRC 5 home to Dr. Jamie Goodall, Assistant Professor in the Public History department. Her research interests include piracy, smuggling, illicit trade, transmission of knowledge, slavery, and the economy in the early modern Atlantic-Caribbean world. She is currently revising her dissertation, titled “‘Navigating the Atlantic World: Piracy, Illicit Trade, and the Construction of Commercial Networks, 1650-1791,″ into a monograph that examines the development of informal commercial networks among pirates, smugglers, merchants, government officials, and residents of the seventeenth and eighteenth century Caribbean-Atlantic, with a transnational focus. Dr. Goodall has traveled to England, the Netherlands, Jamaica, and Bermuda to conduct research. Her work is multidisciplinary, infusing her archaeological, material culture, and public history background into her academic history research. Dr. Goodall incorporates her transnational, interdisciplinary, and Atlantic focus in her teaching, particularly in courses such as Early America (which has a historically Anglo-centric emphasis), African American history, and special topics courses like Piracy in the Caribbean. She loves to engage students with primary source and archaeological material as a means to shift their thinking about history, moving beyond the written word to tell the stories of historically underrepresented and marginalized groups.