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Douglas Miller

Indians on the Move: Native American Mobility and Urbanization in the Twentith Century

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Thomas Carlson

Christianity in Fifteenth Century Iraq

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Anna Zeide

Canned: The Rise and Fall of Consumer Confidence in the American Food Industry

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 Dr. Thomas Carlson is co-editing The Syriac Gazetteer, a dictionary of Syriac cultural geography

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History Major Iris Owens Awarded Fulbright to Teach English in Germany


OSU History major Iris Owens has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship for Germany for the 2018-2019 academic year.  This prestigious program places recent American graduates in schools around the world to act as ambassadors for the United States, while improving foreign students’ English language abilities and teaching about American culture.

Owens, a graduate of Union High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, will graduate from OSU in May 2018 with a Bachelors of Arts in History and German, and will leave for Germany in September. Throughout her time at OSU, she received invaluable guidance and support from the German and History departments.

“Teaching English in Germany has been a dream of mine since studying German in high school. I am absolutely thrilled to have received this award.   I cannot wait to get settled in at my school or schools in Germany and connect with my students.”

While at OSU, Owens also received the competitive Bailey Family Memorial Scholarship for a semester study abroad program in Graz, Austria and helped produce the first episodes of the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program’s podcast, Amplified Oklahoma. Along with her graduation in May, she will also be inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the country’s largest student exchange program, offering opportunities to students and young professionals for graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide.

Funded by an annual congressional appropriation to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the program was initiated by\ Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946 for the promotion of international goodwill through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture and science.

Elizabeth Bass wins the OSU Women’s Faculty Council Student Research Award

Bass Award Ceremony

PhD student Elizabeth Bass (left), advisee of Dr. Holly Karibo (right) is one of the recipients of the OSU Women’s Faculty Council Student Research Award in recognition of the quality and strength of her research activities on the history of women's labor in the oil industry! Congratulations, Elizabeth! 

Bass's project is currently titled "Scientists, Supporters, and Symbols: The Influence and Impact of Women on the Oil Industry, 1900-1970."  Her research was inspired by two period photographs. One is a photograph of the geology department at the University of Oklahoma circa 1906. There were several women in the photograph and she wondered what their stories might be. Where they only members of this class to receive a needed science credit, or were they budding geologists, hoping to work in paleontology or the burgeoning oil industry? The second photograph was one of an oil rig with a man overseeing several women working diligently to run the derrick. These women, however, were nude except for the stiletto heels on their feet. This pin-up image also raised questionsfor her about the connection of women to this vast, male-dominated industry.

Women are largely absent from the historiography of the oil industry, and Bass wanted to explore their contributions, both to the industry directly and to the boomtowns that surrounded oil fields. She has found women in scientific roles as geologists and geophysicists; women in support roles as secretaries in offices and cafe owners, hotel workers, and prostitutes in boomtowns; and women as symbols in the popular culture that has sprung from the romance of the oil fields. These women made significant contributions, but even more important are the communities they created. Women who worked directly in the industry created clubs and organizations to help each other succeed in their chosen profession, often at odds with societal norms and industry preferences. Women in boomtowns and later company towns shaped the interactions of all people within the town, including their husbands and children. Another interesting factor is the employment patterns of these women, which roughly follow the employment patterns of other industries--more women in the workforce during war years, fewer in inter- and post-war years, leading to Affirmative Action in the 1970s.

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Students Love Reacting to the Past!

We are really proud of the work and creativity the students in our inaugural Honors-Reacting to the Past course displayed last semester and thank Dr. Anna Zeide​ for launching the course.
Reacting to the Past is an immersive, historical simulation pedagogy that puts students directly into the time period under study. Students are assigned roles informed by classic texts, and lead class sessions in game play. OSU’s first Reacting to the Past class was a History Honors seminar in the Fall of 2017, which played the game “Greenwich Village, 1913.” Students engaged with debates about woman suffrage, labor activism, and bohemian ideals in the context of a New America. See for yourself!
Don't miss our next Honors-Reacting to the Past course in Fall 2018 taught by Dr. Holly Karibo MWF 11:30-12:20.

HIST 3333: WWII - Study Abroad Opportunity May 2019

Follow in the footsteps of Allied soldiers during World War II as you travel from London to Paris via the Normandy region. Commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day with ceremonies and special programming, and gain context of this important invasion at Bletchley Park. During this program, you’ll visit World War II sites that will help put this major conflict into perspective.

Dr. John Kinder will lead this 10-day excursion in May 2019. Enroll today

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RESCHEDULED: Dr. Carol Anderson at OSU to Discuss White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide

Don't miss Dr. Carol Anderson speak on White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide on Tuesday, April 3rd, at 6:00 pm in the Noble Research Center Room 106. Dr. Anderson is an extraordinary lecturer and this will be a powerful and timely event. The lecture is FREE and open to the public.

Dr. Carol Anderson is professor of African American Studies at Emory University. White Rage has received numerous awards and accolades, including National Book Critics Circle Award Winner, New York Times Bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of the Year, a Boston Globe Best Book of 2016, and a Chicago Review of Books Best Nonfiction Book of 2016.

Dr. Anderson's research has garnered substantial fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Ford Foundation, National Humanities Center, Harvard University, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

She has also served on working groups dealing with race at Stanford’s Center for Applied Science and Behavioral Studies, the Aspen Institute, and the United Nations. In addition, based on the strength and accessibility of her research, the leadership at Amnesty International, USA, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Ford Foundation, and others have used Eyes Off the Prize to frame and examine their human rights work in the United States.

This has also led to sought after commentary in Foreign Policy, the Washington Post, and that places contemporary issues dealing with race, human rights, and politics in a historical perspective. Her Washington Post op-ed, “White Rage,” was the most widely shared for the paper in 2014.

Professor Anderson was a member of the U.S. State Department’s Historical Advisory Committee and the Board of Directors of the Harry S. Truman Library Institute and the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative.

This lecture is part of OSU's African American History Month programming and is co-sponsored by the following:

OSU Office of Institutional Diversity 
OSU College of Business 
OSU College of Arts and Sciences 
OSU College of Education, Health, and Aviation 
OSU Library 
OSU Department of History
OSU Center for Africana Studies
OSU Department of Political Science 
OSU Gender and Women's Studies Program
OSU Department of Philosophy 
OSU Department of Sociology 
OSU Department of English 
OSU American Studies Program