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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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PhD Student Jared Eberle Recieves the WHA Graduate Student Prize

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Jared Eberle is a recipient of this year's Western History Association Graduate Student Prize. Inaugurated in 2014, the prize is designed to foster graduate student professional development and to enhance collegial citizenship within the organization. Jared, along with the other recipients, will host the Graduate Student Reception at this year's WHA Conference in San Diego, California this November. 

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.

Outstanding Senior Jordan Stine Shares His Passion for History

Jordan Stine, History Department Outstanding Senior for 2016-2017, recently sat down with the College of Arts & Sciences to share his passion for history and his experience in OSU History classrooms. Check out his interview!