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Dept. of History Hosting Movie Night, Feb. 5

It will be presented on February 5th at 6:30 in IAB 1012. 


Please join me in congratulating our colleagues and students on their awards and recognition in the fall semester 2020

  • Michael Hall won the Association of the Global South Studies Presidential Award at the group’s annual conference in December.  
  • Corinna Zeltsman, CLEC grant of $3000 to bring a speaker on the History of Latino/as in the US South to campus this spring
  • Alena Pirok, Georgia Humanities Grant of $1350 for her graduate class on Urban Public History in the spring semester
  • Michael van Wagenen, as part of a collaborative campus and community effort for the Ogeechee International History Film Festival, a Georgia Humanities Grant of $2000
  • Alyssa Saldivar (undergraduate student), Undergraduate Student Travel award of $1000 to present her research at the Conference on HIstorical and Underwater Archaeology in Boston
  • Jessica Forsee (graduate student), Graduate Student Professional Development Fund for Research award of  $736 for research at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
  • Alyssa Windsor (graduate student), Graduate Student Professional Development Fund for Research award of $798 for research at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

Statement from the Department of History at Georgia Southern University October 12, 2019 Concerning Recent Book Burning Incident

The faculty of the Department of History at Georgia Southern is dismayed that some students recently chose to express their intolerance towards Professor Jennine Capó Crucet and her ideas by burning her book on Wednesday, Oct 9. Book burning is at odds with our values of reasoned discourse, civil treatment of others, and openness towards ideas and experiences we might not share. Historically, book burning has been associated with intolerant and anti-democratic regimes. In the context of our diverse campus community, this symbolically potent action, combined with students’ online harassment of Professor Capó Crucet, who is Latina, reads as an act of intimidation. It represents a rejection of our core values, which include respect for others, reasoned intellectual inquiry, and an appreciation for our shared bonds. We condemn this behavior in the strongest of terms.
As part of the department’s response, faculty will hold a teach-in on “Book-Burning, Censorship & Free Speech in Historical Perspective” in IAB 1020 on the Statesboro campus at 5.30 on Tuesday, October 15. This represents an invitation to learn about why book burning has become such a recognizable symbol of intolerance around the world, and to foster a dialogue about what happened on our campus. We encourage all members of the Georgia Southern community to join us.


History Dept. Holds Teach-in Due to Book Burning

The faculty of the Department of History at Georgia Southern is dismayed that some students recently chose to express their intolerance towards Jennine Capó Crucet and her ideas by burning her book on Wednesday, Oct 9. Book burning is at odds with our values of reasoned discourse, civil treatment of others, and openness towards ideas and experiences we might not share. Historically, book burning has been associated with intolerant and anti-democratic regimes. In the context of our diverse campus community, this symbolically potent action, combined with students’ online harassment of Capó Crucet, who is Latina, reads as an act of intimidation. It represents a rejection of our core values, which include respect for others, reasoned intellectual inquiry, and an appreciation for our shared bonds. We condemn this behavior in the strongest of terms.

As part of the department’s response, faculty will hold a teach-in on “Book-Burning, Censorship & Free Speech in Historical Perspective” in IAB 1020 on the Statesboro campus at 5.30 on Tuesday, October 15. This represents an invitation to learn about why book burning has become such a recognizable symbol of intolerance around the world, and to foster a dialogue about what happened on our campus. We encourage all members of the Georgia Southern community to join us.

For more on the department’s response to the book burning, see the following article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution: https://www.ajc.com/blog/get-schooled/georgia-southern-incident-students-college-read-books-burn-them/5XPe3O0bDMlCDEoEDQo07N/

As well as in the The George-Anne: http://www.thegeorgeanne.com/


Two History Projects Get Local Honors

Two projects related to the local history of Savannah and the Georgia Southern History Department are being honored by the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council and the USG Chancellor’s Office.   Susan Earl, Tom Kohler and Professor Robert Batchelor have received the 2019 Award for Excellence in Local History Advocacy for the “Waddie Welcome Archive—Savannah Signs Project.” (https://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/savannah-signs/) The archive contains over 700 pictures of hand-painted African-American signs from Savannah, GA dating from the 1970’s to the present.  A Georgia Humanities Council grant made digitization possible. Autumn Johnson (Special Collections, Henderson Library) and photographer Emily Earl (Sulfur Studios) helped enable recent public exhibitions.  Retired professor of history John Duncan will also be receiving an award for his book The Showy Town of Savannah: The Story of the Architect William Jay (Mercer University Press, 2019), co-authored with Sandra Lee Underwood, a retired professor from St. Marys in Maryland.    

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