College of Arts and Humanities


FALL 2017

History Department Launches Lecture Series

The Department of History’s R. Frank Saunders, Jr. Fall History Lecture will feature Kurt Knoerl, Assistant Professor at Armstrong State University. The title of his talk is “The Online Museum of Underwater Archaeology:  Public Outreach and the Internet.”

An Internet search on shipwrecks conducted in 2004 would have shown numerous website dedicated to treasure hunting and the sale of artifacts but very little on historic preservation or maritime history.  The online Museum of Underwater Archaeology (MUA) was created to encourage underwater archaeologists and maritime historians to counter the treasure hunting message of “Go for the Gold!”  Since its incorporation the MUA has helped hundreds of researchers publish over 300 pages of content viewed in over 90 countries worldwide.  Through online exhibits, public lectures, and education materials the MUA has helped educate the public about the need to preserve their maritime past.


Date: October 17, 2017

Time: 7:30PM

Location: Arts Building, Room 2071


Fall 2016

History Department Launches Lecture Series

Professor Emeritus Donald Rakestraw, Georgia Southern University/Winthrop College
Lying in State: The Diplomacy of Daniel WebsterSponsored by the Department of History

Location: Nessmith-Lane Conference Center – Auditorium, Room 1915
Date: December 1
Time: 630 pm


Spring 2016

Graduate Student Lisa Vaughn was featured in a story about Georgia History day and the Georgia Historical Society shown on local tv station WSAV.

VIDEO: 2016 Georgia Day Parade


Dr. Lisa Denmark’s lecture “The State of Chatham” at City of Savannah Feb 26, 2016


Dr. Solomon K. Smith was featured in a story and video on Mulberry Grove Plantation by the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Mulberry Grove near Savannah is one of the most important sites in U.S. history. It’s where slavery was introduced to Georgia and where Eli Whitney built the cotton gin


Spring 2015

A Student Conference at Georgia Southern University


Session 1

Panel 2, 1:00-2:15pm, Room #2908
Memories & Consequences—Chair, Dr. Brian Feltman

  • Amanda Kinchen (Georgia Southern Alumna): “Hidden from Memory: Remembrance and Commemoration of the Sherwood Foresters’ Involvement in Easter, 1916”
  • Dillan Lee (Georgia Southern): “World War I Origins and Consequences”
  • Elisa Purvis (Georgia Southern): “Masculinity and Femininity in Britain During World War One”
  • Allison Rogers (Georgia Southern): “’We Ourselves Are the War’: The German Freikorps and Their British Counterparts?”

Concurrent Session 2

Panel 3, 2:00-3:00pm, Room #2908
Policy and Practice—Chair, Dr. Mao Lin

  • Sheila Boone (Georgia Southern): “The Makings of Canadian Foreign Policy”
  • Thomas McIntyre (Georgia Southern): “Pontificus Pacis: Papal Policy During the First World War and Its Effect on the Second”
  • Jake Walker (Georgia Southern Alumnus) : “American Indians in World War I”

Poster Session, 2:00-3:30pm, Room #2911
“Poets at War–German Expressionist Poetry”

Readings in German Literature class (Georgia Southern)

  • Eduardo Arteaga
  • Maggie Edmonson
  • Mystery Ellert
  • Ryan Howard
  • Charlotte McDonald
  • Rebecca Niezen
  • Matt Piper
  • Lyndsey Shelton
  • Selina Stanley
  • Leisa Vaughn (Georgia Southern): “American Captors: Prisoners of War and Civilian Internment in America During World War I”

Break, 3:30-4:15

  • Reception for conference participants & faculty

Keynote Speaker, Professor Emeritus, Dr. Charles Thomas

  • 4:30-5:45, Room #1915
  • “Blowback: Calculation, Miscalculation, and Unintended Consequences in the First World War.”

Concluding Remarks, Dr. Jonathan O’Neill, Department of History Chair




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