Department of History - College of Charleston

Department of History - College of Charleston

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Hi everyone--Please don't forget those Phi Alpha Theta applications this week! Check your email for details and the short application form.
Old South Carriage is hiring to train new tour guides. This is the company I originally started working for and I do recommend their training program. They are good at what they do and no experience is needed. Support getting history students and graduates into the field of public history. :-)
Congrats to History major Kennedy Madison, tournament MVP!
Cutting and Pasting something I can't seem to share to the site! Please share this opportunity with students!

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Friends, the International African American Museum has an immediate need for a summer intern to do basic research and writing on a number of Charleston historical sites for an exciting project that has the potential to increase general awareness about aspects of Charleston history that are not typically well known. It's "the rest of the story," if you will! :-)

The project would be great for a college student who loves history and is a strong writer. A knowledge of Charleston (and a bit of its history) is great, but not required. Also, while being in Charleston would have advantages, someone could do this online.

The project can start immediately and should be a few weeks of work. A small stipend is available. We'll, of course, also facilitate any college credit available for this as well.

If anyone has any leads, please ask them to email me @ [email protected].

THANK YOU and please share with your networks! 😎

The knowledge and skills that students gain as History majors are vital for preparing for the challenges facing us in the 21st century. Visit history.cofc.edu to learn more.

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Department of History | Summer Internships 08/11/2021

Department of History | Summer Internships

There are so many great internship opportunities in Charleston for history majors. To set up an internship for course credit, contact Dr. Slater: [email protected].
Check out our latest blog to see what some of our majors have been up to this summer!

Department of History | Summer Internships Summer Internships Posted on August 11, 2021 by Andrea Evans This summer our majors and recent grads are gaining valuable experience in a variety of local internships. History majors interested in doing an internship for course credit during the upcoming academic year can contact Dr. Sandy Slater. M...

07/30/2021

Great feature on Dr. Bodek!

This #hssfeaturefriday , we salute Dr. Richard Bodek, Fulbright Scholar Award recipient for 2021-22! ✨

As an undergrad, phenomenal faculty like Vernon Lidtke, a German historian, turned his interests toward an academic career. Dr. Bodek became fascinated by the question of how democracies die and what, if anything, people could do to preserve them. This became a red thread in his research. Another major influence was William Arrowsmith, one of the great classicists of his day. He showed his students how much the past and its poetry could mean to the contemporary world. In his own teaching, Dr. Bodek keeps one eye on contemporary issues and another on the big issues that transcend eras.

Dr. Bodek’s numerous publications include a translation of What Will Become of the Children?, a novel that appeared three months before the N***s took power in Germany. They burned the book, and it faded into obscurity. “I’d like to think that translating and publishing it struck some kind of posthumous blow against the Third Reich,” he says.

With all that he’s achieved, Dr. Bodek is extremely proud of his former students’ accomplishments. For example, Catherine Stiers went on to grad school and is now a colleague working in College of Charleston Libraries. Many of Dr. Bodek’s favorite moments come from team teaching with terrific faculty like Joe Kelly and Scott Peeples. He reveled in running a 5K race with Jon Hale, Tammy Ingram, and Lisa Covert as a Department of History - College of Charleston team, although they didn’t win! “If anybody ever says that I have gravity,” he notes, “they probably mean that I run very slowly and the ground seems to pull me down into it.”

This Fulbright recipient also loves participating in a fantasy baseball league with great colleagues, former colleagues, and friends. Phil Jos, Joe Kelly, Ryan Milner, Dave Parisi, Scott Peeples, Chris Warnick, and Jacob Steere-Williams are all proud HSS faculty and retired faculty. In addition, Dr. Bodek plays the mandolin and is an amateur photographer. In the evenings, he and his partner walk their dogs and catch up on the day. Sounds like there’s always plenty to catch up on!

Dr. Bodek, thank you for ALL you do for College of Charleston, and have fun in London!! 👏👏👏

07/29/2021

We've got two great 200-level courses on Africa this Fall:

*HIST 261.01: "Environmental History of Africa," taught by assistant professor John Cropper
&
*HIST 261.02: "African Economic History," taught by assistant professor Zebulon Dingley

Check out their detailed course descriptions for more info on what these courses will entail!
https://history.cofc.edu/acad-info/fall-2021-course-offerings.php

We've got two great 200-level courses on Africa this Fall:

*HIST 261.01: "Environmental History of Africa," taught by assistant professor John Cropper
&
*HIST 261.02: "African Economic History," taught by assistant professor Zebulon Dingley

Check out their detailed course descriptions for more info on what these courses will entail!
https://history.cofc.edu/acad-info/fall-2021-course-offerings.php

Public Health and the State: Plague in Early Modern France 07/27/2021

Public Health and the State: Plague in Early Modern France

Check out this video Dr. Elisa Jones made for the Newberry Library's "Learning from Premodern Plagues" video series!

"How did regular outbreaks of the plague in Europe long after the Black Death of the fourteenth century, some that killed millions in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries alone, correspond with the growth of public health as a government responsibility?

Starting with a French pamphlet printed in 1618 calling for government intervention in preventing and treating the plague for the public good, Elisa J. Jones, Assistant Professor of History at the College of Charleston, shows how public health policies developed and were informed by contemporary beliefs about the spread of disease. The continuing threat of mass casualties led centralizing authorities to make regulations about managing public health crises, even though people often resisted government restrictions."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fn1dplYtydM

Public Health and the State: Plague in Early Modern France How did regular outbreaks of the plague in Europe long after the Black Death of the fourteenth century, some that killed millions in the seventeenth and eigh...

Two CofC Professors Receive Fulbright Awards to Teach, Study Abroad 07/26/2021

Two CofC Professors Receive Fulbright Awards to Teach, Study Abroad

Congratulations on the Fulbright, Dr. Bodek! And the great write up from College Today.
"Though very mild mannered himself, Bodek has a keen interest in violent crime history in the post-WWII period and was researching cases in Hamburg and Berlin when he ran across multiple files on Kusian. He now plans to write a book on the murder-podcast–worthy life of Kusian.
“She’s just so interesting – drug use, she’s a nurse, she cuts bodies up,” says Bodek. “And it’s right when Berlin has been divided and is still in ruins. It’s like history runs through her.”'
https://today.cofc.edu/2021/07/26/two-cofc-professors-receive-fulbright-awards-to-travel-teach-and-study-abroad/

Two CofC Professors Receive Fulbright Awards to Teach, Study Abroad Two College of Charleston professors have received Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program awards for the 2021–22 academic year. Professors Adem Ali and Richard Bodek will head to different parts of the globe in the international educational exchange program to learn and lecture in their respective fields....

Challenging History 07/21/2021

Challenging History

Congratulations to assistant professor Rachel Donaldson and graduate of our MA program Ashley Hollinshead for their work on "Challenging History: Race, Equity, and the Practice of Public History." Dr. Donaldson co-edited the book and Ashley, currently a tour supervisor at Monticello, contributed an essay for it.

"Challenging History, through a collection of essays by a diverse group of scholars and practitioners, examines how difficult histories, specifically those of slavery and race in the United States, are being interpreted and inserted at public history sites and in public history work. Several essays explore the successes and challenges of recent projects, while others discuss gaps that public historians can fill at sites where Black history took place but is absent in the interpretation. Through case studies, the contributors reveal the entrenched false narratives that public history workers are countering in established public history spaces and the work they are conducting to reorient our collective understanding of the past."

The book, which is part of the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World Program, comes out tomorrow, July 22. Check it out here: https://uscpress.com/Challenging-History

Challenging History For decades racism and social inequity have stayed at the center of the national conversation in the United States, sustaining the debate around public historic places and monuments and what t…

History Professor Wins Prestigious Fellowship 07/20/2021

History Professor Wins Prestigious Fellowship

Congratulations to Dr. Eaves for this incredible achievement!

History Professor Wins Prestigious Fellowship There are so many disturbing aspects of the enslavement of Africans that took place in the United States between 1619 and 1865, it’s hard to know where to begin. But it’s safe to say that the sexual violence against enslaved women is as troubling as it gets. It’s a topic that hits close to hom...

[07/14/21]   We've got some great courses coming up this Fall, including
Special Topics: African Economic History:
"This course provides students with an introduction to the economic history of sub-Saharan Africa from the precolonial period to the present. Our focus throughout will be what large-scale economic processes mean to ordinary people. How is value produced, exchanged, and consumed? How is the economy embedded in other domains of life, such as kinship, religion, and politics? Moving between macro- and micro-scales, we will explore (among other topics): the Atlantic Slave Trade; colonial transformations of concepts of ownership, property, and wealth; “conflict minerals” and counterfeit currencies; theories of development and dependency; “corruption” and “hyperinflation;” mobile money platforms and direct cash transfers; structural adjustment programs and “occult economies;” migrant labor relations and marriage payment negotiations. No prior background in economic theory or African history will be needed or presumed."
HIST 261.02 (CRN 13404) MWF 10-10:50

07/12/2021

Fall 2021 Course Spotlight: "Italian Renaissance"
What was the Italian Renaissance? How did it invent the Dark Ages? How did the ideals of the Renaissance contrast with the violent realities of life in Italy? Who did and did not get to have a Renaissance? What does gender have to do with the Renaissance? What was the role of the Black Death in the Renaissance? What did the Renaissance look like in the rest of Europe? How did the Renaissance relate to religion? What new technologies and knowledge came out of the Renaissance? And how did the idea of the Renaissance lead to our ideas about individualism, modernity, and progress?

All of these questions, and many more, will be explored in HIST 336 Italian Renaissance with Dr. Jones this fall! There are only a few spots left in this online course with weekly Zoom class sessions, so sign up now. Meets online Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:50am-12:05pm.

Image citation: The Chess Game, or Portrait of the Artist's Sisters Playing Chess, 1555. Painted by Sofonisba Anguissola.

Fall 2021 Course Spotlight: "Italian Renaissance"
What was the Italian Renaissance? How did it invent the Dark Ages? How did the ideals of the Renaissance contrast with the violent realities of life in Italy? Who did and did not get to have a Renaissance? What does gender have to do with the Renaissance? What was the role of the Black Death in the Renaissance? What did the Renaissance look like in the rest of Europe? How did the Renaissance relate to religion? What new technologies and knowledge came out of the Renaissance? And how did the idea of the Renaissance lead to our ideas about individualism, modernity, and progress?

All of these questions, and many more, will be explored in HIST 336 Italian Renaissance with Dr. Jones this fall! There are only a few spots left in this online course with weekly Zoom class sessions, so sign up now. Meets online Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:50am-12:05pm.

Image citation: The Chess Game, or Portrait of the Artist's Sisters Playing Chess, 1555. Painted by Sofonisba Anguissola.

Fall 2021 Courses - College of Charleston 07/06/2021

Fall 2021 Courses - College of Charleston

We've got some great courses coming up this Fall, including
"Special Topics: African Economic History"
HIST 261.02 (CRN 13404) MWF 10-10:50
"This course provides students with an introduction to the economic history of sub-Saharan Africa from the precolonial period to the present. Our focus throughout will be what large-scale economic processes mean to ordinary people. How is value produced, exchanged, and consumed? How is the economy embedded in other domains of life, such as kinship, religion, and politics? Moving between macro- and micro-scales, we will explore (among other topics): the Atlantic Slave Trade; colonial transformations of concepts of ownership, property, and wealth; “conflict minerals” and counterfeit currencies; theories of development and dependency; “corruption” and “hyperinflation;” mobile money platforms and direct cash transfers; structural adjustment programs and “occult economies;” migrant labor relations and marriage payment negotiations. No prior background in economic theory or African history will be needed or presumed."
Check out more course descriptions on our website:
https://history.cofc.edu/acad-info/fall-2021-course-offerings.php

Fall 2021 Courses - College of Charleston A top 10 fastest-growing city for software and Internet technology, an emerging hub for aerospace, and a hotbed for healthcare and biosciences.

Eliptical Arch by Ashley Hollinshead 07/02/2021

Eliptical Arch by Ashley Hollinshead

Check out Ashley Hollinshead, graduate of our MA program, discussing the elliptical arch in Monticello's library. Ashley works as a tour guide there!

Eliptical Arch by Ashley Hollinshead by Guide Ashley Hollinshead

Fall 2021 Courses - College of Charleston 07/01/2021

Fall 2021 Courses - College of Charleston

We've got some great courses coming up this Fall!
Fall Course Spotlight: "African American History to 1865"
HIST 216.01 (CRN 13701) TR 1:40-2:55
Beginning with the African background, this course surveys the experience of African Americans from the colonial era through the Civil War. Particular attention will be devoted to the Atlantic slave trade, the North American slave experience, free blacks, abolitionism and the social and political implications of the Civil War as these affected black people.
Check out more course descriptions on our website:
https://history.cofc.edu/acad-info/fall-2021-course-offerings.php

Fall 2021 Courses - College of Charleston A top 10 fastest-growing city for software and Internet technology, an emerging hub for aerospace, and a hotbed for healthcare and biosciences.

06/21/2021

Fall Course Spotlight: "Modern Charleston"
HIST 320.01 (CRN 13638), Tuesdays 5:30-8:15 p.m.
Adjunct professor Robert Stockton offers this fascinating upper level course detailing Charleston in the 20th and 21st centuries.
"Modern Charleston – an oxymoron? Actually Charleston has had a diverse history - sometimes sleepy, sometimes dynamic, and sometimes both at the same time – during the twentieth century, and initial years of the twenty-first. Explore economic, cultural, political, demographic, and other factors in the history of a resilient city."
To read more descriptions of our Fall 2021 courses, check out our website:
https://history.cofc.edu/.../fall-2021-course-offerings.php

Fall Course Spotlight: "Modern Charleston"
HIST 320.01 (CRN 13638), Tuesdays 5:30-8:15 p.m.
Adjunct professor Robert Stockton offers this fascinating upper level course detailing Charleston in the 20th and 21st centuries.
"Modern Charleston – an oxymoron? Actually Charleston has had a diverse history - sometimes sleepy, sometimes dynamic, and sometimes both at the same time – during the twentieth century, and initial years of the twenty-first. Explore economic, cultural, political, demographic, and other factors in the history of a resilient city."
To read more descriptions of our Fall 2021 courses, check out our website:
https://history.cofc.edu/.../fall-2021-course-offerings.php

CofC Faculty, Students Discover Slave Badge on Campus 06/15/2021

CofC Faculty, Students Discover Slave Badge on Campus

CofC Faculty, Students Discover Slave Badge on Campus The recent discovery of an 1853 slave badge on the College of Charleston campus has offered a profound opportunity to recognize the contributions of the enslaved people who were an integral part of the development of the institution. CofC students and faculty discovered the badge labeled "servant" d...

Virtual exhibit explores 19th century 'neighbors from the past' 06/04/2021

Virtual exhibit explores 19th century 'neighbors from the past'

The Post & Courier has a great article highlighting graduate student Danielle Cox's work! Danielle created the virtual exhibit, “Inhabitants, Illness, and Internment: Deaths in Charleston on the Eve of War,” an interactive map that features 1,400 deaths on the peninsula during 1860. Check it out!

Virtual exhibit explores 19th century 'neighbors from the past' What was life like for Charlestonians in 1860, the year before shots fired at Fort Sumter signaling the start of the Civil War? The year when people were experiencing the

06/02/2021

Fall Course Spotlight: "Modern Charleston"
HIST 320.01 (CRN 13638), Tuesdays 5:30-8:15 p.m.
Adjunct professor Robert Stockton offers this fascinating upper level course detailing Charleston in the 20th and 21st centuries.
"Modern Charleston – an oxymoron? Actually Charleston has had a diverse history - sometimes sleepy, sometimes dynamic, and sometimes both at the same time – during the twentieth century, and initial years of the twenty-first. Explore economic, cultural, political, demographic, and other factors in the history of a resilient city."
To read more descriptions of our Fall 2021 courses, check out our website:
https://history.cofc.edu/acad-info/fall-2021-course-offerings.php

Fall Course Spotlight: "Modern Charleston"
HIST 320.01 (CRN 13638), Tuesdays 5:30-8:15 p.m.
Adjunct professor Robert Stockton offers this fascinating upper level course detailing Charleston in the 20th and 21st centuries.
"Modern Charleston – an oxymoron? Actually Charleston has had a diverse history - sometimes sleepy, sometimes dynamic, and sometimes both at the same time – during the twentieth century, and initial years of the twenty-first. Explore economic, cultural, political, demographic, and other factors in the history of a resilient city."
To read more descriptions of our Fall 2021 courses, check out our website:
https://history.cofc.edu/acad-info/fall-2021-course-offerings.php

Welcome to the Department of History

The knowledge and skills that students gain as History majors are vital for preparing for the challenges facing us in the 21st century. Today’s problems—epidemic disease, racial oppression, political unrest, violent extremism, environmental crises, economic inequality—also confronted people in the past, and historians’ efforts to understand how they faced these threats provide valuable insights for us today. Our faculty, made up of dynamic teacher-scholars, offer courses that afford students a fascinating glimpse into how societies in the past sought to overcome these threats and how they changed in the process. Likewise, the History major equips graduates with valuable skills for launching successful careers after graduation.

The History major provides students with a skillset that employers value in today’s rapidly changing, information-based economy. Our students learn how to build and defend arguments based on evidence, evidence they have collected, evaluated, and analyzed, a crucial skill employers covet. Studying history also helps students hone their research, writing, and oral communication skills, abilities that are also highly valued in today’s workplace. As a result, our former students have gone on to launch exciting careers after graduation, working in museums and archives, public relations firms and publishing houses, law firms and courtrooms, and schools and universities. Others have landed exciting jobs with major corporations, the federal government, or international non-profits. In today’s rapidly changing environment, the ability to think and write clearly has a real, long-term value, whatever your eventual career.

History is a core field in the humanities, a field of human inquiry designed to give human beings the tools to live life to the fullest. History—the study of human beings in the past—teaches us to understand the present and to imagine the future. Knowing where people come from is key to understanding where they’re going. History gives warnings but also inspires. Contact me at [email protected] if you’d like to talk about becoming a History major.

-- Dr. Jason Coy, Department Chair.

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