LSUS History and Social Sciences Department

The Department of History and Social Sciences at Louisiana State University in Shreveport houses the disciplines of Criminal Justice, History, Political Science and Sociology.

FACULTY: Dr. Bernadette Palombo, Chair Dr. Blake Dunnavent Dr. Kenna Franklin Dr. Christopher Hale Dr. Gary Joiner Dr. Alexander Mikaberidze Dr. William Pederson Dr. Jeff Sadow Dr. Cheryl White Dr. Helen Wise Mr. Riley Young

Operating as usual

Two Days in September

For Black History Month, a special virtual exhibit is now up at the Spring Street Museum:
Two Days in September recounts events of 1963 here in Shreveport, as the community reacted to news of the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. The story is told in a series of compelling archival photographs, and concludes with a powerful oral history given by late civil rights activist Rev. Harry Blake. The latter is on file with the Library of Congress.

An initiative by the museum to help identify individuals in a very significant historical photo! Can you share and help?
UPDATE: The North Louisiana Civil Rights Coalition website is experiencing technical difficulties at this time...please submit ID's to [email protected]
Please help identify the individuals in this historic photo.
Photo description: Civil Rights meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the original Galilee Baptist Church in Shreveport, LA in mid-August of 1958.
So far, only 7 of 52 have been identified.
Please share with as many friends as possible until every person in the photograph has been identified.
Please use the link provided to enlarge the photograph and submit identities to the Civil Rights Coalition of Shreveport Louisiana.
A few useful sources to help with your search:
Church directories
School yearbooks
Family photos
Newspaper clippings

[01/23/21]   Dr. Cheryl White has co-authored a book (with Fr. Peter Mangum and historian W. Ryan Smith) on the lives of the five priests who died in the 1873 Yellow Fever epidemic in Shreveport, and the resulting research process led to the Vatican opening a formal canonization cause for them. There is now a new full-length documentary forthcoming on their remarkable lives, also highlighting the history and culture of Shreveport and northern Louisiana. Many thanks to the LSUS Foundation for their generosity in making this possible.

Outside our beautiful Liberal Arts building, Bronson Hall.

Life in AC: After COVID-19

Check out a recent piece by Professor Emeritus, Norm Dolch, Dr. Helen Wise and our colleagues from Seton Hall and University of Notre Dame for the Biden Achool of Public Policy & Administration at the University of Delaware. The Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Delaware prepares students with the knowledge and skills necessary to engage in research and public service activities to improve the quality of life in communities around the world. Their goal is to create and use interdisciplinary, nonpartisan research and empirically-based analysis to inform effective decision-making and policy and to improve leadership and administration. Life in AC: After COVID-19

LSUS Christmas Quarantine Chat: Spring Street Museum

Worth the watch!
What happens when these professors get together ?
We thought we should do one more special "Quarantine Chat" to close out this year of 2020.
But it actually turned out to be just another usual day at the office with these three ... so much fun. #QuarantineChat
Alexander Mikaberidze Cheryl H. White @Helen Kennedy Wise A Special “Quarantine Chat” from the Spring Street MuseumDr. Alexander Mikaberidze Dr. Cheryl WhiteDr. Helen Wise

The Best of Books 2020

Dr. Alexander Mikaberidze’s book, The Napoleonic Wars: A Global History, has been selected as one of “the best of books” for 2020 by the publication, Foreign Affairs. Foreign Affairs — The leading magazine for analysis and debate of foreign policy, economics and global affairs.

Dr. Helen Kennedy Wise has been recognized as a Circle of Excellence awardee from the LSUS Alumni Foundation !

Five Louisiana priests who died in 1873 pandemic considered for sainthood

Dr. Cheryl White, professor of history, has been one of the primary researchers in a project to submit formal historical portfolios to the Vatican's Congregation for the Causes of Saints. There is currently a canonization cause pending for five priests who died in Shreveport during the 1873 Yellow Fever epidemic. Five priests who died during the 1873 yellow fever pandemic in Shreveport are being considered for sainthood.

The Napoleonic Wars: A Global Conflict

Dr. Alexander Mikaberidze is delivering a day long seminar on the Napoleonjc Wars at the Smithsonian Institute. Austerlitz, Borodino, and Waterloo are among the places most closely associated with the era of the Napoleonic Wars. But this period of nearly continuous Franco-British conflict affected nations far beyond Europe. Historian Alexander Mikaberidze analyzes the immediate and extended consequences of th...

Unexpected Modernism: The Architecture of the Wiener Brothers

Dr. Cheryl H. White is on the discussion panel this evening following this virtual premiere of an important historical film. Tickets available at the site below. Following a 1931 voyage to the Bauhaus, Samuel G. Wiener and William B. Wiener became the most prolific modern architects in the American South.

Some of us came prepared for the campus faculty costume contest...some came prepared for battle...some came ready for both 🙂
Alexander Mikaberidze

Just announced from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities:
Dr. Cheryl H. White, Professor of History, is to be the consulting scholar for an LEH Rebirth Grant for the Bossier Parish Libraries History Center, which is
planning a virtual programming series to take patrons on a tour of historic locations around Bossier Parish.
For this project, the History Center staff will travel around the parish to film videos that reflect on Bossier's unique history. They will supplement the onsite videos by incorporating photographs and materials from the History Center's extensive archival collection. This project will uniquely allow a community look into the center’s collection and bring some forgotten or overlooked history to light.

Misery and Heroism: Yellow Fever Exhibit of 1873
Special guest lecturer: Dr. Helen Wise, Professor of Sociology

Spring Street Museum

Our exhibit “Misery & Heroism: Yellow Fever Epidemic in Shreveport 1873” is live on our website at !

Misery and Heroism: Yellow Fever 1873 Exhibit at Spring Street Museum
Dr. Beverly Burden, Professor of Biology

LSU-S emerges as fastest growing higher education institution in state - BIZ - Northwest Louisiana Shreveport, LA – Louisiana State University in Shreveport is now the fastest growing higher education institution in Louisiana in the last five years. The university boasts the largest freshman class in five years and the largest number of retained students in five years. Despite the COVID- ...

New Virtual Exhibit at Spring Street Museum: Misery and Heroism - 1873 Yellow Fever Epidemic
Dr. Cheryl White

BBC World Service - The Forum, Queen Tamar: The myth of a perfect ruler

Dr Alexander Mikaberidze was interviewed by BBC World Service for its broadcast on the life and times of Tamar the Great, Georgia’s celebrated female monarch. Georgia’s most iconic female sovereign

Join Dr. Helen Wise, Professor of Sociology, Dr. Norman Dolch, Professor Emeritus, and fellow authors on Friday, September 25th, 1:00 pm CST for the ISTR (International Society of Third Sector Research) Book Club presentation of their new book, Nonprofit Crisis Management: Response to Covid-19 (Sagamore Press, 2020).
Click here to register:

[09/03/20]   Dr. Helen Wise, Professor of Sociology, will joining an international panel on Friday, October 16, 12pm EST for a Professional Development Workshop
“Global Perspectives on Teaching the Third Sector Online” presented by ISTR
With extensive online teaching experience, this global panel will discuss starting online courses and programs.
Feilim O'Hadhamail, University College, Cork, Ireland
Michele Fugiel Gartner, University of St. Andrews, Scotland
Ola Larrson, Ersta Skondal Bracke University, Sweden
Helen Wise, Louisiana State University, USA
Moderated by Norman Dolch, Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership, USA

Dr. Cheryl White
The Centennial of the Ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment

Spring Street Museum

On this date in 1920, Tennessee became the last state needed for the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. As passage drew near, there was a frenzy of activity, which sources described in often colorful detail:
“The bribery that went on in that legislature was beyond belief. The booze flowed, they were drunk for two days before the vote.”
Abby Crawford Milton,
Tennessee Women’s Suffrage Activist

Votes for Women!
A special commemorative educational virtual exhibit online with the Spring Street Museum, a cultural outreach of LSUS. This marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in August 2020 !
Check out the full exhibit online at !!

The Centennial of Women’s Suffrage: 1920 - 2020

Please watch as Dr. Cheryl H. White gives an overview of something very special in this brief video!
The Spring Street Museum, as an academic and cultural outreach of LSUS, is hosting a virtual and “storefront” exhibit during the month of August to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, guaranteeing all women the right to vote.

Catch KTBS News tonight at 5, 9, and 10 for a three-part special feature by news anchor Linnea Allen KTBS.
Dr. Cheryl H. White shares her passion for the field and study of history, including right here in our own community.

The "Spanish Flu" Pandemic of 1918 - The Second Wave

The link below is to Red River Radio’s Chuck Smith’s interview with Dr Gary Joiner, comparing the Covid-19 crisis to the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918. AMERICA REOPENING - Many people are anticipating reopening the nation’s economy after weeks of business closures and disruptions to normal operations by

Dr. Cheryl H. White and Dr. Helen Kennedy Wise have received a generous grant from the Noel Foundation for CAPTURING THIS MOMENT: SHREVEPORT IN TIMES OF HEALTH CRISIS.
This is an interdisciplinary initiative to capture data in Shreveport in the current pandemic and compare to the 1873 Yellow Fever epidemic to be published for broad community benefit. This project will also engage students in developing a permanent digital exhibit for The Spring Street Museum.

Quarantine Chat #30 Devil's Elbows

Quarantine Chat #30 - Devil's Elbows

An important collaborative project from 2017 that involved the History faculty of LSUS, and for which the university received a community education grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

May 28:
On this date in 1902, Jesuit Father John F. O’Connor made his first entry into a diary that chronicles the building of the first St. John Berchmans Church and School on Texas Avenue. It is now marked as a Louisiana state historic site following its excavation in 2017.
“Today, I hope with God’s blessing, the Society of Jesus begins its work in Shreveport...”

Quarantine chat #29- What can research about conformity tell us about why people share inaccurate information on social media? Join Dr. Helen Wise, Professor of Sociology.

Wednesday May 27 at 12:00 noon, join Dr. Helen Kennedy Wise, Professor of Sociology, for an exploration of confirmation bias and group think!
What do Solomon Asch, the space shuttle explosion and fake news have in common?

[05/26/20]   Dr. Joiner’s Thursday Quarantine Chat will be on steamboat wrecks in the Red River and near it and why sharp bends in rivers were called Devil’s Elbows. He will be live at noon CDT on our LSUS Department of History and Social Sciences page.

Quarantine Chat 28: Dr. Cheryl H. White, Professor of History - on history and film and popular culture.

Tomorrow: Tuesday May 26 at 11:00 a.m.
Join History Professor Dr. Cheryl H. White LIVE here on Facebook as she offers some insights on history-on-film.

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FACULTY: Dr. Gary Joiner, Chair Dr. Blake Dunnavent Dr. Kenna Franklin Dr. Christopher Hale Dr. Alexander Mikaberidze Dr. William Pederson Dr. Jeff Sadow Dr. Cheryl White Dr. Helen Wise Mr. Riley Young

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