The mission of the Department of History and Geography is to foster an understanding of the past, promote critical inquiry, improve communication skills, and develop an appreciation for cultural diversity in the global community. Students taking history and geography courses work closely with faculty members to build a foundation of historical and geographical knowledge, to sharpen their powers of interpretation and critical thinking, to formulate and articulate logical arguments, and to develop skills of research and documentation. These are skills that will serve them well regardless of their future educational or career paths.
For students engaged in research that requires travel, the department is pleased to announce the establishment of the Regina Memorial Endowment. This fund will support a research trip for one or more History majors, with preference to those enrolled in the History Major Seminar (HMS), to visit archives, museums, university libraries or other places to consult historical materials relevant to their research project. Recipients may also use the funds to support travel to present a paper at an appropriate academic conference.
The Department of History and Geography is pleased and honored by the announcement of the LCpl Benjamin Whetstone Schmidt Endowed Professorship in History at TCU. The endowment, established by Teresa and Dr. David Schmidt, honors their son, a Marine sniper, who was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan on Oct. 6, 2011. Read more about the Schmidts' gift here, or click on the image above.
Congratulations to Dr. Peter Szok, who has been named the department's A.M. Pate, Jr., Professor for 2014-15, and to Dr. Rebecca Sharpless, who has been selected as an AddRan nominee for the Deans’ Awards for Research and Creative Activity.
Please join us in welcoming new faculty member Dr. Alex Hidalgo. Dr. Hidalgo is a recent Ph.D. from the University of Arizona; he specializes in the social and cultural history of colonial Latin America with an interest in Mesoamerican ethnohistory, visual studies, and the Iberian Atlantic.
Dr. Max Krochmal's "Texas Communities Oral History Project," in which students studied and interviewed local civil rights activists, was featured in TCU Magazine. See the article and video here. Dr. Krochmal is spending this year in residence at SMU as the recipient of the Summerlee Fellowship in Texas History at the Clements Center for Southwest Studies.
Congratulations to Dr. Jodi Campbell, recipient of the department's first A.M. Pate, Jr. Professorship for 2013-14.
The Center for Texas Studies and the Fort Worth Public Library sponsor the Community Workshop Series. The next events in the series are Rene Gomez, "Misfortunes in the River Bottoms," on December 7, and our own Dr. Ken Stevens, “Lone Star Rising: The Diplomatic Relations of the United States and the Republic of Texas,” January 4. Talks are held Saturday mornings at 10:30 am in the Tandy Lecture Hall of Fort Worth Central Library. For more program information, follow the links above or call 817-257-6896.