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 our 2014-15 Graduate Dissertation Fellows! Beth Hessel is the recipient of the Benjamin W. Schmidt Memorial Scholarship, Jonathan Steplyk will receive a Departmental Dissertation Fellowship, and Dan Vogel was awarded the Benjamin W. Schmidt Teaching Fellowship.
As part of Women's History Month, the Fort Worth educator and community activist Eva Sandoval Bonilla will present "Transitions of a Tejana" on March 18 at 6 pm in the Kelly Center. Dinner will be served. Seating is limited; click here to RSVP.
The Civil Rights Bus Tour is rolling again! This May course, HIST 40873, will entail traveling across the country to meet Civil Rights heroes, visiting museums and historical sites, and learning about efforts to sustain the Movement’s legacy today.
Info sessions are Tuesday March 4, 12pm in Jarvis 204, and Tuesday March 18, 5pm in Hillel (BLUU).
Geography's Dr. Kyle Walker will be leading a Center for Teaching Excellence workshop on Wednesday, March 26, 10-11 am, on interactive data visualization in the classroom. He will address the benefits of using interactive charts and maps and will introduce attendees to resources for use in their own teaching. Click here for more information & to register.
Professor Brooks D. Simpson, internationally recognized scholar on Ulysses S. Grant, will be speaking on American Civil War history on Tuesday, April 8, at 3:30 p.m. in Palko 130.
Recent accomplishments of our PhD students: Kendra DeHart authored "Jury Hung, Henry Clay Not: Scandal and Judicial Intrigue in Lajitas, Texas," the lead article in the latest issue of Sound Historian: Journal of the Texas Oral History Association. Beth Hessel will present her research at the Organization of American Historians in April, as will Jeff Wells and Kendra DeHart at the 18th Cotton and Rural History Conference at the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum in April. Ms. Hessel is also serving as the graduate student representative on the Coordinating Council for Women in History.
Congratulations to the first recipients of the department's A.M. Pate, Jr., Professorship. Dr. Peter Szok was selected for 2014-15, and Dr. Jodi Campbell is the current holder 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 David Bush and Jim Parsons, “Fair Park Deco: Art and Architecture of the Texas Centennial Exposition,” April 5, and Dr. Gene Rhea Tucker, "Beer and Bootlegging in Prohibition-Era North Texas," on May 3. Talks are held Saturday mornings at 10:30 am at the Fort Worth Central Library. For more program information, follow the links above or call 817-257-6896.