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.
We're happy to welcome several new colleagues to History & Geography this year. Dr. Kara Dixon Vuic (Reed 133) is the new Schmidt Professor of War, Conflict, and Society in 20th Century America; she works on the history of wars and militarization, the history of gender and sexuality, and social and cultural history. Dr. Tibor Glant (Scharbauer 2015B) is a visiting Fulbright Professor for 2015-16 from Debrecen University in Hungary; this fall he will be teaching courses on the U.S. and Eastern Europe during the Cold War and on the U.S. and Austria-Hungary in World War I. Dr. Kanika Verma (Reed 130D) joins us with interests in cultural and ethnic geography and the impact of films, games, and web-based GIS in students’ spatial thinking. Dr. Sean Crotty (Scharbauer 2015C) has taught geography in our department for several years, but is now confirmed as a tenure-track assistant professor.
Cebaldo de León Smith, Panama's leading Native American anthropologist and a member of the indigenous Guna community, will be on campus as part of the QEP-Global Innovator program. He is also a political activist and a longtime veteran of the struggles for Native American rights in Panama.
There are two public lectures related to Cebaldo’s visit: Monday, October 5, 12 pm, “Guna Art in the Age of Globalization: New Perspectives on Indigenous Visions,” Moudy North 132; and
Wednesday, October 7, 5:30 pm, “Sustainable Autonomy among the Guna of Panama: A Study of Territory and Identity,” BLUU Auditorium.
The Center for Texas Studies and the Fort Worth Public Library sponsor the Community Workshop Series. The next events in the series are "Restaurantes, Rumba y Mas: A Gringo's Guide to Latino Fort Worth" with Dr. Peter Szok on September 12 and "Texas Film Roundup" with the Texas Archive of the Moving Image on October 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.