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.
History majors: Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Ben H. Procter Scholarship, named in honor of TCU professor Ben Procter (1927-2012). Students with an interest in Texas or Southwestern history and a GPA of 3.0 or above are strongly encouraged to apply. The deadline is October 19; click here for the application.
Dr. Max Krochmal was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston to support his collaborative research project, “Civil Rights in Black and Brown: Oral Histories of the Multiracial Freedom Struggle in Texas, 1954-Present.” Krochmal will lead a team of researchers that will collect, interpret, and disseminate approximately 100 new oral history interviews with African American, Mexican American, and white civil rights activists in the Dallas / Fort Worth area. The project includes the creation of a digital humanities website.
Dr. Hanan Hammad has been named a Visiting Research Fellow at the Woolf Institute in Cambridge, UK, in the summer of 2015. She will contribute to an MPhil course at the University of Cambridge and organize a conference on religious minorities and popular culture in the modern Middle East.
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.
The Center for Texas Studies and the Fort Worth Public Library sponsor the Community Workshop Series. The next events in the series are Dr. Roberto Calderon of the University of North Texas, "Exploring Más allá del Río Bravo:Breve Historia Mexicana del Norte de Texas (Beyond the Rio Bravo: A Brief Mexican History of North Texas), on September 6, and “Wanderings in Texas Cemeteries and What We Might Learn from Them” with Dr. Kenneth Hafertepe of Baylor University, October 4. 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.