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.
The department's spring awards banquet took place on Monday, April 21. In addition to initiating new Phi Alpha Theta members, the department recognized Stephen Lopez as its Senior Scholar, Kirby Richards as the Hammond Award winner, and Ryan Higgins as the recipient of the Sons of the American Revolution (Van Zandt Chapter) award. Beth Hessel was awarded the Graduate Student Teaching Award, and Scarlet Jernigan received the Graduate Student Research Award. See pictures here.
Congratulations to Dr. Hanan Hammad, who 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.
Dr. Paul Boller, emeritus professor of history and longtime friend of the department, passed away Sunday, March 16. He will be remembered for his wit, charm, prolific scholarship, and steadfast support of TCU and the history program. Texas Senator Wendy Davis has recognized his legacy with a formal Senate Proclamation in his memory. Read his obituary here.
The Center for Texas Studies and the Fort Worth Public Library sponsor the Community Workshop Series. The next events in the series are Dr. Gene Rhea Tucker, "Beer and Bootlegging in Prohibition-Era North Texas," on May 3, and Nick Kotz, author of The Harness Maker’s Dream: Nathan Kallison and the Rise of South Texas, on June 14. 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.