Current Events at the History Department

Walk-in Advising for Undergrads

10/31/2019 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm – Next Thursday, 10/31, the History Department will hold walk-in advising hours for undergraduates from 11:30 am-1:30 pm in 215 Cockefair Hall. Stop by anytime with questions or concerns and a History advisor will be happy to meet with you. There will be pizza, drinks, and treats, and costumes are strongly encouraged!

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Fall 2019 Welcome Back Event

10/01/2019 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm – The History Department will host a welcome back event on Tuesday, October 1, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in 215 Cockefair Hall. All students, regardless of major, are welcome to stop by, have a slice of pizza, and pick up a copy of our Spring 2020 course descriptions. We also will be unveiling our […]

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Memorializing Mass Atrocities with Public Art: A Conversation with Luigi Toscano

10/04/2019 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm – How should we memorialize mass atrocities? What role does public art play in the creation of critical memory cultures? Kansas City is the latest in a series of international cities to host the art exhibit and international Holocaust remembrance project Lest We Forget, a series of life-sized portraits of Holocaust survivors from around the world. […]

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Showing of Documentary Film “Big Sonia” at UMKC

09/23/2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – The University of Missouri-Kansas City will host two on-campus events in conjunction with Lest We Forget, an international Holocaust remembrance project. Lest We Forget is an art exhibit by German-Italian photographer and filmmaker Luigi Toscano, hosted by the National WWI Museum and Memorial and sponsored by Goethe Pop Up Kansas City as part of its […]

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Office Hours with the AHA’s Emily Swafford

09/05/2019 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm – Graduate students, come by Cockefair 215, have a piece of pizza, and help the department welcome Dr. Emily Swafford. This informal reception offers a valuable opportunity to learn more about the Career Development program and to speak with an expert on the variety of career paths open to professional historians. Drop-in visits are welcome! About […]

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Graduate Student and Faculty Pizza Party

08/14/2019 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm – History graduate students, join us on Wednesday, August 14, for a back-to-school pizza party. You’ll have a chance to get to know your professors and other students outside of the classroom. At 5 pm, AHA Career Development Fellow Matthew Reeves will introduce the department’s Career Development Program. Hope to see you there!

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Transkribus Workshop

05/14/2019 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Scholarship in the humanities often involves the painstaking work of reading and transcribing historical manuscripts. In the digital age, archivists, librarians, professors, and students have all dreamed of technologies that could not only scan but transcribe the full text of handwritten sources. Handwritten Text Recognition is now available and easily accessible. Transkribus allows users to […]

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Jonathan Casey on The World Remembers

04/05/2019 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm – On Friday, April 5, Jonathan Casey, Director of the Archives and Edward Jones Research Center at the National WWI Museum, will discuss The World Remembers, an international public memory project attempting to compile as many fatalities from all combatant nations in World War I as possible. The project is based in Toronto, Canada, and was […]

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Marjorie J. Spruill, “Women’s Rights, Family Values, and the Polarization of American Politics”

04/11/2019 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm – On Thursday, April 11, at 6:30 pm, historian Marjorie J. Spruill will deliver the annual Richard D. McKinzie Lecture. Her talk, “Women’s Rights, Family Values, and the Polarization of American Politics,” will take place at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library (4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO). This event is free and […]

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Steve Sitton, “Truth in Interpretation”

03/01/2019 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Museums and nature centers are some of the most trusted organizations in American society. What can interpreters do to preserve that trust, yet still discuss difficult topics and conflicting conclusions? Steve Sitton, the administrator of the Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site, will discuss why it is so important for the custodians […]

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