This Spring Dr. Orr will be offering a new graduate class, the department’s first class on African History.
The class is a graduate-level introduction to nineteenth-and twentieth-century African history and will look at the continent’s political, military and social history. This is a region which is often underrepresented in world history classes and it is a rare historical field in which there is a shortage of qualified professors. Being able to credibly claim to be able to teach a basic undergraduate course in African history can be a major benefit on the job market and having some background in African history will help you to teach world history courses as well as classes on topics like the Cold War. Given the importance of the Ebola outbreak and the rise of Boko Haram this is an especially timely moment to study African history.
Our Professors in the History Department are hard working people! They don’t just teach students on K-State’s campus but they are out in the community giving presentations and lectures, as well as writing publications.
Charles Sanders recently presented “The Blue Death: How the Cholera Epidemics of the Nineteenth Century Shaped the History of the United States” in Ghostmapping: A Public Lecture Series, K-State Book Network.
Parker is a 2010 Histoical Leadership Studies graduate from K-State. She is currently the curator of design at the Riley County Historical Museum and not surprisingly introducing kids to history has been a big part of her mission. Read all about her and her passion:
A NEBRASKA GHOST TOWN, WITH A NAME FROM MARS, MAY BE REBORN
New York Times reporter, Mitch Smith, recently wrote an article on a Nebraska town that has basically become non-existent. To write this article he consulted with K-State’s own M. J. Morgan, Professor of History and Research Director for the Chapman Center for Rural Studies.
TJ Tomlin, 1999 KSU history graduate who went on to get his PhD at Missouri, has published his first book. It is called A Divinity For All Persuasions: Almanacs And Early American Religious Life, Oxford University Press, 2014. He also earned tenure and has been promoted to Associate Professor of History at the University of Northern Colorado.
Writing a book and being tenured and promoted are such major accomplishments. The K-State history department couldn’t be more proud of TJ. We enjoy watching our former students succeed.