News and Events

In March, University of Virginia professor Dr. Grace Elizabeth Hale came to UNK to talk about her book, "Making Whiteness: The Culture of Segregation in the South, 1890-1940."

In March, several UNK faculty presented at the annual Missouri Valley History Conference, including:

John Bauer (Geography) “A Reconstruction of 1870s Population Distributions in Nebraska”
Douglas Biggs “’The Laughing Rolling Stock of the State:’ Ames, Iowa State College, and the Ames&College Railway, 1902-1907”
Mark Ellis “Casualties of War: Buffalo County, Nebraska and its World War Two War Dead”
Torsten Homberger “Hamburg’s Nazis and the Brown Shirt”
Roy Koepp “The ‘Munich Soviet’ of 1919 and its Role in the Creation of the Radical Right in Bavaria”
Carol Lilly “What Did They Die For?: Grave Markers From the Wars of Yugoslav Dissolution in Serbia, Croatia, and Bosnia-Hercegovina, 1991-1995”
Jinny Turman “Civic Republicanism and Grassroots Action in Lincoln County, West Virginia, 1974-1990”
Vernon Volpe “Henry Clay Confronts Andrew Jackson’s Indian Removal: Politics, Principle, or Policy?”
Jeff Wells “Paul Vandervoort and the Dissolution of the People’s Party”

In February, Dr. Peter Gough's work, Sounds of the New Deal: The Federal Music Project in the West, was published by the University of Illinois Press.

Sounds of the New Deal

In February, Dr. Vladimir Polach gave a presentation on Olaf II of Norway.

Polach Presentation

Fall 2014

In November, Dr. Jeff Wells appeared on local news station NTV to promote Digital History at UNK.

In November, the History Department, along with Sociology, English, and Communications, hosted a presentation by Tim Slessor, a retired BBC documentary producer and author of works such as Lying in State and More Than Cowboys.

Tim Slessor

In September, the UNK chapter of Phi Alpha Theta won the 2014 national Best Chapter award.  As a result of this award, PAT will be purchasing new books for the Calvin T. Ryan Library.

Dr. Lilly and award

In August, Dr. Carol Lilly won the Prett-Heins Foundation Service Award which recognizes her service on Faculty Senate, the General Studies Council, the Women's Studies Council, the Chancellor's Committee on Gender Equality, History Department Chair, Chair of Undergraduate Studies, and as Director of International Studies.


In June Dr. Doug Biggs published Images of America: Ames, written in collaboration with Gloria J. Betcher.  He also wrote an article for the Iowa State University Alumni Association magazine Visions titled "The 1940s: Iowa State and a World at War."

Spring 2014

In March, the History Department was well represented at the Missouri Valley History Conference in Omaha, Nebraska with 2 undergraduate students, 11 graduate students, 3 alumni, and 5 faculty members who all presented their research. Sarah Hoegger won second place in the Phi Alpha Theta graduate papers.

Congratulations to Nate Sullivan, whose article, “The “VARGA GIRL” Trials: The Wartime Struggle between Esquire Magazine & the US Post Office Over the Morality of the Pin-Up,” recently appeared on War History Online. The article can be viewed at War History Online. Nate is a Spring 2013 Master of Arts graduate.

Spring 2013

Congratulations to Laura Enomoto, one of our History MA students, for the publication of her article, "WPA Projects in Anaheim, CA During the Great Depression," LUX: A Journal of Transdisciplinary Writing and Research from Claremont Graduate University (March 2013). http://scholarship.claremont.edu/lux/vol2/iss1/14/

In March, the History Department had seven students present their research at the Missouri Valley History Conference in Omaha, Nebraska.

Dr. Barua book cover

Congratulations to Dr. Pradeep Barua for the publication of his new monograph with Brill Academic Publishers.