On the heels of a new injection of public interest from last week's Republican presidential debate, 10 Baylor University faculty members will present their choices Tuesday afternoon for the new face on the $10 bill.
Associate Professor Dr. Julie deGraffenried wins the second annual Guittard Book Award.
The Thirty-Eighth Charles Edmondson Historical Lectures will be postponed to April 4-5, 2016. Dr. Lynn Hunt, Distinguished Research Professor & Eugen Weber Endowed Chair in Modern European History, UCLA, will lecture on "The History of Human Rights."
For its strong analysis and examination of international and interdisciplinary oral history work in post-disaster settings, Listening on the Edge: Oral History in the Aftermath of Catastrophe co-edited by Associate Professor Stephen Sloan has been awarded the 2015 Book Award from the Oral History Association.
WACO, Texas (June 24, 2015)- Some notable but lesser-known women in American history might be overlooked as possibilities for the soon-to-be redesigned $10 bill-the first paper currency in more than a century to feature a portrait of a woman.

An online poll earlier this year advocating for women on the $20 brought forth 20 nominees, including such well-known names as Harriet Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks and Wilma Mankiller.

But are there other women in U.S. history who merit consideration on the $10?

Kimberly R. Kellison, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the history department in Baylor’s College of Arts and Sciences, compiled a list of remarkable but maybe less known women who meet the Treasury’s criteria as champions of democracy or who helped break boundaries in a democratic society.

“I chose eight women who were not a part of the original short list for the WomenOn20s campaign,” Kellison said. “What unites the women, even though they lived in different times and addressed various causes, is their passion for improving the conditions of those who faced oppression or inequality.”
The resident Director of the program at Baylor University, Dr. Joan Supplee, will be responsible for providing relevant information on the possibility of exchange students of the faculty. You will accompany you in the presentation of the Board of Directors of the CELE (Centre of Spanish as a foreign language, the Undersecretary for policy language-dependent), organizer of the meeting.
Baptists started as outsiders in Colonial America, played a crucial role in the shaping of this country's religious freedom and grew to become the largest Protestant denomination in America by the 20th century.

In the shift from outsiders to insiders with considerable political power, however, Baptists have considered themselves outsiders to the larger culture — even as members of the historically fractious Christian denomination show up on both sides of many important national questions.

That’s one of the observations of “Baptists In America,” a new history of the demonination written by Baylor University history professors Thomas Kidd and Barry Hankins and published by Oxford University Press.

The two focus on religious history in their research and writing — Kidd in early America, Hankins in the 20th century.

Combining their specializations to create a history examining the role of Baptists was an idea that happened shortly after Kidd’s arrival at Baylor in 2002.

Both historians have authored several books in their fields. Kidd has written biographies of American Patrick Henry (“Patrick Henry: First Among Patriots”) and influential English evangelist George Whitefield (“George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father”), as well as a look at religion in America’s formation (“God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution”).

Hankins’ book subjects include flamboyant and controversial Texas Baptist preacher J. Frank Norris (“God’s Rascal”); the interaction of evangelicals and America’s Jazz Age (“Jesus and Gin”); and the history “American Evangelicals.”

Both are also Baptists and found in their studies that Baptist history offered a way of looking at the larger story of religion in America.

“When you’re looking at religious trends in America, there’s no better way than to tell them than through the lens of Baptists,” Kidd said.

What the Baylor professors wanted in their book was something readable that non-Baptists and Baptists alike would find interesting.
Norman W. Cox Award, The Baptist History and Heritage Society, 2014. "Suffering for Their Consciences: The Depiction of Anabaptists and Baptists in the Eighteenth-Century Histories of Daniel Neal," Baptist History & Heritage 49, no. 3, "Baptists on the Margins: Minorities, Borders, and Controversies" (Fall 2014): 39-67. Awarded to "the person judged to have written the best article published in Baptist History and Heritage in the preceding calendar year."
Dr. David A. Smith senior lecturer in American history at Baylor University publishes, "Price of Valor: The Life of Audie Murphy". More information is available on: &
For those who've wondered about Waco history while traveling through the city, there's an app for that.
Literally. Waco History, available on both iPhone and Android platforms, combines a locator map with text, historic photos from Baylor University's Texas Collection and audio from Baylor's Institute for Oral History for quick multimedia looks at 50 Waco sites.

Institute for Oral History director Stephen Sloan got the idea from a similar phone app on Cleveland from a fellow professor in oral history at Cleveland State University.

Sloan contacted Curatescape, the company that built it, and found they had the framework for a program that could be adapted to Waco history.

“It was a platform we didn’t have to build ourselves,” he said.

Sloan approached Texas Collection director John Wilson about collaborating on the Waco history app and he readily agreed.

The two coordinated students and resources from their organizations and after nearly a year of work, Waco History went up in early March.

In addition to the free app, there’s a related website at www.waco that has much of the same material. Holding historical material in one’s hand, however, opens the door to new ways of telling history, Sloan said.

“For a long time I’ve been enthralled with creating a Waco history museum,” he said. “This is almost a virtual museum of Waco history and one you can move through.”

Each historic location has a pin on the app’s map. Touch the pin and a screen opens to information on the site with thumbnail images for historic photos, audio and video. Touch on an icon and images fill the screen and audio or video begins playing.

The app’s 50 initial entries include the basics — the Waco Suspension Bridge, the 1953 Waco tornado, the ALICO Building, Cameron Park, Fort Fisher, the Dr Pepper Museum — but also some less well-known sites.

There’s Bridge Street, for instance, once a busy commercial thoroughfare from East Waco to the Waco city square, largely abandoned after many of its buildings were torn down in the 1953 tornado’s wake.

There’s O&H Rare Foods, once located on 25th Street, started by German Jewish immigrants Otto and Hilda Levy after fleeing Nazi Germany in 1937.

There’s Tito’s Downtown Barbershop on Austin Avenue, at its location for almost a half century.

The Waco History app also has a tour of historic churches — St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, St. Francis Catholic Church, New Hope Baptist Church, First Baptist Church and Temple Rodef Shalom — plus a shorter one of Heart of Texas Foodways.

‘Just the beginning’

The Historic Waco Foundation’s homes haven’t been added yet to the app, nor many schools or Waco hospitals.

“It’s really just the beginning,” Sloan said.

Baylor history graduate student Prisca Bird, 28, led much of the input and setup for Waco History. A Canadian and native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Bird knew little about Waco history when she moved here, but much more now.

“It’s been extremely rewarding,” she said. “It’s amazing that there are still a lot of downtown buildings that people can visit.”

Doing research for some sites, boiling down history to phone screen-sized bites, connecting text with historic photos and snippets of oral history interviews proved gravy for the historian-in-training, who sees her job as telling stories.

“Stories are what the app is about,” she said. “We don’t want entries to read like encyclopedia entries or (civic) boosters. Striking that tonal balance takes a fair amount of time and effort.”

Right now, the Institute for Oral History and the Texas Collection are responsible for supplying material for the app, but Sloan hopes that interest in it builds enough community support and financial backing to expand the history it covers.

The Texas Collection’s Wilson said the phone app continues libraries’ and museums’ growing embrace of new technology to reach a greater audience.

“It’s a great way to capture Waco history up to a certain point,’ he said. “It does things more than a regular website would do.”

Possible users of the app include longtime residents with a love for Waco history, schools, visitors to Waco and local businesses bringing potential recruits to town.

Bird, who finds herself fascinated with the Texas Cotton Palace of Waco’s past, admits the Waco History app has changed how she sees downtown.

“My husband (Colin) claims I turn into a tour guide whenever we drive down Austin Avenue,” she said.

The Baylor University Department of History Presents Black History Month Lecture Dr. Debbie Z. Harwell
"Wednesdays in Mississippi: White Gloves and Quiet Power as Catalysts for Change"
Wednesday, February 5, 2015, 3:30 p.m.
Morrison 120
Dr. George Gawrych television interview about research in military archives in Onkara, Turkey.
Baylor University Department of History Presents: The 37th Charles Edmonson Historical Lectures, Dr. Barbara Cooper, Professor of History at Rutgers University, "Evangelical Christians in the Muslim Sahel" Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 3:30-5:00pm, "Building the Church: Struggling to Define Elders, Marriage and Work in Majority Muslim Niger, 1933-1955", Thursday, October 23, 2014, 3:30-5:00pm, "Mission Medicine and the Gendering of Health Services in Niger" Location: Morrison Hall 120
November 13, 2014 7-8:00 pm
Lecture by Thomas S. Kidd, Baylor University Professor of History
George Whitefield at 300: Remembering the Eighteenth Century's Greatest Revivalist
December 2014 marks the 300th birthday of George Whitefield, the leading evangelist of the First Great Awakening, and the most famous person in America prior to the American Revolution. In spite of his remarkable career, Whitefield remains strangely unknown today, but his 300th birthday represents a major opportunity to revisit the triumphs and controversies generated by his preaching ministry. This symposium will gather a range of experts on George Whitefield and the Anglo-American evangelical movement in order to consider Whitefield’s titanic influence on Christian faith in his own time, and on Christian movements through the present day.
Dr. Jenkins will be speaking at Concordia University in Irvine, CA. They are hosting an event called the Great Commission Summit. In addition to Dr. Jenkins serving as keynote, they will also have speakers from China, Africa and Latin America as well as local church leaders.
Family, friends and students of Dr. Daniel Greene, former senior lecturer of history, will come together today to grieve his sudden passing.

Dr. Rosalie Beck, associate professor, will officiate the memorial service at 4 p.m. at the Miller Chapel located inside the Tidwell Bible Building. Beck said she was asked to oversee the service by Greene’s wife, Dr. Joan Supplee, associate professor of history, whom she has worked with closely at Baylor.
Greene passed away April 23 at a local hospital.

Beck said the memorial service is open to the entire student body and faculty members. Several family members and friends from around the country will fly in to remember Greene at the place he has worked the past 11 years, Beck said.

Greene was born in Washington, D.C., and attended Notre Dame International High School in Rome. He received his bachelor’s degree in English from Georgetown University then his master’s and doctorate in history from the University of Texas at Austin.

His teaching career included time at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., Tidewater Community College in Norfolk, Va., and McLennan Community College before arriving at Baylor.

According to a press release by Baylor, it was while in Austin that Greene met his wife, with whom he shared a love of history, stray animals, traveling in Latin America and hiking.

Greene spent the last weekend of his life working on land he loved in San Jeronimo, N.M., according to the press release.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that contributions be made in Greene’s name the department of history at Baylor, the Nature Conservancy, Fuzzy Friends Rescue or a charity of choice, according to the press release.

Greene is survived by his wife Supplee; brother Jim; sisters Mary Greene Cramer and Rebecca Greene Kunz and his colleagues, friends and students across the country.
Baylor students, faculty, staff and friends are mourning the loss of Dr. Daniel Greene, senior history lecturer, who died unexpectedly at a local hospital Wednesday. His funeral services are still being organized.

“Our hearts are very heavy today at the news of the sudden passing of Dr. Greene,” said Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president of media communications. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, especially his wife Dr. Joan Supplee, with his faculty and staff colleagues, and with the countless students he has influenced over the years.”

In the news flash email, Dr. Jeff Hamilton, history professor and department chair, said Greene’s passion for his work was not hidden behind his quiet nature. Greene was often “the face of the history department” for new Baylor students, Hamilton said.

“Student evaluation comments consistently stress his passion for history, his ability to communicate clearly and explain complex issues and his respectful treatment of students,” Hamilton said. “His colleagues will miss his subtle wit and gentle laugh. His passing leaves a void we can never entirely fill.”

Philadelphia, Penn., junior Chierra Williams said she had Greene for a history class during her sophomore year at Baylor.

“Dr. Greene was definitely passionate about his class,” she wrote in an email to the Lariat. “He always knew how to keep me interested in his lectures. He came to class every day prepared and equipped with a smile on his face.”

Greene’s interest in history was contagious and reminded Williams of a high school teacher who sparked her interest in history.

“I didn’t think I would have an experience like this again,” Williams wrote. “By reading novels along and listening to his lectures, I had a different learning experience and saw the information I was learning from a different angle.”

Several Baylor students took to Twitter to express their condolences for Greene and his family.
“RIP Dr. Greene. My prayers and condolences go out to your loved ones,” San Antonio freshman Trevor Taylor tweeted.

Fredericksburg junior Ryan Finn also expressed himself via Twitter.

“Wow. Rest in Peace Dr. Greene, you were loved by so many,” he tweeted.

Like other members of the Baylor family, Williams expressed condolences for Greene’s family.

“To the Greene family, I would say, ‘Keep your heads up and remain encouraged knowing that Dr. Greene was a great man that will truly be missed here at Baylor,’” Williams wrote.
Dr. George W. Gawrych, professor of history at Baylor, has won the 2014 Society for Military History Award in biography and memoir for his book The Young Ataturk: From Ottoman Soldier to Statesman of Turkey (2013). He and the winners from other categories will be honored at the Society for Military History annual meeting April 4 in Kansas City.

The book is a portrait of Turkish leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

“In Turkey’s War of Independence from 1919-22, Ataturk defeated the victors of World War I in their attempts to partition his country, and then founded the Republic of Turkey, a secular, Turkish nation state that emancipated women,” Gawrych said. “I chose to write this book because there was no serious military biography of this great leader, and I had the language skills to use primary Ottoman and Turkish sources.”

In researching the early career of Ataturk, Gawrych discovered strengths that would prove invaluable to the future statesman.

“My book shows Ataturk to be an excellent role model of a successful military and political career based on serious, eclectic study,” he said. “As a young captain, Ataturk even took four pages of notes from a book on Benjamin Franklin.”

Gawrych earned BA, MA and PhD degrees in history from the University of Michigan, and joined the Baylor faculty in 2003. Before coming to Baylor he taught at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College for 19 years, including one year as a visiting professor at West Point.

Gawrych specializes in the modern Middle East, the late Ottoman Empire and modern military history. His other books include The Crescent and the Eagle: Ottoman Rule, Islam and the Albanians, 1874–1913 (2006) and The Albatross of Decisive Victory: War and Policy between Egypt and Israel in the 1967 and 1973 Arab-Israeli Wars (2000).
WACO, Texas (July 18, 2013) - Beth Allison Barr, Ph.D., Resident Scholar and assistant professor of European women's history in the department of history at Baylor, has received a $40,000 grant from the Louisville Institute to spend the 2013-2014 year studying the English Bible's influence on perceptions of the Christian woman.
You hear it all the time. A college degree is pretty much a must these days in the workforce. But employers often complain that today's college graduates aren't cutting it. Marketplace teamed up with The Chronicle of Higher Education to find out what exactly employers are looking for from today's grads.

In our survey of about 700 employers around the country, nearly a third said colleges are doing a "fair" to "poor" job of producing "successful employees." Despite persistently high unemployment, more than half of the employers said they had trouble finding qualified candidates for job openings.

So what gives? We decided to put one of these dissatisfied employers in a room with a soon-to-be college graduate, in a sort of mock job interview.

Our jobseeker is Mourya Abbareddy. He's a 21-year-old senior at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond - a computer science and economics double major with a B average. He shows up in a jacket and tie.

David Boyes - no tie - runs a technology consulting firm called Sine Nomine Associates. That's Latin for "without a name." The company of about 20 full time employees is based in Ashburn, Virginia, outside Washington, D.C. It does everything from data-center design to strategic planning for businesses like IBM and Cisco.

"They'll ask us how do we take this from an idea to something that they can actually build or do," Boyes says. He typically hires recent college grads as entry-level analysts. They do a lot of the research to bring those ideas to life.

Boyes - one of the employers in our survey, and Abbareddy - our willing victim - take a seat at the conference table and the grilling begins.

"Is there some way where you've been asked to work in a team," Boyes asks. "To take an abstract idea and make it concrete, and if so, how?"

Abbareddy has a ready example, describing a class assignment to design a computer game with a team of students.

So far, so good. Abbareddy seems to be avoiding one pitfall in the job hunt: not being prepared. Two-thirds of employers in our survey with The Chronicle said grads need work on their interviewing skills.

Boyes gets more specific. "How did you kind of develop the idea for the game?" he asks.

"We had requirements on what we had to have in the game, and then from there we just threw around ideas," Abbareddy says.

That's not what Boyes wanted to hear. He was hoping for something a little more...thought out.

"We find that a lot of people, and not just new college grads, people that are coming from a career, aren't getting that skill set," Boyes says. "How you put an idea forward, and how do you support it, how do you build it, how do you put the facts behind it? All of those things are really critical."

Boyes sounds like a lot of the employers who responded to our survey. More than half of them said they have trouble finding qualified people for job openings. They said recent grads too often don't know how to communicate effectively. And they have trouble adapting, problem solving and making decisions - things employers say they should have learned in college.

That's why everyone Boyes hires goes through a year-long training program. "The company puts probably about a quarter of a million dollars into every single new hire," Boyes says. "But that's the kind of value that we get out of it."

The training covers basics - like how to write an effective business document - and throws in some philosophy and history

"We ask people to read Cato the Elder," Boyes says. "We ask people to read Suetonius."

Jobseekers, take note: you better brush up on your on your early Roman history.

"We do that because we ask them to look at the process - the abstract process - of organizing ideas," Boyes says.

Sounds a lot like an argument for liberal arts education, at a time when more students are being told to study science and technology as a path to a career. Maguire Associates, the firm that conducted the survey, says the findings suggest colleges should break down the "false dichotomy of liberal arts and career development," saying they're "intrinsically linked."

Or, as Boyes puts it: "We don't need mono-focused people. We need well-rounded people." And that's from a tech employer.

For his part, Abbareddy says he's had a well-rounded education at Virginia Commonwealth. Granted there was no Suetonius in the mix, but he took rhetoric along with courses on data structures and algorithm analysis.

And he did something else that employers really go crazy for. "I did an internship," Abbareddy says.

And that brings us to one of the most surprising things we learned from our survey. In industries across the board, employers viewed an internship as the single most important credential for recent grads - more than where you went to school or what you majored in. Even your grades.

"I learned a lot more from that internship than I did in school," Abbareddy says. "It's a different kind of learning."

After a few more questions, things start looking up for Abbareddy. And what began as a mock interview looks like it could turn into a real job.

"You've made a pretty good case, in terms of somebody we'd be interested in talking to more," Boyes tells him.

Outside, I ask Abbareddy how he thinks it went. Is Boyes is asking too much of someone fresh out of school? Did his university let him down? What he says surprises me.

"I think it's more up to the student than the university," Abbareddy says. "The school can't teach you everything."

Back inside, David Boyes says he wasn't just being polite. He might take a chance on a job candidate like Abbareddy.

"We would have to make those investments in him," he says. "Is he worth it? We'd have to see. But on the other hand I think he has a chance, and certainly if he sends me a resume, I would probably look at it."

Abbareddy says he will. He graduates in the fall.
Deborah Cohen, Ph.D., has established a reputation for her specialized knowledge of modern European history, especially in the context of Great Britain. She will speak on "Family Secrets: Shame and Privacy in Modern Britain" as the guest lecturer for the 2013 Edmondson Lecture Series on Feb. 26 and Feb. 27.

Cohen is Peter B. Ritzma Professor of Humanities and Professor of History at Northwestern University. She earned a bachelor's from Harvard University and a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research has been funded by multiple endowments including the Mellon Foundation and the National Humanities Center.

In 2001, Cohen published her first book, "The War Come Home." Two more books followed, garnering attention for Cohen's writing and her research. The books have been reviewed by numerous publications including The Boston Globe, The Daily Telegraph and the Evening Standard. The New York Times called Cohen's account of British history "witty and beguiling," and London's The Guardian said her work was a "book of marvels."

"Deborah Cohen is a preeminent scholar of modern British history. Her book on Victorian consumerism, Household Gods: The British and their Possessions, won some of the highest accolades in the profession," said Joseph Stubenrauch, Ph.D, an assistant professor of history in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences. "It was awarded the American Historical Association's Forkosch Prize for the best book on Britain after 1485, and it was the co-winner of the North American Conference on British Studies' Albion Prize for the best book on Britain after 1800.

"Her Edmondson lectures will be based on this new history of changing notions of guilt and privacy in the modern era. Fans of the TV series Downton Abbey who are interested in early 20th-century British life may find these talks especially noteworthy, since Cohen will discuss topics that include adoption, illegitimacy and bachelor uncles."

The Edmondson lectures are free and open to the public. They will take place in Bennett Auditorium in Draper Academic Building, 1420 S. Seventh St. They include:

Feb. 26 - Children Who Disappeared: Intellectual Disabilities and the Family in Britain, 1870-1945

Jeffrey Hamilton, Ph.D., professor and chair of history in the College of Arts & Sciences at Baylor, will give the introduction to this lecture. It will begin at 3:30 p.m.

Feb. 27 - Other People's Bastards: Adoption and Illegitimacy in 20th Century Britain

This lecture will be introduced by Stubenrauch and will begin at 3 p.m.

For more information about this year's Edmondson Lecture Series and previous ones, call the history department at 254-710-2667
Do the names Bessie Coleman, Constance Baker Motley, Maggie Lena Walker and Mary Church Terrell ring a bell?
How about Rosa Parks?
They're all trailblazers in the civil rights movement, according to University of Houston history professor Dr. Linda Reed, who presented a lecture last night at Bennett Auditorium.
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