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Apr
12
2022
Charles Edmondson Historical Lecture Series
Join us for the Charles Edmondson Historical Lecture Series on April 11 and 12! Our guest speaker will be Dr. David A. Bell, the Sidney and Ruth Lapidus Professor in the Era of North Atlantic Revolutions and the Director of the Shelby Cullom David Center at Princeton University. Dr. Bell will deliver two lectures, the first on Monday, April 11, at 3:30pm and the second on Tuesday, April 12, at 3:30pm. These are free and open to the public!

"France and the Jews: A Double-Edged History"
Monday, April 11, 2022
3:30 pm | Treasure Room, Armstrong Browning Library

"The Life and Legacy of Napoleon Bonaparte"
Tuesday, April 12, 2022
3:30 pm | Treasure Room, Armstrong Browning Library


The Treasure Room is to the left as you go through the main entrance of the Armstrong Browning Library.


The Charles Edmondson Historical Lectures, sponsored by the Department of History at Baylor University, are made possible by an endowment established by Dr. E. Bud Edmondson of Longview, Texas, to honor his father, Mr. Charles S. B. Edmondson. Baylor University and the Waco community are grateful to Dr. Edmondson for his generosity.
Apr
11
2022
Charles Edmondson Historical Lecture Series
Join us for the Charles Edmondson Historical Lecture Series on April 11 and 12! Our guest speaker will be Dr. David A. Bell, the Sidney and Ruth Lapidus Professor in the Era of North Atlantic Revolutions and the Director of the Shelby Cullom David Center at Princeton University. Dr. Bell will deliver two lectures, the first on Monday, April 11, at 3:30pm and the second on Tuesday, April 12, at 3:30pm. These are free and open to the public!

"France and the Jews: A Double-Edged History"
Monday, April 11, 2022
3:30 pm | Treasure Room, Armstrong Browning Library

"The Life and Legacy of Napoleon Bonaparte"
Tuesday, April 12, 2022
3:30 pm | Treasure Room, Armstrong Browning Library


The Treasure Room is to the left as you go through the main entrance of the Armstrong Browning Library.


The Charles Edmondson Historical Lectures, sponsored by the Department of History at Baylor University, are made possible by an endowment established by Dr. E. Bud Edmondson of Longview, Texas, to honor his father, Mr. Charles S. B. Edmondson. Baylor University and the Waco community are grateful to Dr. Edmondson for his generosity.
Mar
1
2022
Women's History Month Lecture feat. Dr. Rebecca Messbarger (Zoom Lecture)
On March 1, Dr. Messbarger from Washington University in St. Louis will be presenting "Anatomizing Women's Part in the Italian Enlightenment" for our Women's History Month Lecture. Hear the intriguing stories of women's remarkable presence in the public and scientific spheres of eighteenth-century Italy.

This talk will be held over Zoom and is free and open to the public!
Feb
22
2022
Baylor Alum to Discuss New Book on Centuries-Long
Dr. Artyom Tonoyan, Baylor alumnus and author of Black Garden Aflame: The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict in the Soviet and Russian Press (2021), will converse with Dr. Stephen Gardner about this publication and the ongoing conflict in this volatile region on Tuesday, February 22, at 4:30 p.m. in Cashion Academic Center, Room 501. A reception and book signing will follow. This event is free and open to the public.
Feb
10
2022
Black History Month Speaker Series Feat. Dr. Christopher Cameron
"Black Freethought from Slavery to Civil Rights"
Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022 | 3:30pm | Paul L. Foster Campus for Business & Innovation, Room 143/144

Join us on Thursday, Feb. 10, for our Black History Month Speaker Series!

This talk will explore the origins of black freethought among 19th-century enslaved peoples, many of whom could not reconcile notions of a loving God with their condition on Earth. The talk will then examine the intersection of freethought with twentieth-century cultural and political movements such as the Harlem Renaissance, radical leftist politics, and the Black Power movement. Dr. Cameron argues that religious skepticism was prevalent among some of the most prominent voices in African American history, including Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, A. Phillip Randolph, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Lorraine Hansberry, Huey Newton, and Alice Walker.

This talk is presented by the Department of History and the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion.


Christopher Cameron is Professor of History and Interim Chair of the Africana Studies department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He was the founding president of the African American Intellectual History Society. Cameron received his B.A. in History from Keene State College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in American History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research and teaching interests include early American history, the history of slavery and abolition, and African American religious and intellectual history. Cameron is the author of To Plead Our Own Cause: African Americans in Massachusetts and the Making of the Antislavery Movement (Kent State University Press, 2014) and Black Freethinkers: A History of African American Secularism (Northwestern University Press, 2019). Cameron is also the co-editor of Race, Religion, and Black Lives Matter: Essays on a Moment and a Movement (Vanderbilt University Press, 2021) and New Perspectives on the Black Intellectual Tradition (Northwestern University Press, 2018).
Nov
17
2021
Dr. Jacki Thompson Rand: Native American Heritage Month Lecture
NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH
SPEAKER SERIES

"Pursuits in Search of the Historically Erased"
November 17, 2021, 3:00 pm | Mayborn Museum
Dr. Jacki Thompson Rand, Associate Vice Chancellor for Native Affairs & Associate Professor of American Indian Studies

Dr. Jacki Thompson Rand will talk about her scholarly ventures to contest the oft-quoted adage, “history is written by the victors,” origins unknown. Although most scholars agree that this is a formula for writing bad history, it is not uncommon to find erasures throughout academic literatures, especially when it comes to Indigenous peoples. Rand will discuss how her work challenges a persistent message that conquest, victory, and winning mark subjects worthy of scholarly pursuit.
Nov
11
2021
Grad School Panel and Q&A, hosted by Phi Alpha Theta
Are you thinking about grad school? Do you have questions about the application process and want to learn more? Phi Alpha Theta will host a Graduate School Panel this Thursday, Nov. 11, in Tidwell 101 at 5pm. Anyone interested in grad school is welcome to join us! Pizza will be provided.
Oct
17
2021
Waco History Walk with Dr. Sloan!
NEW DATE & TIME! Phi Alpha Theta is presenting a Waco History Walk with Dr. Sloan on Sunday, October 17! This event is open to all students interested in Waco’s history. Meet by the mural located at Eastside Market (400 E. Bridge St.) on Oct. 17 at 1:30pm.
Oct
16
2021
Donuts & Coffee at Homecoming Parade
Attention, Baylor History students and alumni!

If you will be at Homecoming this weekend, our department is bringing back our tradition of coffee and donuts at the Homecoming Parade! Look for the History Dept.& The Texas Collection tent in front of Carroll Library this Saturday morning, Oct. 16. Stop by to say hello and get a donut (beginning at 8am until we run out)! The parade begins downtown at 8am and usually arrives on campus around 8:30 or 8:45am.
Sep
13
2021
Special Lecture:
Join us for a special lecture by Dr. Gina Tam, Assistant Professor of Chinese History at Trinity University. This event will be held in Cashion classroom C311, starting at 4:00pm on Monday, September 13, 2021. Sponsored by the Department of History, Asian Studies, and the Center for Global Engagement.
May
7
2021
Baylor Students Win Presentation Prizes at History Conference!
We had multiple Baylor students win prizes and honors at the 9th Annual Phi Alpha Theta History Conference hosted by Texas State University on April 24, 2021. These students were also in Dr. Ronald Angelo Johnson's HIS 3371 course this spring.

Congratulations to Abigail Bragg who won the 3rd place prize for Best Undergraduate Panel Presentation at Texas State’s History Conference! Abigail is a junior majoring in Middle Grade Social Sciences. Her presentation, “Harlem’s Hellfighters and Renaissance: How the Art of World War I Soldiers Expressed a Holistic Black American Identity” can be viewed here: https://mediaflo.txstate.edu/hapi/v1/contents/permalinks/Rf5q4NMa/view.

Congratulations to Myracle Sadie Fielding who won 2nd place for Best Undergraduate Virtual Poster at Texas State’s History Conference! Myracle is a senior majoring in Medical Humanities. Her poster, “The Elite Association: Contextualizing the Leisure and Nightlife of the Black Elite in a White-Centric Narrative” can be viewed here: https://www.txstate.edu/history/research/phi-alpha-theta/events/2021-conference/pat-conference-media/pat-session-posters.html.


Congratulations to Austin Pistor who won the 3rd place prize for Best Undergraduate Virtual Poster! His presentation, “The Evolution of Racism: The Rise and Fall of the Political Control of the KKK in Dallas Through 1929” can be viewed here: https://mediaflo.txstate.edu/hapi/v1/contents/permalinks/x7HLd94C/view

The following panel presentations received Honorable Mentions for the Undergraduate Panel Presentation category:

Rahjon “RJ” Singleton
Chloe Munoz
Natalie Stitt
Kea Bekkedahl
Jacarra Eshan
Kate Puentes

All panel presentations and virtual posters can be viewed at https://www.txstate.edu/history/research/phi-alpha-theta/events/2021-conference/pat-conference-media.html

Congratulations!
Apr
30
2021
Dr. Sweet receives 2021 Robert L. Reid Award for Outstanding Teaching in the Humanities
Congratulations to Dr. Julie Anne Sweet, the 2021 recipient of the Robert L. Reid Award for Outstanding Teaching in the Humanities!

This award was established in 1992 in honor of Prof. Robert Reid, who taught history at Baylor from 1948-1992 and served as the Chair of the History Department for 25 years. The Robert L. Reid Award is given to a faculty member in the Department of History for excellence in teaching, nominated by history students. Previous awardees include Dr. Bracy V. Hill (2019 & 2017), Dr. Jeffrey Hamilton (2007), Dr. Robert M. Baird (2001), Dr. Richard B. Riley (1997), Dr. Paul T. Armistead (1996), and Prof. Robert L. Reid (1992).

Praise for Dr. Sweet from current History students include:

"She makes history engaging and rewarding to study. She truly cares about students and prioritizing class engagement."

"I would not have decided to pursue a history major without Dr. Sweet and her incredible classes!"

"Super engaging and passionate professor."
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