History Department News
During the Washoe County School District's October break, a group of intrepid elementary and middle school students spent a week on campus hosted by Kids University Fall Camp. These future university students learned about the humanities and the sciences. They spent a morning with the Department of History's Shared History program. Shared History provides opportunities for students young and older to learn and practice public history through work with regional cultural institutions, such as museums, and researching and curating their own exhibits in the Shared History gallery, on-line, and out on the town. Research includes doing oral history, eliciting and recording the many wonderful and surprising stories of people's lives. During their morning with the student interns and professional staff of the Shared History program, our visitors learned a little bit about the power and the practice of oral history. The morning started outside on the grass with fun and interactive games, which involved everyone introducing themselves to each other and sharing little things about themselves. Then we discussed the power of storytelling and the impact stories can have. Many are familiar with the Story Corps project from clips played on their local NPR or other radio stations or perhaps from discovering the project on the web. We shared several of these particularly powerful stories with the students. In one of these stories, a woman shared stories of growing up as a child of a migrant farming family constantly on the move from harvest site to harvest site, from school to school, until one day the arrival of a visiting bookmobile utterly transformed her life. She discovered books and the worlds they contain. Our goal was to encourage the students to think about and share their own stories in an oral history workshop later in the morning. In the workshop, the children recorded a sampling of their own stories interviewing one another about sports, hobbies, travel, an important family story, or personal struggles. They topped off the workshop by drawing a picture to share that captured some element of the story they told in their interview.
Assistant professor Allison Evans publishes “Labour protest and industrial peace: Russian steelworkers’ encounters with economic reforms and unravelling social protections”
University Libraries launches new Reno Street Art Project collection in partnership with Artown Tuesday, July 17
Cameron Strang is rethinking history with his new book 'Frontiers of Science'
College of Liberal Arts faculty members have busy summer winning awards and grants
Multiple University professors and doctoral candidates awarded for successes
Topics of free, evening talk to include immigration, politics, Latinos in the media and more
Lecture in Glick Ballrooms to feature former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid and former Secretary of State John Kerry
Event also honored long-time emeritus history faculty member Jim Hulse
Greta de Jong was recognized by the Southern Association for Women Historians
Christopher Church and Greta de Jong earn recognition for work on Charlottesville and southern history
A number of discussions and events on tap this week to keep campus updated on recent race and free speech developments
"unrfacultyagainstracism" affirms to students a "welcoming learning environment for all"