"What’s a History Degree Good for Anyway?”

Posted 2 years 4 months ago

Coca-Cola Enterprises Senior Vice President and General Counsel and UGA history alumnus John Parker returns to campus today for a talk on a very interesting question:

"What’s a History Degree Good for Anyway?”

We won't spoil the fun here, but he should know. Our thanks to Parker and his wife, Kay, who are generous supporters of the department of history. John is an Athens native and History ’73 alum. As Senior VP and General Counsel at Coca-Cola he recently helped negotiate a merger of three corporations creating the largest bottling company in Europe.Parker's talk is one in...

Amazing student Leighton Rowell: potential for happiness

Posted 2 years 5 months ago
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What we mean when we talk about the university experience being about more than training for a career or simply finding a job is given perfect voice in the words of Amazing Student Leighton Rowell:

As an intern for the local newspaper during my senior year of high school, I wrote an op-ed about my search for the perfect college. “My number one criterion is potential for happiness,” I wrote. Four years later and a senior once more, I couldn’t be happier with my decision to attend the University of Georgia. It is far and away the best choice I have ever made. 

My main...

Alumna among 'Underground Astronauts' to Homo naledi cave

Posted 2 years 5 months ago

The startling discovery in a South African cave announced this week was the result of some very dangerous, underground work. The derring-do - discovery of Homo naledi, a close ancestor of humans - came courtesy of a fossil excavation team that included UGA anthropology alumna Hannah Morris:

Spelunking in a dark, labyrinthine cave is a tough ask at the best of times. Add fossil excavation through an 18-centimetre wide gap into the mix and you have a job that only a handful of people in the world can do.

Enter the underground astronauts.

This all-women crack team...

Narrative in the Classroom

Posted 2 years 6 months ago
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Instructive article in the CHE that echoes the recent Reacting to the Past conference at UGA on pedagogy that connects students to history. Telling stories can help students learn, certainly:

But research by cognitive psychologist Roger Schank suggests that the long-term effects of narrative-based learning are more limited than it sometimes seems. We learn by hearing stories from others — like from a professor, say — mostly when the conditions are right: when the subject is something we know and care about, when our already-held convictions are not held too strongly, when...

Cobb in TIME

Posted 2 years 7 months ago

Spalding Distinguished Professor of History James Cobb takes to the pages of TIME magazine (via Zocalo Public Square, a not-for-profit Ideas Exchange that blends live events and humanities journalism) to discuss the issues surrounding the removal of the confederate flag:

In South Carolina, that flag might still be flying atop the state capitol had a torrent of threatened economic and tourist boycotts and pressure from the state’s business community not forced the legislature 15 years ago to at least move it to the capitol grounds. Governor Haley had shown no public inclination to...