Department of History News

Continuing Ed At 30,000 Feet: Virgin America Offers The Great Courses

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A recorded lecture course by History Professor Vejas Liulevicius will be offered as part of Virgin America’s in-flight entertainment, beginning February 1. Liulevicius’s lecture, Becoming a Spy; from the course Espionage and Covert Operations: A Global History, is one of thirteen that will be offered from The Great Courses. The free lectures range in topic from cooking tips to

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Under the Moonlight

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History Department Chair Ernest Freeberg’s work was cited in the podcast 99% Invisible about how street lights transformed the experience of being in a city at night. Freeberg is the author of The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America. In his book, Freeberg weaves a narrative that reaches from Coney

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History Professor to Appear on PBS’s American Experience

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Be sure to catch Ernest Freeberg, head of the history department, at 9:00 p.m. Tuesday on PBS’s American Experience. Freeberg was interviewed about Thomas Edison. In the show he profiles the inventor whose achievements include a long-lasting incandescent light bulb.

History Channel Show Featuring UT’s Jackson Papers to Air on Saturday

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The History Channel’s Ten Things You Don’t Know About show featuring UT’s Papers of Andrew Jackson staff will air at 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 11. History Professor Dan Feller and Research Associate Professor Tom Coens were involved in the shoot with the show’s star, punk rock musician Henry Rollins. Ten Things You Don’t Know About looks at interesting “twists and tidbits behind the historical tales, figures, and places you only thought you knew.”

Civil War Transformed Education

The Bearden Shopper News featured an interview with Michael Cohen, research assistant professor of history, about his book, Reconstructing the Campus: Higher Education and the American Civil War. The bookexplores how the war reshaped colleges.  

Professor’s Civil War Book Wins Critics Choice Award

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The Civil War changed a lot in America. Hundreds of thousands died. Millions of slaves were freed. And the country’s higher education system was transformed. A book by a UT history professor—which explores how the war reshaped colleges—is being honored with a prestigious book award.

History Channel’s Henry Rollins Films on Campus

The History Channel’s Ten Things You Don’t Know About show was on campus over the weekend filming an upcoming episode that will feature UT’s The Papers of Andrew Jackson staff. The show will air on a yet-to-be-announced date in August. History Professor Dan Feller and Research Associate Professor Tom Coens participated in the shoot. The show features punk rock icon Henry Rollins as its host, looks at interesting “twists and tidbits behind the historical tales, figures, and places you only thought you knew.”

Monica Black Earns ACLS Fellowship for Project, Evil After Nazism

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Monica Black, associate professor of history, has been named a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies. This year, sixty-five ACLS fellowships were awarded to faculty to support research in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. The winners were selected from about 1,000 applicants.