Essay on The End Of The Spring 2016 Semester

911 Words Sep 23rd, 2016 4 Pages
Now that we are at the end of the Spring 2016 semester, it is time to reflect on the History Department’s exciting year. I don’t normally like to turn my back on people, but I wanted to model the History Student Association’s new t-shirt. Not only do I like the shirt, I believe that our students came up with a wonderful way of describing what it is that we as historians do and are. We are scholars who are “in-betweeners.” “Our minds are in the past, our bodies in the present, and our aspirations in the future.”
“Our minds are in the past.” But our past is infinitely large, especially when you consider the work Jonathan Markley has done to popularize “Big History,” that starts out with the “big bang.” Our students and faculty study various aspects of the past from different regions and cultures from around the world. Professor Mikhail published an article on the early Christian Church, especially in Egypt, while Professors Rostam-Kolayi and Natalie Fousekis are focusing on more contemporary topics related to the Peace Corps and regional women’s activism, respectively in the twentieth century. Similarly, M.A. student Gelu Pacurar completed a thesis based on Ibn Khaldun’s Muqaddimah, while other M.A. students have been involved in various public and oral history projects related to more contemporary US history. This is just scratching the surface of the talent and excitement that takes place in the History Department. We are a large department with faculty specializing in…

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