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Black Lives Matter

Chad Parker -- Tue, 06/16/2020 - 10:09am

The Department of History, Geography, and Philosophy at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette knows that Black lives matter and we stand with Black Lives Matter activists. We are saddened and angered by the murder of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and so many unnamed others. Coupled with the devastating public health and economic impact COVID-19 has had on communities of color, particularly in Louisiana, it should be clear to all that today’s problems have deep roots.

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Student Blog: Collecting Oral Histories

Anonymous (not verified) -- Mon, 10/16/2017 - 8:02am

Reed Everette is a Junior in the Department of History’s program and the Student Co-PI on the Unforgettable Crises: The Grand 16 Theater Shooting Incident Oral History Project, run by Dr. Liz Skilton, and a part of a larger grant through the National Science Foundation. Funding for Everette’s work this past year was provided by an Undergraduate Research Grant from the Honors Program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the UL Lafayette Department of History Guilbeau Charitable Trust.

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From UL to NYU: What History Can do for You

Victoria Throop -- Thu, 02/23/2017 - 12:01pm

My name is Elizabeth Hodges, and I graduated from UL with a degree in history December 2016 and I will be attending New York University in the fall of 2017. As an undergraduate, I began not as a history major, but as a music business major.  At eighteen years old, I still was unsure what I really wanted to do with my life until I took my first college level history class.  After taking British history, I decided after two years of being a music major that I wanted to devote my life to studying history.

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UL Students Share Stories of Migration

Victoria Throop -- Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:57pm

In response to contemporary political events, the History department sponsored a “History Harvest” and a “Teach-in” to discuss immigrants and refugees in historical context. We wanted to show solidarity and support for all our UL students, especially our Muslim and Latino students, as well as any students who come from immigrant families. During the History Harvest, we collected oral histories from students on how they came to be “Ragin’ Cajuns.” Though some participants at first thought they did not have a story to share, many college students have a tale of migration and displacement.

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"My Summer Internship" By Meghan Sylvester

Dr. Thomas Cauvin -- Mon, 10/24/2016 - 4:58pm

Meghan Sylvester is a second year graduate student in the Public History program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The program typically focuses on community history, museum studies, historic preservation, and digital history tools. It also requires a summer internship course in which students are eligible for funding.

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What Public Historians do? A view from our Graduate Student Matthew Myers on his internship.

Dr. Thomas Cauvin -- Tue, 10/18/2016 - 3:07pm

There is much to reflect on with the completion of my eight-week internship in Rhode Island. The internship, which is a requirement for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Public History program, took place from June 6 through July 29, 2016. It provided me with a unique experience that allowed for the acquisition and refinement of new and previously known skills.

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Public History and Anthropology? A View from our Student Abigail Enicke

Dr. Thomas Cauvin -- Wed, 09/28/2016 - 10:44am

When I first applied for the Public History program, I had never heard the term before. After I graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology, I wasn’t sure what to do. I enjoyed the physicality and interaction with the past through handling artifacts granted as a result of archaeological work and found cultural anthropology with its myriad avenues into the study of people and culture fascinating. What I’ve come to discover is that, for me, Public History brings together what I like most about anthropology and history.

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What is Public History?

Dr. Thomas Cauvin -- Sun, 09/18/2016 - 3:21pm

Our Department offers many opportunities to do and practice Public History. However, defining public history remains one of the most difficult questions we may have to answer. Our colleague Dr. Cauvin recently shared this working definition on his personal blog: "Public History is a historical process (1) informed by a consideration for the variety of audiences.

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Welcome to the new History Blog!

Dr. Thomas Cauvin -- Thu, 09/15/2016 - 5:15pm

Welcome to the History Blog where Faculty and Students of the History Department at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette will post about their projects, their research, and reviews.

Students, graduates, Faculty and practitioners are encouraged to join the conversations on our blog and to share opportunities and events on the facebook page

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