Department of History and Geography

Department News Archives

Philologian Chandelier comes home during Homecoming

The restored antique chandelier that had previously hung in Old Main, the school’s administration building destroyed by fire in 1923, adorns the Elon campus once again.

National Humanities Center fellow to discuss 'Imperialism, Environmental Dependency, and Modern Nation'  – Oct. 25

A University of Tennessee, Knoxville professor uncovers the global circulation of geopolitical discourses on natural resources and state power. 


Elon marks Labor Day with new celebration

The event Monday in Whitley Auditorium offered a broad look at the history and accomplishments of the labor movement.

Professor publishes essay on sensational murder trial in the Journal of Social History 

Associate Professor of History Michael Matthews has published an essay that examines the sensational 1891 murder trial of Enrique Rode, a middle-class English professor who killed his wife in Mexico City. 

Andrew Riley ’14 wins two regional Emmy Awards

An associate producer for Georgia Public Broadcasting’s PBS show, "Georgia Outdoors,” Riley and his colleagues were honored on June 11 at the 42nd Annual Southeast Emmy Awards in Atlanta.

Adm. William “Bill” E. Gortney ’77 set to retire

The 39-year Navy veteran recently commanded the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command.

Elon's 2016 retirees recognized

President Emeritus Earl J. Danieley, who has given Elon 70 years of service, is among 19 faculty and staff members retiring this year.

Faculty and staff recognized at awards luncheon

Four faculty members and 19 retirees were honored May 11 for excellence and service to Elon.

Winners announced for Thomas Jefferson essay contest

Three students won top honors in the annual essay competition endowed by the late Philip L. Carret.

Clyde Ellis Delivers 'Major Scholar Lecture' at Marshall University

The professor of history's public lecture was in conjunction with Marshall University's Graduate Humanties Program, which brings nationally prominent scholars to campus to work with graduate students and deliver a public lecture.

Campus celebrates the legacy of beloved professor

Hundreds of people gathered Monday in the Numen Lumen Pavilion to share stories and happy memories of Professor Heidi G. Frontani, a faculty member in the Department of History & Geography who had died of a sudden illness just three days earlier.

Creating new realities

Fueled by personal experience, Yasmine Arrington ’15 is building a brighter future for children of incarcerated parents.

Three professors named Senior Faculty Research Fellows

A fellowship created by Elon University in 2008 will help support excellence in ongoing research and creative work by Casey DiRienzo, Clyde Ellis and Ashley Hairston.

Amy Johnson publishes article in the Journal of Caribbean History

Amy Johnson, assistant professor of History and the Elon Core Curriculum, published an article entitled “Gradations of Freedom: The Maroons of Jamaica, 1798-1821” in the Journal of Caribbean History.

Seven faculty members named Leadership Scholars

Seven professors and instructors from across campus have been selected 2015-16 Leadership Faculty Scholars. 

Elon faculty and staff present at POD Network Conference

CATL faculty and the director of the Gender and LGBTQ Center presented at the 40th annual POD Network conference in San Francisco.

Culinary historian to speak on Black-Jewish Identity Cooking - Nov. 10

Culinary historian and chef Michael W. Twitty will lead discussion over dinner on the theme of "Kosher/Soul: Black-Jewish Identity Cooking." RSVP required.

Shuly Schwartz: 'Rugelach, Rummage Sales, Rabbis and Rosh Hodesh Groups: The Transformative Power of American Jewish Feminism' – Nov. 4

Elon University’s Center for the Study of Religion, Culture and Society, and the Jewish Studies Program, host the acclaimed historian for a talk about Jewish Feminism in America

Katharine Fredricksen '15 teaching English in Austria 

Katharine Fredricksen '15 is spending the 2015-16 academic year teaching English in Austria on a program funded by the Austrian federal government. 


Symposium gives PA students insights into underserved populations

The third annual event for Elon University graduate students in the Physician Assistant Studies program helped prepare the future medical professionals for aiding patients who struggle with mental health issues, poverty, a lack of education and other obstacles to healthy living.

Talks on the Steps Explore Oklahoma! History and Music

Pre-show talks by faculty and students peek behind the curtain of the classic musical and explore the creative process

Lindner Hall display celebrates themes of Elon Common Reading

"Making the Movement: Objects, Objectives, and Civil Rights," which runs through the end of October, coincides with university events and conversations focused on the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s groundbreaking book "Why We Can't Wait."

'Race is inextricably bound up in American history'

Community members joined with Elon University students, faculty and staff Tuesday night for a public forum led by civic leaders and historical experts who shared ideas for improving race relations in the United States.

Katherine Blunt ’15 awarded prestigious Hearst Journalism Fellowship

The journalism and history double major will begin the Hearst Corporation’s two-year program in August, assigned to the San Antonio Express-News.

Calls for Submissions for NC History Award for Undergraduate Research

The Hugh T. Lefler Undergraduate Award

This award is given annually by the Historical Society of North Carolina for the best research paper on North Carolina history by an undergraduate student from an accredited senior North Carolina college or university during the academic year June 1, 2014 to May 31, 2015.

Michael Carignan talks with FOX 8 about the Magna Carta

The associate professor of history talks with reporter and anchor Bob Buckley about the legacy of a document signed 800 years ago by King John of England. 

Amy Johnson to lead diversity workshop at Marymount College

The assistant professor of history will lead the workshop for interns participating in the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty summer internship program.

Four awarded emeritus status

Gerald Francis, executive vice president and professor of mathematics, Anne Bolin, professor of anthropology, Michael Calhoun, professor of health and human performance, and David Crowe, professor of history, will all receive emeritus status upon retirement.

Elon senior's nonprofit earns her $15,000 award

Yasmine Arrington, a strategic communications and history double major from Washington, D.C., received a Samuel Huntington Public Service Award this spring to grow a nonprofit she founded to help the children of incarcerated parents pay for college.

Publication and Presentation by Amy Johnson explores bondage among the Maroons of Jamaica

Professor Amy Johnson, Assistant Professor of History, has been exploring the concept of "unfreedom" through an examination of the Jamaican Maroon practice of holding people in bondage during the 17th through the 19th centuries.

Book by Michael Matthews explores role of music and poetry in modern Mexico

In "Mexico in Verse: A History of Music, Rhyme, and Power", Associate Professor of History Michael Matthews, along with Stephen Neufeld of Cal State Fullerton, use music and poetry to gain access to the worldviews and beliefs of ordinary people often overlooked in the historical narrative. 

David Crowe receives top award from academic association

A renowned organization that advances the teaching of Slavic studies honored Elon University history professor David Crowe this month for his “rich, diverse body of groundbreaking scholarship,” classroom instruction and leadership in the academic field.

Reuters cites David Crowe in story on "Schindler's List"

History professor David Crowe spoke with Reuters news service this week for a story on an original copy of "Schindler's List" that a memorabilia dealer in New York has offered to sell for $2.2 million.

David Crowe presents paper at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law

David M. Crowe, professor of history, presented a paper, "Slobodan Milosevic: 'Desk Murderer,' 'Architect of Genocide,' or Victim of 'Victors' Justice?" at Indiana University's Maurer School of Law conference, "The Milosevic Trial: An Autopsy," Feb. 17-21.

Core Forum examines African entrepreneurship

Michael Matthews named O’Briant Developing Professor in History

The associate professor of history is the inaugural recipient of an honor that supports a faculty member in the Department of History whose professional accomplishments are in keeping with Elon University’s teacher-scholar model.

Elon project aims to help local food producers

A team that includes Associate Professor Janet MacFall and Assistant Professor Ryan Kirk will use a $25,000 grant from the state Department of Commerce to help grow retail opportunities for farmers in two North Carolina counties.

David Crowe co-edits book on Sino-German relationship

"Germany and China: Transnational Encounters since the Eighteenth Century" includes chapters Crowe authored, including one that was co-written by an Elon  alumna who recently completed graduate work at Columbia University.

Elon student awarded Holocaust Studies scholarship

Kelly Swaim ’17, recipient of the Miriam and Abe Brenner Holocaust Education Scholarship, traveled to Europe during Winter Term 2015 as part of Elon’s "Holocaust Journey" study abroad course.

Three professors named Senior Faculty Research Fellows

A fellowship created by Elon University in 2008 will help support excellence in ongoing research and creative work by Janna Anderson, Heidi Frontani and Tom Henricks.

David M. Crowe presents research on international law

One of Elon University's top scholars shared new work this fall into the evolution of Nazi laws that stripped Jews of their possessions during Hitler's reign and of the first genocide trials conducted after World War II.

Students learn about Ebola during panel held in the Global Neighborhood

Attendants learned about the historical and contemporary factors facilitating the spread of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Elon senior to compete in 2015 National Miss Plus USofA Competition

Yasmine Arrington competes next August in Seattle on a platform of mentoring and supporting children of incarcerated parents.

Discussion focuses on female athletes at Global Neighborhood House Dinner

Professor Mary Jo Festle's presentation, “American women’s sports: what’s gender got to do with it?”, prompted discussion at the Nov. 4 dinner.

Elon senior invited to White House program on children of incarcerated parents

Yasmine Arrington's "ScholarCHIPS" program has provided 17 scholarships to date to children whose parents are imprisoned, and her work both on and off Elon University's campus has caught the attention of nonprofit leaders and government policymakers.

Mary Jo Festle named Maude Sharpe Powell Professor

The professor of history is the fourth recipient of an honor that supports preeminent teachers and scholars at Elon University.

'Social change is very difficult to bring about'

Elon University professors and students filled McKinnon Hall on Aug. 27, 2014, to discuss race, privilege and justice following the Missouri police shooting death of an unarmed black man and subsequent protests that have galvanized the nation.

Elon modifies upcoming Winter Term programs

Winter Term 2015 classes in Israel and Ghana have been canceled or postponed due to regional security and health concerns in Africa and the Middle East.

Student research shared in poster presentations

A two-month program ended July 25, 2014, with scholars in Elon University’s Summer Undergraduate Research Experience displaying their work for professors and peers inside McKinnon Hall during a special College Coffee.

David Crowe reflects on D-Day anniversary with WFMY News 2

The Elon University professor of history spoke with the North Carolina television station on June 6, 2014, about the Allies' D-Day invasion of Europe 70 years earlier.