Department of History and Geography

Department News Archives

Center for the Study of Religion, Culture, and Society opens its doors to 'The Religious Body Imagined'

Thirteen scholars from around the world will participate in the Center's second symposium to be held Feb. 7-9.

Amy Johnson publishes on slave resistance in the Atlantic world

Amy Johnson published article entitled "Slave Resistance in the Atlantic World" on Oxford Bibliographies in Atlantic History.

Felten receives highest honor from Professional & Organizational Development Network in Higher Education

Assistant provost for teaching and learning and executive director of the Center for Engaged Learning, Peter Felten was one of four honored with the network’s 2018 Bob Pierleoni Spirit of POD Award.

CEL names Carignan second Senior Scholar

Michael Carignan, associate professor of History, has been named the Center for Engaged Learning Senior Scholar for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Sophomore Honors Fellow publishes article on U.S.-Argentina relations during the Cold War

The article by Angela Myers '21 appeared in the journal Revista Brumario. 

Bissett, Carignan featured in Veterans Day report on World War I

Professor Jim Bissett and Associate Professor Mike Carignan from the Department of History and Geography offered their insights into World War I during a special report by FOX 8 WGHP that aired on Veterans Day.

Johnson, Gatti and Buckmaster present at study abroad conference

Amy Johnson, Evan Gatti and Matthew Buckmaster present "Intentionally Global: An examination of the “global citizen” through intentional connections between the Core Curriculum &
Global Education at Elon University" at CIEE Conference.

Felten honored with ISSOTL Distinguished Service Award

Peter Felten, assistant provost for teaching and learning and executive director of the Center for Engaged Learning, was one of two honored with the award at the group's recent annual conference. 

Elon hosting two British Fulbright Scholars in 2018-19

Faculty members in the United Kingdom will teach courses and conducting research through the U.S.-U.K. exchange program. 

Recent workshops provide opportunity for Honors Program to share best practices

Former directors of Elon's Honors Program headed workshops in Monterrey, Mexico, and Winchester, Virginia.

Elon faculty showcase research during Planning Week

Planning Week marks the start of the academic year and provides an opportunity for faculty receiving funding from the Faculty Research and Development Committee to present their work.  

Amy Johnson presents at 10th Annual International Maroon Conference in Charles Town, Jamaica

Amy Johnson, associate professor of history and director of the Elon Core Curriculum, presented a paper entitled "Sustainable Identities: Indigenous Incorporation among the Maroons of Jamaica." 

Ellis wins grant from the Native American Rights Fund on Boarding Schools

Clyde Ellis awarded a grant from the Native American Rights Fund to conduct a literature review on the long term consequences of federal Indian boarding schools.

Jill Lepore speaks of the rise and fall of the fact during Elon visit

A staff writer at The New Yorker, Lepore talked about the importance of facts and its modern challenges as she delivered the James P. Elder Lecture on April 11 in Whitley Auditorium.

Four Elon professors presented at ISA conference

Elon's departments of Communications, Political Science & Policy Studies, and History & Geography had representation at this annual convention.

Sana Haq to screen her new documentary on April 17

The assistant professor of communications recently completed her film, “Waiting in the Midfield,” which highlights a Syrian refugee who relocated to Greensboro and his assimilation to a new country and culture.

Ryan Kirk, Tony Weaver examine the globalization of U.S. men’s college soccer

The Elon University professors co-authored a research article published in Soccer & Society, an international peer-reviewed journal devoted to the world’s most popular game.

Amy Johnson presents at 16th Annual Africana Studies Symposium

Amy Johnson, associate professor of history and director of the Elon Core Curriculum, presented a paper entitled "Legacies of Unfreedom: West African Bondage, Jamaican Realities and Slavery among the Maroons of Jamaica."

N.C. Society of Historians presents Elon Professor Emerita Carole Troxler with book award

Troxler’s new book, “The Red Dog,” received a Historical Book Award at the society’s annual meeting.

Opening Doors: Estate gift to endow a scholarship in the Odyssey Program

Inspired by Elon's commitment to scholarship funding, retired faculty member Nancy Midgette, of Montreat, North Carolina, decided to support students in the Odyssey Program with her gift.

Expansive transportation story by Katherine Blunt ’15 receives Editor & Publisher award

The Houston Chronicle retail reporter, formerly a transportation reporter for the San Antonio Express-News, authored an in-depth article on a failed toll road plan, bringing to light “the pitfalls of privatized infrastructure.”   

Three CATL-affiliated faculty present at annual faculty development conference

Three Elon faculty members affiliated with the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning presented at the 42nd annual conference of the POD Network in Higher Education held Oct 26-29 in Montreal, Canada

Elon Jewish Studies faculty to attend N.C. Jewish Studies Consortium meeting

Faculty members will attend the keynote lecture by Professor Cheryl Lynn of Trinity College. 

Irons offers insights for discussion about Confederate statues, race relations

Charles Irons, professor of history, was recently cited in an article about the Confederate statue debate that ran in more than 30 media outlets, and he participated in a panel discussion about local race relations that generated media coverage. 

Elon University bestows its highest honor – the Elon Medallion — upon five

Elon President Leo M. Lambert presented the medallion to five retired faculty and staff members for their meritorious service to the university during an event marking the start of a new academic year. The university also recognized four endowed professorships and two longtime professors were named Distinguished University Professors. 

Holocaust survivor Zev Harel: 'Do all you can to be as good as you can be'

Harel, a professor emeritus at Cleveland State University, inspires audience at Elon University.

Clyde Ellis inducted into Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame

The professor of history is a nationally-known scholar whose work on American Indian cultures and histories has been hailed for its breadth and for its attention to community voices.

College of Arts & Sciences recognizes distinguished alumni

Ralph Mueller ’83, Michael Capps ’99 and Carly Ledbetter ’13 were honored with the 2017 Elon College Distinguished Alumni Awards during an April 27 ceremony.

Winners announced for Thomas Jefferson essay contest

The three winners of the contest, endowed by the late Philip L. Carret, were celebrated at a March 7 banquet. 

Tournées French Film Festival at Elon concludes

On Sunday, March 5, Elon hosted students, faculty and staff from Elon and the community for the closing of the Tournées French Film Festival: Join the Résistance!

Second History and Geography Department Trivia Night tests African-American history knowledge

At the second History and Geography Department Trivia Night of the year in the Historic Neighborhood, students tested their knowledge of African-American history in honor of Black History Month.  

Creating a Legacy: Alumnus gives back to Elon with generous estate gift

Nick Livengood ’12 L’15 of Durham, N.C., made his gift to ensure that his university continues to thrive for generations to come.

Tournées French Film Festival opens at Elon

On Sunday, Feb., Elon hosted students, faculty and staff from Elon and the community for the opening of the Tournées French Film Festival: Join the Résistance!


Elon's Philologian Literary Society Hall Chandelier shines once again

How a 120-year-old kerosene-burning chandelier reunited Raymond Beck ’75 and his Elon mentor, Professor Emeritus of History and University Historian George Troxler, once again.

Ten Elon scholars named semifinalists for Fulbright Awards

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers research, study and teaching opportunities to recent graduates in more than 140 countries, with approximately 1,900 grants awarded annually in all fields of study. 

Amy Johnson named new director of the Elon Core Curriculum

Johnson, an assistant professor of history, moves into the role of director after teaching COR 110 and Core Capstone Seminars, as well as being tapped as Common Reading coordinator in 2015. 

Exhibition on the history of global connections opens at Belk Library on Dec. 7  

Students from a history class will be hosting an exhibition titled “China in the Early Modern World”

CATL team members present at annual faculty development conference

Three Elon faculty members affiliated with the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning presented at the 41st annual conference of the POD Network in Higher Education held Nov. 9-13 in Louisville, Kentucky.


Colleagues, friends gather to dedicate bench in memory of late professor 

Heidi Glaesel Frontani, a professor of geography and member of Elon's faculty for more than 17 years, died in February following a sudden illness. 

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.