Department of History and Geography

Department News Archives

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.

Six seniors receive Fulbright awards

The Class of 2014 is sending more scholars overseas next year with Fulbright English Teaching Assistant grants than any previous class in Elon University history.

'Transforming Students' explores how students change in college

Elon University professors Charity Johansson and Peter Felten have co-authored a book that explains how colleges everywhere can better help students learn and develop through meaningful experiences both on and off campus.

Historic Cable School opens for future generations

Members of the Elon University community gathered May 6, 2014, to dedicate a restored antebellum schoolhouse believed to be the only one of its kind in North Carolina still standing in its original location.

College of Arts & Sciences recognizes outstanding alumni

Lawrence "Larry" T. Sondhaus ’80, Chris Miller ’99 and John Tumbleston ’06 received the 2014 Elon College Distinguished Alumni Awards during a special May 1 ceremony.

Winners announced for Thomas Jefferson essay contest

The 15th annual Philip L. Carret Endowment Thomas Jefferson Essay Contest asked students to write about the relationship between public education and the common good in the 21st century.

David Crowe authors groundbreaking book on war crimes & genocide

“War Crimes, Genocide, and Justice” by Elon University’s David Crowe is a global history of battlefield horrors and the international humanitarian law that developed in response to barbaric behaviors of armies and their leaders.

Communications student selected for Multicultural Advertising Internship Program

Yasmine Arrington '15 will intern with Ogilvy & Mather, becoming the first Communications student to earn an internship at the international agency.

Owning a piece of Elon’s history

From a Grove of Oaks: The Story of Elon University, the first detailed study of Elon’s history in more than 30 years, is available now.

Elon junior wins Reynolds internship in business journalism

Katherine Blunt, a journalism and history double major, was one of three students selected from for the internship program this summer.

History seminar room dedicated in honor of George & Carole Troxler

A space on the first floor of Lindner Hall now bears the name of two emeriti professors of history whose combined service to Elon University spans more than three quarters of a century.

Senior moderates national Twitter chat on advice for student teachers

Kathryn Osborn '14, a History/Social Studies Teacher Licensure major, co-moderated a national Twitter chat on Dec. 30 that involved educators sharing advice for pre-service teachers as they head into student teaching.

Book by Michael Matthews explores the early history of railroads in Mexico

In “The Civilizing Machine: A Cultural History of Mexican Railroads, 1876-1910,” Elon University Assistant Professor Michael Matthews shows how railroads shaped the way citizens of the young republic viewed industrialization, technology & modernization as they struggled to form their national identity.

George Troxler named University Historian

The professor emeritus will lead efforts to preserve Elon University's history.

Elon hosts conference on Jewish-Christian relations

A dozen leading scholars of religious studies visited Elon on Nov. 17 for the inaugural Elon University Conference on Jewish-Christian Relations.

Lumen Scholar helps close 'gap' in scholarship on WWII leader

Claire Mayo's freshman survey course three years ago sparked an undergraduate research project that may one day lead her to become a top expert on former French leader Charles de Gaulle.

David Crowe delivers invited lectures at Chapman University

One of the world's top authories on the Holocaust visited the California school for a week in early October.

Pulitzer Prize winner: Democracy 'is never secure'

In Elon University’s 2013 Baird Pulitzer Prize Lecture, author Taylor Branch reminds his audience that despite progress born from the civil rights movement, the American system of government and its democratic principles remain fragile.

David Crowe authors journal article on the 'Tibet question'

"Nationalities Papers: The Journal of Nationalism and Ethnicity" published the Elon University professor's history of relations between China and Tibet leaders - and what it all means for the West.

Hundreds attend forum on the crisis in Syria

Elon University faculty experts, joined by a colleague from UNC Chapel Hill, explored on Sept. 11 the complexities of resolving a civil war in Syria that has escalated with the use of chemical weapons.

Three professors honored with Elon College excellence awards

Kirstin Ringelberg, Kathy Matera and David Crowe in Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences, last month received Faculty Excellence Awards for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Elon junior wins $10,000 award for community service

Yasmine Arrington’s work with ScholarCHIPS earned her an honor from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

ABC News cites David Crowe in story about "Schindler's List"

History professor David Crowe spoke with ABC News after an auction for one of Oskar Schindler’s lists failed to draw any bidders.

David Crowe presents on International Military Tribunals

David M. Crowe, professor of legal history at Elon Law and professor of history at Elon University, presented scholarship at the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies and the annual convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities.

In My Words: A child’s fight for life exposes facts about organ donations

Professor Mary Jo Festle argues in a newspaper guest column that it's unfair to label the nation's organ transplant system as "senseless" because of one girl's battle for new lungs.