Department of History and Geography

Department News Archives

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.

Lumen Scholar identifies historical media biases of minorities

In addition to writing a research paper, Caitlin O’Donnell ‘13 created a website to educate the public on the ways women and people of color have previously been marginalized by the press.

New book encourages peer mentoring in higher education

Peter Felten, executive director of Elon University’s Center for Engaged Learning, co-authored a guide for colleagues at any college to build stronger relationships.

Thomas Jefferson essay contest winners named

Three winners of the Philip L. Carret "Thomas Jefferson Essay Competition" were named April 25.

CELEBRATE! profile: Danielle Damren '13

An Honors Fellow and history major on her way to graduate school has researched courtship practices and the nature of love in England during the reign of Henry VIII.

Acclaimed historian advocates for the liberal arts

In a visit to Elon University, Edward L. Ayers argues that the arts and sciences teach the “art of expression and habit of attention.”

Alumnus John Garratt to study in Berlin on DAAD grant

John Garratt '09, a history major and German studies minor, has been accepted by the German Academic Exchange Serivce (DAAD) to study in Germany on a long-term graduate research fellowship.

Nancy Midgette revises and updates NCDCR publications
Nancy Midgette, in conjunction with the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, has significantly revised and updated the NCDCR's publications on the state's roles in World War I and World War II.
David M. Crowe delivers BB&T Heritage Lecture at Barton College

Student-faculty article published in peer-reviewed Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa
Heidi Frontani, professor of geography, and Elon College Fellow, Anna McCracken, had their article "China's Development Initiatives in Ghana, 1961-2011" published in the Winter 2012 issue of the Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa.
Lumen Scholar finds National Parks oversimplify U.S. history
Work by Cameron Shirley '13 documented sites in Boston & Philadelphia that give visitors incomplete stories of the American Revolution.
Programs bring science, history to the masses
Monthly events expose faculty, staff and students to science, history and geography in a relaxed atmosphere.
Amy M. Johnson presents at Southern Historical Association annual conference
Elon sophomore named a BET 'M.A.D. Girl'
Yasmine Arrington was honored in New York City this weekend for her nonprofit to help children of jailed parents.
Elon student a finalist for BET honor
Vote online through Sept. 18 to support sophomore Yasmine Arrington’s scholarship program for teens with parents in prison.
Truitts, Troxler receive Elon Medallions
Elon President Leo M. Lambert bestowed the university's highest honor Monday morning on John '53 & Dolores Truitt '53, and George Troxler.