Department of History and Geography

Department News Archives

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.

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.