Election Talk for an Election Year

History Department and “Friends of Buck and Stan” to present series on elections

The History Department will offer a series of talks on historical presidential elections during the coming year.  The first presentation on Thursday, April 19th, will be by former UVA-Wise History Professor Brian S. Wills, who will talk about the crucial election of 1860.  Wills' talk is sponsored by UVa-Wise's Appalachian Warfare grant.

Religious Studies Minor Added

The History and Philosophy Department has added a minor in Religious Studies to its curriculum.  The minor requires 18 hours of religious studies courses. Selected courses in areas such as history, philosophy, psychology and sociology may be used to satisfy the minor.  Dr. Witold Wolny, who has moved over to the History department from Language and Literature will coordinate the minor.

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Fall Field Trip

On Saturday, November 19, Dr. McKnight took his Civil War and Reconstruction class and War and Memory class on a field trip to the site of the Battle of Wyerman's Mill, Cumberland Gap National Park, the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum, and the Wildcat Mountain Battlefield.  Here are the photos...


Saltville Battlefield Tour

Dr. McKnight's Civil War and Reconstruction class and War and Memory classes spent Sunday, September 11, walking the field at Saltville.  During the trip, the group visited the Museum of the Middle Appalachians and stopped at numerous points to discuss and evaluate the events of October 2, 1864.


Appalachian Warfare Grant

The department has recently learned that the Slemp Foundation has given a grant of $100,000 for increasing the visibility of the Appalachian Civil War experience.  Through this grant, Appalachian Warfare, there will be K-12 initiatives, historical travel, a speaker series, among other programs.  


CVC History Night Set

The Department of History and Philosophy has set this year's CVC History Night for November 11, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.  Our guest will be Jack Wright, a respected musician and former CVC student, who will play a few songs for us.  As usual, we will have good food and drinks and our fund-raising auction.  So far this year, we have David Baldacci's One Summer, autographed copies of the Music of Coal CD set, and a variety of other signed and unsigned items.


Dr. Wilkey wins Outstanding Advising Award

Dr. Cindy Wilkey, Associate Professor of History, won the Harrison Award for Outstanding Advising at the 2011 Faculty Awards ceremony. Congratulations!

Dr. Costa wins Distinguished Faculty Award

Dr. Tom Costa, Chair of the Department of History and Philosophy, won the Harrison Distinguished Faculty Award at the 2011 Faculty Awards ceremony. Congratulations!

Phi Alpha Theta Conference at ETSU (pictures)

Several of our History Majors presented at the Tennessee Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) on March 25 and 26 in Johnson City.

The presenters were Wycliffe Farquharson, Lance Mutter, James Tiffany, Shaun Dowdy, and Corey Gardner. Dr. Cindy Wilkey, who is Faculty Advisor for Phi Alpha Theta, served as Faculty Judge for two panels.

Dr. Costa publishes article in Smithfield Review