Ms. Tanesha High, a student pursuing a certificate in Africana Studies, presented her original research at the 2015 Virginia Phi Alpha Theta conference at Hampton University on March 21, 2015. Ms. High's paper received many positive comments from the judges.
Dr. Charles Ford was honored by the VHS for his work on desegregation with the William M. E. Rachal Award.
Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander has been named to the Virginia commission on commemorating 1619.
Marcus Barco, James Blockett, Jason Hall, Kevin Jacobs, Alexander Kessel, Jazmyn Sailor, and Shaquilla Davis made the Dean's List for Spring 2014. Ayanna Anthony, Daryl Buckner, Michael Cendrowski, Avery Edmonds, Jasalina Grant, Yeshimebet Mahtemework, Derek Smith, Vaughan Carter, Cynthia Davis, and Thessalonica Edmonds made honors for Spring 2014.
Tiara Davis, a junior history major, was accepted to the Summer Humanities Institute at UCLA's Bunche Center for Summer 2014.
The 1619: The Making of America conference series presents the roundtable, “Constructing Citizenship from 1619 to the Civil Rights Act of 1964” on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Little Theater in Brown Hall. The roundtable features The Honorable John Charles Thomas, Retired Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia andSenior Partner with Hunton & Williams, John Pierre, Vice Chancellor and Professor of Law at Southern University Law Center, Amos Jones, Assistant Professor of Law at Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, Campbell University, and Eric Claville, Assistant Dean at Hampton University.
Cox Communications, Norfolk State University, WHRO, and Hampton University are sponsoring this one-hour discussion. Cox Communications will film a 30-minute segment of the discussion for broadcast on Cox Channel 11 and on it OnDemand channel. It also will be later broadcast on WHRO. Local television personality, Barbara Hamm-Lee from WHRO, a PBS affiliate, who has a regular radio program, Another View, will be the moderator.
Derek Smith, a history major, won the second place prize in the annual Dreamscape Essay contest.
Dr. Newby-Alexander and Professor Modlin were recently featured in a piece on plantation houses in Collectors Weekly. In addition to contributing a number of photos to the piece, Professor Modlin discussed aspects about the role of memory at Southern plantation house museums, and Dr. Newby-Alexander offered historical background on slavery and plantation life. The article can be found here.
Dr. Newby-Alexander Participates in a panel discussion at Wells Theater
The Mountaintop, directed by Derrick Sanders, that reimagines the last night of Dr. King’s monumental life, runs from February 25th through March 16th, 2014 at the Wells Theater in Norfolk. On Sunday, March 9th join us directly after the 2:00pm show for a Symposium on “Dr. King as an icon in today’s society” moderated by Barbara Hamm Lee. Speakers include Maurice Jones, Secretary of Commerce and Trade and Dr. Cassandra Newby- Alexander, Ph.D, Professor of History at Norfolk State University and Director of the Joseph Jenkins Roberts Center for African Diaspora Studies. The Symposium is free and open to the public.
NSU Hosts the 2014 HONDA All-Star National Qualifying Tournament
Professor Pharr and Mr. Collins, advisers to the campus HONDA All-Star Quiz Bowl team, hosted the qualifying tournament on February 15, 2014. NSU's team qualified for the national tournament and will be going to Los Angeles, California to compete for the championship in April.
Faculty Presenting their work at academic conferences this spring
On March 20, 2014, Dr. de Laforcade will preside over a panel at the Annual Conference of African and African American Diaspora Studies (AADS) at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, on the topic of “Cuba: Framing Race, Diaspora and National Identities Comparatively Through Study Abroad.” Panelists include Max Harris and Brigette Snyder of the NSU in Cuba program in 2013, and Lynn Godfrey, currently a graduate student in Urban Affairs, who participated in the NSU in Cuba program in 2011.
On March 29, 2014, Dr. de Laforcade will present a paper at the 61st Annual Conference of the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies (SECOLAS) in New Orleans, Louisiana, entitled: “Memory and the Nationalist Imagination in Cuba: Race and Diaspora in History and the Public Sphere."
On April 4, 2014, Dr. Ford and Dr. Richmond will participate in a roundtable on "History Departments in the 21st Century: Tuning, Social Media and Preserving the Discipline" at the 2014 North Carolina Association of Historians meeting at the College of the Ablemarle in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
Professor Arnold Modlin will be attending the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Tampa, FL (April 6-12, 2014). In addition to chairing a session and delivering the talk, “Touching the Past in Plantation House Museums,” Arnold will be a discussant for a panel on race and the American South, and a panelist in a session entitled, Practicing Diversity in the Classroom and Beyond.”
On April 11, 2014, Dr. de Laforcade will present a paper at the 20th Annual Conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses (ACTC) in Los Angeles, California, entitled: “Utopia, Anti-Authoritarianism and the Historical Imagination: Pierre Quiroule’s The Anarchist City in Latin America.”
Dr. de Laforcade will present his ongoing research on Latin American Labor History at the 10th Biennial European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC) in Vienna, Austria (April 23-26, 2014). His paper is entitled "Anarchists, Syndicalists, Communists and Their Others: Repertoires of Ideology and Identity in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Late 1890s to Mid-1940s.”
Dr. Richmond will present her ongoing research on women abolitionists and self-representation at the 2014 Berkshire Conference of Women Historians in Toronto, Ontario on May 23, 2014. Her paper is entitled "'Am I not a Sister and a Woman?': Images of Anti-Slavery Women and Self-Representation"
Dr. Ford publishes two articles
Dr. Ford had two pieces co-authored with Dr. Littlejohn accepted for publication: one "Arthur D. Morse, School Desegregation, and the Making of Television News, 1951-1964" will appear in American Journalism, and the other, "The Crisis Responds to Massive Resistance," is part of an edited collection entitled Protest and Propaganda: W. E. B. Du Bois, the Crisis, and American History from the University of Missouri Press which was published on March 4, 2014.
NSU History Department Leads the Way with Study Abroad
In his capacity as Director of International Studies, Dr. de Laforcade organized and accompanied, in conjunction with the Municipality of San Juan del Sur, a Service-Learning program in Nicaragua from March 9 to 16, 2014. The students participating in the experience were enrolled in Nursing Professor Antoinette McCray’s “Global Health Issues” course.During the Spring Break of 2014 Geography Professor
Arnold Modlin accompanied students from his "Caribbean Geography" course to Curaçao, in the Dutch Antilles, as part of a campus-wide effort to include Study Abroad and Service-Learning in the curriculum at NSU.
Dr. Alexander gives talk at the Consortium of the Revolutionary Era
On Feb. 22, 2014, Dr. Alexander gave a talk entitled "The Francophone Black Atlantic: A Triangular Conversation" at the 2014 Consortium of the Revolutionary Era conference at the University of Mississippi, Oxford.
Dr. Alexander also gave a paper entitled "Patterns of Race in the Francophone Black Atlantic," at the Conference on the Meaning of Blackness at the University of Costa Rica, in San Jose in February, which was co-sponsored by York University and the University of Costa Rica.
Dr. de Laforcade gives Walter Rodney Public Lecture
Dr. de Laforcade was a featured speaker of the Second Annual Walter Rodney Public Lecture Series in Atlanta, Georgia, held in Clark Atlanta University’s Woodruff Library on February 6, 2014. His lecture was entitled: “Liberation by Labyrinth: Walter Rodney’s Pedagogy of Caribbean History.”
Dr. Richmond is appointed to the first class of community representatives of the Digital Public Library of America
Dr. Richmond was appointed to the first class of community representatives for the new Digital Public Library of America. As a community rep, she will be doing outreach work for the DPLA and helping to construct teaching materials from their collection. She is the only rep from Virginia.
History Department Launches Online Degree Program
The History department is pleased to announce the approval of the Online B.A. in History. Students interested in majoring in History Online should contact Dr. Ford, the department chair.
1619: The Making of America Conference Series
The dates of the 2014 1619: The Making of America Conference have been announced for September 18-19, 2014. The Conference Planning Team is pleased to announce new sponsors and partners, including Cox Communications, WHRO, Fort Monroe National Monument, and the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Hampton. The addition of Cox Communications will result in filmed programs, 5-minute historical moment segments in the OnDemand service, publicity about the conference, and an appearance on their Hot Ticket in-studio program. More information is available on the conference website.