Welcome to The History Department 2013-2014
Dr. Darlene Brooks Hedstrom is the new Chair of the History Department
Dr. Amy Livingstone is the new endowed H. Orth Hirt Chair in History
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Dr. Amy Livingstone joined the faculty at Wittenberg in the fall of 1999. She received her Ph.D in medieval history from Michigan State University. Her area of expertise is the history of medieval France, with particular focus on the aristocracy and women's history. She has published widely in these areas, with articles appearing in French Historical Studies, Medieval Prosopography, Clio and Annales de Bretagne et des pays de l'Ouest. In 2010, her study of aristocratic private life, Out of Love for My Kin: Aristocratic Family Life in the Lands of the Lorie, 1000-1200, was published by Cornell University Press. Her current research project is writing a collective biography of the countesses of medieval Brittany.
If you have any questions about the History Department, our major, or Wittenberg, please contact Dr. Darlene Brooks Hedstrom.
WHAT IS HAPPENING IN OUR DEPARTMENT - Fall 2013
September 27-28, 2013
Wittenberg hosts the Midwest World History Conference with keynote lecture.
7:30 p.m. 9th Annual Robert G. Hartje Lecture (Bayley Auditorium)
[lecture will be followed by a dessert reception and book signing]
The Outbreak of War in 1914: A New Look at an Old Problem
Dr. Michael Neiberg (US Army War College)
HANDS-ON HISTORY at WITTENBERG
Archaeology Club - newly founded in 2013 will host discussions on archaeology, attend local talks, and participate in a campus excavation linked to Nearby Archaeology at Wittenberg.
The department also congratulates the Wittenberg History Journal and its editors and contributors for winning the Gerald D. Nash History Journal Award from Phi Alpha Theta (National History Honorary) for its 2010 volume: Commerce, Culture and Control: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Past (Vol 39) Recent History Department News
History Talks, for example, is an informal, bimonthly meeting in which faculty and students gather to discuss historical topics such as American Foreign Policy, the history of family food traditions, historical novels, Frank Lloyd Wright homes, Folk Music, myth and history, and the impact of globalization. History Talks also has outings to the local bowling alley, to films, and to local museums and historical societies.
All students participate as members of the colloquium series offered by the department. Professional historians and history department alumni are frequent speakers.
"Any good, well-rounded liberal arts education is a strong foundation of business. Ultimately, you have to be able to write, speak, and think. Still, for me, history is singularly the best discipline for success in business. In history, you learn and become immersed in why people and groups do things over and extended period of time. History validates that people and organizations act in clear, recognizable patterns. You also learn about human nature. Behavior becomes very predictable, which is vital to understand in business because you have to be able to anticipate how people will behave; you have to stay ahead of actions."