Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Nazi Course Set for Germany in 2008

In May 2008, Dr. Molly Johnson will take UAH students to Germany as part of a course entitled "Munich, Nuremberg, Berlin: Legacies of the Third Reich." Participating students can get 3 hours of either History 399 or Global Studies 199 credit. The course will explore three cities integral to the history of Nazi Germany: Munich (the “capital of the movement”), Nuremberg (site of the Nazi Party rallies), and Berlin (official capital of the Third Reich). The course will begin during the spring semester with instruction at UAH and will end with a two-week trip to Germany in May.

The course has three objectives. First, while in Huntsville, students will learn about the rise and fall of Nazism in Germany. Second, while in Germany, students will analyze the “aestheticization of politics” in Nazi Germany by viewing Nazi architecture and visiting the sites of Party rallies and parades. Third, also while in Germany, students will examine how the cities of Munich, Nuremberg, and Berlin reflect the history of the Nazi period today, with particular focus on memorials and monuments.

If you would like more information, please contact Dr. Molly Johnson at johnsomw@uah.edu or the Global Studies Program at globalstudies@uah.edu.
There will also be an informational session on Friday October 19 at 1:00 p.m. in Roberts Hall 423 featuring free German desserts!

Friday, August 24, 2007


The History Department is participating in a new university program, sponsored by UAH's Academic Resource Center, to help first year students succeed. The initiative’s acronym is PASS for Peer-Assisted Study Sessions. Two history majors, Veronica Ferreira and Sarah Fisher will run voluntary study sessions for Dr. Waring’s sections of Western Civilization I. Veronica and Sarah will help students develop skills and become independent learners. They will each organize three one-hour sessions every week, and assist with such skills as reading, research, test-preparation, and essay writing. Studies have shown that such study sessions help students succeed in class, do well in other courses, and graduate. Veronica and Sarah’s PASS schedule

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Congratulations and Farewell to Dr. Philip Boucher!

On Sunday August 19, 2007, Dr. Philip Boucher gathered with his wife Mary Alice and many colleagues and friends at the Bonefish Grill to celebrate his retirement from UAH after 33 years. Everybody enjoyed celebrated Dr. Boucher's accomplishments, as well as eating salmon, steak, and other yummy food, as these photographs reveal. One picture shows Dr. Boucher addressing the crowd, with his wife Mary Alice and Dean Sue Kirkpatrick to his side. One picture shows Dr. Andy Dunar, history department chair, reading a letter from retired UAH historian Dr. John White. The final picture shows Dr. Boucher with Beverley Gentry, the history department's staff assistant for the last 17 years.

Dr. Boucher, the first Distinguished Professor in the UAH College of Liberal Arts, never let his passion and productivity as a scholar wane over 33 years. In fact, he is publishing his fifth book with the Johns Hopkins University Press later this fall! He will also continue to serve UAH students when he returns to the classroom for Spring Semester 2008 to teach two classes as part of a post-retirement contract. Dr. Boucher's colleagues and students are delighted that he will be with us a bit longer!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Dr. Dunar's African Safari

Dr. Andy Dunar and his wife Cathie traveled to Kenya and Tanzania for a three-week safari this summer! Dr. Dunar enjoyed taking photographs (and a fellow traveler caught him in the act!), observing how the Maasai live, and talking with his Kenyan tour guide about politics and society. The most astonishing part of the trip was observing the wildebeest migration pictured here. He also enjoyed seeing zebras, lions, birds, and other African animals, too.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Dr. J Looks for Squatters

In May and early June, Dr. Johnson traveled to Berlin to conduct preliminary research for a new research project on "Collective Living, Social Experimentation, and Cultural Critique in Postwar West Berlin." As part of her research, she took photos of a famous squat calling for the destruction of capitalism and of an outdoor "automobile village." While in Germany, Dr. Johnson also traveled to Munich and Nuremberg to lay the foundations for a Global Studies course to be taught in Summer 2008, on "Munich, Nuremberg, Berlin: Legacies of the Third Reich." In Nuremberg, she accidentally discovered the red light district while checking out a student hostel. Fortunately, she was able to find other accommodations for UAH students!

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