Sunday, September 27, 2009

Huntsville Times Article on Dr. John Kvach's History Channel Grant

The Huntsville Times recently published an article detailing the work of assistant professor John Kvach, in cooperation with area secondary school teachers, the Huntsville Public Library, and UAH and high school students, to document the history of the Civil War in Madison County, Alabama. The project was one of 11 projects chosen out of 535 applicants for funding by the History Channel.

For furthur details, please see the Huntsville Times article and the blog posting below from 31 July 2009.

Pictured here see John with his sons Tom and Ben.

We look forward to seeing how this project evolves and applaud the cooperative effort involving so many facets of the historical community in Madison County, Alabama.

Book on Civil Rights Movement Published by UAH History Alum John W. McKerley

John McKerley, one of our graduates who earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of Iowa in 2008, has co-edited his first book, Foot Soldiers for Democracy: The Men, Women, and Children of the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement, through the University of Illinois Press. Dr. McKerley is a member of the faculty of the University of Maryland in College Park, where he is a faculty research associate and assistant editor of the Freedmen and Southern Society Project.

Pictured here see John and his wife Heather after his dissertation defense.

Congratulations, John!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Study Nazi Germany in Germany: Global Studies/History Class Spring 2010

In May 2010, Dr. Molly Johnson will take UAHuntsville students to Germany as part of a course entitled "Berlin, Nuremberg, Munich: Legacies of the Third Reich." Participating students can get 3 hours of either History 399 or Global Studies 199 credit. In consultation with the instructor, students can also develop 400, 500, and 600-level credit options.

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 once a week at UAHuntsville and will end with a two-week trip to Germany from May 9 to May 22.

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 or the Global Studies Program at

There will also be an informational session on Friday October 2 at 1:30 p.m. in Roberts Hall 423 featuring free German desserts from Hildegard's!

Pictured here see photos of UAHuntsville students who took this class in 2008. The first photo features the group at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, and the second and third photos feature several students at the Olympic Park in Munich and the Burg fortress in Nuremberg.

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