News and Events

Unlocking UC’s History

On Wednesday, December 5th, students of our HIST2064 Public History class put their knowledge and dedication to the test by hosting a pop-up exhibit on the third floor of McMicken Hall.  They cleverly designed their exhibits into the lockers that still line the halls.  Their hard work was rewarded as spectators were caught by the curious displays and toured the hall.  In celebration of UC’s Bicentennial, each locker had a topic of UC History: including College Consolidation, Racism on Campus, Extracurricular Activities, UC Athletics, Band Uniforms, and more.

lockers with posters
People standing in front of lockers
People standing in front of lockers
People standing in front of lockers
People standing in front of lockers
People standing in front of lockers

Pizza and Profs

People Laughing

Gordon Goodwin, Julia Games, Christy Powell

Undergraduate Director Erika Gasser hosted Pizza and Profs on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 in the Von Rosenstiel Room.  Undergraduate students met with history faculty over pizza and had a fantastic time!

Students Gathering

Madison Curry, Megan Westermeyer, Will Tuttle, Dr. Rebecca Wingo, and Zade Nabi

Professor Rebecca Wingo Wins Nebraska Book Award

Image of Rebecca Wingo

We are proud to announce our congratulations to our new faculty member, Professor Rebecca Wingo, who has won the Non-Fiction category of the 2018 Nebraska Book Awards for her co-authored book Homesteading the Plains. Rebecca Wingo earned her doctorate in History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her masters in Native American Studies from Montana State University. Her interests include digital public history as well as the history of the Indigenous and American West. She has coordinated the Getting Started in Digital History workshops at the American Historical Association for five years in an effort to teach faculty to use digital tools in their research and teaching. Rebecca will teach HIST2022: Native American History in the Spring.

Professor Steve Porter Wins ARNOVA Book Prize

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Photo credit : Professor Rebecca Wingo

Congratulations to Steve Porter, whose book Benevolent Empire: U.S. Power, Humanitarianism, and the World’s Dispossessed has been selected as the winner of the 2018 ARNOVA Peter Dobkin Hall History Book Prize. ARNOVA, the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, awards this prize annually to the published book that has made the most significant scholarly contribution to the history of nonprofit organizations, civil society, and philanthropy. A presentation of Benevolent Empire can be found here.

Steve Porter is an Associate Professor in the History Department whose work studies the intersection of humanitarianism and U.S. power in the twentieth century. He has also served as the director of the International Human Rights Certificate, chair of the Tolley Scholarship in International Human Rights, and chair of the Taft Center’s Human Rights Research Group. Steve will be teaching two history courses this Spring: HIST3023: Human Rights and Foreign Relations and HIST1150: War, Peace, and Society.

Cultures of War Symposium

Join the History Department on Friday, 12 October 2018, for the Symposium “1618 – 1918 – 2018: Cultures of War” at the Cincinnati Art Museum,” featuring lectures, live music, and film screenings.  These events have been organized by Sigrun Haude in the History Department and Svea Braeunert and Tanja Nusser in the German Department.

Queen City Colloquium

Program for Queen City Colloquium
Details for Queen City Colloquium part-2, click to open accessible pdf

A Public Lecture by Prof. Edith Sheffer, Stanford University

“Asperger’s Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Austria,” Langsam Library, Rm 480C, Thursday, April 12, 4-5:30 PM (reception to follow); and earlier that same day at 10:00-11:30 AM a special Digital Humanities Workshop led by Professor Sheffer in which she will discuss her related mapping project, “Forming Selves: The Creation of Child Psychiatry from Red Vienna to the Third Reich and Abroad.” The workshop will be held at Langsam in the Digital Scholarship Center, Langsam Library, Room 460. For a recent commentary by Sheffer on her new book on the history of “Ausberger’s Children,” see

Classroom Innovation & Global Exploration

Holly McGee on a study tour with students in South Africa.

Holly McGee on a study tour with students in South Africa.

In recent years, UC History faculty have taken the lead in designing innovative courses involving experiential learning and global discovery well beyond the classroom. The greatest proof of this is our department's pioneering study-tour course. Imagine a typical undergraduate class focusing on a rich historical question or period. Then add a trip to the physical locations where the events of the course actually took place. The result is a stimulating combination of classroom learning and on-site exploration that produces remarkable returns.