News and Events


Jul 9, 2014
Cover image of Drew Swanson's book, A Golden Weed

Prof. Drew Swanson's 2nd book, A Golden Weed: Tobacco and Environment in the Piedmont South (Yale UP, 2014), explores the social, environmental, cultural, and racial history of the Piedmont.  Prof. Swanson argues that tobacco, which was ultimately damaging to the environment, actually made agrarian and financial sense for the southern planters.  Prof. Swanson teaches courses in environmental and U.S. history at WSU.

Jun 11, 2014
Full-sized replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer was built by a group of skilled volunteers and has been hanging in Wright State’s Dunbar Library since 2001.
May 6, 2014
Photo of outstanding History department graduates.

On Friday, May 2, the College of Liberal Arts held its annual ceremony to recognize an outstanding graduate from each department and program.  Two students from the Department of History were honored: Sarah Aisenbrey was named the outstanding graduate student, and Joseph Bradley-Hutchison was named the outstanding undergraduate student.  They are pictured here with Carol Herringer, Chair of the Department of History, before the ceremony.  Congratulations, and best wishes in the future!

May 1, 2014
The testimonials from eager and thankful liberal arts students painted a clear picture—they value their chances to shine in professional environments as much as they value their entire educational experience.
May 1, 2014

The primary goal for The Magnificent Seven is to help all seven members of the group earn promotion to full professor. The story of this unique group began in the fall of 2006 in the College of Liberal Arts, and it all started with stickers. Dr. Noeleen McIlvenna (aka Dr. No), Associate Professor in the History department, complained to Dr. Sarah Twill, Associate Professor in the Social Work department, that she was having trouble finding time for scholarship. Dr. Twill presented a...

Apr 15, 2014

Students in the Veterans Voices course will submit their interviews with older veterans about their time in the military to the Library of Congress' American Folklife Center.

Apr 7, 2014
Professor Paul Lockhart

Professor Paul Lockhart is participating in a two-part interview with Dayton-area journalist and radio host Ron Rollins.  Professor Lockhart speaks about why the First World War was important for Americans and explains how Wright State University, Dayton History, the Dayton Philharmonic, and others are teaming up to commemorate the centennial of the war.  The first part of the interview will be broadcast on WHIO 97.5 FM on Sunday, April 7, at 8.00 a.m., and the second part of the interview...

Mar 31, 2014
Image of Environmental Crises Symposium

All too often academics’ analyses of environmental issues are confined to the narrow bounds of individual disciplines.  In an effort to address this challenge, the symposium will bring together scholars from a range of fields in an effort to explore issues of environmental justice at the intersections of urban and rural concerns, and to discuss their scholarship with a diverse audience.  Symposium speakers and their topics include:

Mar 17, 2014

Steve Libert has spent the last 30 years searching for his Holy Grail: the Griffin, the flagship of French explorer La Salle that sank in the Great Lakes in the 17th century. After decades of research, thousands of dives, and …

Mar 4, 2014

Scheduled for March 14, the annual Public History Graduate Symposium will focus on “The Future is Our History" and include presentations by public history graduate students.