The American Experience
War & Society
Medieval and Modern Europe
American South
African, Asian, and Latin American History
The American Experience
War & Society
Medieval and Modern Europe
American South
African, Asian, and Latin American History

Why Study History?

9 Reasons to Study History

(Inspired by this list by Kelly Marcus)

Studying History:

  1. Allows Us to Understand Society
  2. Allows Us Understand Change (especially over time)
  3. Provides a Sense of Identity
  4. Preserves Our Stories
  5. Inspires Us
  6. Teaches Us Warning Signs
  7. Helps Us Be Better People
  8. Teaches Us Amazing Skills (like creating arguments, using evidence, writing and speaking well)
  9. Makes Us Wicked Good at Trivia Games

For more on why to study History, click here.

Events

On Saturday, April 30, 2016, the History Department's Dale Center for the Study of War & Society will team up with the Mississippi Museum of Art for the second annual “Dale Center Art of War Day” featuring the exhibit When Modern was Contemporary: The Roy R. Neuberger Collection. The Neuberger Collection documents "the evolution of modernism in the visual arts of North America."

The "Art of War Day" features a morning panel of Dale Center faculty fellows discussing concepts of modernism that relate to their conflicts of specialty, which range from early modern Asia to the American Colonial era, the American Civil War, the World Wars and modern Vietnam. This is followed by lunch and a book signing.  In the afternoon, you can enjoy a tour of the Nueberger Collection led by the Mississippi Museum of Art’s Director of Engagement and Learning, daniel johnson.  This will be followed with a talk by Dale Center British historian Dr. Allison Abra on modernism in dance that is tied to her larger book English Style: National Identity, Americanization, and Popular Dance in Interwar and Wartime Britain (forthcoming, Manchester University Press).  The event is free except for the purchase of lunch as well as any Dale Center authors’ books that you would like signed.



News

The Department of History is pleased to announce that Dr. Matthew Casey has been named the 2015 Mississippi Humanities Council Teacher of the Year at Southern Miss.  Dr. Casey teaches the history of Latin America and is a specialist in the histories of Haiti and Cuba.  He gave his MHC lecture, "Connected Histories: Cuba, Haiti and the United States, 1900-1940" on November 20, 2015.  Well done, Dr. Casey!  

The History Department is proud to announce that Professor of History Dr. Susannah J. Ural has been named the 2015-2017 Charles W. Moorman Distinguished Alumni Professor in the Humanities by the College of Arts and Letters. The Professorship is named after Moorman, who was a renowned authority on the work of Geoffrey Chaucer. It is awarded biennially for a two-year term to a senior professor in the departments of English, history, foreign languages, or philosophy. In addition to the award, recipients receive financial support for research in their field of study and must present a public lecture by the end of their term.  For more information, CLICK HERE.  Congratulations, Dr. Ural!