Big History with Craig Benjamin

It is not uncommon for professors to invite guest speakers to their classes to help provide specialized expertise to the classroom experience.  Dr. Alves took advantage of this precedent when he invited Dr. Craig Benjamin to speak to his HIST 445: History and Historians class and Dr. Drake Brown’s SS 395: Teaching SS in Secondary Schools class to answer … Read more

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Muncie History and the Civil War

It is not unusual for faculty to be invited to speak at local or statewide events, but the experience and knowledge in the History Department does not stop there.  Shelly Gage, the department’s administrative coordinator, takes personal pride in her knowledge of local history during the Civil War.  She participated in Civil War reenactments for … Read more

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African American Alumni Oral Histories

“The Ball State University African American Alumni Oral Histories collection provides online access to 20 interviews conducted with African Americans who attended or worked at Ball State University between 1950 and 2010 regarding their lives, careers, and college or graduate school experiences.  Interviews were conducted and recorded by Ball State University Honors College and Public History Program students … Read more

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Dr. Michael Doyle: “Free Radicals: How the Sixties Counterculture Transformed American Culture and Vice Versa.”

On April 21, Dr. Michael Doyle gave his sabbatical lecture “Free Radicals: How the Sixties Counterculture Transformed American Culture and Vice Versa.” He displayed the fruits of his labor in a manner typical of historians by bringing in a cartload of books read during his research. Dr. Doyle used the books as examples of the … Read more

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“The City of Corinth and Macedonians after Alexander the Great”

Dr. Michael Dixon of the University of Southern Indiana came to speak at Ball State on April 8th, 2015 over the topic of “The City of Corinth and Macedonians after Alexander the Great”. Before addressing the significance of the North and South Stoa, Dixon reviewed the importance of Corinth’s location. Corinth was located in the … Read more

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Dr. Abel Alves BIG Questions BIG Ideas Lecture

On February 19th, Dr. Alves presented his lecture at the Kennedy Library, “Studying the Human Animal: A Bigger History.”  His lecture discussed many of the similarities between human culture and animal behavior.  People are undeniably mammals, but the idea that humans and animals are closely related at the social and behavior level can be a … Read more

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Dr. Stephanie Beswick: “African Systems of Slavery in Precolonial South Sudan”

“South Sudan is one of the world’s most remote regions and has been deemed a land with no history. Dr. Stephanie Beswick is the first formally trained historian for the precolonial history of this region. Of the five communities that Dr. Beswick will be discussing in her presentation will be the populous Nilotic Bari, Shilluk, … Read more

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Opportunities are Everywhere

  Areli Marina, PhD, will speak about city design at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, in AB 100. Her talk is titled “The Planners in the Piazza: City Design and Urban Infrastructure in Medieval Italy” and draws from her research and art background. Marina is author of The Italian Piazza Transformed: Parma in the Communal … Read more

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