What to Expect at Today’s Student History Conference

The Ball State Department of History’s Student History Conference is once again upon us, an academic meeting-of-the-minds to be held within the conference and reception rooms of Ball State University’s L.A. Pittenger Student Center. Now in its twentieth year, this event is certain to again prove itself an indispensable facet of networking, discussing, and – … Read more

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27th Annual Burkhardt Lecture

The Ball State History Department is honored to announce the 27th Annual Burkhardt Lecture, which serves as the keynote address during our Student History Conference. It will be held in the Student Center Ballroom at 11:00 a.m. on February 24th.

New this year! For those who cannot attend in person, for the first time you can watch the Burkhardt Lecture on our live video feed!

You can access the live video feed by clicking here.

This year, Dr. Whitney Walton of Purdue University will present “Women, War, and the History of Emotions in France during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Era”. Professor Walton specializes in the cultural, social, and gender history of modern Europe and modern France; in French-American relations in the twentieth century; and in internationalism.

Her most recent book, Internationalism, National Identities, and Study Abroad: France and the United States, 1890-1970 analyzes how students abroad experienced challenges to national stereotypes, re-evaluated their own national identities, and learned toleration and appreciation for cultural difference.

Dr. Walton is also the author of Eve’s Proud Descendants: Four Women Writers and Republican Politics in Nineteenth-Century France, a biographical study and historical analysis of four female literary figures, including George Sand, who rescripted republicanism to include a public role for women by offering an egalitarian alternative to the patriarchal family and the gendered separation of spheres.

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History Department Scholarship Deadline is Thursday, 2/23 at 5 p.m.

Deadline for Ball State University’s History Department scholarships for current students is Feb 23 at 5 PM.

This is a final reminder that the deadline is 5:00 p.m. this Thursday (2/23) for the History Department’s scholarships for current students. For more information on scholarship opportunities, please visit our scholarship page on the University website by clicking here.

Good luck!

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Immersive Learning and History: How an Academic Department Makes a Difference in the Community

Ron Morris will present Immersive Learning and History: How an Academic Department Makes a Difference in the Community at Ball State

This Wednesday, February 22nd at 3:00 p.m., Professor Ron Morris will present “Immersive Learning and History: How an Academic Department Makes a Difference in the Community”. Professor Morris will show how students affiliated with the History Department help communities with educational projects, interpretive experiences, and heritage tourism. A variety of projects from multiple locations primarily from Indiana will be examined for the clues of best practice, student autonomy, and developing student leadership.


The lecture will be presented in Burkhardt 100.


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Save the Date! Student History Conference

This February 24th is our 20th Annual Student History Conference and Burkhardt Lecture presented by the History Department at Ball State University.

Details will follow soon – but you can anticipate a full day of sharing ideas, mingling with faculty, a special information session on our Master of Arts in History program, and recognition for the best scholarship of the day.

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Signing up for HIST 440 in 5 Easy Steps!

Read the guidelines on the History Department website. Choose a faculty member to work with. This should be someone you’ve taken a course with before and whose area of specialization lines up with your topic.  If you’re not sure what a professor’s specialization is, check the faculty profiles on the History department website. Meet with … Read more

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Windy City Graduate History Conference

I am a PhD student in the History Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who is coordinating this year’s Windy City Graduate History Conference. We hope to have participants from as many universities as possible. Please direct any questions to me at mcmackin at uic.edu. Thank you, Marla McMackin Planning Committee Chair Windy City Graduate History Conference

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2016 Glass Gallery Exhibition Simmons Graduate Internship

There will be e a summer graduate internship opportunity at The Henry Ford, Dearborn, Michigan. Applications for the 2016 Glass Gallery Exhibition Simmons Graduate Internship will be accepted through February 26, 2016. Please visit https://www.thehenryford.org/about/grants.aspx for more information about the program and this year’s project.

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Classes Offered thru the History Department

HIST 446/546: History in the Digital Age, Professor Douglas Seefeldt, 9:00-9:50 am MWF Spring 2016      Historians, especially those who engage with the public, are increasingly becoming dependent on digital tools for both research and communication. What does it mean to do history in the digital age? How have relationships among teachers, researchers, students, librarians, archivists, … Read more

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