Friday, November 22, 2013
Dr. Rober Waters has his second book in print. Waters and Geert Van Goethem of the University of Gent in the Netherlands edited the volume on American Labor's Global Ambassadors: The International History of the AFL-CIO During the Cold War. The compilation published by Palgrave Macmillan examines the role of labor unions in combatting communism during the Cold War.
From Palgrave-Macmillan's website:
"Following World War II, the AFL-CIO pursued an ambitious international agenda. To its leaders, the imperatives of saving Western Europe from Stalinism, rolling back Soviet gains in Eastern Europe, containing Communism around the world, throwing off the shackles of colonialism, and overcoming "uneven development" justified extraordinary measures. They sought to protect international labor while fostering American-style "business unionism," which used collective bargaining and strikes to capture a greater share of the capitalist system's economic pie. At the same time, they believed that thwarting Communist designs on local organizations was a prerequisite to cultivating free labor movements and creating prosperity for the world's workers - and battling Communism often meant working in conjunction with the US government, including even the Central Intelligence Agency. This sweeping state-of-the-field collection brings together contributions from leading diplomatic, labor, and transnational historians to explore and assess the AFL-CIO's successes, challenges, and inevitable compromises as it pursued these varied initiatives during the Cold War era."
Waters is also the author of the Historical Dictionary of United States-Africa Relations published by Scarecrow Press in 2009.
Well done Dr. Waters!
As a part of their work in the History of East Asia Since 1800, Dr. Crawford took the class to eat at the New China Restaurant in Ada. During the lunch today, students discussed E.B. Sledge's book With the Old Breed on Peleliu and Okinawa, one of their readings, while they ate. They also learned, if they didn't know before, that fortune cookies are an American invention and not part of Chinese culture.
The food was great and the conversation better!
Dr. Crawford took several members of the Football in American Culture course to the Professional Football Hall of Fame in Canton yesterday. The Hall has upgraded its facilities in recent years to present much more interactive displays. Visitors can try on shoulder pads, see how their hands measure up to famous quarterbacks, and in general immerse themselves into the world of the National Football League.
This was the first trip to the Hall for most of the students, and one student from Brazil came along with the group. They are seen at left standing in front of a Hupmobile auto that reminds visitors that the NFL began in the offices of a car dealership in 1920.
Trips like this provide students with high impact learning experiences that compliment their experiences in the classroom. Students read all about the NFL in Michael MacCambridge's America's Game: The Epic Story of How Pro Football Captured a Nation, and this trip allowed them to place his stories into context.
A good time was had by all!
Dr. Alexander, along with HPJ and the Committee on Artistic and Special Events invited Dr. Scott Johnson to speak about his new book, The Faces of Lee Harvey Oswald: The Evolution of An Alleged Assassin that was recently published by Lexington Books. Johnson, who teaches at Frostberg State University, spoke to a large audience in the McIntosh Ballroom about Oswald. He told them about Oswald's background, the theories of a conspiracy that swirl around the assassination of John F Kennedy, including some of the more bizarre theories (Oswald never came back from the Soviet Union, but was replaced by a double).
The audience responded by asking several questions, and Johnson remained long after the time scheduled for the session to answer them. Students who attended the talk gave rave reviews of the night.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
All of our graduates from last year have reported that they either are working, or have secured a place in graduate school. Overall for the university, graduates from the class of 2013 reported 94% placement rate last year. To see the full article from the ONU website, click here.
Well done graduates!
Friday, November 15, 2013
Forty four students from Piqua High School, and another twenty-nine from Lima Senior High School were on campus today for Social Studies Day 2013. The focus of the day was the sesquacentennial of the Battle of Gettysburg. Students heard Dr. Crawford talk about the history of the battle and the events surrounding it, then were treated to a presentation by Brendan Kinder (BA History, 2013), Dr. David Kinder of the Pharmacy College, and Aaron Craft, a Social Studies major on their experiences joining the reenactors at the celebration of the 150th
anniversary of the battle. After lunch, provided by the Dean of Arts and Sciences Office, the students took to the Tundra to learn how Civil War soldiers were trained to march. Snacks and drinks for the day were provided by the Office of Admissions and HPJ.
Efforts such as this help bring history alive and are exemplary of the type of educational experiences that students are exposed to by HPJ. This is the second time we have had reenactors teach Civil War drill to students, and it is a fun experience to take part in and to watch!
Thanks to our reenactors and all the students and faculty who helped make the day a success!
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Dr. Jimmy Wilson has his Historical Geography class busy out in the field this semester. Wilson has been taking his students to a variety of locations around the local area to check out the history of the area. One interesting trip was to the tractor grave yard north of Ada.
Wilson's view of teaching Geography is that it is necessary to get students out of the classroom and into the places where Geography happens.
So far, in addition to the tractor grave yard, his students have visited the Wilson Football Factory, Cole Motors, the Village Council Chambers, the old train depot, the on-campus pharmacy museum, and the Scioto Marsh south of McGuffey. They have also traveled the Lincoln Highway from Ada to Williamstown, Dunkirk, and Dola. They also attended the annual Town and Gown celebration.
They are putting on the miles and racking up the experience in this innovative and interesting course, that much is clear.