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UNLV Department of History Newsletter - December 2016
From the Chair
Once again, I have the privilege of writing to our many friends and alumni to describe the great things going on at UNLV's Department of History. New traditions are being born; exciting events connect us with the larger community; and our faculty continue to excel in their scholarly work. On a more bittersweet note, we bid farewell to our dear colleague of more than 40 years, Dr Eugene Moehring, who will retire on December 31.

In general, in this time of turbulent politics and an uncertain future, our Department seeks to promote informed discussion of the issues before us, firm in the conviction that an appreciation for the past equips us more effectively to address the challenges of the present.

Paul W. Werth Paul W. Werth
Department Chair
Big Events
Southwest Oral History Association Valley of Fire History Department
Oral History has a long tradition in the department, and the Southwest Oral History Association, which just celebrated its 35th Anniversary, has a strong representation of History Department students, alumni and faculty. The organization is led by two faculty, President Marcia Gallo and past-President Caryll Dziedziak. Claytee White who directs the Oral History Center received her MA from the department. Joyce Moore, Angela Moor, Stefani Evans, John Grygo, and Franklin Howard have been or currently are graduate students. Understanding oral history is a tool in understanding contemporary history.
On November 12-13, the History Department held its second annual unofficial retreat at Valley of Fire. There was an excellent turnout, with great fun and companionship.
Ready to Roar, a special exhibit created by the Public History program, was on display at the Mob Museum on November 18. The exhibit explored the redefinition of social expectations and rights for women during the Roaring '20s.
On November 29, we celebrated the contributions of Dr. Eugene Moehring to the Department and UNLV over a career spanning more than 40 years.
The UNLV chapter of the national history honors society, Phi Alpha Theta, looks forward to an exciting spring semester. Look for book sales, professional development events, social opportunities, a field trip to a local historic site, and more. Contact faculty advisor Jeff Schauer ( or chapter President Anthony Graham ( with questions about membership or activities.
Book News
California Through Native Eyes: Reclaiming History
Marcia Gallo's No One Helped: Kitty Genovese, New York City, and the Myth of Urban Apathy (Cornell University Press, 2015) has won the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Non-fiction and the Lambda Literary Award, LGBT Nonfiction category.
Recently released was also Miriam Melton-Villanueva's The Aztecs at Independence: Nahua Culture Makers in Central Mexico, 1799–1832 (University of Arizona Press).
Likewise, Andrew Kirk's Doom Towns: The People and Landscapes of Atomic Testing, A Graphic History (Oxford University Press) is now out and available.
Finally, forthcoming in February of 2017 is Michelle Tusan's The British Empire and the Armenian Genocide: Humanitarianism and Imperial Politics from Gladstone to Churchill (London: I. B. Tauris).
Support the History Department
As you make your year-end donations, please consider a gift to the UNLV History Department. Our priority of student assistance is one small example of how your gift can help the department flourish. Checks may be made out to UNLV Foundation and mailed directly to the UNLV History Department, UNLV MC455020, 4505 Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas NV 89154-5020. Thank you.
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