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In the spirit of Football 150, our very own Dr. Lane Demas has been interviewed on his views about his book Integrating the Gridiron. Dr. Demas has also been featured in the recent ESPN film, "Football Is US," celebrating the 150th anniversary of college football.

The interview delves into Dr. Demas’ research including what he learned from the research, how he perceives college sports, and much more.

Please find more at this link: https://www.readmoreco.com/blogs/authors-interviews/q-a-with-lane-demas

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Spheres of Change and Challenge: The Local and the Global

The International Graduate Historical Studies Conference will host “Spheres of Change and Challenge: The Local and Global” at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, on April 17 - 18, 2020. The IGHSC invites graduate students from across the social science disciplines for proposals, papers, and panels across interdisciplinary topics and traditional historical topics. Our 2020 Keynote speaker will be Kenneth Pomeranz author of The Great Divergence.

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For more information on the 2020 conference please visit the website.

History Major Receives Alumni Award

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Abigail Diaz, who graduated in 2014 with a double-major in History and Anthropology and a minor in Museum Studies, has been named one of CMU’s “10 Within 10” for 2018

“I’m passionate about making museums welcoming for everyone,” she writes, “being a fierce advocate for my brother, who has disabilities. I’m proud that I have helped in some small part, within my sphere of influence, to break down systematic barriers of oppression that prevent all people from feeling welcome in museums.”

Congratulations, Abigail!

CALL FOR PAPERS

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The history department is proud to again host the International Graduate Historical Studies Conference this spring. The theme: Real and Imagined Borders: People, Place, and Time encourages presenters to offer papers that are transnational and/or interdisciplinary, but all traditional submissions are welcome.

We look forward to this event. Visit www.ighsc.info for more information or questions.

MARTIN LUTHER KING'S: "Beyond Vietnam: Time to Break Silence"

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Join the Department of History and the Department of Political Science and Public Administration Tuesday, April 4, 2:30 pm, Park Library Auditorium.

On April 4, 1967 -- exactly a year before his assassination -- the Rev. Martin Luther King delivered the most controversial speech of his life. "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence" publicly announced and explained King's opposition to the war in Vietnam. Other civil rights leaders condemned the speech, and President Lyndon Johnson withdrew and invitation to visit the White House.

In the 50 years since he delivered the speech at New York's Riverside Church, public observances of King's life and contributions to America have focused mainly on his most famous speech from the 1963 March on Washington. But "Beyond Vietnam" is essential to any understand of King's teachings on peace, justice and the moral dimensions of public policy.

HISTORICAL WORDPLAY

Jim and Mary Ellen Wynes

Jim and Mary Ellen Wynes

(News from our Alumni -- Class of 1962)

What do people do with their history degrees? Mary Ellen Wynes responded, “Write cross word puzzles!” Mary Ellen and her husband Jim, both CMU alums, created and published a history crossword puzzle book. Jim, who received his masters in history in 1965, has remained a student of history over the course of his life.

Jim wants people to learn while solving the puzzles, and Mary Ellen offers the friendly warning that it really is designed to challenge history scholars. The clues are devised for someone who has great familiarity with history, and the book covers a wide range of topics from Imperial Russia to military history to early television to Michigan and even CMU history. And that’s naming just a few of many categories.

Seems like great productive procrastinating for grad students and faculty alike. The book is available at the CMU Bookstore in the Bovee University Center or you can order via email at historycrosswords@gmail.com. Cost is $11.95.