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UC research sheds light on historically marginalized communities

May 12, 2022

At the University of Cincinnati’s College of Art and Sciences (A&S), students are often given the opportunity to complete in-depth research tailored to their individual interests. For two graduate students in the history department, this research included challenging the notion that the only research with impact is done by those in white lab coats. Maurice Adkins and Katherine Ranum have spent their graduate school years bringing to light stories of marginalized people, helping to fill gaps within U.S. historical studies. As a result, many institutions are taking notice of Adkins and Ranum, rewarding them with fellowships that allow them to continue their efforts to make historical research more inclusive. Adkins, a recent graduate from the history department’s doctorate program, spent seven years traveling between Cincinnati and North Carolina, scouring archives and hunting down public records to complete his dissertation, which explores Black leadership at historically Black col- leges and Universities (HBCUs) in North Carolina from 1863-1931. This quickly became laborious, Adkins says, due to the underfunding that many HBCUs have faced historically, resulting in poorer record keeping than that of other universities.

UC mock trial team makes elite national competition

May 11, 2022

Each spring, in hundreds of nondescript rooms across the country, around 700 collegiate mock trial teams compete. Team members collaborate to create compelling arguments, for both the mock defense and prosecution, to win their respective cases. Tensions run high and each team member must be fully prepared and in character to advance to the national competition. Only seven percent of all collegiate teams qualify, and UC’s team joined the elite competition this year for the first time since 2019, appearing in the American Mock Trial Association’s national championship in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in April. UC’s team is comprised mainly of students from the College of Arts and Science, with more than two-thirds of the nationals team enrolled in an A&S major. The UC Mock Trial Team had the unique opportunity of competing with all-female team with co-captains Divya Kumar and Zophia Pittman-Jones leading. Kumar, who has been on the team since her first year at UC, is a third-year history major. She was awarded an All-American Attorney Award at Nationals.

What is International Affairs? 

April 14, 2022

While there is no one-size-fits-all solution for any global issue, the University of Cincinnati’s international affairs program aims to equip undergraduate students with the necessary, transferrable skills that allow them to examine a broad range of international and global issues using methods and conceptual frameworks from different disciplines. Housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, this major combines a wide range of other disciplines such as political science; history; economics; women’s, gender and sexuality studies; journalism; environmental studies; geography; foreign languages, and other areas.  

UC historian receives fellowship to study historic structures,...

February 28, 2022

Anne Delano Steinert, visiting assistant professor of history in UC’s College of Arts and Sciences, has received a 2022 H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship from the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH). Through the fellowship, Steinert—an urban historian and expert in American architectural history—will extend her research into Europe to further enrich the subject matter in courses she teaches here at UC. Her three-month itinerary will take her to key sites that she teaches about, among them Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Athens, Vienna and Bremen. “My expertise is in American cities,” Steinert says. “This fellowship will allow me to use key European sites and cities to tell a larger story about urban history, public interpretation, and change over time.” Using her scholarship in historic preservation and the built environment as a basis, Steinert will use the fellowship to explore how information about history and heritage is communicated in urban environment, and what strategies are used to tell the history of everyday buildings and people, according to the SAH.

UC offers new environmental studies degree

February 9, 2022

The University of Cincinnati’s College of Arts & Sciences has announced a new environmental studies bachelor of arts program to complement its current bachelor of science degree. The new interdisciplinary program will take a less scientific approach to the discipline, focusing on environmental history, philosophy, literature and writing, society and culture, and the implementation of environmental policies.    The new degree is designed to to fill the areas of knowledge that environmental studies students have wanted in the curriculum, such as writing-heavy courses and a more humanities-based approach, says David Stradling, professor of history and chair of the committee for the environmental studies BA program.

Nontraditional students find their place at UC

September 28, 2021

Nontraditional students can be hard to define and even harder to teach in a traditional environment. UC’s College of Arts & Sciences makes it a point to offer flexible scheduling, learning and asynchronous options, aspects that helped Kathy Silbernagel and Al-Raheim Washington earn their liberal arts degrees this year. “In actual class setting, I saw little or no difference between my approach and those of my fellow classmates,” Silbernagel says. “If there is a difference it might be in that many—maybe most—students coming out of high school do not have clear career choices in mind and this was not an issue for me.” Nontraditional students are defined by one or more of seven characteristics: delayed enrollment in college; attends college part-time; works full time; is financially independent; has dependents other than a spouse; is a single parent; or does not have a high school diploma, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. How about a 70-year-old retired CEO and a family advocate and success coach in his mid-30s with a GED?

Doctoral Bearcat earns Emerging Voices Fellowship 

September 2, 2021

A University of Cincinnati doctoral candidate in the History Department has been awarded the prestigious American Council of Learned Societies Emerging Voices Fellowship. A doubly sweet victory was earned on the same day that he received this award. Maurice Adkins completed the final stage in the Ph.D. process by successfully defending his dissertation titled “Leadership in the Shadow of Jim Crow: Race, Labor, Gender, and Politics of African American Higher Education in North Carolina, 1860-1931.”

Students create virtual walking tour of UC's Black history

August 12, 2021

Step back into UC’s history with the help of a new tour created by students. This Black History Walking Tour guides participants through numerous where one can learn more about prominent figures of Black History like Ralph Belsinger, Marian Spencer and The Quadres Society, as well as locations and events throughout history.      The self-guided tour titled, University of Cincinnati’s Black History Walking Tour, was created by a group of UC students as a way to inform others about important people, events, and locations of Black history around campus, covering with information from the 1800s to modern day.       It is available now through free app, PocketSights. Although the tour has a website, it is designed to be followed as a self-guided tour through mobile device and can be downloaded in the App Store or on Google Play.  

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