The History Department hosts lectures, workshops and events for students, faculty and the UCF community.

Upcoming Events

  • Reading and Book Signing: Dinaw Mengestu

    UCF Art Gallery

    Come enjoy a reading and book signing by Dinaw Mengestu, the award-winning author of The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (2007) and How to Read the Air (2010). Mengestu is a graduate of Georgetown University and of Columbia University’s M.F.A. program in fiction and the recipient of a 5 Under 35 award from the National Book Foundation, a 20 Under ...

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  • Exhibit Opening: "Why Not Us?"

    227 E Kennedy Blvd, Eatonville, FL 32751: Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts

    "Why Not Us?" The Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community: The Early Years, 1987-97 Exhibit Opening Reception & Gallery Talk How did the economically and politically marginalized citizens of Eatonville, Florida -- popularly known as “the oldest incorporated African-American municipality in America -- organize themselves and their allies to stop a county road-widening project and secure the town's placement on ...

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  • Diversifying Diplomacy: A Book Talk featuring Ambassador Harriet Elam-Thomas

    John C. Hitt Library: 223

    In her new memoir Diversifying Diplomacy (Potomac Books, 2017), Ambassador Harriet Lee Elam-Thomas shares the story of her life as a young black woman who distinguished herself with a diplomatic career at a time when few colleagues looked like her. Ambassador Elam-Thomas’s memoir is a firsthand account of her decades-long career in the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service, recounting ...

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  • History Department Research Colloquium: Dr. Luis Martinez Fernandez

    Graduate Student Center: Colbourn Hall, Suite 146

    Professor of History, Dr. Luis Martinez Fernandez presents “Love Potions, Fried Plantains, and Goddesses of the Waterways: Transculturation in Early Colonial Cuba.” Dr. Martinez Fernandez will discuss the processes of cultural hybridity, creolization, and transculturation in sixteenth and seventeenth-century Cuba. Instead of looking at these phenomena as abstractions, the paper incorporates real individual men and women who were part of ...

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  • Staged Reading of "The Refugee Plays"

    UCF Art Gallery

    Directed by Mark Brotherton, The Refugee Plays is a series of short plays that explore the experiences of refugees and undocumented immigrants in the United States, shining a carefully placed spotlight on certain legal, social and economic difficulties faced by this population and humanizing an oft-misunderstood group.

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  • Pentecost Talk Back

    Main Stage Theatre: Building 6

    Join Christopher Niess, Director of Pentecost, and Margaret Ann Zaho, Associate Professor of Art History, for a discussion of the play immediately following the theatrical production.

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  • James Weldon Johnson Lectures Series- Dr. Johnathan Cox

    UCF Student Union Key West: Room 218A

    Each semester, the Africana Studies Program presents a series of lectures covering a variety of topics relevant to Africana studies. Dr. Johnathan Cox, assistant professor in the department of sociology at the University of Central Florida, will present "Black on Both Sides: Black Racial Identities and Perceptions Between Black Students at Historically Black and Predominantly White Institutions". Relatively few scholars ...

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  • The "Orient" in the "West" and Beyond: Reflections on Contemporary Refugee Politics

    UCF Art Gallery

    Dr. Güneş Murat Tezcür, the Jalal Talabani Chair of Kurdish Political Studies at UCF and the author of Muslim Reformers in Iran and Turkey: The Paradox of Moderation (University of Texas Press, 2010), will give a lecture on the contemporary refugee crisis. Dr. Tezcür’s research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the United States Institute of ...

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  • Artist Talk by Hiwa K

    UCF Art Gallery

    Internationally renowned artist Hiwa K will talk about his work in Finding Home: The Global Refugee Crisis. Hiwa K has participated in international exhibitions including the Venice Biennale (2015) and documenta14, Kassel/Athens (2017). In 2016 he received the Arnold Bode Prize and the Schering Stiftung Art Award).

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  • THATCamp Florida 2018

    Teaching Academy

    Join us for THATCamp Florida 2018! TALK. MAKE. TEACH. PLAY The University of Central Florida will host THATCamp Florida 2018 on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the UCF Teaching Academy. Sessions will be held from 9:30am-4:30pm, with a kick-off session beginning at 9:00am. Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided. There is no registration fee, although donations of $10-$20 are ...

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