Loyola History faculty, graduate students and undergraduates are active both in and out of the classroom, publishing papers and books, presenting at conferences, developing web projects, and working in the field. Learn more about history department members are up to!
A new year brings new changes. We thank past officers of all groups for their work in navigating an unusually challenging school year, and welcome new leadership. We look forward to what you will help accomplish!READ MORE
Refusing to Forget, an organization founded by Dr. Benjamin Johnson and other U.S.-Mexico Border scholars, received the 2021 Organization of American Historians (OAH) Friend of History Award. Refusing to Forget aims to bring public awareness to the anti-Mexican racial violence of the 1910s through historical markers, museum exhibits, lesson plans, publications, and other means, with the hope of supporting contemporary struggles for racial justice and the reform of policing. The Friend of History Award is annually granted by the Board of the Organization of American Historians to “an institution or organization, or an individual working primarily outside college or university settings, for outstanding support for historical research, the public presentation of American history, or the work of the OAH.”READ MORE
In March 2021, the History Department’s Public History Program received the prestigious 2021 Founders Award from the National Council on Public History (NCPH). The award recognizes four decades of leadership by Loyola historians in nurturing, growing, and transforming the practice of public history in the U.S. READ MORE
The Loyola HGSA hosted its 17th Annual History Graduate Student Association Conference on Saturday, February 20, and Sunday, February 21, 2021. For the first time, the conference was completely virtual to ensure everyone’s safety during the coronavirus pandemic. Throughout the weekend, over 90 registrants logged onto the conference. While the conference looked different this year, it was successful in provoking productive and engaging discussions! READ MORE
Professor Emeritus Jo N. Hays recently authored a timely new reference book, Epidemics and Pandemics: From Ancient Plagues to Modern-Day Threats. ABC-CLIO, a specialty publisher for mass-market library reference books, published the two-volume set. Dr. Hays co-authored the books with Dr. Joseph P. Byrne, a professor of medieval and early modern European history at Belmont University. A project six years in the making, the books were fittingly released this year to help readers understand the current coronavirus pandemic by learning about its contemporary context and how epidemics and pandemics have affected world history by looking at humanity’s response to such crises. In Volume 1, Dr. Byrne covers and explains what epidemics are and how human society spread and controlled contagious diseases. In Volume 2, Dr. Hays presents examples of past epidemics and pandemics and how they left a lasting impact on history, from malaria in ancient Rome to measles outbreaks in the U.S. today. READ MORE
Christopher Manning moves to the University of Southern California
The History Department is losing a valued colleague this spring, as Dr. Christopher Manning moves to the University of Southern California in March to become Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer. He will report to USC President Carol L. Folt and will play a central role in USC’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.