UE Professor James MacLeod Plans Book Launch on Veterans Day
Posted: October 21, 2015
University of Evansville professor of history James MacLeod will read from his newly released book, Evansville in World War II, at a book launch on Wednesday, November 11. As part of UE’s celebration of Veterans Day, MacLeod’s reading will start at 7:00 p.m. in Room 170 (Smythe Lecture Hall) in the Schroeder School of Business Building on the University campus. A reception will follow in the lobby, near the plaque that honors those alumni from the University of Evansville (then known as Evansville College) who were killed in World War II. This event is free and open to the public.
The book will be for sale at the event and the author will be signing copies.
MacLeod’s book discusses the importance of Evansville to the war effort during World War II. The city manufactured hundreds of ships, thousands of fighter planes, and billions of other materials that made a huge contribution to the Allies’ eventual victory. It was an exhilarating time of great change and opportunity for everyone who lived and worked in the city, but also a period of great challenges and profound loss. MacLeod explains how this industry came to be in Evansville, reveals the enormous impact that it had on its social, economic and cultural life, and analyzes how the city dealt with a time of astonishing transformation.
One chapter of MacLeod’s book is dedicated to the students of Evansville College who lost their lives in World War II and who are memorialized on the monument located on campus.
MacLeod was educated at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He taught history and British studies at Harlaxton College from 1994-1999. Since 1999 he has been a member of the history department at the University of Evansville. He teaches courses in European history and the two World Wars, and lectures frequently on these topics. He has written a book on 19th-century British religion, The Second Disruption, as well as many other scholarly publications. MacLeod is also currently working on a book on Karl Kae Knecht, longtime editorial cartoonist of the Evansville Courier. That book will be published by the History Press in 2016.
For more information on the book reading, please call 812-488-2141.
University of Evansville’s Annual Fiddick Lecture Planned for October 30
Posted: October 14, 2015
The University of Evansville’s Department of History will welcome Steven P. Gietschier, university curator and associate professor of history at Lindenwood University, as guest speaker for the annual Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture. His topic will be “From before Jackie Robinson to after Ferguson.’ American Sports and Political Activism.” The event is Friday, October 30, 7:00 p.m. in Room 170, Schroeder School of Business Building. It is free and open to the public.
In the wake of professional athletes commenting publicly on the events in Ferguson and other acts that have led to community protests, Gietschier will examine the long history of American athletes getting involved in political or social activism. He will explore the circumstances where American athletes have stepped away from their games and into the larger arena in which we all live, as well as times when they have they not. He will examine why these decisions were made and the results of these decisions.
Gietschier earned his BSFS in international affairs from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and his MA and PhD in history from Ohio State University. Before joining the Lindenwood faculty in 2009, he worked for the Ohio Historical Society, the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, and The Sporting News. He joined the The Sporting News staff in 1986, as the publication was celebrating its centennial, to take charge of the company's archives. He turned a chaotic collection of books, periodicals, photographs, index cards, clippings, and other materials into the Sporting News Research Center, one of the outstanding special libraries specific to sport, especially baseball, in the United States. He wrote the annual "Year in Review" essay in the Baseball Guide and edited the Complete Baseball Record Book for five years.
“Steve Gietschier is an extremely distinguished historian of American sports, and we are absolutely thrilled to bring him to the University of Evansville to deliver the Fiddick Lecture and interact with students in class,” said James MacLeod, UE professor of history and director of the Fiddick Memorial Lecture Series. “Professional athletes have played an important role in our nation’s politics over the years, and we are very much looking forward to having one of the country’s leading sports historians with us for the Fiddick Lecture.”
“It is especially appropriate,” added MacLeod, “Given Tom Fiddick’s lifelong passion for professional sports, especially baseball.”
Fiddick, for whom the Fiddick Memorial Lecture is named, served as professor of history at the University of Evansville from 1963 to 2002. In his 39 years at the University, he was a dedicated teacher, a productive scholar, and a tireless fighter in the cause of justice. His untimely death on the day of his retirement in 2002 stunned the entire UE community, especially his many former students. It was from the former students’ efforts in particular, with the support of Fiddick’s friends and the University, that the annual Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture was established.
For more information, please call UE’s Department of History at 812-488-2965.
Cartoon Goes Global: UE Professor of History Draws Response to Charlie Hebdo Attack
Posted: January 14, 2015
UE professor of history and local cartoonist, Dr. James MacLeod, joined other cartoonists to create a drawing in response to the attacks on the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, in Paris last week. The message struck a chord with media from around the globe as his cartoon went viral, appearing on the website homepages of such notable outlets as CNN, The Wall Street Journal, TIME, Huffington Post, BBC, Washington Post, CBS Face the Nation and more.
He even appeared in live interviews on the subject, including one with MSNBC where he says his drawing illustrates that “ideas and creativity is a more powerful force than violence”.
Click here to view the full interview from MSNBC.
MacLeod did interviews with several other print, web, television and radio outlets including Voice of America, Salon.com, WRTV, WFYI, WIBC, Indianapolis Monthly, and 14news, Eyewitness News and the Courier and Press locally.
See below for a full list of all the places Dr. Macleod’s cartoon was featured as well as links to the many interviews he did on the subject:
The National in Scotland
Cartoon featured online: BBC, CNN, CNN Europe, Yahoo, NBC, MSNBC, ITV, TIME, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, Times of Israel, Here and Now, NPR National, Toronto Star, US State Department, Courier and Press
Cartoon Broadcast on: MSNBC, NBC Today Show, NBC Nightly News, Al Jazeera, 14WFIE, Eyewitness News, CBS Face the Nation
Cartoon Printed In: Wall Street Journal, Evansvlle Courier and Press
Fiddick Lecture to Discuss "The GI Generation: Sending American Soldiers into Battle in World War II"
Posted: September 12, 2014
The University of Evansville’s Department of History is proud to welcome Evansville native Theodore Wilson, Professor of History at the University of Kansas, for the annual Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture.
Dr. Wilson will present "The GI Generation: Sending American Soldiers into Battle in World War II" at 7 p.m. Friday, October 10, in Eykamp Hall (Room 252, Ridgway University Center). His lecture is free and open to the public.
“Theodore Wilson is one of the most distinguished historians of the Second World War working in America today, and we are absolutely thrilled to bring him to the University of Evansville to deliver the Fiddick Lecture and interact with students in class,” said Dr James MacLeod, UE professor of history and director of the Fiddick Memorial Lecture. “As we mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day and some of the other battles where young Americans changed the course of world history, it is the perfect time for our community to hear from one of the world’s foremost authorities on the United States Military between 1941 and 1945.”
Theodore A. Wilson grew up in Evansville and received his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1966. He has been a member of the University of Kansas faculty since 1965. His research has focused on the intersections of politics, national security policies, and foreign affairs between 1940 and 1975, and in recent years chiefly on the military dimensions of World War II. A recipient of Guggenheim and NEH fellowships, Wilson has held visiting appointments at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Leicester University, and University College Dublin. He served as Senior Research Fellow during 1989-91 at the U.S. Army Center of Military History. He is the author or editor of such works as The First Summit: Roosevelt and Churchill at Placentia Bay, 1941; Makers of American Diplomacy; D-Day 1944 and Victory in Europe, 1945: From World War to Cold War. Since 1986, he has been General Editor of the University Press of Kansas series, Modern War Studies. Forthcoming books include Coalition Warfare: A History and Building Warriors: The Selection and Training of U.S. Ground Combat Forces in World War II.
The Talking Dead in the Middle Ages
Posted: August 20, 2014
Annette Parks, professor of history, will be presenting “The Talking Dead” on Saturday, August 23 at 2:00 at the Evansville Museum as part of their Super Saturday activities. The August Super Saturday program has a medieval theme and will include a variety of activities from 11 to 4. Parks’ lecture will examine some medieval ideas and practices surrounding corpses – especially those of the wealthy and powerful. Admission to the lecture (and other activities) is free with Museum admission.
Fiddick Lecture to Discuss “Changing Views of Islam”
Posted: October 3, 2013
The University of Evansville’s Department of History is proud to welcome Olivia Remie Constable, professor of medieval history and the Robert M. Conway Director of the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame, for the annual Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture.
Constable will present “Changing Views of Islam in Spain Between the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period” at 7 p.m. Friday, November 1, in Eykamp Hall (Room 252, Ridgway University Center). Her lecture is free and open to the public.
“Olivia Remie Constable is one of the most distinguished medieval historians working in America today, and we are absolutely thrilled to bring her to the University of Evansville to deliver the Fiddick Lecture and interact with students in class,” said James MacLeod, UE professor of history and director of the Fiddick Memorial Lecture. “As the Western world struggles with its problematic relationship with Islam, and as tensions between the two continue to rise, it is the perfect time for our community to hear from one of the world’s foremost authorities on the relationship between the West and Islam.”
Constable holds a PhD in Near Eastern studies from Princeton University and has taught at the University of Notre Dame since 1995. Her publications include Trade and Traders in Muslim Spain: The Commercial Realignment of the Iberian Peninsula 900-1500 (Cambridge University Press, 1994), which won the John Nicholas Brown Prize from the Medieval Academy of America; Medieval Iberia: Readings from Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Sources (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997; second edition 2011); and Housing the Stranger in the Mediterranean World: Lodging, Trade, and Travel in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages (Cambridge University Press, 2003). She is currently working on a new book examining Christian perceptions of Muslim identity in late medieval and early modern Spain.
Constable has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Guggenheim Foundation, and was named a fellow of the Medieval Academy of America in 2009.
Thomas Fiddick, for whom the Fiddick Memorial Lecture is named, served as professor of history at the University of Evansville from 1963 to 2002. In his 39 years at the University, he was a dedicated teacher, a productive scholar, and a tireless fighter in the cause of justice. His untimely death on the day of his retirement in 2002 stunned the entire UE community, especially his many former students. It was from the former students’ efforts in particular, with the support of Fiddick’s friends and the University, that the annual Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture was established.
“The Fiddick Lecture is one of the best events of the year, as we get to celebrate the career of a truly outstanding faculty member here at UE,” MacLeod added. “Tom Fiddick was a brilliant scholar and an incredible teacher who made a life-transforming impact on generations of students.”
For more information, please contact the Department of History at 812-488-2963.
History Professor Publishes New Article
Posted: August 22, 2013
Dr Robin Sager has a new article out.
Warm congratulations to Dr Robin Sager, of the UE Department of History, who has published another scholarly article, “Waco’s Women in War Time,” in Waco History and Heritage 39:1. Feel free to ask her anytime about Waco's Women in War time!
Speaker Announced for 12th Fiddick Lecture
Posted: August 20, 2013
Notre Dame Professor to speak at UE on November 1st at 7pm
The Department of History is delighted to announce that the 12th annual Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture will be at 7pm on Friday November 1, 2013 in the Ridgway University Center. The speaker will be Olivia Remie Constable, professor of medieval history and the Robert M. Conway director of the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame. She will speak on “Changing views of Islam in Spain between the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period". This event is free and open to the public.
History Professor Interviewed on Egypt
Posted: August 16, 2013
UE History Professor Dan Byrne talks to WEHT about the ongoing crisis in Egypt
Watch here, as UE History Professor Dan Byrne talks to WEHT news anchor Brad Byrd about the ongoing crisis in Egypt. At the end, Brad Byrd delivers a passionate statement about how essential the knowledge of History is for us as a society.
Harlaxton Professor to Speak at UE, March 21 2013
Posted: February 21, 2013
Dr David Green of Harlaxton College will be delivering the annual History Department Spring Lecture, March 21.
The History Department is delighted to announce that on March 21st, from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm in
Ridgway 251A, Dr David Green of Harlaxton College will present a lecture entitled “The English Empire in the Later Middle Ages”. This is the annual History Department Spring Lecture, and is free and open to the public. "We are absolutely delighted to have David Green as our Spring Lecturer," said Dr James MacLeod, Interim Chair of the History Department. "He has already written three books and numerous articles on the Middle Ages, and his research interests reveal a brilliant mind. He is also a tremendous public speaker, so we are all in for a treat."
James MacLeod to Present November Andiron Lecture
Posted: October 30, 2012
Next week, as part of the University of Evansville’s Andiron Lecture Series in the liberal arts and sciences, James MacLeod, professor of history, will present “To the Greater Glory of God: Religion and Memorialization in 1920s Scotland.”
MacLeod will speak at 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 7 in Eykamp Hall (Room 252), Ridgway University Center. His lecture is free and open to the public.
“The First World War killed around 10 million men and helped shape the modern world,” MacLeod said. “The war had a devastating impact on traditional religious belief, especially in formerly pious countries like Scotland.”
“Through an analysis of around one thousand Scottish war memorials, mostly erected in the early 1920s, this lecture is a measurement of the extent to which religion continued to be a force in society. This involves a discussion of not only location and form, but also iconography and inscriptions, and is one way to assess the real impact war had on traditional religion in Scotland.”
MacLeod holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He taught history and British studies at Harlaxton College from 1994-99, and since 1999 he has taught history at the University of Evansville. In 2003, he was honored with the Exemplary Teacher Award, presented by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church. He is the author of The Second Disruption: The Free Church in Victorian Scotland and the Origins of the Free Presbyterian Church (Tuckwell Press, 2000) and numerous articles and chapters of books. His research interests are war, war memorials, and religion. His grandfather was a stretcher bearer in World War I.
Established in 1982, the Andiron Lectures offer research, commentary, and reflection from many fields of study. Presenters are primarily drawn from the faculty of UE’s College of Arts and Sciences but also include faculty members and administrators from across the University campus and occasional contributions from the regional community. The Andiron Lectures are sponsored by the University of Evansville College of Arts and Sciences and supported by a generous gift from Donald B. and Jean Korb.
For a full schedule of 2012-13 Andiron Lectures, please visit the series website.
For more information, please contact series coordinator M. Christine Mohn at 812-488-2585 or the College of Arts and Sciences at 812-488-2589.
Fiddick Memorial Lecture to Discuss "Lincoln and the Navy in the Civil War"
Posted: October 8, 2012
The University of Evansville’s Department of History is pleased to welcome Craig L. Symonds, PhD, for the annual Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture.
Symonds, professor emeritus of history at the United States Naval Academy, will present “Lincoln and the Navy in the Civil War” at 7 p.m. Friday, October 26 in Eykamp Hall, Room 251A. His lecture is free and open to the public.
“We are very excited to have Craig Symonds coming, as he is undoubtedly the world’s leading expert on Abraham Lincoln and the Navy in the Civil War,” said James MacLeod, UE professor of history and director of the Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture. “As 150th anniversary commemorations continue, this is a wonderful opportunity for people in the Tri-State to hear one of the Naval Academy’s most distinguished professors speaking on a topic that he knows so much about. People are always fascinated by Lincoln, but Lincoln’s role as commander-in-chief, especially as commander of the Navy, is one that most people don’t know much about. They will be captivated by Professor Symonds’ lecture.”
Symonds is the first person to win both the Naval Academy’s Excellence in Teaching award (1988) and its Excellence in Research award (1998). He also served as history department chair from 1988 to 1992, and received the Department of the Navy’s Superior Civilian Service medal three times. After retiring in 2005, he returned to the Academy in 2011-12 to serve a year as the Class of 1957 Distinguished Chair of American Naval History.
Symonds is the author or editor of 25 books, including prize-winning biographies of Joseph E. Johnston (1992), Patrick Cleburne (1997), and Franklin Buchanan (1999), as well as The American Heritage History of the Battle of Gettysburg (2001). Decision at Sea: Five Naval Battles that Shaped American History (2006) won the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Prize for Naval History the year it was published. His 2008 book, Lincoln and His Admirals: Abraham Lincoln, the U.S. Navy, and the Civil War, won the Barondess Prize, the Laney Prize, the Lyman Prize, the Lincoln Prize, and the Abraham Lincoln Institute Book Award. Symonds also won the Nevins-Freeman Prize in 2009. His latest work is The Battle of Midway, published by Oxford University Press in October 2011. He lives in Annapolis, Maryland.
Thomas Fiddick, for whom the Fiddick Memorial Lecture is named, served as professor of history at the University of Evansville from 1963 to 2002. In the 39 years he spent at the University, he was a dedicated teacher, a productive scholar, and a tireless fighter in the cause of justice. His untimely death on the day of his retirement in 2002 stunned the entire University of Evansville community, especially his many former students. It was from the former students’ efforts in particular, with the support of Fiddick’s friends and the University, that the annual Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture was established.