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Oct 11, 2016
Andy Kirk (History) is the author of the new graphic history, Doom Towns: The People and Landscapes of Atomic History, which was released last week by Oxford University Press.The book grew out of Kirk's work over the past 10 years on the award-winning Department of History & Sociology, Nevada Test Site Oral History Project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Education. The history of atomic testing is usually told as a story about big technology, science, and complex global politics. Doom Towns explains critical technological developments and the policies that drove weapons innovation within the context of the specific environments and communities where testing actually took place. The book emphasizes the people who participated, protested, or were affected by atomic testing and explains the decision-making process that resulted in these people and places becoming the only locations and groups to actually experience nuclear warfare during the Cold War. The graphic history presents various viewpoints directly linked to primary sources that reveal the complexity and uncertainty of this history to readers, while also providing evidence and access to archives to help them explore this controversial topic further and to reach their own informed conclusions about this history. 

Aug 12, 2016
William Bauer (History) published a book, California Through Native Eyes: Reclaiming History (University of Washington Press). Using oral histories of Concow, Pomo, and Paiute workers, taken as part of a New Deal federal works project, Bauer reveals how Native peoples have experienced and interpreted the history of the land we now call California. Combining these oral histories with creation myths and other oral traditions, he demonstrates the importance of sacred landscapes and animals and other non-human actors to the formation of place and identity.         

Jul 28, 2016
Michael Green, Eugene Moehring, Greg Hise, Andy Kirk, William Bauer, (all History), Claytee White, Su Kim Chung, (both Libraries) and Karen Harry (Anthropology), recently participated n a National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture workshop in which 72 teachers from across the country studied "Hoover Dam and the American Southwest." Green served as co-director, while Moehring, Hise, Kirk, Bauer, Harry, White, and Chung participated. Also participating was Michelle Turk, '11 PhD History.

May 26, 2016
Michael Green (History) wrote "Robert Todd Lincoln: "The Grieving Prince of Rails," a chapter in The Lincoln Assassination Riddle: Revisiting the Crime of the Nineteenth Century, edited by Frank J. Williams and Michael Burkhimer for Kent State University Press.

May 12, 2016
Joanne Goodwin (History and Women's Research Institute of Nevada) has been elected to the board of directors for the National Collaborative for Women's History Sites. The organization founded in 2001 supports and promotes the preservation and interpretation of sites and locales that bear witness to women's participation in American life. Goodwin's work documenting the history of women in Las Vegas was one of the reasons she was elected. 

Apr 13, 2016
John Hay (English) has been awarded a 2016 American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship. The ACLS annually selects its Fellows from across the humanities and social sciences. Fellows may be scholars at any stage of their careers. The last UNLV professor to receive an ACLS Fellowship was Joanne Goodwin (History) in 1995.

Feb 25, 2016
Michael Green (History) is the author of the book, Nevada: A History of the Silver State (University of Nevada Press), which recently was selected by Choice magazine as one of the outstanding academic titles of 2015.

Dec 10, 2015
Greg Brown (History) has been chosen as the new general editor of  'Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment.' He will continue to broaden the temporal and geographic scope of the series to embrace global Enlightenment culture (including burgeoning areas of research, such as southern and eastern Europe, the Hispanic world, and environmental studies). Brown wrote a letter to colleagues following his appointment.  This year marked the 60th anniversary of the series founded by Theodore Besterman as the 'Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century'. In future years, the series’ traditional strengths of intellectual rigor and high-quality author care will be maintained, while at the same time developing new digital models of scholarly communication and dissemination.

Dec 9, 2015
Joanne Goodwin (Women's Research Institute and History) gave a presentation on the development of — and her role as — co-producer in the television series MAKERS: Women in Nevada History at the National Women's Studies Association annual conference in Milwaukee in November. Also on the panel were representatives from the University of Wisconsin Gender and Women's Studies Consortium. Both Nevada and Wisconsin are creating multi-platform programming based on historical research on the history of women in their states. To see the Nevada programs, visit the Women's Research Institute of Nevada website.

Jun 15, 2015
Marcia Gallo (History) is the author of "No One Helped": Kitty Genovese, New York City, and the Myth of Urban Apathy, which was published in April. In this, her second book, Gallo examines one of America's most infamous true-crime stories: the 1964 rape and murder of Catherine "Kitty" Genovese in a middle-class neighborhood of Queens, New York. The story began when a front-page report in the New York Times incorrectly identified 38 indifferent witnesses to the crime, fueling fears of apathy and urban decay. Genovese's life, including her lesbian relationship, also was obscured in media accounts of the crime. Fifty years later, the story of Kitty Genovese continues to circulate in popular culture. Although it is now widely known that there were far fewer actual witnesses to the crime than was reported in 1964, the moral of the story continues to be urban apathy. "No One Helped" traces the Genovese story's development and resilience while challenging the myth it created. It places the conscious creation and promotion of the Genovese story within a changing urban environment. Even though the particulars of the sad story of her death were distorted, Kitty Genovese left an enduring legacy of positive changes to the urban environment.