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history Accomplishments

Nov 26, 2018
Michael J. Alarid (History) presented "Beyond Banditry: Everyday Larceny in Territorial New Mexico" at the Zimmerman Library on the campus of the University of New Mexico earlier this month. His invited talk was part of the fall 2018 People and Places series at the University Libraries Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections. 

Nov 21, 2018
Joanne Goodwin (History) presented at the National Trust for Historic Preservation annual conference in San Francisco Nov. 15.  The paper discussed the new research on women's suffrage activists in Nevada and her work to create a website on the Nevada suffrage network. Doctoral student Christine Lamoureux provided research assistance for both the presentation and the map.

Oct 29, 2018
Michael J. Alarid (History) presented a paper, "Ricos, Politicos, Hombres de Bien, or Something Else?: Reconsidering Landholding New Mexicans in the Mexican State and American Territorial Periods, 1836-63 " at the annual meeting of the Western History Association in San Antonio.

Oct 23, 2018
William Bauer (History and American Indian Alliance) presented a paper, "Critical Indigenous Biographies: Elmer Busch, Federal Obligations and the Making of Modern California" at the annual meeting of the Western History Association in San Antonio.

Oct 19, 2018
Marcia Gallo (History) was featured on NPR's "It's Been A Minute" with Sam Sanders in honor of the 30th anniversary of National Coming Out Day.

Sep 24, 2018
William Bauer (History and American Indian Alliance) presented a paper, "California Indians and the Legacies of American Violence," at "The Law and Politics of Commemoration: The Legacy of Serranus Hastings," held at the UC Hastings College of Law earlier this month in San Francisco.

Aug 20, 2018
Mary D. Wammack (History) discusses nuclear weapons testing in Nevada in the latest episode of Back Story with the American History Guys. The episode, "In the Shadow of the Mushroom Cloud" will air on NPR stations that carry Back Story and at @BackStoryRadio.

Jul 26, 2018
William Bauer, Michael Green, Greg Hise, Andy Kirk, and Michelle Turk (all History); Karen Harry (Anthropology); and Su Kim Chung and Claytee White (both Libraries) recently spoke as part of "Hoover Dam and the Shaping of the American West," a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for College and University Faculty. Julian Kilker (Journalism) and Norma Flores (History) also were faculty members of the institute.

Jun 21, 2018
William Bauer (History) delivered a paper, "Not Dammed Indians: The Dos Rios Dam and the Politics of Indian Removal in 1968" at 1968 in the Americas: Impact, Legacies and Memory, which was held at the University College London Institute of the Americas. The presentation examined how the Round Valley Indian tribal council defeated a state and federal effort to build a dam and flood their reservation. Bauer is a member of the American Indian Alliance.        

May 21, 2018
In mid-April, the UNLV public history program hosted the National Council on Public History’s annual conference, giving UNLV faculty and graduate students an opportunity to organize events and showcase their work: Costume curator and the director of public history at UNLV Deirdre Clemente organized a pop-up fashion exhibition where four teams of four competed to curate and install a Vegas-themed costume exhibition. The clothing used for this mad-cap, collaborative two-hour project is part of the public history program’s study collection and was donated by local collector David Porcello. Professor and public historian Andy Kirk won the best book award at the National Council on Public History for his graphic history, Doomtowns: The People and Landscapes of Atomic Testing. Public historian Miriam Melton Villanueva organized an ofrenda, a Mexican altar commonly used on Day of the Dead. Working with students, Melton Villanueva created the altar to offer visitors to Las Vegas a place to honor the many lives lost in our city on October 1. This work is an extension of a project that began in collaboration with the Barrick Museum. Michael Green, associate director of public history, and graduate students Billy Marino, Shae Cox and Anthony Graham worked with conference organizers on a local program that shared locals’ secrets on where to get the best tacos (Tacos El Gordo) and the city’s historical must-sees, including The Mob Museum. The conference also gave UNLV graduate students a number of opportunities to make important career connections as they move into their professional lives.