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Department of History News

The history department's curriculum embraces the panorama of the past while also helping students to fulfill their constitutions, humanities, multicultural, and international requirements.

Current History News

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People | May 15, 2020

Eight UNLV Students Honored With 2020 Lance and Elena Calvert Awards For Undergraduate Research across a wide spectrum of research topics.

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People | May 1, 2020

From UNLV Magazine's spring 2020 issue.

Campus News | April 9, 2020

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV’s response to COVID-19 and faculty experts who have helped the community make sense of the pandemic and its impact to daily life.

Representatives from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians wrap UNLV Marta Meana in a blanket as part of the tribe's gift announcement to the university.
Campus News | March 5, 2020

A collection of news stories from February highlighting the people and research of UNLV.

Campus News | February 18, 2020

A collection of news stories capturing the excitement and accomplishments of UNLV at the start of a new decade.

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Business and Community | February 14, 2020

The marker, one of five to be installed in Nevada, will be unveiled March 5 in Las Vegas' Centennial Park.

History In The News

Yahoo! Sports
June 26, 2020

A restaurant that refused to seat a Black mother and son for an alleged dress code violation apologized for the “disturbing” and “eye-opening” experience. Now, the Maryland eatery is one of many reckoning with stiff and outdated wardrobe rules now under renewed scrutiny amid the Black Lives Matter movement and protests for racial equity.

Las Vegas Review Journal
June 22, 2020

If there ever was a year to celebrate Juneteenth, 2020 — a year in which marchers worldwide have taken to the streets to protest racial inequality and police violence against African Americans — would be it.

WCAU
June 15, 2020

Visitors from Philly and even Connecticut flocked to Atlantic City on Friday, the first day it was legal to consume alcohol in some public spots.

BeautiMode
June 10, 2020

Fashion is a mirror image of current events. In the past three months, new pneumonia has ravaged the world.

KSNV-TV: News 3
June 10, 2020

Preserve Nevada has come out with its annual list of endangered sites in the state.

Las Vegas Review Journal
June 9, 2020

While the Flamingo Hotel was not the first casino to open on what we now call the Strip, it was going to be different.

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Recent History Accomplishments

June 30, 2020
John Curry (History) worked as an exam reader for the document-based section 2020 AP World History exam for high school students all over the country and abroad, which was conducted through almost entirely remote means for the first time. The work of the readers led to the successful review of over 300,000 AP high school student exams.
June 15, 2020
Jeff Schauer (History) will serve a two-year term as secretary for the Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies (PCCBS), an interdisciplinary scholarly organization dedicated to the study of Britain, its former empire, and its global context. He previously has served on prize and program committees for the PCCBS, and on prize and search...
May 19, 2020
Susan Lee Johnson (History) has been nominated president-elect of the Western History Association (WHA), and will serve as president of the organization in 2022. The WHA's mission is "to be a congenial home for the study and teaching of all aspects of North American Wests, frontiers, homelands, and borderlands."
February 20, 2020
Robert Lang (Brookings Mountain West & The Lincy Institute), William Brown (Brookings), and David Damore (Political Science) recently had a piece published in FixGov, a Brookings Institution blog. Their piece "Electing a President: The Significance of Nevada," discusses that "while the outcomes of the Nevada caucuses may only yield a handful...
February 18, 2020
Harriet Barlow (The Intersection), Orlando White (Campus Life), and Kevin Wright (Student Diversity & Social Justice) facilitated a panel discussion and presentation on how toxic masculinity and hypermasculinity is manifested on campus and in the workplace, and how to alleviate those problematic behaviors.  The panelists who shared their...
February 12, 2020
William Bauer (History, American Indian Alliance) presented a paper, "I'm Afraid It Would Not Be Allowed to be Put in Print": California Indian Oral Histories and a Reimagining of the United States History" at the International  Conference on Oral History held at Birkbeck College, University of London, earlier this month.