Petroglyph engravings in the side of a rock formation in the desert.

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

Hoover Dam
Campus News | December 30, 2022

The problems facing our world and how UNLV helped find solutions.

Ph.D. engineering graduate George William Kajjumba is hooded during the Spring 2022 commencement ceremony
Campus News | December 28, 2022

Student achievements including competition wins, a science fellowship first, and new innovations splashed local and national news headlines in 2022.

A laser beam emitting a blue light is projected into a diamond anvil cell
Research | December 27, 2022

Groundbreaking discovery was the norm for Rebel researchers in 2022. Here's a selection of our favorite news-making UNLV research highlights from the year. 

UNLV Engineering team's robot shaking hands with student
Campus News | December 5, 2022

A roundup of students and faculty whose innovation and expertise made news headlines.

UNLV cheerleaders during 2022 homecoming
Campus News | November 8, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV students and faculty who made headlines locally, regionally, and internationally.

The sun breaks over a ranch house
Research | October 17, 2022

The Walking Box Ranch is a direct link to the world of 1930s Hollywood glamor and a vital resource for UNLV's students of historic preservation.

History In The News

Yahoo!
February 8, 2023

It was Valentine’s Day 1917 in the Minnesota farming village of Lewiston, and Fred Roth — a fourth grader — seems to have come up with just the way to express his love for his sweetheart, Louise Wirt. He gave her a card.

ABC News
February 8, 2023

It was Valentine’s Day 1917 in the Minnesota farming village of Lewiston, and Fred Roth — a fourth grader — seems to have come up with just the way to express his love for his sweetheart, Louise Wirt. He gave her a card.

Associated Press
February 8, 2023

It was Valentine’s Day 1917 in the Minnesota farming village of Lewiston, and Fred Roth — a fourth grader — seems to have come up with just the way to express his love for his sweetheart, Louise Wirt. He gave her a card.

History Channel
February 8, 2023

Celebrating Valentine’s Day in the United States comes with multiple go-to practices. Offering a bouquet of red roses to your beloved. Purchasing a card with a heartfelt message. Sharing a candlelit meal with your partner. Giving a heart-shaped box of delicious chocolates.

Authority Magazine
February 6, 2023

At some point in our lives, many of us will have to give a talk to a large group of people. What does it take to be a highly effective public speaker? How can you improve your public speaking skills? How can you overcome a fear of speaking in public? What does it take to give a very interesting and engaging public talk? In this interview series called “5 Things You Need To Be A Highly Effective Public Speaker” we are talking to successful and effective public speakers to share insights and stories from their experience. As a part of this series, we had the pleasure of interviewing David G. Schwartz.

The Sun
February 5, 2023

A casino guest was shocked when they checked in to find that their hotel corridor was covered in what looked like blood stains. The gambler had arrived for a short stay and a flutter, but was disturbed at what they saw as a bizarre interior design option.

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Finding the intersection of the end of British colonial rule in African and how it affected wildlife conservation.

Recent History Accomplishments

January 31, 2023
John Haberstroh (History) has published an interview titled, "Making Monsters Beautiful: An Interview with Karen Dee Carpenter," in the Council for European Studies' online journal, EuropeNow. The interview explores Carpenter's (CSU Northridge) virtual reality opera project called "Beautiful Monsters," which retells the stories of famous ancient…
January 17, 2023
Paul W. Werth (History) has been designated a Fellow of the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies in Uppsala for the spring semester of 2024. 
December 5, 2022
John Curry (History) organized and presented in a roundtable aimed at publicizing and discussing the progress made on a translation project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities at the Middle East Studies Association annual meeting in Denver, CO, on December 4. The project aims to publish an annotated translation of the Khataynameh …
December 1, 2022
Paul W. Werth (History) will be the Gerhard Casper fellow at the American Academy in Berlin for the spring semester of 2023. While residing in the German capital, he will work on research about Russian and Eurasian borders, territory, and sovereignty. 
November 28, 2022
Carlos S. Dimas (History) presented a paper, "An Engineered Garden: Hydrological Infrastructure in Northwestern Argentina, 1890-1910s," at the Society for the History of Technology conference in New Orleans, LA. The paper explores the role of engineers in altering the northwestern Argentine landscape to deliver water for irrigation and…
November 28, 2022
Carlos S. Dimas (History) had an article published, "History of the Sciences in Argentina: From Paleontologists to Psychiatrists, 1850s to 1910s," in the edited collection Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History The article offers an overview of the sciences in turn-of-the-century Argentina and places the region in a global context.