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Department of History News

The Department of History offers a curriculum that embraces the panorama of the past while also helping students fulfill their constitutions, humanities, multicultural, and international requirements. Our programs and courses also aim to enrich student's abilities to research, critically analyze, and effectively communicate.

Current History News

Spring Flowers (Becca Schwartz)
Campus News |

A roundup of the top news stories featuring UNLV students and faculty.

The Las Vegas strip as seen on Super Bowl weekend (Josh Hawkins/UNLV).
Campus News |

A collection of news stories and highlights featuring UNLV students and faculty.

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People |

Ombuds David G. Schwartz provides a safe space for hearing your workplace concerns.

a UNLV football helmet placed on the turf with an Allegiant Stadium sign and empty bleachers visible in the background
Campus News |

As the nation's most-watched sports entertainment event rolls into town, UNLV researchers are available to provide expertise.

Allegiant Stadium
Business and Community |

UNLV history professor Michael Green on the continued evolution of pro sports in Las Vegas and its road to the Super Bowl.

The Las Vegas skyline (Josh Hawkins, UNLV).
Campus News |

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV’s dedication to community and research.

History In The News

Las Vegas Weekly

Storytelling is the centerpiece of good entertainment, and our city has a lot of stories to tell. Las Vegas has been long obsessed with being ahead of the curve in all things entertainment, food and gaming. But with a reputation for building up new resorts as fast as it tears them down, Las Vegas is a city in constant flux. Often, important stories of our past are simply forgotten.

Las Vegas Weekly

Storytelling is the centerpiece of good entertainment, and our city has a lot of stories to tell. Las Vegas has been long obsessed with being ahead of the curve in all things entertainment, food and gaming. But with a reputation for building up new resorts as fast as it tears them down, Las Vegas is a city in constant flux. Often, important stories of our past are simply forgotten.

Las Vegas Weekly

Storytelling is the centerpiece of good entertainment, and our city has a lot of stories to tell. Las Vegas has been long obsessed with being ahead of the curve in all things entertainment, food and gaming. But with a reputation for building up new resorts as fast as it tears them down, Las Vegas is a city in constant flux. Often, important stories of our past are simply forgotten.

Deseret News

Louis Armstrong and Benny Goodman performed there. Gladys Knight and Wayne Newton had residencies in its theatre. Magicians Siegfried & Roy made their Las Vegas debut there. And James Bond checked into room 831 after saying, “I hear that the Hotel Tropicana is quite comfortable” in the movie “Diamonds are Forever.”

PBS

A look back at Tropicana’s six decades of legacy on the Las Vegas Strip.

KVVU-TV: Fox 5

When it first opened on April 4, 1957, the Tropicana was the most expensive hotel-casino ever built on the Las Vegas Strip. It was dubbed the “Tiffany of the Desert” in a nod to the status jewelry store. That elevated level of style set a new bar for what guests could and should expect, on a visit to Vegas.

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Recent History Accomplishments

Carlos Dimas (History) co-organized and co-hosted the inaugural El Laboratorio: Seminar for the History of Latin American Science, Technology, Engineering, and Medicine that took place on April 11 and April 12 via Zoom. The seminar brought together 10 papers and scholars from the United States, Canada, England, Australia, and Brazil. The panel was…
John Curry (History) was the guest editor for the most recently-released issue of the World History Bulletin, volume 89:2 (Fall/Winter 2023). The special issue was dedicated to the topic of "Democratizing, Diversifying, and Decolonizing the World History Survey, and in addition to editing and finalizing the slate of six articles in the…
Jeff Schauer (History) organized a panel on converging and competing knowledge systems and conservation in southern Africa at the meeting of the American Society for Environmental History in Denver. Schauer's own paper was titled "Tracking Puku: Traditional knowledge, skills, and the crafting of Zambian wildlife science." The paper used the…
An article, "Cops or Coaches? The Statutory Role of Juvenile Probation Officers in a Transformative Age," co-authored by Justin Iverson (Law) and David Tanenhaus (Law/History) has been published in the Michigan State Law Review. 
Michelle Tusan's (History) book, "The Last Treaty: Lausanne and the End of the First World War in the Middle East" won the 2023/2024 PCCBS Best Book Prize.
Michael Green (History) has been appointed to a three-year term on the Nevada Awards and Honor Selection Board. This group will choose the annual recipients of a new, legislatively-mandated honor, the Nevada Medal of Distinction.