2013-2014 Annual Newsletter of the Center for Georgia Studies and The Department of History and Geography, Georgia College
History major Luke Manders recently received the competitive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, to support his upcoming study abroad experience in Cuzco, Peru.
Manders is one of 800 American undergraduate students from 356 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the prestigious scholarship to study or intern abroad during the spring 2015 academic term.
Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship program costs. The program aims to diversify the students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go. Students receiving a Federal Pell Grant from two- and four-year institutions who will be studying abroad or participating in a career-oriented international internship for academic credit are eligible to apply. Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages and economies – making them better prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector.
2013-2014 Department Newsletter
Dear alumni, colleagues and friends of the Department of History and Geography,
Greetings! It has been another exciting and productive year in the department. As you will see our faculty and students studied and spanned the globe in their successful pursuit of academic excellence.
Dr. Risch has been engaged with on-the-ground analyses of the dramatic events unfolding in Ukraine, and he served as an election observer for the recent elections. You may have heard some of his many interviews with various radio programs including the BBC.
Dr. Pascoe continues to delight students both intellectually and gastronomically with his fascinating course on Southern Foodways and his thriving summer study abroad program to Italy.
Dr. Samanta conducted research in India on health, animals and disease in the colonial period, and she will present a paper at the National University in Singapore this summer.
Dr. Auerbach’s scholarship includes work on the French Bordelais planters’ influence on the Haitian revolution, and he and colleague, Dr. Elisa Auerbach, have been awarded a grant to plan a study-abroad opportunity for students to Amsterdam and Paris.
In addition to presenting a paper on Moorish Science and African American connections with Morocco at a conference in Marrakech, Morocco, Dr. Huddle will be conducting a study-abroad trip to Madrid this year.
Dr. Wilson prepared for his long-awaited research trip to Ireland.
The world also came to Georgia College this year as Dr. Oetter and Dr. Fahrer once again did an outstanding job hosting the National Geographic Regional Geography Bee competition, and Dr. Sumpter hosted an invited speaker from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
We were also delighted to welcome two new outstanding colleagues to the department. Dr. Lauren Acker made the great trek all the way from California brining her expertise in the politics of late 19th century Savannah, Ga., to join us as lecturer in U.S. history, and Dr. Opperman brought her wealth of knowledge about the history of Mexico and Latin America to join us as an assistant professor.
Among the many accomplishments of our students, we were delighted to celebrate Mr. Andrew Gutkowski’s having earned admission and scholarship to pursue his doctoral studies at the University of South Carolina, and Mr. Mario Tumen’s receiving the prestigious Prentice Scholarship to conduct research in Peru. For more on our graduate students’ endeavors, please see below.