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Interim Chancellor Hank Foley cordially invites you to the 13th annual 21st Century Corps of Discovery Lecture: Ptolemy I of Egypt: Alexander the Great’s Greatest Successor?

Curators Distinguished Professor of History Ian Worthington enjoys challenging conventional wisdom. Worthington teaches courses in Greek history, western civilization, and ancient history and has written what have been described by scholars as “the definitive histories” of Alexander the Great and Phillip II of Macedonia.

The College of Arts and Science is proud to be home to some of the world’s best historians, scientists, artists, authors, performers, innovators, and scholars. The A&S Faculty Fellowship program allows the college to recognize outstanding faculty members by providing a one-time award of $5,000. The fellowship may be renewed if the faculty member is selected again.

One or more annual awards; recipients must have demonstrated financial need; academic achievement need not be a consideration.

Selected on basis of intellectual merit and ability, quality of work, professional promise, and personal integrity and character, without regard for economic circumstances.

2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards

The Arts and Science Distinguished Alumni Awards, established in 1984, allow the college to recognize some of its many outstanding alumni whose professional contributions have enhanced their respective disciplines and the quality of life for humankind, and in doing so have reflected well on the College of Arts and Science.


Major Garrett
BA ’84 political science, BJ ’84

trivia night

Form a team and get ready to answer Black History Month trivia questions! A light meal will be provided, and the winning team will receive prizes. This event is a fundraiser for the Endowed Chair of African-American History and Culture.

WHAT: Geoff Eley, contemporary history professor at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, will visit the University of Missouri to present, “Placing the Holocaust in History: Shifting Perspectives, 1960-2010.” Eley’s talk will focus on ways historians have represented the Holocaust to the public and how viewpoints have changed over time.

As any professor knows, semesters quickly become busy with teaching, advising, and administrative commitments.  Fellowships and grants can give faculty members the time and resources they need to focus on key research projects. Keona Ervin, assistant professor of history, just received a Career Enhancement Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation that will allow her to devote a year to her manuscript.

Provides awards to doctoral students in history to help them meet the costs of travel outside North America necessary for their dissertation research.

Diane Mutti Burke, associate professor of history at UMKC, will present the inaugural lecture of The African-American Experience in Missouri lecture series on Feb. 3 in Jesse Auditorium. Burke will examine the lives of African-Americans who were enslaved in Mid-Missouri.

Awarded to undergraduate students in history who are studying East Asian history and/or culture.  

In Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, released in 1838, Oliver is an orphan born in a workhouse and sold as an apprentice to an undertaker. He later escapes and joins a gang of young pickpockets, led by elderly ringleader Fagin. Dickens’ tale exposed the cruel treatment of many orphans in London in the mid-19th century.

Provides scholarships and fellowships for students majoring in history.

Awards to needy and deserving students enrolled in history; demonstrated financial need is a requirement.

One or more annual awards to outstanding students who show an interest in and aptitude for teaching history.

Awarded to an outstanding undergraduate student majoring in American history.

Keona K. Ervin can easily connect the dots from the fight for racial equality and justice on college campuses across the country today to the civil rights struggles of the 1960s, which in turn were an outgrowth of social movement activism of the 1930s and ’40s.

The Hellenic American Leadership Council has invited an MU history professor to deliver a public lecture and feature his latest book in conjunction with a major exhibit at one of the largest natural history museums in the world.

MU history professor John Wigger says if someone developed a television series based on the rise and fall of televangelist Jim Bakker and his wife, Tammy Faye, audiences would have a tough time believing the story because it seems so ludicrous. A pair of small-time faith healers parlays a puppet show into a multimillion-dollar media empire, builds a Christian theme park at the height of their success, and then watches it all blow up.

Ancient history scholars and archaeologists are placing bets on who was buried in a massive marble-walled tomb that was recently discovered in northern Greece at Amphipolis. The tomb is the largest ever found in the area and dates between 325 and 300 B.C., not long after Alexander the Great died in 323. Archaeologists are working swiftly to uncover any and all clues in the tomb that may help scholars find out who was buried there.

The University of Missouri has faculty members spread across the Columbia campus who study various aspects of the Korean peninsula. Until now, MU has lacked a central location where these scholars of Korea can discuss their work, collaborate on research projects, and find new research opportunities. The Institute for Korean Studies (IKS), which opens Feb. 9, will serve as a focal point for research about the Korean peninsula.

  • The Global Legacy of Abraham Lincoln
  • American Constitutional Democracy in the World

Fellowships for graduate students who have passed the PhD comprehensive examinations and given evidence of a high degree of scholarly ability, served as teaching assistants in the department, and demonstrated a special commitment to and achievement in teaching excellence.

Awarded to a graduate student working in the field of American history, who by achievement, promise, character, and interest in scholarly endeavor is regarded as worthy of the scholarship.

COLUMBIA, Mo. –Patricia Okker, interim dean of the College of Arts and Science at the University of Missouri, today announced that Lael Keiser, professor of public policy and administration, has been appointed director of the Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs at MU, effective Sept. 1. On that date, the Truman School will incorporate into the College of Arts and Science.

Beginning this month, MU and the State Historical Society of Missouri’s Center for Missouri Studies will present a series of lectures focusing on The African-American Experience in Missouri. The lecture series was announced in December by Chuck Henson, MU’s interim vice chancellor for inclusion, diversity, and equity.

Ilyana Karthas says her fellow historians and other academics have not considered the important influence of ballet on French culture, national identity, and modern aesthetics. She hopes to correct that oversight with the release of her book, When Ballet Became French: Modern Ballet and the Cultural Politics of France, 1909–1939 from McGill-Queen’s University Press, Montreal.

An MU history professor who specializes in the cultural and intellectual history of the United States says his curiosity about the popularity of President John F. Kennedy led to a new understanding of America’s 35th president. Steven Watts’s new book, JFK and the Masculine Mystique: Sex and Power on the New Frontier (St. Martin’s Press 2016), was officially released this week.

Provides stipends for juniors, seniors, or graduate students in history.

The views and opinions expressed in this “for expert comment” release are based on research and/or opinions of the researcher(s) and/or faculty member(s) and do not reflect the University’s official stance.

By Sheena Rice

  • Walt Disney and American Culture
  • John F. Kennedy and the Masculine Mystique

Scholarships for students of ancient history who are in need of financial assistance.

Provides support to promote professional growth among students by stimulating oportunities for teaching, research, and service that will elevate individuals to higher levels of achievement. Special consideration shall be given to providing support for students such as assistance for the purchase of text books.

Students considered for the fellowship will have passed their doctoral comprehensive exams and have given evidence of a high degree of scholarly ability.

Funds are for dissertation fellowships, graduate stipends, travel, and research without regard to economic circumstances.

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