Dr. Andrew Witt
Dr. Witt has served on Academic Rank Committee as well as Advisory Board for the Center of Multicultural Education. He was the Department chair as well as serving on the committee to hire a new Associate Academic Dean for Edgewood College.
He will also publish a review of Jakobi Williams’ “From the Bullet to the Ballot: The Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party and Racial Coalition Politics in Chicago” in The Journal of American History in the fall of 2013.
Dr. Jay Hatheway
In anticipation of his sabbatical in the spring 2013-14, Jay Hatheway began research this past year for his book on the oil fields during Iran during the reign of the last shah, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi.
Dr. Jinxing Chen
Jinxing was selected as a grantee participant in a Faculty Enhancement Program: Deepening Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts, the “Vietnam: Consensus, Conflict, Contradiction, and Change” Seminar, sponsored by AISANetwork and the Melon Foundation. He spent three weeks in Vietnam from June 16 to July 6, 2013.
Freedom Rides Class
In the fall semester of 2012, Dr. Andy Witt offered a unique course to four history students entitled “Freedom Rides: The Civil Rights and Black Power Years.” This course looked beyond the traditional paradigm of the Civil Rights Movement, and instead encouraged viewing the Civil Rights Movement as a part of a much larger and more complex African American Freedom Struggle.
The course involved lectures, discussions and films, but arguably the most educational portion of the course was a four-day trip over fall break to study and research the African American Freedom struggle in four northern cities—Chicago, Detroit, Marion, and Milwaukee.
Following the trip, the students invited the Edgewood College community to a presentation on what they learned during this trip in order to raise awareness for the many racial issues still affecting society today. In doing so, the students were effectively able to report on many racial themes which were witnessed during the trip and suggest future action based on these observations that could potentially improve these problems.
Hatheway History Lecture
This spring the Edgewood History Department had the honor of welcoming Diane Nash to come and speak to our students and community.
Ms. Nash is a legendary Civil Rights activist who participated in the Nashville sit-ins of 1960, the formation of SNCC (Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee) and the Freedom Rides of 1961.
About the History Department
All faculty members of the History Department have doctorate degrees and have a passion for teaching. Their broad range of research interests include: Modern China, East Asian, Asian-American, European, Nazi Germany, Middle Eastern, 20th Century African-American, United States, and Women’s history.
Classes are small enough for professors and students to know each other well and to develop individual programs of coursework, field experience, seminars, study abroad, and independent research designed to meet the interests and goals of each student.