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MAY 12 Leilah Danielson Book Talk

MAY 12 Leilah Danielson Book Talk
When Abraham Johannes Muste died in 1967, newspapers throughout the world referred to him as the "American Gandhi." In American Gandhi, Leilah Danielson establishes Muste's distinctive activism as the work of a prophet and a pragmatist.

MAY 19 Lecture Garrett Fagan

MAY 19 Lecture Garrett Fagan
How to Stage a Bloodbath: Theatricality and Artificiality at the Roman Arena. This lecture examines an understudied aspect of Roman arena spectacles—evidence for stagecraft—and explores the reasons why the producers of games went to such lengths to theatricalize them.

MAY 28 David A. Horowitz Presentation

MAY 28 David A. Horowitz Presentation
History Professor David A. Horowitz will deliver a multi-media presentation as a preview to his newly released memoir Getting There: An American Cultural Odyssey (Inkwater Press, 2015).
Students of history, through investigation of the past, gain skills and perspectives that foster a better understanding of the world and their place in it. The study of history contributes to the goals of a liberal arts education by enabling students to gain a deep appreciation of the diversity of human experience over time.

Through the study of history, students learn how to interpret their own experience and to shape their own values by engaging in dialogues with the past. The study of history also nurtures the ability to view the world from multiple perspectives, including interdisciplinary ones. Finally, history provides the foundation for informed participation in both the local and the global community by teaching how to apply critical thinking skills to solving problems. The study of history offers excellent training for a variety of occupations, from teaching to law, government, business, and the arts.

The PSU Department of History encourages active engagement in historical inquiry, whether at the introductory survey level, in seminars, or in community-based learning. Active engagement requires students to learn how to master basic knowledge, ask historical questions, access and evaluate information, and communicate what they have learned in both written and oral forms. Helping students master the use of a variety of sources and tools to unlock the past is a goal of all history courses.

We also invite you to visit the Friends of History website. The FOH is a community organization devoted to the promotion and dissemination of historical information in the Portland area. Monthly roundtable discussions on the Civil War, book discussion groups, and presentations by guest speakers on all manner of historical topics are just a sample of FOH's program offerings.

Support the History Department by making a donation through the PSU Foundation's secure website.