Dr. Ryan Anderson continues his movie series this academic year. Below are are the events scheduled for the Fall 2019 semester. These events are open to all students, staff, and faculty.
October 7, 2019
Dr. Anthony Johnson
Young Frankenstein is both a loving homage to horror films such as the original motion picture Frankenstein (1931) and a parody of the horror genre.
Humble yet brilliant neurosurgeon Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) is also a descendant of the mad Dr. Victor Frankenstein, a man who believed that he could reanimate the dead. Although Frederick has gone to great pains to distance himself from his notorious grandfather’s eccentric experimentations, even going so far as to remind everyone that he pronounces his name “Fron-ken-shteen,” a visit from a family retainer upon the death of his great-grandfather—Baron Beaufort von Frankenstein—propels the young doctor to Transylvania as he dives into his grandfather’s world and his ideas. As a respected neurosurgeon in America, Frederick railed against the idea that dead tissue could come back to life, but when he finds a copy of his grandfather’s book How I Did It, which details just how the Dr. Victor Frankenstein brought his original creature to life, Frederick launches into a plan to create his own creature. With a little help from his loyal hunchback servant Igor (that’s pronounced Eye-gor and played to perfection by Marty Feldman), Frederick carries out a little grave robbing, takes a trip to the Brain Depository, and produces his own creature (Peter Boyle), but the results are … Abby Normal.
Mel Brooks directed and co-wrote (with Wilder) Young Frankenstein, and this is Brooks at his best: a tight script, a superb cast, and a loving commitment to the genre--and mentality--he skewers.
This is Spinal Tap
November 4, 2019
6pm – 8:30pm
Dr. Ryan K. Anderson
This is Spinal Tap didn’t invent the mockumentary, but it certainly popularized the comedic form.
Spinal Tap (played by Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer) is an English heavy metal band struggling to keep up with the times—once they were a folk group, then a flower-powered sixties band, and now an erstwhile group of headbangers. As Robert Ebert wrote of them when the film was released in 1982, “they're not bad men; they're holy fools, living in a dream that still somehow, barely, holds together for them.” That isn’t keeping them from touring behind their new album “Smell the Glove" and documentary filmmaker Marti DeBergi is along to save the moment for posterity (and maybe history). As the movie unfolds the band struggles to get the respect they crave—partly because of self-inflicted wounds and partly because of the band of idiots who are along promoting their career.
Rob Reiner both appeared in and directed This is Spinal Tap; it was his first time in the director’s chair. The film established a number of themes he returned to during the 1980s in films like Stand by Me and The Princess Bride, which critiqued the Baby Boomer generation he belonged to and the morals and values of Reagan’s America.
History Reception for Majors/Minors
The Department of History, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM on 1 April 2019, will host its annual reception for History/SSE/American Studies majors and minors. Among the festivities will be the announcement by Dr. Anthony Johnson of the History Department Outstanding Student of the Year. Dr. Johnson earned his undergraduate degree as a UNCP History major and is a past recipient of the award he will present. The History Department will also highlight the achievements of one of its faculty members and will initiate new members of Phi Alpha Theta, an international honor society for students interested in history.
Dr. Ryan Anderson continues his Movie Night series this spring with the following films and discussions.
February 28, 6:00 PM, Dial 225
Moderated by Dr. David Walton (History)
BlacKkKlansman is based on actual events and developed from Ron Stallworth’s 2014 memoire, Black Klansman. In the 1970s, Stallworth was an African American police officer in Colorado Springs, CO, and its department’s first African American detective. With the assistance of a Jewish surrogate, Stallworth successfully infiltrated the local Ku Klux Klan branch, eventually becoming its leader. Stallworth faced racism in his police department, witnessed racialized assaults by his fellow police officers, and eventually forced to infiltrate the Black Student Movement at Colorado College. Despite these challenges, the department assigned Stallworth to its intelligence division where he endeavored to expose and destroy the local KKK. Several themes in the film that are important to African American history are law enforcement infiltration, police brutality, and racialized terrorism. The film has many Oscar nominations: Best Picture; Adam Driver for Best Supporting Role; Spike Lee for Best Director; Barry Alexander Brown for Film Editing; Terence Blanchard for Music (Original Score); and Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee for Writing (Adapted Screenplay).
Master and Commander (2003)
March 18, 6:00 PM, Dial 214
Moderated by Dr. James Hudson (History)
From the novels of Patrick O'Brian, Russell Crowe stars as Jack Aubrey, Captain of the HMS Surprise. Aubrey and his crew are at war with France during the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815), when oceans were battlefields, and at a time when technological innovations were changing the nature of warfare and the European Enlightenment invited exploration of the natural world. Throughout the film, the Surprise and its crew serves as a kind of microcosm of 18th-19th century European society, one where emerging conceptions of nationhood and citizenship clashed with the old world mores of monarchy and divine right of kings. Aubrey is an adept commander whose men adore him, and believes that proper command and discipline provides necessary order to a chaotic world. But his friend, and ship's doctor, Dr. Maturin (Paul Bettany) often debates with Aubrey regarding the excesses of power, that if taken too far can lead to autocracy and dictatorship. Maturin is also a naturalist, with this hobby serving as an interesting subplot of the film, related to his fascination with and exploration of the natural world. The film was nominated for ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and in the years since its release has attracted a large fan base yearning for a sequel.
Fall 2018: Department of History Movie Nights
Last fall, our movie nights included the following.
Free State of Jones (2016)
October 16, 2018
Moderated by Dr. Jaime Martinez
Join us for a viewing and discussion of Free State of Jones. The film stars Matthew McConaughey as defiant Southern farmer Newt Knight, who led an extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Banding together with other Confederate deserters, farmers’ wives, and local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi, to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. Based on the book by historian Victoria Bynum.
Elmer Gantry (1960)
October 29, 2018
Moderated by Dr. Scott Billingsley
Based on Sinclair Lewis’s novel by the same name, Elmer Gantry offers a glimpse into the world of 20th century tent revivals that eventually gave way to televangelism and the prosperity gospel. Gantry, played by Burt Lancaster, is a hard-drinking con artist who weasels his way into the ministry of Sharon Falconer, a tent revivalist played by Jean Simmons whose character is based loosely on the 1920s evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson. The themes of sin and redemption, sex and seduction, and greed and integrity frame the story and will provide the basis for discussion of the film.
American Graffiti (1973)
November 12, 2018
Moderated by Dr. Ryan Anderson
On November 12th we’ll enjoy American Graffiti, a bittersweet George Lucas coming-of-age story starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Harrison Ford, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips, Bo Hopkins, and Wolfman Jack. The movie tells the stories of a set of Modesto, California teenagers immersed in the hot rod and rock n’ roll cultures of the day. All the characters are at a crossroads in life and must decide what they want more: to be whom they’ve been, or become someone new. Based on Lucas’ own memories, the film received widespread critical acclaim and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.
From Civil War to Civil Rights
For the past four years, Dr. Jaime Martinez has been the History Department's creative inspiration behind the "Songs and Stories" concerts. This year marks the fifth installment in the series. UNC Pembroke will present "Songs and Stories: From Civil War to Civil Rights" on Tuesday, February 27. The concert, a joint production of the Departments of Music and History, will take place at 7:30 pm in the Givens Performing Arts Center on the UNCP campus, and is free and open to the public. The program will feature the UNCP Jazz Combo I, conducted by Dr. Aaron Vandermeer, the University Chorale, conducted by Dr. José Rivera and accompanied by Akemi Williams, and a Brass Quintet led by Dr. Joanna Hersey, as well as individual musical performances and readings by students and faculty members. A slideshow of period photographs, interspersed with audio and video clips, will accompany the concert.
All of the "Songs and Stories" concerts bring together lots of different voices and types of performance, with costumes and images to help audience members immerse themselves in the period. This year, we’re highlighting two different periods, with a special focus on 1868 and 1968. The Civil War half of the program will conclude with the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment, which redefined citizenship in this country. The Civil Rights half of the program, meanwhile, considers many of the actions taken 1968 by people and organizations fighting for full and equal citizenship. For more information about the concert, or to plan accommodations for guests with special needs, please contact Dr. Jaime Martinez in the Department of History, at (910) 775-4031 or email@example.com.
Student Affairs 2017 Partner of Distinction Award Recipient
The History Department received the great honor of being awarded The Partner of Distinction Award on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017. This award serves to recognize an individual or group outside the division of Student Affairs who has made outstanding and/or sustained contributions to a program, department, or the mission and vision of our division. In the words of our friends in SA:
"This department has been an unequivocal partner to the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership for over seven years. Beginning as the first department to offer classes in cohort for the leadership living learning community, this department is additionally a regular collaborator for trips, leadership films and conferences. The faculty regularly provides feedback about the leadership process and helps support student success by sharing individual student insights with us so we can best serve as a student success safety net for our students. Additionally, the faculty have learned OSIL’s approach to leadership and infuse leadership concepts with their interactions and discussions."
The department is proud to serve students alongside our campus partners, and we look forward to future opportunities for collaboration and partnership.
Spring 2017 PURC Symposium
This year's PURC Symposium is will be on Wednesday, April 12, and features undergraduate research in the form of posters. Like most years, the symposium includes the works of students in the Department of History.
Abby Rosen is presenting a project on "'The Little House Series': Laura Ingalls Wilder and a Nostalgic Portrayal of Childhood During the Great Depression." It was completed in Dr. Anderson's "Growing Up American" course last fall.
- Jared Kaiser, Laura Spillman, Alta Davis, Mark Czechowski, and and Zach Freeman are presenting "Utilizing Literacy and Skill-Focused Teaching Methods," an extracurricular SSE-focused project done under Dr. Serina Cinnamon's supervision.
The poster session runs in the UC Annex between 9:45 and 11:30. Please drop by to see the work of our majors. Also a word of thanks to Dr. Ryan Anderson, who is the Director of PURC and the organizer of this event.
Civil Rights Movement Songs and Stories
Thanks to Dr. Jaime Martinez, the Departments of Music and History are once again collaborating to present a program of music, readings, and images organized around an historic theme. This year’s installment, Civil Rights Movement Songs & Stories, will focus on the Civil Rights era of the 1960s and feature performances by Jazz Combo #1, the University Chorale, and students, faculty, and staff from across campus. Watch for special guests from Pembroke Elementary School and cameo appearances by Jeff Frederick (Dean, College of Arts & Sciences) and Scott Billingsley (Interim Provost).
The concert takes place on Tuesday, February 28, at 7 pm in GPAC. Admission is free and open to the public, so invite lots of friends to join us!
This program is cosponsored by the Departments of History and Music, with additional support from the Departments of Mass Communication, English, Theatre, and Foreign Languages, and Art, the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, the Mary A. Livermore Library, the Accessibility Resource Center, and the Givens Performing Arts Center. For more information, or if you need to arrange accessibility accommodations, please call or email Dr. Jaime Martinez, Department of History (910-775-4031; firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Civil War Songs & Stories
- Harlem Renaissance Songs & Stories
Dr. Ryan Anderson continues hosting Film Night for the History Department. The movies included in the Spring 2017 semester are as follows.
- March 16 at 6:00 PM — High Noon (1952) — Dial 225 (doors open at 5:30 PM)
Dr. Weston F. Cook will moderate a viewing of the Gary Cooper western, High Noon, which also stars Grace Kelly. As its theatrical poster proclaims, this is “the story of a man too proud to run!” Retired lawman Will Kane is sought out by Frank Miller, a criminal he caught years before. Miller is returning on the noon train and Kane must run or, as it turns out, take a stand on his own. Released at the height of the Second Red Scare, this taut drama was both praised and scorned by critics at home and abroad because it spurned classic Western tropes such as epic chases, constant fights and shootouts, and a virtuous and strong-willed protagonist.
Is Kane a new leader for a new day in America? Or a sign of leadership’s decline in the face of a rising Soviet menace? Come decide for yourself.
- April 4 at 6:00 PM — Milk (2008) — Dial 225 (doors open at 5:30 PM)
Milk is the story of America's first openly elected official. Starring Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, and Josh Brolin, the biopic recounts the life and political career of Harvey Milk — a man who worked to create fairer society and has since inspired succeeding generations of human rights activism. Milk proved timely, as it was released two weeks before the 2008 California voter referendum on gay marriage was voted upon. Now, more than ever, his story is an inspiration in the polarized cultural politics of contemporary America.
Our featured speaker is Dr. Ryan Anderson, an Associate Professor of History who teaches and publishes on American cultural history. He is the author of Frank Merriwell and the Fiction of All-American Boyhood: The Progressive Era Creation of the Schoolboy Sports Story (Little Rock: University of Arkansas Press, 2015).
New Chair of the History Department
With Dr. Jeff Frederick's appointment as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Bruce DeHart has agreed to serve as Chair of the History Department, effective June 1. Dr. DeHart earned his PhD in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has been with the UNCP History Department since 1989. He teaches a wide variety of courses, including the history of Imperial Russia, the Soviet Union, the Second World War, and the Holocaust. Our thanks to Dr. DeHart for stepping into the breach.
New Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences
Dr. Jeff Frederick, currently the chair of the History Department, has been busy this spring. The university recognized his talents by appointing him the new Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UNCP, effective the first of June. In April, he was honored with two awards. The UNCP faculty bestowed on him one of the 2016 Outstanding Teaching Awards, the second one that he has received. In addition, at the third annual Golden Braves Awards ceremony, Director of Athletics Dick Christy presented Dr. Frederick with the inaugural "Changing Lives through Education" Award.
Earlier in the spring, Dr. Frederick presented a paper at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Association of Historians, and in April he served as a panel member at the Faculty Round Table during the Chancellor's Installation Week. The theme of the panel was "UNCP at 150: The University and Higher Education in 2037."
As the Spring 2016 semester approaches its conclusion, the UNCP History Department hosted its annual reception for its majors and minors, announcing the recipients of its awards and scholarships, recent and upcoming graduates, and Phi Alpha Theta initiates. Congratulations to all for a successful academic year.
In addition to our student achievements, Dr. Jeff Frederick announced the impending departure of one faculty member and impending arrival of a new one. Dr. Rose Stremlau, who is a historian of the Native Americans of the Southeastern United States, has accepted a position with Davidson University to begin in the Fall 2016 semester. Dr. Stremlau has been a popular teacher, a devoted colleague, and a wonderful friend to the UNCP History Department. Her contributions to the quality of education our majors receive will be sorely missed, but we wish her the very best as she takes on her new professional challenges.
The UNCP Friends of the Library announce a faculty showcase to highlight the recent publications by two History Department faculty. At 3:30 PM on Tuesday, February 23, Ryan Anderson will discuss Frank Merriwell and the Fiction of All-American Boyhood: The Progressive Era Creation of the Schoolboy Sports Story, published by University of Arkansas Press, and Charles Beem will comment on a book — The Man behind the Queen: Male Consorts in History — that he both edited and contributed to.
The UNCP History Department continues its Film Night series, hosted and arranged by Dr. Ryan Anderson. Come watch, learn, and discuss related issues with guest speakers from the UNCP faculty.
- October 28, Saturday Night Fever (1977), Speaker: Dr. Scott Billingsley
- November 16, From Here to Eternity (1953), Speakers: Drs. Charles Beem and Rose Stremlau
- February 22, Selma (2014), Speaker: Dr. Jeff Frederick
Films are shown in Dial 225 at 6pm. Doors open at 5:30pm. Comments and discussion follow presentation of the film.
Students returning for the fall 2015 semester will notice some changes for the History Department. Robert Brown, after two decades of distinguished service as the Department's Chair, returns full time to teaching. Jeff Frederick was chosen to succeed him as the History Chair. In addition, Scott Billingsley has accepted an administrative post. Zoe Locklear (School of Education), the Interim Provost for UNC Pembroke, selected Dr. Billingsley to serve as Associate Provost. Congratulations to Drs. Frederick and Billingsley for these important appointments. While we will see them in fewer classes, we'll enjoy the benefits of their administrative leadership.
Students will see a new face among the History faculty. Dr. Serina Cinnamon was hired as coordinator of the Social Studies Education program. A recently graduated PhD from Southern Illinois University, Dr. Cinnamon earned her degree in Curriculum Instruction and has specialties in Social Science Education and Curriculum Theory & Foundations. She is an active scholar and has experience teaching in both secondary and higher education. We are fortunate to have her join the History Department and hope you will extend a warm welcome to her.
New Book for Ryan Anderson
The University of Arkansas Press recently published Ryan Anderson's Frank Merriwell and the Fiction of All-American Boyhood: The Progressive Era Creation of the Schoolboy Sports Story. Dr. Anderson is an Associate Professor of History, Coordinator of the American Studies minor, and Interim Director of the UNCP Undergraduate Research and Creativity Center. Click HERE for a list of the History faculty's recent publications.
Teaching Award for Charles Beem
The Department of History congratulates Dr. Charles Beem for being honored with one of the UNCP Outstanding Teaching Awards of 2015. He teaches a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses on British history but also including world civilization and gender history. This is the second time that Dr. Beem has received this honor. Click HERE for a list of the History Department's honored faculty.
Student Scholarships and Awards
At its inaugural annual reception for current students and alumni, in April 2015, the History Department announced the recipients of its scholarships and outstanding student award. The complete list of honorees is listed below, and members of the History Department wish to congratulate all of them on their academic success.
Jamal B. Soles and Charles A. Jackson
Outstanding Students of the Year
Hugh V. Alderson
John Green Memorial Endowed Scholarship
History Faculty Scholarship
Manuel G. Diaz
James C. Maynor Scholarship
Sue Betty Locklear Endowed Memorial Scholarship
Alicia M. Hatmaker
Max M. Weinstein history Scholarship
Nancy Jones-Dorothy Hupp Memorial Scholarship
Clifton Oxendine Scholarship
Joseph M. Sobieski
Loren Butler II History Award
Laura A. Spillman
Society of the Sons of the Revolution in the
State of North Carolina Scholarship in History
Civil War Songs and Stories
On Tuesday, February 10, the Music and History departments jointly sponsored "Civil War Songs and Stories." The opening sequence featured Drs. Scott Billingsley, Weston Cook, Bruce DeHart, and Jeff Frederick as the four presidential candidates in 1860. That reenactment was followed by the creative contributions of UNCP students and others. Highlights included the following.
- History students portrayed Union and Confederate soldiers and their wives.
- Theatre student Kayla Cox performed a monologue she wrote based on the wartime experiences of Harriet Tubman.
- December 2014 graduate Melvin Morris (Art) displayed several of his paintings.
- A student brass quintet opened the second half of the program.
- The second half also featured powerful arias by Music majors DeeDee Hargett, Meredith Shanahan, and Nygel Robinson, and a moving choral finale with a huge solo by Fabian Griffith.
- The University Chorale performed five pieces—for a preview, check out this video of their rehearsal: http://youtu.be/OLM3p_kk93k (I apologize for the poor quality—I filmed this on my iPad yesterday morning).
Many students, faculty, and staff across campus have worked to make this concert happen, and we applaud their fine work.
The History Department offers special thanks to Dr. Jaime Martinez for her creativity, inspiraton, and hard work in bringing this production to the UNC Pembroke community.