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Why study history?

Unidentified student group, 1940s, University Archives and Special Collections, University of Dayton.

Why study history?

1940s students

Unidentified student group, 1940s, University Archives and Special Collections, University of Dayton.

Statement on Violence against Asians and Asian Americans

The American Historical Association has issued a statement concerning incidents of violence and harassment aimed at Asians and Asian Americans. 

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We offer our students a challenging yet flexible program of study that emphasizes both the distinctiveness and the utility of the historian's craft.

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Extra-curricular activities enhance the learning experience beyond the classroom.

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About our Faculty and Staff

Our distinctive faculty teach courses focusing not only on past events and developments, but also on the manner in which historians gather evidence and reach conclusions.

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Meet our newest faculty
Shannen Williams

Associate Professor of History

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In the News at UD
Human Rights 03.15.21
University of Dayton Human Rights Center faculty and students create online exhibit exploring Vietnam War’s impact on campus

A key component of the Vietnam Legacies Project explores the University of Dayton in a wartime setting, showcasing protests, personal stories and the greater effects of the war on campus. An initiative of the UD Human Rights Center, the project includes a virtual exhibit launched during the 2020 fall semester, as well as a two-day online symposium in October that addressed the impact of the war in the U.S. and attracted more than 40 panelists and attendees.

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Other News Stories
Faculty Views on the Pandemic

Don't Go it Alone: Strengthening Library and Classroom Partnerships

A presentation by Christina A. Beis (University Libraries), Heidi Gauder (University Libraries), Kayla Harris (University Libraries), Stephanie Shreffler (University Libraries) and Caroline Waldron (Department of History).

The Problem with Thinking “After COVID”

A virtual presentation by Jim Crotty (Department of Communication), Adam Rathge (Department of History), Anne Crecelius (School of Health and Sport Science), Katy Kelly (University Libraries), Lis Regula (Department of Biology) and Yvonne Sun (Department of Biology).

Faculty Interview: International View on U.S. Confederate Symbolism

Ashleigh Lawrence-Sanders was recently interviewed by Al Jazeera English about the banning the Confederate flag from U.S. military sites. 

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Phi Alpha Theta welcomes newest members

The University of Dayton’s chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta National Honor Society for students and professors of history, is one out of 970 in the nation. UD’s chapter has enjoyed well over half a century of students. Students organize meetings to discuss important contemporary issues, host talks and enjoy social gatherings.

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