Summer and Fall 2017 Courses

Registration opens on Monday, so make sure that you meet with your advisor as soon as possible to set up your schedule. The registrar’s office has posted the full schedule of fall courses. The summer schedule is also available; remember that 100- and 200-level summer courses are being offered at 50% tuition rates this year. The CU Bookstore has the book lists for each class, and Dr. Cheathem has posted his fall book list separately.

HIS 225 Introduction to Historical Methods Cheathem, M. MW  9:30AM 10:45AM
HIS 324 Latin American History Bell, R. MW 12:30PM  1:45PM
HIS 325 African American History Cheathem, M. MW 11:00AM 12:15PM
HIS 427 American Indian History Inman, N. TR 11:00AM 12:15PM
HIS 496 Seminar in History Cheathem, M. TBA TBA TBA
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Signed Copies of Felix Grundy Biography Available.

We have a few signed copies of Rod Heller’s biography of Felix Grundy left from last week’s talk. It’s a great book about an important Tennessee lawyer and politician.

If anyone on campus wants one to give as a Christmas gift (hint, hint), let Dr. Cheathem know via email (mcheathem@cumberland.edu). They are $30 cash or check, and someone in the alumni house can also run a credit card if that’s all you have. If you aren’t on campus and want one, a copy is $33 to ship. Just a reminder–100% of sales go to the CU history students.

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Spring 2017 History Schedule

Registration opens after fall break, so make sure that you meet with your advisor as soon as possible to set up your schedule. The registrar’s office has posted the full schedule of courses. The CU Bookstore has the book lists for each class, and Dr. Cheathem has posted his list separately.

Of special note: Dr. Tara Mielnik will be teaching the Introduction to Public History course on Wednesday afternoons.

HIS 192 1 World Civilization Since 1500 MW 8-9:15 Lane
HIS 201 1 History of the U.S. I MW 9:30-10:45 Lane
HIS 202 1 History of the U.S. II MW 8-9:15 Bell
HIS 202 2 History of the U.S. II MW 9:30-10:45 Bell
HIS 202 3 History of the U.S. II TR 12:30-1:45 Bell
HIS 202 4 History of the U.S. II TR 12:30-1:45 Inman
HIS 304 1  Introduction to Public History W 2-4:50 Mielnik
HIS 400 1  Colonial America MW 11-12:15 Inman
HIS 420 1  The Old South TR 9:30-10:45 Cheathem
HIS 426 1 U.S. History, 1941 to the Present MW 12:30-1:45 Bell
HIS 445 1 Comparative Empires TR 11-12:15 Inman
HIS 495 1 Intro. to Documentary Editing TR 8-9:15 Cheathem
HIS 496 1 Seminar in History TBD TBD Cheathem
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History Course Schedule–Fall 2016

Here is the history course offerings for the Fall 2016 semester. Please meet with your adviser ASAP to make your schedule. ETA: Here is a link to Dr. Cheathem’s books.

HIS 191 01 World Civilization to 1500 Swart MW 8:00AM 9:15AM
HIS 201 01 History of the United States I Bell MW 8:00AM 9:15AM
HIS 201 02 History of the United States I Bell MW 9:30AM 10:45AM
HIS 201 03 History of the United States I Bell MW 12:30PM 1:45PM
HIS 201 04 History of the United States I Cheathem TR 8:00AM 9:15AM
HIS 202 01 History of the United States II Inman TR 9:30AM 10:45AM
HIS 225 01 Introduction to Historical Methods Inman TR 11:00AM 12:15PM
HIS 300 01 The Civil War Cheathem MW 9:30AM 10:45AM
HIS 322 01 Asian History Bell TR 12:30PM 1:45PM
HIS 327 01 History of Women, Gender & Sexuality Inman TR 2:00PM 3:15PM
HIS 340 01 The American Presidency Cheathem MW 11:00AM 12:15PM
HIS 496 01 Seminar in History Cheathem TBD TBD TBD

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Who Should Appear on the $20 Bill?

Debaters_O15Last night, Dr. Fred Heifner, Dr. Natalie Inman, and I held a debate to decide who should appear on the $20 bill. Dr. Heifner argued for former Cherokee chief Wilma Mankiller, Dr. Inman supported Eleanor Roosevelt, and I was designated as the advocate for Andrew Jackson, naturally.

The debate was a lot of fun. The student panelists asked interesting and thoughtful questions that allowed us to argue for positive contributions and forced us to defend our choices. In the end, the Jackson candidacy won, but the most important thing that came out of the debate was a better-educated and -informed audience.

Our thanks to the moderator, Professor Rick Bell, who (mostly) kept us in line; our Phi Alpha Theta panelists, Dylan “Hammer” Crews, David Gregory,  and Josh Williams, College Republicans President Kaleigh Chitwood, and SGA President Kallee Thornton; and the other Phi Alpha Theta members who contributed to the debate’s organization, including Jennifer Erickson (president), Sarah Tiger (events coordinator), and Victoria Sikes (secretary).

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The host with the most, Prof. Rick Bell, with panelists Kalllee, Dylan, and Josh lurking in the background.

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L-R: Prof. Rick Bell, David Gregory, Jennifer Erickson, Dylan Crews, Victoria Sikes, yours truly, Sarah Tiger, PAT and history alum Emily LaFever, PAT alum Andrea Davis, Dr. Natalie Inman, and Mrs. Pace Pope, wife of the late Monty Pope.

If you are a history or PAT alumni, you might be interested in the new t-shirt that we created in honor of the late Monty Pope, who mentored the current history faculty. Short-sleeved shirts are $15 for students, $20 for non-students; long-sleeved are an extra $5. The design on the back includes this image:

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The quote is Prof. Pope’s comment on his mentorship of all three current faculty members.

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Cumberland University Professors To Debate Who Should Be on the $20 Bill

On Wednesday, October 28, at 6:00 PM, Cumberland University will host a debate focused on the recent controversy over Andrew Jackson’s place on the $20 bill.

Three CU professors—Dr. Mark Cheathem, Dr. Fred Heifner, and Dr. Natalie Inman—will answer students’ questions about whether Jackson should remain on the $20 bill and who should replace him if he is removed.

Dr. Cheathem is a professor of history and is the author or editor of five books on the Jacksonian and Civil War periods, including the award-winning Andrew Jackson, Southerner. Dr. Heifner is a professor of anthropology, philosophy, and religion. An expert in cultural anthropology, he is completing a book on southern culture as expressed in the Americana music of Kate Campbell. Dr. Inman is an assistant professor of history. Her first book, Brothers and Friends: Kinship in Early America, which focuses on white American and Native American kinship networks, will be published by the University of Georgia Press in 2016.

The event will be held in Labry Hall Room 130 and is open to the public. Reservations are not required, but attendees are encouraged to arrive early for optimal seating.

This lecture is sponsored by Cumberland University’s Alpha Xi Tau chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta International Honor Society and the Cumberland University History Society.

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Spring 2016 History Schedule

The Spring 2016 history schedule is listed below. One new course, Introduction to Digital History, will be taught. You can find Dr. Cheathem’s book list here.

HIS 192 World Civilization Since 1500 MW 8-9:15 Swart, L.
HIS 201 History of the U.S. I TR 9:30-10:45 Inman, N.
HIS 201 History of the U.S. I TR 11-12:15 Inman, N.
HIS 202 History of the U.S. II MW 8-9:15 Bell, R.
HIS 202 History of the U.S. II MW 9:30-10:45 Bell, R.
HIS 202 History of the U.S. II MW 12:30-1:45 Bell, R.
HIS 305 Conspiracy Theories in American History TR 9:30-10:45 Cheathem, M.
HIS 401 Jacksonian America MW 9:30-10:45 Cheathem, M.
HIS 430 Expansion of the United States TR 12:30-1:45 Bell, R.
HIS 435 Early Modern Europe MW 12:30-1:45 Inman, N.
HIS 495 Special Topics: Introduction to Digital History MW 11-12:15 Cheathem, M.
HIS 496 Seminar in History TBD TBD STAFF

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