Past Events

October 21, 2016

Reacting to the Past Workshop

The Rosa Parks Museum, Montgomery, AL

Sponsored by:
  • The Department of History and Philosophy, Troy University
  • The Department of History, Auburn University
  • Want to know how to engage your students more deeply in course material?
  • Want them to have fun, work hard, and learn at the same time?
  • Looking to supplement your lectures or for an alternative to a lecture-based class?
  • Come to a Reacting to the Past workshop, where you'll learn how to use role playing games in the classroom!
Troy University's Department of History, along with the Department of History at Auburn University, invite all area faculty and teachers (at any level) to come to a truly unique experience in innovative teaching methods.  On October 21, 2016, we'll host a workshop at the Rosa Parks Museum on the Reacting to the Past pedagogy.  Reacting to the Past is a role-playing pedagogy that places students into roles in real historical conflicts.  They delve deeply into primary documents as they work through the scenario, and also develop speaking, critical thinking, group work, and writing skills.  Students learn to empathize with people of other cultures and time periods through these activities as well.

Attendees get hands-on experience through "play testing" a new Reacting game by Dr. Mark Higbee, one of its most experienced game designers, based on the Montgomery Bus Boycott.   Play at the Rosa Parks Museum, only steps from where the event took place, and only a short time before the 60th anniversary of the court case that ended the struggle!  We'll also have panels of professors knowledgeable about Reacting, as well as students experienced with the games.

The workshop is free to the first 40 faculty or students who register.  A light breakfast and lunch will be provided for all participants.  In addition, continuing education credit is available to all K12 teachers.

Even if you don't teach modern American history, the workshop will add to your teaching skills!  Reacting to the Past has games suitable for English, political science, art history, biology, philosophy and ethics classes (among others), so you certainly don't have to be a history teacher.  The workshop is as much about the methodology as the specific game.

February 17, 2016

McPherson-Mitchell Lecture in Southern History

Claudia Crosby Theater

"Providing Care in the 'Hoot Owl Hollers': 
The Frontier Nursing Service, 1925-1950"

Dr. Arlene W. Keeling
Dr. Arlene W. Keeling

The History Department and Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society of Troy University invite you to the annual McPherson-Mitchell Lecture in Southern History on February 17, 2016. The lecture will take place in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy University campus at 5:00 pm.  A reception hosted by Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society will follow in the lobby.

Our speaker this year is Dr. Arlene W. Keeling, PhD, RN, FAAN, of the University of Virginia, where she is Centennial Distinguished Professor of Nursing and Assistant Director of the Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Historical Nursing Inquiry.   Dr. Keeling's clinical experience is in acute coronary care nursing.  She has established herself nationally as a researcher in a series of studies on "Time-in-Bed" after interventional cardiac procedures (Time in Bed Studies, I to IV). Published and cited in numerous journals, this research has changed practice in cardiac units throughout the country.

Dr. Keeling's major research work at the present time is in nursing history. She is the award-winning author of Nursing and the Privilege of Prescription, 1893-2000, co-editor of Nurses on the Frontline, and co-author of Rooted in the Mountains, Reaching to the World: Stories of Nursing and Midwifery at Kentucky's Frontier School, 1939-1989. Dr. Keeling is currently researching the history of nursing in the 1918 influenza pandemic, the history of nurses in migrant camps in the Great Depression, and the history of nursing at Mayo Clinic.  A past President of the American Association for the History of Nursing, Dr. Keeling is currently co-chair of the American Academy of Nursing's Expert Panel on Nursing History.

black and white photo of cabin

November 12, 2014

The Cold War and Beyond: 25 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall

The Wall

The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center
17775 Legacy Way, Columbus, GA 31903
*The museum's signature exhibit, The Last 100 Yards, will remain OPEN 5:00-6:00pm.

November 7, 2014

Talk at Agudath Israel Etz Ahayem Synagogue

Dr. Aaron Hagler gave a talk at Agudath Israel Etz Ahayem Synagogue in Montgomery entitled "The Realignment of Middle Eastern Politics: Why It Will Never Again Be Israel vs. Everyone Else in the Middle East"

October 22, 2014

Reigniting the Cold War?: Russian-American Relations in the Ukrainian Crisis

October 22, 2014
Hall of Honor
Troy University
3:30 – 5:00 PM
cold war comic art

August 12, 2014

Troy Rotary Club

Dr. Aaron Hagler, our department's Middle Eastern History professor, gave a talk at the Troy Rotary Club on August 12, 2014 entitled "The Israel-Hamas Conflict: How did we get here, and where are we going?"

February 9, 2014

McPherson-Mitchell Lecture in Southern History

The History Department and Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society of Troy University invite you to the annual McPherson-Mitchell Lecture in Southern History on February 9, 2014. The lecture will take place in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy University campus at 5:00 pm.

Our speaker this year is James C. Cobb, B. Phinizy Spalding Professor of History at the University of Georgia. Professor Cobb is a former president of the Southern Historical Association and written widely on the interaction between economy, society and culture in the American South. His books include The Selling of The South: The Southern Crusade for Industrial Development, 1936-1990 (Illinois, 1993), The Most Southern Place on Earth: The Mississippi Delta and the Roots of Regional Identity (Oxford, 1992),and  Away Down South: A History of Southern Identity (Oxford, 2005). His most recent book, The South and America Since World War II was published by Oxford University Press in 2010.

James C. Cobb: The South and America Since World War II (58:14) Video

February 2014

The History Department and the College of Arts and Sciences organized four major events pertaining to the World War One Centennial this past academic year coordinated by Dr. Margaret K. Gnoinska. These events featured lectures and presentations by Mr. Rod Frazer, the author of Send the Alabamians: World War One Fighters in the Rainbow Division, on all Troy University's Alabama campuses – Troy, Montgomery, Phenix City, and Dothan.  Mr. Frazer's presentations enriched the knowledge of Troy students and faculty members, as well as the local communities, of the involvement of Alabama's soldiers in WWI.
To learn more about Alabama's role in WWI, be sure to check out the Croix Rouge Farm Memorial dedicated by Mr. Frazer to his father and the service of the 167th (Alabama) Infantry Regiment, a National Guard unit of the 42nd "Rainbow" Division of World War I. You can find more details at

Mr. Frazer speaks

Mr. Frazer speaks on the role of Alabama's soldiers in WWI at the Rosa Parks Museum & Library in Montgomery,
February 2014.

In 2014, McPherson-Mitchell Lecture in Southern History, coordinated by Dr. David Carlson, featured a dynamic lecture by Dr. Kenneth Noe, Alumni Professor and Draughon Professor of Southern History at Auburn University. Dr. Noe spoke on "The Yellowhammer War: Revisiting Alabama's Civil War at the Sesquicentennial." In addition, our speaker met with two separate discussion groups, one of local high school students and another of Troy students.