About the Department
The Department of History at the University of Akron is a vibrant community of scholar-teachers, graduate students and undergraduate majors. Our courses cover all time periods, from the ancient world to the recent past, span the globe from North and South America, to Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and address a number of subjects, including political, military, diplomatic, social, intellectual, global, cultural, environmental and public history, the history of science, gender and race. The faculty is tremendously active, pursuing a wide range of scholarly activities, including research and various forms of public engagement in the region and beyond, as well as providing service to the profession and the university. The department operates a Master’s and Ph.D. program, and maintains 4 million dollar endowment for scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students. All members of the department are committed to student success through advising, teaching, mentoring and supervising research projects and internships. By emphasizing research and communication skills, internships and a deep knowledge of the past as an essential element for citizenship and moral understanding, the department prepares undergraduate and graduate students for a variety of careers, further education in graduate and law programs, and lifelong learning and participation in civic life for the 21st century.
October 28th - George Knepper Lecture
Dr. Elaine Parson will present "Why Did the Ku-Klux-Klan Wear Bizarre Costumes?"
Elaine Parsons specializes in the history of social movements, particularly in the nineteenth-century United States. Her first book, Manhood Lost: Fallen Men and Redeeming Women in the Nineteenth-Century United States explored the temperance movement's use and manipulation of the concept of "manhood," and suggested that this was one of the ways in which the movement paved the way for woman suffrage. Her current project takes a similar approach to the post-Civil War Ku-Klux Klan,showing the role of the national press in shaping the Klan, but also how the Klan's actions restructured Southern ideas about manhood, race, and government.