Stories Archive

Lights, Cameras, History!

Television crews have been rolling onto campus the last couple of weeks, but they’re not chasing the latest celebrity sighting. Instead they have set their sights on capturing some of the best history lectures in America, and the award-winning faculty members of the UW Department of History are up to the challenge. 

American History TV (AHTV) is a service which broadcasts on CSPAN-3 every weekend. Among its many televised offerings are pre-recorded university lectures from some of the nation’s leading historians. Professor Emeritus Quintard Taylor was chosen for this honor in 2012. This year he is joined by department members Margaret O’Mara and William Rorabaugh. Rorabaugh’s lecture, “Counterculture: Beats and Beatniks” was recorded on February 9, and O’Mara’s “1968: The Fracturing of America” on February 15. 

Robin Lindley: Lawyer by Trade, Historian by Calling

Traditionally many undergraduate majors in history have chosen to go on to law school. The academic skills learned in studying history—research, logical argument, evidence-based analysis and persuasive communication—translate well to careers in law, politics and public administration. For UW alum and longtime lawyer Robin Lindley, however, history has always been more than a powerful intellectual toolkit—it has been a motivating passion at every stage in his life. 

Alumni Q&A: Michael Kendrick

We recently caught up with department alum Michael Kendrick. Kendrick graduated from UW with a BA in history in 1996, and now teaches Social Studies at Meadowdale Middle School in Lynnwood. Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions Michael!

At what point did you decide to become a teacher? 

From a very early age, I was inspired to become a teacher because of one of my greatest influences: my father. He was a middle school science teacher in the Shoreline school district. He would often come home and share funny stories that made me think about the possibility of teaching. I saw the difference he was making in the lives of students and in the community, and I felt like it was something that I, too, was destined to do. 

Amanda Morse: Finding Out Where History Can Take You

So just what is the point in getting a history degree? Amanda Morse faced this question for herself in 2009. Following a lifelong interest in Latin and the classical era, Morse had entered UW in 2005 seeking a history degree, with an emphasis on ancient Greece and Rome. Now, four years later, she was only a few credits short of graduation, but found herself dismayed at the challenging prospect of building a career as a historian of antiquity.

History Takes Flight with Anne Melton

Anne Melton graduated from UW in 2006 with a BA in History and a minor in Public Health and Community Medicine. She returned to UW a few years later to earn her MA in Museology in 2012, and is currently the Membership Manager at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. We caught up with her to ask her a bit about her career path and the role History has played in her life.

Recent Alum Rayna Mathis takes History into the Art World

At 21 years old, Rayna Mathis, a recent graduate from the Department of History, is off to a fantastic start in her career. She graduated in the Spring of 2016 at just 20 years old, having already launched her career as a museum professional. Rayna currently works as Coordinator for School and Educator Programs at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM), a position she has held since May of 2016.

New History Project: LGBTQ Activism in Seattle

The Seattle Civil Rights & Labor History Project introduces a new component to its website—LGBTQ Activism in Seattle, a history project compiled by graduate student Kevin McKenna. This important new resource documents LGBTQ history and activism in Seattle and Western Washington since the late-nineteenth century and features oral histories with activists and introductory essays about key issues and communities.

Alumni Profile: Josie Rollins

If asked the question “what can you do with a Bachelor’s Degree in History?” history majors will provide many different answers. Recent graduate Josie Rollins’ response to this question was to go to graduate school. A former recipient of the Department of History’s Sleizer Scholarship and the Magna Carta Society Prize, Josie has decided to take what she learned at the UW and pursue an advanced degree.