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Rita Davenport, a UB history major who completes the program this semester, is finishing on a high note with an internship at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.

Her main project at the BMI is documenting a backlog of historical objects.  Recently, she has been using a database called Past Perfect to catalog products from Domino Sugar.  As we all know, Domino Sugar has played a huge role in Baltimore’s industry.

Recently, the museum received a donation of four larges boxes full of Domino Sugar products such as boxes, coffee creamer, cinnamon shakers, coffee mugs, plush animals, sugar cubes, water bottles, and hats.  Rita gave each of these objects a number, then labeled them with the number somewhere on the bottom(so it doesn’t show on display).  She used a special archival pen.  Rita says, “I photograph all angles of each object.  I then catalog each object with their number into our database… I upload a photo for each object and describe the object itself and its condition.”  In that way, the material history of Domino Sugar can be preserved for future scholars.

Rita finished the four boxes on Wednesday, February 7.  This was her first completed task as an intern and she says she is “thrilled to finally be working in the field.”  In the fall, Rita heads to a graduate program in public history.

4th Annual “Knowledge At Work” Event Brings LEHS Alumni to Campus

The annual LEHS “Knowledge At Work” alumni event took place on October 23, 2017 in Dr. Nix’s HIST 295 evening class.  This year, we had three alumni from the division come back to UB to talk to history program majors about their work experiences since graduation.

Mr. Michael Bealefeld (History ’13) talked about his master’s program experience at UMBC, which was funded by a Madison Foundation Fellowship that he won as a UB student.  Since finishing the UMBC program, he became a history teacher at the Cambridge School in Baltimore County.

Ms. Lyndsay Bates was our representative from the Legal and Ethical Studies master’s program here in the Division of Legal, Ethical and Historical Studies (LEST ’13).  She is currently earning her doctorate in Public Administration at UB, and she has already presented her research on structural inequality in Baltimore to a professional audience of scholars.

Our third panelist was Sgt. Audrey McCoy, who graduated from the UB History program as Audrey Hayes in 2015.  A recipient of the Keith L. Ware Military Print Journalist of the Year Award (2017), Audrey works as a photojournalist for the United States Army Reserve.  Her article, “Remembering Rosie,” based in part on her History program research, was featured on the U.S. Army Web site homepage.  Read her article here.

All three of our panelists talked about how their LEHS degree prepared them for their next steps, and how the research, writing, and communication skills they developed here gave them a competitive advantage.  The history majors in the audience had the opportunity to ask Mike, Lyndsay, and Audrey their own questions about parleying their degrees into a variety of careers.

Special thanks to Dean Spencer, the History program faculty, and Cindy Meyers for helping make the event a fun night of useful insights and lots of laughs.

History Grad Hired by the United States Naval Academy Library

Mr. Marshall Odell (History ’15) has used his UB undergraduate degree, plus experience working at Langsdale Library, to get hired at the storied Nimitz Library at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.  No graduate degree required!


Archival photo from the USNA Web site:

Odell says the combination of his history major and his work experience was “what really made the difference” in his application for the Library Technician position.   Making more than he did in his previous career in banking, Odell now can immerse himself in American military history, saying, “there is a treasure trove” of history at the library that could keep him busy exploring the collections for decades.

Marshall’s UB history professors, Langsdale Library colleagues, and friends wish him the best of luck with his new full-time job with the Navy!

UB Area on Google Maps:


Click on this link to see what our conference building looks like from Mt. Royal Ave:  William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center

A Selection of Hotels in the Neighborhood:

Hotel Brexton

Biltmore Suites

Hotel Indigo

There are also many large hotels in the Inner Harbor area (south of campus), just a short Uber or bus ride away.  The Charm City Circulator bus travels up Charles St. for free.  Take the Purple route from the Inner Harbor to Biddle St. or Penn Station.



The 2017 Phi Alpha Theta Mid-Atlantic Conference at the University of Baltimore

Information about the regional conference, taking place at UB on Saturday, April 22, 2017pat-logo

Click to download the Conference Program!

Registration Instructions:

To register for the 2017 Mid-Atlantic conference, please send a check for $30 per individual,  made out to the University of Baltimore (write in memo note: 2017 Phi Alpha Theta Conference) to the following mailing address:

University of Baltimore
Attn: Edward Allen, Finance Manager
1420 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Please write your institution name in the return address on your envelope.   Once you have mailed your registration payment, email the UB chapter organizer, Dr. Nicole Hudgins, at, so that she can form an attendee list.

Getting to Campus:

UB is located between the Mt. Vernon and Station North neighborhoods in Baltimore City, between Penn Station (to the north) and the Maryland Institute College of Art (to the west).  The campus is split by Mt. Royal Ave., but the conference will take place in just one building, the Business Center (#9 on the Campus Map).

UB Area Map

UB Campus Map

Parking at UB

Make a Weekend of It!  A Selection of Tourism Web Guides:

Visit Baltimore

BaltimoreEats: Mt. Vernon

Baltimore Collegetown

The dazzling Walters Museum of Art

The breathtaking Peabody Library

The History faculty in the Division of Legal, Ethical and Historical Studies at UB is looking forward to meeting visiting P.A.T. faculty and students!




History Students Learn about Our Low Gas Prices from the Experts

Apologies for the length of time since our last blog post!  The historians in the Division of Legal, Ethical and Historical Studies and their students have been busy, busy, busy with activity.

Most recently, on March 2nd, 2016, students in Prof. Yi’s History of U.S. Foreign Relations class took a field trip to the Capitol Hill to witness a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on “Economic and Geopolitical Implications of Low Oil and Gas Prices.” It was a rewarding time for students to see how Congress set a foreign policy agenda and worked to accomplish it. The trip was made possible by the generous support of Helen T. Helen P. Denit Honors program which encouraged enhanced learning experience for students.  


Students in “The History of U.S. Foreign Relations” at the Capitol in Washington, D.C.


UB History Grad Now Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army

UB History faculty heard that Miguel Martinez (History, 2013) made it through the “gold bar” stage of training to attain the rank of Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.  Miguel says that he left for his Basic Officer Leadership Course at Fort Lee (VA) just two weeks after graduating with his history degree and that “it’s been a whirlwind since.”  After he graduated from BOLC he headed to Fort Benning (GA) to take his first platoon.  Miguel has also been to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin (CA) as an attachment to another brigade in his division, and is now running a motor pool for the Cavalry squadron.

Miguel was a great History student at UB, and we know he is putting his global knowledge and skills to use as an officer in the Army.


Fort Lee in Virginia is the site of the U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum.  Recruitment poster in the museum’s collection.

“Knowledge @ Work,” the fourth annual alumni event presented by the Division of Legal, Ethical, and Historical Studies at UB, was a wonderful evening this past Thursday.  Every October, UB’s History, Jurisprudence, Legal and Ethical Studies majors, and pre-majors, are invited to visit with program alumni who have parleyed their degrees into exciting careers here in the region.

This year, we had a panelist from each of LEHS’s programs:  Luke McCusker (History ’11) is the director of the Irish Railroad Workers Museum in Baltimore.  David C. Butler, Jr. (LEST ’09) manages an office in the U.S. Social Security Administration in Woodlawn, MD.  And Hannah Dawson (Jurisprudence ’12) is an attorney who works in the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review, also part of the Social Security Administration.

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Alumni David Butler, Luke McCusker, and Hannah Dawson turned legal, ethical, and historical skills into great jobs.


These outstanding alumni talked about how their reading, writing, research, and communication skills, honed at UB, helped them find fulfilling positions, and helped them get promoted once on the job.  UB students who attended the event took the opportunity to network and pose their own school and career questions.  They also got to meet and chat with CAS dean Chris Spencer, a history major herself who went on to have a career in public health and higher education administration.

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History, Jurisprudence, and LEST students socialize with Dean Spencer over nachos and buffalo wings at the “Knowledge @ Work” event.


Many thanks to Dr. Yi for taking photos at the event, and Lyndsay Bates for helping make the event this year a success.


A Palace for Readers

Baltimore students have the reputation of showing no interest in visiting D.C., though our experience with students in the Division of Legal, Ethical and Historical Studies contradicts that rumor.  Historians and philosophers in the division have accompanied eager students to the Capitol building, the White House, and other spots along the National Mall over the years.
In this post I want to talk about my very favorite building in D.C., the beautiful Library of Congress — specifically, the Jefferson Building, which is the original library.*


Not being a poet, it’s difficult for me to put into words the love, craftsmanship, and vision of beauty that went into the Jefferson Building’s adornment during the 1890s and early 20th century.  The painted murals, ceilings, ornamental sculpture, and Neo-Renaissance architectural flourishes give evidence of a time in American history when nothing could be more glamorous, more patriotic, than a people’s library packed with centuries of accumulated knowledge from around the world.


The Main Reading Room



The Muse of Tragedy, Melpomene

I want to bring your attention to a couple of visuals in the Library, which might surprise you.  When visiting the Main Reading Room, crane your neck back to look at the paintings on the ceiling of the central dome.  The paintings make up a collar mural entitled Evolution of Civilization.


It’s difficult to see in a pixelated reproduction, but what the painter, Edwin Blashfield, did was to paint twelve allegorical figures representing the cultures to which the United States was heir.  These figures include Egypt, Greece, Rome, France, England, Germany, and Italy — the ancient and modern powers that you might expect as “predecessors” to the United States.  What might cause more surprise for readers staring up from their books, though, is the figure between Rome and the Middle Ages, namely Islam.
The figure — centrally located in the Library — reminds us that the “othering” of Islam from Western Civilization is of recent vintage.   Here the artist deliberately included Islam in the cultural “family” of great contributors to human culture, here identified as bearing the gift of “Physics.” (France has the label “Emancipation” and Judea “Religion”).
Lest the visitor think the collar mural figure a fluke, careful study will reveal several spots throughout the Library that pay tribute to Arab, African, Asian, and even Native American learning.


“Oral Tradition” by John W. Alexander (East Mosaic Corridor)



Tibetan Head (one of 33 busts on the exterior of the Jefferson Building)

Something else unavoidable about the Library’s decoration is the fact that the natural sciences and the arts are worshipped equally with loving treatment from the painters and sculptors of the period.  Compare here “The Light of Astronomy” with “The Light of Poetry” by Carl Gutherz (b. 1844, d. 1907):

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We are reminded of a time in the past when poetry, literature, and drama were exalted no less than the sciences.  The industrial techniques of the workplace were placed below those classical liberal arts, at their proper level as means rather than ends.  Imagine that.
This reader’s palace belongs to every citizen of the United States.  The art is accessible for viewing Monday through Saturday from 8:30am-4:30pm (5pm for researchers), excluding holidays.  You must get a free reader’s card in the Madison Building in order to use the Library’s books and materials.  The mind-boggling wealth of materials (digital and printed) at the Library of Congress is a topic for another time.

* All images used here are in the public domain or from the Library of Congress Web site.

Rising UB Senior Is Army Photojournalist

History major Audrey Hayes is a U.S. Army Specialist who has contributed seven photo-illustrated news stories to the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS), a Web site for U.S. military and its partners’ news.  The DVIDS site “is provided as a public service operated by Third Army/U.S. Army Central (ARCENT) on behalf of the Department of the Army in support of all branches of the U.S. military and its Coalition partners serving with U.S. Forces in the Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility and throughout the world,” explains the Web site.

As part of the 214th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Hayes has photographed Army exercises in the U.S. and Europe, where she was stationed in Poland in 2014.  She says that studying history at UB has enhanced her love of investigating stories, and when the chance came to join a reporting unit in the Army Reserves, she grabbed it.  Hayes hopes to head back to Europe in that capacity some day.

History faculty members agree with Hayes that the research skills and global knowledge cultivated in the major make journalism a natural career choice.  In the digital world of social media, we need critical thinkers who can determine the “Who, What, When, and Where” of a story, and analyze the “Why” by tracing the roots of the world’s problems, conflicts, and reconciliations.

A Polish color guard prepares to raise their nation’s flag alongside American Soldiers, as they assemble to pay tribute to the Polish Independence day and American Veterans Day, Nov. 10, 2014, at the parade field on Zlocieniec Army Base. U.S. Soldiers have been in Poland participating in training with the Polish army as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. OAR is a demonstration of our continued commitment to the collective security of NATO and dedication to the enduring peace and stability in the region, in light of the Russian intervention in Ukraine specifically. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Audrey Ann Hayes)