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History Department Staff

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Fall 2017 History Course Schedule

Fall 2017 History Course Descriptions

The Department of History supports the mission of Rhode Island College and the College of Arts and Sciences through its commitment to academic excellence and integrity and its emphasis on the central mission of teaching in a comprehensive, liberal arts college. The Department imparts a fundamental understanding of the formative role of the past to undergraduates across the College through its role in the Core Curriculum of the General Education Program, through elective courses it offers to support other programs and majors, and in its core History / Liberal Arts, History/Secondary Education and History/Elementary Education majors. In every case, History faculty promote critical thinking, historical interpretation and analytical writing.

In support of this mission, the Department recruits and maintains a diverse, research-active faculty. It is a collective of teachers and scholars whose research serves a variety of local, national and international audiences, communicated through both traditional print venues and in numerous public forums and conferences. This professional commitment brings originality and creativity to the classroom, challenges students with innovative, demanding ideas and stimulates historical curiosity and intellectual engagement.

October Announcements

Historian Jeremy Black at RIC: “Why the Allies Won World War II”
Monday, October 24, 12:30- 2 pm, Alger Hall 110

Internationally renowned British historian Jeremy Black will visit Rhode Island College to speak on the topic of "Why the Allies Won World War II" and what lessons we can learn from that victory. Come one, come all! Spread the word!

Brownbag lunch with Dr. Sharrer: Thursday, Oct. 27th 12:30-2:00 (Building #2, Conference Room) 

The History Department invites students to join in a brown-bag lunchtime conversation with Dr. G. Terry Sharrer, who will be presenting a lecture later in the day (see the posting for that event as well!) Bring your own lunch, and learn more from Dr. Sharrer, a former curator of the U.S. Smithsonial museum.

Here is the link of his lecture in 2014 at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences - Outside Link

Lecture: G. Terry Sharrer: “The Art of Medicine, Plain People”
Thursday, October 27th, 4:30 -7:30 pm, Faculty Center South

Dr. George Terry Sharrer, the former curator at the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution for 39 years, is the author of several monographs (most recently, “A Brief History of Measurement” in German, 2008) and the principal of a biomed consultancy. He was trained as a historian of American history and agricultural economy, but as a curator, he led several major exhibitions on health sciences at the Smithsonian and other institutions including the White House and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. As his interests and specialty have been shaped by new technologies for medical treatment such as gene therapy and gene editing, molecular diagnostics, liquid biopsy, and nano medicine, he is now working as an innovation consultant to health systems for organizations such as the Cancer Treatment Center for America. 

In his lecture at RIC, he will give a talk about how technologies, or “big-science” and “big medicine,” should be applied to patients based on the physician-patient relationship, which is more of an art than a science. In particular, he will discuss the primary care facility for the special children of the Amish and Old Order Mennonites in Strasburg, PA, which he believes to be the best healthcare facility in the US or anywhere else. He suggests that this facility, with its trusting relationship between "artist" and “subject,” is the place where modern molecular medicine began, with the genetic studies of the Plain People that prompted the Human Genome Project. 

His interdisciplinary research and career broadly covering fields from humanity to science, working as a historian, curator, molecular biologist, and medical consultant, will give great inspiration to students as well as faculty members of history, nursing, social work, biology, health administration, and political science. In addition to the formal lecture, Dr. Sharrer is more than happy to hold an informal meeting with students and faculty members in order to share his experiences and talk about his interdisciplinary method of teaching and research.

Ghost Tours at the Historical North Burial Ground Cemetery
Saturday, October 29th, 4 – 7 pm, North Burial Ground, Providence, RI

The RIC Public History program’s North Burial Ground project will be sponsoring ghost tours of the cemetery on Saturday, October 29th. Come join the fun and hear the “ghosts” of the North Burial Ground tell their stories as you are lead on a guided tour of the cemetery.

Page last updated: June 22, 2017