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2024 Founders’ Day Ceremonies

April 05, 2024  Faculty, staff and students from the College of Arts and Humanities were recognized at UCF’s Founders Day on April 3.

The Wilt Chamberlain Conspiracy Theory and the ‘Presentism’ Trap

March 15, 2024  What to make of the fevered speculation that his 100-point single-game record is a lie. After more than sixty years, the late basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain still holds the NBA record for most points in a game: 100, posted in a March 2, 1962 contest between Chamberlain’s Philadelphia Warriors and...

53 Faculty Scholars Honored at 4th Biennial Faculty Authors’ Celebration

February 19, 2024  This year’s Faculty Authors’ celebration recognized faculty from across eight colleges, the library and the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, with 19 of the 53 awards belonging to Arts and Humanities faculty.

Dr. Wayne Bowen Appointed Professor and Associate Dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies

February 12, 2024 

Zora! Festival’s 35th Year Explores Eatonville’s Past, Present and Future

January 23, 2024  A strong and steady partnership between UCF and Preserve Eatonville Community (P.E.C.) affords students and faculty opportunities to share in Zora Neale Hurston’s American story.

PRINT Project Receives Funding to Revolutionize Migration Research

January 18, 2024  Funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission will propel the PRINT portal towards its mission: to shed new light on the intricate history of early modern migration in the Atlantic world.

Historian David Head reflects on 2024 presidential campaigns

January 08, 2024  Historian David Head, whose research focuses on the founding of the United States and its early presidents, spoke with Fox 13 Tampa Bay about President Biden’s remarks at Valley Forge. “Democracy and our institutions are not things to take for granted,” he said, Watch the full video at

UCF History Professor on Florida’s Expansion of Toll Roads

December 11, 2023  UCF History Professor Jim Clark discusses the rise of toll roads in Florida with Click Orlando.

Historian Receives International Recognition for Innovative Digital Humanities Program

December 11, 2023  Tiffany Earley-Spadoni, Associate Professor of History, has been awarded the American Society of Overseas Research (ASOR) Membership Service Award

Editorial: No More Conspiracy Theories

November 27, 2023  In an editorial for Current, historian David Head discusses how conspiracy theories — even ones that seem like harmless fun — can cause damage.

Happy 60th Anniversary, Disney and UCF!

November 20, 2023  James Clark, senior lecturer of history, discusses the two events that changed the landscape of Orlando.

The History of Army Combat Veteran Walt Napier ’15 ’16 ’20MA

November 20, 2023  Walt Napier ’15 ’16 ’20MA recently returned to UCF for Veterans Month to share his experience as historian at the US Army Command and General Staff College & Combined Arms Center in Fort Leavenworth, KS. 

UCF hosts Veteran’s Salute to honor alumni veterans

November 16, 2023  The UCF community gathered to salute and celebrate alumni veterans. The salute was planned in a joint effort by Military and Veteran Student Success, the Department of History and the UCF Community Veterans History Project.

UCF’s historians capture veterans stories for Veterans Legacy Program

November 03, 2023  UCF’s historians are working with the National Cemetery Administration to collect the stories of individuals buried in the cemeteries as part of the Veterans Legacy Program.

UCF hosts 11th annual Jerrell Shofner Lecture Series

October 26, 2023  Nearly 80 seats were occupied with attendees at UCF’s 11th annual Jerrell H. Shofner Lecture Series as guests sat in for the Puerto Ricans in Florida lecture.

Interview: Honoring Indigenous Cultures While Acknowledging Struggles

October 25, 2023  Associate Professor of History Daniel Murphree spoke with News 4 Jacksonville about how to celebrate the rich traditions and contributions of Indigenous Peoples while also acknowledging the ongoing struggles they endure.

Bruce Pauley, UCF Professor Emeritus, Pens “Portrait of a City”

October 11, 2023  Bruce Pauley, UCF professor emeritus of history, is the author of “Portrait of a City,” his newest book in which he highlights his hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska, during a period of rapid social and technological change between the 1890s and 1920s.

Welcoming New Faculty Members to the College of Arts and Humanities

August 22, 2023  The UCF College of Arts and Humanities welcomes new faculty members joining our college this upcoming fall semester!

Peter Larson Appointed Associate Dean of UCF College of Arts and Humanities

August 04, 2023  In his new role, Larson will initially be responsible for overseeing the college’s research, program assessment, faculty qualifications management and certification (FQMS), faculty evaluations (SPOIs) and SACS-COC accreditation activities.

UCF Student Film Receives Suncoast Regional Student Production Awards

July 18, 2023  The newest Honors documentary, Jewel of Parramore: The Wellsbuilt Museum, has received a Suncoast Regional Student Production Award.