College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

History Class 1

2020-2021 Updates

Welcome to Spring 2021 Semester

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March 2, 2021

Dear UNI HIST students,

I hope your March is off to a good start and that the semester is going well. I wanted to share important news with you today about upcoming events and deadlines.

  • Seniors: if you are intending to graduate this spring, it is essential that you apply for graduation. The deadline is April 1st. Please see the Spring Commencement website for details on this year's processes: 
  • The Donald Shepardson Memorial Student Research Conference (ShepCon) is coming! Join the Department of History on Saturday, March 13 from 10 to 12:30 via Zoom for a morning of presentations of student work. This event is free and open to the public, although advance registration is required: Prior to the event, you will receive information about how to join the conference sessions and a copy of the conference program.
  • Another opportunity to present work to the UNI community comes through the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Inspire Conference: undergraduate and graduate students from all colleges and majors are invited to present research, engagement, and creative works. The deadline for submissions is March 22, and the conference will be held virtually but live April 12-13. You can find more information at
  • The Women's History Month Phi Alpha Theta Lecture will be March 24 at 7:00 pm: "Many Women, Many Witches": Women, Language & Power in Early Modern England's Witch-hunts" Register at

Take care,
Dr. McNabb

February 11, 2021

Dear UNI HIST students,

I hope the spring semester is off to a great start for you, although spring itself is nowhere to be found these days! I write today to bring a few items to your attention:

  • The deadline for department scholarships is this coming Monday, February 15. Remember, you need to complete the UNI Scholarship application and arrange for two letters of recommendation and an unofficial grade report to be sent to Cori in the department office ( See for a list of department scholarships and directions for applying. 
  • UNI's Virtual Career Fair is next week, February 18th, from noon to 5:00. Participation is a great way to get info on professional development strategies and news about internships, jobs, and other upcoming opportunities to enhance your personal brand. Register here: 
  • History major Caroline Christensen is seeking a position on NISG Senate representing the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and needs signatures for a petition to run: The deadline for signatures is tomorrow, so if you have a moment to support Caroline, please follow the link. If any others of you are also planning a run, please let the office know ASAP so that we can support you as well. It would be great to see History well represented in student government. 
  • Later in the month, Professor Hesselink will be giving a lecture for our Phi Alpha Theta Lecture Series: "Saint Francis Xavier in Iowa and in Japan." The event will take place on February 24th at 7:00 on Zoom. Register here:
  • Interested in grad school? Interested in learning if an MA from UNI will help you fulfill your personal and academic goals? Contact our graduate director Professor Calderón ( It's never too early to make inquiries. Did you know that we have an accelerated MA program here at UNI? Learn more here:
  • Finally, save the date: the History Department's Donald Shepardson Memorial Student Research Conference is on, thanks to Zoom, and set for Saturday, March 13th. More details will follow, and I hope to see you there!

Stay warm out there, and take care,
Dr. McNabb



Dear UNI History Faculty, Students, and Staff,

Welcome to the Spring 2021 semester! I hope each of you enjoyed winter break.  

The department has a number of exciting events scheduled for the semester, so please do watch the hallways for posters and Like our Facebook page for updates and event information ( A full list of the spring Phi Alpha Theta lectures will be available soon, but I want to encourage all of you to participate in our upcoming Black History Month event, a book discussion of Isabel Wilkerson's Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents led by Professors Fenech and Dong, held on Monday, February 8 at 7:00. Register for the Zoom event here:  

I also want to share with you the following message from the Forward Together team:

"The Forward Together campus Steering and Liaison committees continue to advocate for the safety and well-being of our students, staff and faculty members. Please see these important mental health resources below.  Let’s ensure our students, staff and faculty know that help is available when needed during the entire semester and beyond. 
Safeguarding students' mental health is a priority for UNI.  We encourage students to utilize all resources available to them through the UNI Counseling Center. Information on services, hotlines, self-help resources, trainings and workshops can be found on their website:

Faculty & Staff:
UNI services are available for faculty and staff dealing with stress, mental health, and grief. The Employee Assistance Program is available for short-term counseling and referral for employees and their families experiencing life challenges. 

Your success is important to all of us at UNI!"

I hope your week is off to a great start. Best wishes for a productive and satisfying spring semester.

Take care,
Dr. McNabb


Curious about Graduate School? 

Thinking about applying to a humanities graduate program but don't know how to get started?  Just looking for some advice on the graduate school application process?  Not sure but want to know if graduate school in the Humanities is the right fit for you?  Join us Thursday, November 12 at 5:00 pm for a ZOOM Info session and workshop on how to make the most of your graduate school application and stand out from the crowd.  We will talk about the nuts and bolts of applying to graduate school as well as personal and professional considerations when deciding where to apply and why.  We will also field a question and answer session at the end of the workshop to address any specific questions you may have on applying to graduate school.

Dr. Fernando Calderón (History) will give a brief introduction on the History M.A. program here at UNI and the many exciting opportunities we have for graduate study on campus.  Dr. Cheryl Dong (History) will then give a brief overview of the state of M.A. and Ph.D. programs in the time of Covid-19.  She will also discuss important strategies of how to approach potential advisors, how to craft a statement of purpose, and how to stand out from the crowd in an increasingly competitive graduate school application process.

If interested, please register at the following Eventbrite link:  A recording of this session will also be made available on the Department of History website and Facebook page.

Dr. Cheryl X. Dong (She/Her/Hers)


Dear UNI HIST students,

I hope your semester is going well as we approach the final month of classes.

I write this morning to share an opportunity with you to recognize and support a History faculty member who has helped you achieve academic success this fall. As you know, faculty at UNI have been working hard to rise to the challenges posed by COVID in terms of teaching: learning new teaching methods, taking on additional training in educational technologies, and reconceptualizing their class experiences and curriculum.
The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences has established a new "Dean's Faculty Commendations for Adaptive and Resilient Teaching" to applaud faculty efforts, and you can help make sure that your favorite History faculty members are recognized. If a professor has gone above and beyond the call for you, please consider taking just a few moments to nominate them here: Nominations are being accepted until Friday, October 30th.  

Take care,
Dr. McNabb