College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

History Class 1

Fall 2020 Updates

Welcome to Fall 2020 Semester

Dear UNI History students,

Greetings! I hope the 2020-2021 academic year is off to a good start for you. 

For those of you who don't know me, my name is Dr. Jen McNabb, and I serve as the head of the department. The History faculty and I are delighted to have you back in the classroom this fall, whether remotely or in person. We are eager to work with you; even though campus policies prohibit us from holding physical office hours in our faculty offices in Seerley Hall, we're happy to meet over Zoom, by phone, and in person in larger spaces. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns we can address.

Restrictions on large gatherings on campus won't prevent us from hosting and co-hosting a number of lectures and events this fall, which will take place over Zoom to maintain social distancing. Please join us!


  • On September 15th at 7:00, Professor Lou Fenech will open UNI's annual Phi Alpha Theta Lectures Series with "CAB, NRC, RSS & BJP: The Alphabet Soup of Indian Authoritarianism." Register for the lecture (free) at for information on joining the lecture.
  • On September 22nd at 7:00, Professor Christina Wolbrecht (University of Notre Dame) will be presenting the 2020 Constitution Day Address, co-sponsored by the Departments of History and Political Science. Professor Wolbrecht's talk is "A Century of Votes for Women: American Elections Since Suffrage." Register for the lecture (free) at In addition to the Constitution Day lecture, Professor Wolbrecht has graciously agreed to speak with UNI History students on Thursday, September 24th at 6:30. Details on how to participate are forthcoming. Be sure to Like the UNI HIST facebook page for info on these and other upcoming department events.

Stay tuned for additional updates from the UNI History Club and Phi Alpha Theta, as they organize their programming for the fall. Exciting things are coming!

Finally, UNI HIST has partnered with the American Historical Association (AHA) to welcome you to the Fall 2020 semester and to congratulate you on the selection of a dynamic major that will position you for success beyond UNI. The AHA, the professional organization for historians, has prepared a series of videos by former undergraduate History majors who've gone on to educational and career success and who want to wish you well in your studies. I'd like to share two of them with you here, the first from attorney and Cook County (IL) Commissioner Bill Lowry, and the other from Laura McEnaney, Professor of History at Whittier College and Vice President of the AHA's Teaching Division:  (Lowry)  (McEnaney)

Have a safe, successful fall semester. If you need any assistance from me or from the History Office, expertly managed by our secretary Cori Martin, please don't hesitate to call or send a message ( We're ready to help!

Take care,
Dr. McNabb