Category Archives: Announcements

History APEX Fellowship Info Session Tuesday @11

Phi Alpha Theta invites you to the History APEX Fellowship Info Session on Tuesday, December 3 at 11am in the Kauke Tower!

Come hear from 2019 History APEX Fellows!  Learn about great opportunities in History and how you can apply for an APEX Fellowship.

Featuring 2019 APEX Fellows:

  • Emily Beuter ’20: National First Ladies’ Library
  • Ingrid Buckley ’20: Southeast Ohio History Center
  • Georgina Tierney ’22: Maine Historical Society

We hope to see you there!

Curious about the Impeachment Inquiry? Talk Tuesday 11/19 @7

I write to share an invitation from Phi Alpha Theta president Savanna Hitlan:
Dear All,
Hello! I am Savanna Hitlan and I am the President of Phi Alpha Theta (PAT), the history honors society on campus. I wanted to let you all know about an upcoming event co-hosted by PAT and the Political Science Club.
As many of you know, the U.S., for the fourth time in the history of the nation, is currently beginning trials for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. In loom of that, our two clubs have come together to create an event that can help students and faculty alike understand the situation from a historical and political science lens.
Professor Roche (History) and Professor Bas van Doorn (Political Science) have agreed to demonstrate their interpretations of the impeachment trials. They each will give about a six to ten minute synopsis of their points and once both done we will open the floor to any questions that the general audience may have. One person from each of the above clubs will moderate.
If that wasn’t enough, there will also be snacks provided by Spoon.
The event will be held Tuesday, November 19, from 7:00-8:00pm in Kauke 038.
Hope to see you all there!
Thank you,
Have a nice day!

Native American Heritage Month

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion invites you to celebrate Native American Heritage Month with our kickoff event this Thursday, November 7 at 7PM in the Andrews Library Core. Join the Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio in learning about native foods and their origins.

Then sit back and relax on November 20 from 11AM to 1PM in the Lowry Pit and enjoy the sounds of Cherokee singer/songwriter Michael Jacobs.

Dr. Leiby on Central American Immigrants in Rural Ohio 11/5 @7pm

Please join us for this month’s Wooster Science Café next Tuesday,  November 5th from 7-8pm. It will be in the Excelsior Room at Spoon Market & Deli (144 W Liberty St, Wooster). Please come early if you would like to get food and eat before the café and you can bring these upstairs to enjoy during the cafe. There will also be light appetizers provided for free by Spoon. We hope you will come early to mingle.

Michele Leiby,  in Political Science at The College of Wooster, will share the results of a community-based research project on the lives of Central American immigrants in rural Ohio. The discussion will include consideration of the factors driving immigration from Central America to the United States and how U.S. immigration policies impact the lives of immigrants.  It will conclude with consideration of evidence-based strategies for effectively advocating for immigrants’ human rights.

Lecture: Maya Archaeology Thursday 9/26 @7:30

I write to share an announcement from Dr. Navarro-Farr about her upcoming research presentation “Archaeology Beyond our Imagining: Sustainable Practices inside the Maya Biosphere Reserve” on Thursday, September 26 @7: 30pm.  It promises to be a fascinating evening, and I hope to see you there!


Dear colleagues and OLAS students,

I write to cordially invite you to a forthcoming lecture which will be part of the Archaeology Student Colloquium’s (ASC) annual lecture series. Our speakers will be offering a discussion on the intersections of archaeological research in the present as our team conducts investigations inside the second largest area of tropical rainforest left north of the Amazon. This talk will be a fluid and dual (English and Spanish) language conversation about the challenges and opportunities associated with doing community-centered and collaborative archaeology inside a protected area of high canopy rainforest. I am reaching out to you because this conversation promises to be multidisciplinary and intersectional and I hope you can join us.

Archaeology Beyond our Imagining: Sustainable Practices inside the Maya Biosphere Reserve 

Griselda Pérez Robles – Director of Conservation Proyecto Arqueológico Waka’ (PAW)

Juan Carlos Pérez Calderon – Director Proyecto Arqueológico Waka’ (PAW)

Olivia C. Navarro-Farr – Director Proyecto Arqueológico Waka’ (PAW) & Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology at the College of Wooster

Archaeological research is generally seen as an academic or scientific activity that, after long field or laboratory seasons, provides historical data on the past societies under study. However, archeology goes beyond what we think or imagine; It goes beyond our carefully excavated and registered excavations, vessels or maps. Archaeological research plays an important role in governance, access to decent work, inclusion, conservation and protection of natural and cultural areas. The work carried out by the Proyecto Arqueológico Waka’ (PAW) researchers within the Laguna del Tigre National Park, in the Maya Biosphere Reserve of Petén, Guatemala is academic and scientific. It is also fundamental to the sustained presence of this protected biosphere and the communities which exist in close proximity. The PAW cooperates with other actors in the area to protect the integrity of the natural landscape and to rewrite the ancient history of Guatemalans today.

Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Location: Scovel Hall Room 105

History Fall Picnic Wednesday 9/18 @4

All are welcome at our fall picnic!  I write to share a message from our official picnic historian, Dr. Greg Shaya:

Please join us for the Fall History Picnic Wednesday 9/18 from 4-6pm at Bornhuetter Pavilion!

Come relax together and meet your professors and fellow students. Your student reps and your favorite professors will be there.

We’ll supply hamburgers, veggie burgers, salads and lemonade. There will be croquet – and the distant possibility that a student may win the title. (It would be the first time, however. A Shaya family member has held the History Croquet Title since the founding of the game.) For more information on croquet at Wooster, see

We hope to see you all there! gks

More on Inca Architecture

By popular request, here is some more information on Inca masonry and architecture.  The first is a quick, popular overview from the Ancient History Encyclopedia that describes Inca use of stones and bronze tools to shape rock.

I also found an older academic article on “Inca Stonemasonry” from Scientific American by University of California architect Jean-Pierre Protzen.  In the article, he gives a summary of the historiography of Inca technologies, and then goes on to describe his efforts to recreate Inca wall construction.  He provides a wealth of detail on the rocks used, quarries, and the tools used for transportation and structure.

As I mentioned in class, this is a topic rife with sophisticated-looking, poorly researched pseudo-scholarship.  I found an example (I won’t link to it) of a youtube video with over 900k views claiming that the Inca build their walls with bags of concrete…. historians beware!