Category Archives: Announcements

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!


Lecture by Distinguished Historian on Women and War on Tuesday 9/10 @4pm

Please join us for the inaugural Hayden Schilling Lecture, a talk by the distinguished historian, Susan Grayzel, on women’s experience in the First World War. The event, open to the public, will take place on Tuesday, September 10 at 4:00 pm in the Lean Lecture Room.

Grayzel is Professor of History at Utah State University, having previously served as Director of the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies at the University of Mississippi. She is the author of several award-winning works, including War: Gender, Motherhood, and Politics in Britain and France during the First World War (1999) and At Home and Under Fire: Air Raids & Culture in Britain from the Great War to the Blitz (2012). She will also be leading a faculty workshop and meeting with students.

This talk is the first of what will be an annual event, The Hayden Schilling Lecture, supported by the Hayden Schilling Fund for History.

More details below. We hope to see you there!  Greg Shaya, History

Public Lecture 

Susan R. Grayzel, Utah State University

The Hayden Schilling Lecture: “Did Women Have a Great War? Reflections on Women’s Experiences 100 Years On”

Tuesday, September 10, 4:00 pm, Lean Lecture Room

This talk explores some of the ways in which women experienced the First World War in order to ask if women’s “had a great war.”  It examines not only what women across a range of backgrounds and circumstances did during the war—where, how, and why they participated and what they thought about this—but as important, what a focus on women might add to our understanding of the First World War itself.

Meeting with Prof. Grayzel

Prof. Grayzel will be available to meet with students during the day on Tuesday, September 10. If you are interested in meeting with Prof. Grayzel – perhaps if you are working on topics of British history, gender history, war and gender – please contact Greg Shaya in the Department of History (
Short Biography

Susan R. Grayzel joined the faculty at Utah State University in 2017, teaching classes in modern European history, gender and women’s history, and the history of total war, having previously been Professor of History at the University of Mississippi, where she was also Director of the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies. Her most recent publications include Gender and the Great War (Oxford University Press, 2017), co-edited with Tammy M. Proctor. Her previous books include Women’s Identities at War: Gender, Motherhood and Politics in Britain and France during the First World War (1999) and At Home and Under Fire: Air Raids & Culture in Britain from the Great War to the Blitz (2012). She is engaged in two current research projects; one tracing how the civilian gas mask came to embody efforts to address the consequences of chemical warfare in the British empire, c. 1915-45, and the second with Prof. Lucy Noakes (University of Essex) on gender, citizenship, and civil defense in twentieth-century Britain. She is spending the academic year 2019-20, first as a visiting fellow at All Souls College (Oxford) for Michaelmas term 2019 and then as UK Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the University of Leeds from mid-January to mid-July 2020.