Monday, January 9, 2012

Duquesne's Human Rights Film Festival Returns!

Duquesne proudly continues its Human Rights Film Festival this year, showing award-winning films that deal with the most critical abuses of human rights in our world today. For more information, check out their website. All films are free and open to the public. Just bring your own popcorn!  See you there!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Graduate Assistant Spotlight: Kerri Werner

Each fall, the History Department awards graduate assistantship positions to outstanding students, providing for them full tuition, a modest stipend, and the opportunity to engage in research and other scholarly activities under the supervision of a faculty member. 

We're excited to continue our Graduate Assistant Spotlight series here on our blog. You've already met Public History graduate student and assistant Regina Brinza. Now meet Public History graduate student and assistant Kerri Werner.


Undergraduate Institution:
Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA

Undergraduate Major:
Double Major in History and Archaeology and Culture of the Ancient Near East, with a minor in Sociology

McKeesport, PA


Favorite Movie:
The Lion in Winter (1968) – completely historically inaccurate, but hilarious and strangely insightful

Favorite Historical Period:
I studied everything from ancient history to Europe during the era of the world wars in undergrad, so my interests are all over the place, and I’ve never been able to narrow it down to just one favorite period.    

Extracurricular Activities in College:
I was in Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Alpha Theta, and Theta Alpha Kappa.  I was a circulation desk assistant at the college’s Snowden Library and a laboratory assistant for the Biblical Archaeology class.  I was also a member of the Creative Arts Society.

Little Known Fact About You:
I own a few handguns and a shotgun.  I’m also working on improving my archery skills, but I have a tendency to lose arrows in the bushes. 

What area of history are you focusing on in your graduate career here at Duquesne University?
I’m on the Public History track, so I’m focusing on gaining professional skills in archives and museum studies.

What are some of the responsibilities you will have as a graduate assistant here in the department?  Who are the faculty members you’ll be assisting?
I’m assigned to Dr. Sienkewicz and Dr. Hyland.  I’ve been grading assignments and performing some research tasks.  This upcoming semester, I’ll also be potentially covering some classes. 

How do you like Pittsburgh?
I grew up near Pittsburgh and I’ve always liked it, but spending so much time in the city for class is definitely making me like it all the more.   

What are your plans (or your dreams) for after you finish your M.A.?
Ideally, I’d like to be employed in Collections Management at a nearby museum.  In a perfect world, I would also return to archaeological fieldwork.

What is one of the things you’re most excited to experience here at Duquesne/in Pittsburgh?
I’m looking forward to the internship opportunities.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Book Signing and Free Lecture: Art History Faculty Member Elizabeth Lev

Join the Art History Program and the Italian Campus as they welcome faculty member Elizabeth Lev on Tuesday, January 10th, as she promotes her newest work: The Tigress of Forli.

Dr. Lev will be available from 12-1 p.m. for a book signing at the campus Barnes and Nobel Bookstore on Forbes Avenue, connected to the Power Center. Then, later that evening, please join Dr. Lev as she gives a free lecture from 5-7 p.m. in the Pappert Lecture Hall in the Bayer Building. You can view directions and a map of campus here.

You also can see Dr. Lev in her interview on Fox News here: