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Department of State - one of the Departments of the Cabinet, created in 1789. The State Department has bureaus which deal with political affairs: the Bureau of African Affairs; the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs; the Bureau of European and Canadian Affairs; the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs; the Bureau of Near-Eastern Affairs; the Bureau of South Asian Affairs; and the Bureau of International Organization Affairs. Other bureaus deal with issues related to various other aspects of administration and policy. These include the Bureau of Administration; the Bureau of Consular Affairs; the Bureau of Diplomatic Security; the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs; the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs; and the Bureau of Public Affairs. The Foreign Service Institute is also part of the State Department, as well as the Agency for International Development; the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and the United States Information Agency

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History of DSS

From the American Revolution through the early 1900s, U.S. foreign policy focused on establishing and preserving the nation, developing international trade, expanding national borders, and asserting regional interests.

During this era, when American representatives overseas primarily conducted business and trade, diplomatic security was mainly concerned with ensuring private channels of communication between Washington, D.C., and the nation’s emissaries and consuls.

During the American Revolution, a network of dispatch ships, forwarding agents, and dispatch agents, working with sea captains and trusted merchants, helped ensure the safe delivery of vital correspondence.

World War I – Diplomatic Security, Diplomatic Couriers and Special Agents

The threats of World War I, combined with the United States’ emerging role as a world power, led the State Department in 1916 to establish the Office of the Chief Special Agent – a dedicated group of professionals committed to diplomatic security. [Read More] [16 MB]

The 1920s and 1930s – The Bannerman Years: Consolidation and Growing Threats

The Office of the Chief Special Agent suffered postwar cuts despite being tasked with expanded duties. Robert C. Bannerman became Chief Special Agent (1920-1940) and established practices for protecting visiting dignitaries and investigating fraud. In the 1930s, the detection of widespread passport and visa fraud provided early warnings of the extent of enemy spy networks. [Read More] [16 MB]

World War II – Supporting Allied Victory

World War II expanded and solidified diplomatic security as a vital function of the State Department. Leading up to the war, and well into the 1960s, the State Department faced diplomatic security threats from espionage.

As World War II approached its final stages in late 1944, U.S. officials found that security functions were scattered across multiple offices and divisions, and State Department officials favored centralizing diplomatic security responsibilities into a single entity. In 1945, the State Department established the new Division of Security. After the war, the State Department elevated the division to office status, creating the Office of Security and assigning special agents to field offices in the United States and to embassies overseas. [Read More] [16 MB]

What Can You Do With A History Degree?

History majors obtain skills that prepare them for a wide range of careers. These skills include using primary sources, formulating and assessing hypotheses, critically analyzing and evaluating data and sources, understanding and interpreting complex issues and perceiving patterns and structures, as well as crafting clear and persuasive written and spoken arguments. All these are skills that employers highly value and seek out in job applicants. The list of famous people who majored in history includes Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Dwight D. Eisenhower, W.E.B. DuBois, Elena Kagan, Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Buffet, Martha Ingram, Charlie Rose, and Henry Kissinger.

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Why Study History at Appalachian State?

The study of history is an essential part of a liberal arts education and offers valuable preparation for careers in law, journalism, and public history in local, state, and national public service in business, where a knowledge of domestic and foreign affairs is desirable, as well as in history/social studies teaching and the advanced discipline of history.

Pictured Left: Student presentation of research gathered in Dr. Deathridge's graduate Historic Preservation class.

Pictured Right: Students on a research trip to Washington, DC with Dr. Pegelow Kaplan and Professor Amy Hudnall (2016).

By exposing students to a variety of cultures and human experience and by training them in the interpretation of conflicting evidence, the History Department prepares students for the responsibilities of citizenship and for dealing with the ambiguities of human existence. Finally, the discipline of history provides an intellectual challenge as well as a stimulus to the imagination and to analytical thinking.

The History Department at Appalachian State provides students with knowledge of their own cultural tradition and an appreciation of other cultures and societies of the past. It promotes an appreciation of the complexity of human affairs and the difficulties involved in interpreting them. The Department offers a broad curriculum in local, national, regional, and world history which encourages history majors to develop a comparative approach to human problems.

Department of State - History

(By Jennifer K. Elsea, Congressional Research Service) (PDF)

(Population Action International)


Department of State

Rex Tillerson, who has spent his entire working career at oil giant Exxon and has developed a close relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, was confirmed to be Secretary of State by a 56-43 U.S. Senate vote on February 1, 2017.

Tillerson was born March 23, 1952, in Wichita Falls, Texas, to Bobby Joe and Patty Sue Tillerson. He joined the Boy Scouts, beginning a relationship with the organization that lasts to this day, and eventually made the rank of Eagle. Tillerson graduated from Huntsville High School in 1970 and went to the University of Texas, where he played drums in the Longhorns&rsquo marching band. He earned a bachelor&rsquos degree in civil engineering in 1975.

Tillerson went to work for Exxon not long after graduation as a production engineer. In 1987, he was a business development manager in Exxon&rsquos natural gas department. He moved over to the company&rsquos central production division in 1989 as its general manager.

In 1992, Tillerson was named the company&rsquos production adviser and in 1998 was named vice president of Exxon Ventures and president of Exxon Neftegas, exploration projects based in and around Russia and other former Soviet republics. Tillerson, according to a leaked document published in The Guardian, was also a director of Exxon Neftegas. He was named executive vice president of Exxon Development in 1999, the year Exxon bought competitor Mobil to form ExxonMobil.

Tillerson was named senior vice president of ExxonMobil and in 2003 found himself one of two candidates to lead the company upon the retirement of chairman and CEO Lee R. Raymond. Tillerson was named president of ExxonMobil the following year. In 2006, he was named chairman and CEO after Raymond retired.

ExxonMobil&rsquos Russian connection remained at least as strong under Tillerson&rsquos leadership. ExxonMobil cut a deal with Russia in 2011 for a joint venture with Russia&rsquos Rosneft to explore for oil in the Russian Arctic as well as the Black Sea and tap Siberian shale oil deposits. The oil giant and Russia were so tight that in 2013, Putin awarded Tillerson the Russian Order of Friendship.

But in 2014, the collaboration was forced to end because of sanctions put into place by President Barack Obama after Russia invaded Ukraine. Not surprisingly, Tillerson opposed the sanctions. &ldquoWe do not support sanctions, generally, because we don&rsquot find them to be effective unless they are very well implemented comprehensively,&rdquo he said at the time.

At one point, Russia threatened to seize ExxonMobil&rsquos oil-drilling rig and the company won a brief reprieve from the sanctions. During that period, a field containing about 750 million barrels of oil was found.

There has been speculation that the sanctions were a big part of the reason for Russia&rsquos interference in the presidential race. Trump and Tillerson are seen as more likely to back the lifting of the restrictions. Tillerson has promised to recuse himself from decisions involving Exxon&mdashbut only during the first year of his term that&rsquos mandated by law. The oil deal with Russia has the potential for lasting decades.

Tillerson&rsquos connections with Russia had the potential for haunting him during his confirmation process. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which had the responsibility of vetting Tillerson before his nomination was sent to the full Senate. Shortly after Tillerson was nominated, Rubio called him a &ldquorespected businessman&rdquo but added that any Secretary of State &ldquomust be someone who views the world with moral clarity [and who] has a clear sense of America&rsquos interests.&rdquo However, when it came time to vote on Tillerson on January 23, Rubio fell into line with his fellow Republicans, saying he had to balance his concerns about Tillerson&rsquos coziness with Russia and other countries not friendly to the United States with his &ldquoextensive experience and success in international commerce, and my belief that the president is entitled to significant deference when it comes to his choices for the cabinet.&rdquo

GOP Senator John McCain of Arizona also expressed initial misgivings about Tillerson&rsquos nomination. &ldquoI don&rsquot know what Mr. Tillerson&rsquos relationship with Vladimir Putin was, but I&rsquoll tell you it is a matter of concern to me,&rdquo McCain said in December. However, by late January, McCain and colleague Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), who had also talked of opposing Tillerson, said they would support him when he came before the full Senate for a vote.

Russia wasn&rsquot the only place where Tillerson&rsquos company acted in opposition to American interests. In 2011, the company signed an oil deal with the Kurds who control Iraq&rsquos northern region. That agreement cut out the Iraqi central government.

And in Equatorial Guinea, ExxonMobil made deals with its strongman President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. Obiang&rsquos government tortures critics and disregards elections and has faced international tribunals for enriching Obiang&rsquos family with the country&rsquos oil wealth.

Becoming Secretary of State might even give Tillerson an opportunity to get back at an old foe. Venezuela nationalized the oil industry in that country, including ExxonMobil&rsquos properties. Tillerson sought $15 billion as compensation for the confiscation, but the World Bank&rsquos international arbitration court awarded the company only $1.6 billion.

Then, just before Trump&rsquos inauguration, Tillerson told a reporter: &ldquoIf confirmed, I would urge close cooperation with our friends in the hemisphere, particularly Venezuela&rsquos neighbors Brazil and Colombia, as well as multilateral bodies such as the [Organization of American States], to seek a negotiated transition to democratic rule in Venezuela.&rdquo In other words, kicking out the regime that had taken ExxonMobil&rsquos assets in the country.

Closer to home, Tillerson was found to be somewhat of a hypocrite in 2014 when he joined a lawsuit to block a water tower from being constructed near his ranch. The water tower was to be used by petroleum companies in their fracking efforts in the area.

When he spoke to the Council on Foreign Relations in 2012, Tillerson lauded the practice of fracking. &ldquo[Hydraulic fracturing] is an old technology just being applied, integrated with some new technologies,&rdquo he said. &ldquoSo the risks are very manageable.&rdquo

He was singing a different tune two years later though. &ldquoThe construction of the water tower will create a constant and unbearable nuisance to those that live next to it,&rdquo the suit stated. &ldquo[The] water tower will have lights on at all hours of the night traffic to and from the tower at unknown and unreasonable hours, noise from mechanical and electrical equipment needed to maintain and operate the water tower, and creates an unsafe and unattractive nuisance to the children in the area.&rdquo

Tillerson&rsquos nomination has drawn approval in some corners, however. &ldquoOil folks know stuff: anyone who manages multibillion dollar, multi-decade projects needs deep, nuanced understanding of political context,&rdquo Suzanne Maloney, a former ExxonMobil employee who now works for the Brookings Institution, tweeted. &ldquo&hellip Tillerson rose to top of a company that prizes technical excellence, rock-solid financials, hard work and integrity. State could do a lot worse.&rdquo

And under Tillerson, ExxonMobil, which had internally acknowledged the dangers of global climate change as early as 1977, has finally publicly agreed with the scientific consensus on the subject. How that stance meshes with the opportunity to pull millions of barrels of carbon out of the Russian Arctic is yet to be seen, however.

Tillerson also helped liberalize another tradition-bound organization. He was president of the Boy Scouts of America from 2010 to 2012. While there, he moved the organization toward its 2013 vote to open the organization to gay Scouts. The ban on gay leaders remained in place until 2015, however.

At the time of his nomination, Tillerson owned 2.6 million shares of ExxonMobil stock worth $245 million. In 2016, he received a salary of $24.3 million. In order to become secretary of state, Tillerson gave up his shares and, in exchange, Exxon gave him a retirement package worth $180 million. He also owns the Bar RR Ranches in Bentonville, Texas.

Tillerson and his wife, Renda, whom he married in 1986, have four children.

Under Rex Tillerson, Exxon Mobil Forged Its Own Path Abroad (by Ben Hubbard, Dionne Searcey and Nicholas Casey, New York Times)

If the next Secretary of State seems to have been born for the role, he has nonetheless worked awfully hard to prepare for it. Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Massachusetts) is President Obama&rsquos choice to succeed current Secretary Hillary Clinton, who will stay on until her successor is confirmed. The son of a Foreign Service officer who speaks fluent French, Kerry has been chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee the past four years. Having served 28 years in the Senate, Kerry is expected to sail through his confirmation hearing, which began January 24. In that event, the next ranking Democrat on the Committee&mdashSen. Barbara Boxer (D-California)&mdashis in line to become the first woman to chair the committee.

&ldquoYou have a guy who, from his earliest days, has been schooled in America&rsquos international role, both in war and in peace making,&rdquo said former Sen. Max Cleland (D-Georgia), a close friend of Kerry&rsquos who lost both legs and his right arm in Vietnam. &ldquoHe was born to be secretary of state. What you got here is a very rare human being who has been through the throes of the damned in war and in politics in a presidential election, and who has survived it all to come out on top.&rdquo

Born December 11, 1943, in Aurora, Colorado, John Forbes Kerry is the son of Richard Kerry (1915&ndash2000), who was serving as a test pilot in the Army Air Corps, and Rosemary (Forbes) Kerry (1913&ndash2002), a World War II nurse and member of the wealthy Forbes family.

Kerry&rsquos ancestry reveals a unique marriage of the &ldquoMayflower&rdquo and Ellis Island. Although the surname Kerry usually indicates Irish ancestry, Kerry learned in 2003 that his paternal grandparents, known to him as &ldquoFrederick and Ida Kerry,&rdquo were born &ldquoFritz Kohn&rdquo and &ldquoIda Löwe&rdquo in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, changing their names in 1900 and converting from Judaism to Roman Catholicism. On his mother&rsquos side, Senator Kerry is the great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandson of John Winthrop, who was one of the leading co-founders of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630 and served as its first Governor.

Although the extended family was unusually wealthy, Kerry&rsquos parents themselves were upper-middle class. Growing up in Europe during his father&rsquos tours in Germany and Norway, Kerry biked around East Germany against his father&rsquos warnings, looked for shell casings on the beaches of Normandy, and spent summer vacations at his mother&rsquos family&rsquos estate in the Brittany region of France. A wealthy great aunt paid for Kerry to attend elite schools in Europe and New England, including the Fessenden School in West Newton, Massachusetts, and St. Paul&rsquos in Concord, New Hampshire, where he graduated in 1962. Kerry attended Yale University, where he earned a B.A. in Political Science in 1966 and became a member of the influential Skull and Bones secret society.

Although Kerry&rsquos experiences in Vietnam were crucial in forming his anti-war stance, he actually began questioning American foreign policy while at Yale, even as his father was working at the State Department. In March 1965, he won the Ten Eyck prize as the best orator in the junior class for a speech arguing that, &ldquoIt is the spectre of Western imperialism that causes more fear among Africans and Asians than communism and thus, it is self-defeating.&rdquo Chosen to give the class oration at graduation a year later, Kerry broadly criticized American foreign policy, especially the Vietnam War: &ldquoWhat was an excess of isolationism has become an excess of interventionism.&rdquo

Despite his misgivings about the war, Kerry chose not to seek a deferment by staying in school or to join a National Guard unit unlikely to see combat. Instead, he enlisted in the Naval Reserve and served a four-month tour of duty in South Vietnam as officer-in-charge of a Swift Boat during 1968-1969. For heroic deeds during that service, he was awarded a Silver Star, a Bronze Star, and three Purple Hearts. On active duty in the Navy from August 1966 until January 1970, Kerry served in the Naval Reserve until February 1978. Kerry lost at least five friends in Vietnam, including Yale classmate Richard Pershing, who was killed in action on February 17, 1968.

Upon his return to the U.S., Kerry joined and became a nationally recognized spokesman for Vietnam Veterans Against the War, testifying before the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs that American war policy in Vietnam was causing &ldquowar crimes,&rdquo and asking, &ldquoHow do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?&rdquo The next day, Kerry tossed his ribbons over a fence in front of the Capitol during an anti-war demonstration he organized.

After earning his J.D. at Boston College Law School in 1976, Kerry worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County until co-founding a private firm in 1979. He served as lieutenant governor of Massachusetts under Gov. Michael Dukakis from 1983 to 1985, won a tight Democratic primary in 1984 for the U.S. Senate and became the junior senator from Massachusetts in January 1985.

In the Senate, Kerry focused much of his energy on foreign policy. On the Senate Foreign Relations Committee only two years, from 1987 to 1989 Kerry led a series of hearings that produced startling revelations about illegal American involvement with the right-wing paramilitary Contras in Nicaragua and initiated a series of investigations that unearthed the Iran&ndashContra affair. In 1990, he voted against the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in retaliation for its invasion of Kuwait, and although he was an early backer of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, by the time of his presidential run in 2004 he had become an opponent of the war, some said for purely political reasons.

After winning the 2004 Democratic nomination, Kerry and running mate Senator John Edwards (D-North Carolina) lost a close election, finishing only 35 electoral votes behind President George W. Bush. When Sen. Joe Biden (D-Delaware) became Vice President in January 2009, Kerry became chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Highlights of his chairmanship include guiding a new nuclear arms pact with Russia to confirmation and personally persuading Afghan President Hamid Karzai to agree to a runoff election after prematurely declaring himself the winner of first round elections.

Given President Obama&rsquos renewed attention to global warming in his Second Inaugural Address, Kerry&rsquos long involvement with the issue&mdashhe has attended at least seven international conferences on climate change over the past two decades&mdashshould give him a major voice in the administration&rsquos international efforts on the issue.

Kerry has been married twice, first to Julia Thorne from 1970 to 1988, and then to Teresa Simões-Ferreira Heinz, whom he married in 1995. Kerry has two daughters with his first wife, Alexandra and Vanessa.

Department of State Records

The Department of State was established as the Department of Foreign Affairs by the act of July 27, 1789. It received its present name by the act of September 15, 1789. The Department is responsible for planning and implementing American foreign policy. The Secretary of State is the President's chief advisor for foreign affairs.

For over 150 years, the Department largely stood alone as the agency handling American foreign policy and foreign affairs. During World War I and World War II, Congress and the President established a number of agencies to handle special functions and circumstances arising from the wars. In addition, during the Cold War new agencies were established, often being split out of the Department of State, to give special attention to new aspects of American foreign relations. Some of these agencies existed only for short periods of time, while others lasted far longer.

During the 20th Century, a community of agencies specifically tasked with handling America's formal diplomacy and foreign relations has evolved.

As you read about the records of the various agencies in the foreign Policy Community, please remember that for the records for the period since the beginning of World War II, access to some documentation may be restricted due to security-classification and/or privacy concerns. In addition, use of some materials may be restricted due to copyright. Please see our information about the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act.

History Department

Spring 2021 History Journal: Just Published! 2020-2021 SSU History, "Staying Intellectually Alive." New Book by Dr. Stephen Bittner: Whites and Reds: A History of Wine in the Lands of Tsar and Commissar

The study of history involves the study of all human thought and action, ranging from the economic and the political to the psychological and the artistic. Combining the perspectives and methods of the social sciences and the humanities, it seeks to comprehend the problems and challenges faced by individuals and societies in the distant and recent past, nearby and far away. This understanding of the human experience provides the necessary historical perspective to explain the present.

The Department of History at Sonoma State University offers courses in US, European, Asian, and Latin American history in addition to courses with regional and thematic approaches. The department offers a B.A. and M.A. in history and a minor in history. After completing their degrees in history, undergraduates enter careers in a variety of fields including law, government, teaching, journalism, business, academia, and the non-profit sector. Graduate students pursue careers in education, museum curatorship, librarianship with some continuing their historical studies on the PhD level.

We welcome inquiries about our undergraduate and graduate programs, and we appreciate your interest in the study of history at Sonoma State.

Department of State - History

Take a look at this new video from the WSU Global campus that talks about how awesome it is to be a history major!

Read this year’s annual newsletter to catch up with the Department of History!

Letter from the Chair

No football games, no crammed lecture halls, and no discussion groups over coffee on campus. This has been a year unlike any other for the Department of History. Yet despite the many challenges we are all facing, faculty and students have much to celebrate.…. [Continue reading]

History has long been at the center of a liberal arts education and it remains so today. As both a humanities discipline and a social science, History possesses elements of literary studies, anthropology, economics, and sociology and teaches a variety of skills that are relevant across the entire range of majors offered by the College of Arts and Sciences. At WSU, the Department of History’s Roots of Contemporary Issues Program is at the heart of the university’s general education requirements.

Alongside the History major, the MA, and the PhD, the Department collaborates with a range of graduate and undergraduate programs, including teacher education, pre-law, and interdisciplinary majors in Asian Studies, Women’s History, Political Science, and Cultural Studies. We also offer a of number graduate and undergraduate scholarships and opportunity for students to conduct faculty-mentored research.

“History is about challenge. At WSU, professors and peers challenged me to think outside the box, and create original thoughts and theories often times going against perceived norms. History at WSU challenges students to go beyond, be diligent, and persevere academically. Writing, reading, and thinking skills are developed and molded to form an ever changing and perfecting student experience. I credit my study of history with all my success at WSU and with all the success I hope to have in the future.”

– Kevin Schilling B.A. History (2017) and Top Ten Senior Awardee

“As the ASWSU student body president, I regularly rely on the skills and competencies I gained in history courses at Washington State University. Critical thinking is consistently reinforced in the WSU Department of History, and that helps me solve complex problems involving student fee increases, curriculum changes, and student safety needs. Additionally, the Department of History places an emphasis on crafting original arguments, and backing them up with credible, solid sources. My position as the top advocate for students requires me to engage in discussions on a daily basis with university staff, faculty, and administrators, as we try to come up with ways to make the WSU student experience the best it can be. With a historical mindset, I am confident in my ability to lead the students of Washington State University into the future.”


History is the study of humans as revealed by the past. The study of history is an indispensable intellectual endeavor for students who desire to understand and appreciate the human condition in all its diversity, as well as the historical process that has shaped their personal lives. The Department of History offers a wide array of courses in the history of Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the United States designed to acquaint students with the complexities of today's multicultural "global village" and to deepen their understanding of the events, opinions, ideas, and facts they will need to make informed political, social, and personal judgments throughout their lives.

The study of history provides an appropriate background for almost any career. The history degree is particularly useful in preparation for professional and graduate studies, such as law and religion. The non-professional historian can find a rewarding career in teaching, archival work, museums, journalism, government, administration, and other occupations that call for a strong liberal arts background. From world history to religious studies, from law schools to journalism, ETSU's Department of History prepares students for career and graduate school success!

Historical Events in June

June 6, 1872:

Pioneering feminist Susan B. Anthony was fined for voting in a presidential election at Rochester, New York. After voting rights had been granted to African American males by the 15th Amendment, she attempted to extend the same rights to women.

June 13, 1971:

The New York Times began publishing the Pentagon Papers, a collection of top secret documents exposing U.S. strategy in the Vietnam War.

Dr. Sally Ride, a 32-year-old physicist and pilot, became the first American woman in space, beginning a six-day mission aboard the space shuttle Challenger, launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

June 28, 1914:

Archduke Francis Ferdinand, Crown Prince of Austria and his wife were assassinated at Sarajevo, touching off a conflict between the Austro-Hungarian government and Serbia that escalated into World War I.

Department of History & Anthropology

Southeast's Department of History and Anthropology boasts award-winning faculty and small class sizes - this means that you will receive the personal attention and community support that are keys to success. We will challenge you to think critically and introduce you to times and civilizations that will fire your imagination. We are committed to your education and that extends beyond the classroom. You will gain real-world experience through internships and advanced projects, all before you graduate.

History and Anthropology News

Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of History and Anthropology will feature the work of four historic preservation students in three exhibitions opening April 15 on Kent Library’s main floor. An opening reception will be held April 15 at 2 p.m. Face coverings will be required, and social distancing guidelines will be in place. The students completed [. ]

Dr. Joel Rhodes, Southeast Missouri State University professor of history, will present the April 8 “After Hours: Conversations on Art and Culture” lecture at Southeast’s Catapult Creative House. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Face coverings will be required, and social distancing guidelines will be in [. ]

Dr. Joseph Snyder, assistant professor of history at Southeast Missouri State University, has been named director of the Jane Stephens Honors Program. He replaces Dr. Jim McGill, professor of chemistry, who had served as director of the honors program since 2017. Snyder joined Southeast in 2018 and teaches both modern and ancient history courses, including [. ]

The Center for Regional History in collaboration with University Press, both at Southeast Missouri State University, recently published the childhood short stories of Missouri native Ruby Allee Wright in “Twelve Corners – The Refuge of My Youth.” In “Twelve Corners,” readers will step back in time 100 years to rural Brumley, Missouri, in the heart [. ]