David Hamilton Golland, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair of History
Coordinator of Humanities
Governors State University

Committee on Research and Government, Organization of American Historians
Vice President, Park Forest Historical Society
Vice President, GSU Faculty Senate

What I'm Writing:
A Terrible Thing to Waste:
Arthur Fletcher and the Conundrum of the Black Republican

This is a political biography of a civil rights leader and former professional football player known as the “father of affirmative action.” Fletcher served four Republican presidents but was unable to adjust to the increasingly anti-civil rights philosophy of the Republican Party. The title evokes Mr. Fletcher’s service as Director of the United Negro College Fund during the 1970s. Click here for more information.

What I'm Reading:
Peniel E. Joseph, Stokely: A Life (Basic Civitas, 2014)

From Amazon: Stokely Carmichael, the charismatic and controversial black activist, stepped into the pages of history when he called for “Black Power” during a speech one Mississippi night in 1966. A firebrand who straddled both the American civil rights and Black Power movements, Carmichael would stand for the rest of his life at the center of the storm he had unleashed. A nuanced and authoritative portrait, Stokely captures the life of the man whose uncompromising vision defined political radicalism and provoked a national reckoning on race and democracy. Click here to read it yourself.
Up next: Postell, Bureaucracy in America (reviewing for The Journal of Southern History)

What I'm Teaching:
HIST 4910: Senior Capstone I: Methods
Fall 2017, Thursdays, 4:30-7:20

First half of the senior capstone experience. Emphasis is on the principles of historical research, the organization of materials, and the discussion of various writing styles. Students work closely with the instructor throughout the semester. Restricted to history majors in the senior/final year of the degree or by permission of the instructor. Visit the online syllabus now / Click here for other courses.

What I've Published Lately:
"Digitizing the Fletcher Papers: A Unique Historical Experience"
Perspectives on History (April, 2015)

In July 2014 I traveled to Hollywood, Florida, to do research in a private, unprocessed collection of personal papers from the estate of Arthur Fletcher. Frankly, I did not know what to expect. Fletcher’s son, Paul, had moved the papers from a flooded basement in Washington, DC, after his father’s death. Read "Digitizing the Fletcher Papers" now / Click here for more publications.

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  • On the Road
  • November 9-11, 2017: Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ

  • At the Blog
    3/20/17: Free Speech Is Not an Academic Value
    In the wake of student protestors' shouting down (and even physically assaulting) those with disagreeable academic opinions, this essay in in the Chronicle of Higher Education reminds us of some of the core values of academia. "Free Speech Is Not an Academic Value," by Stanley Fish. Like everyone else these days, I've been.... Read more

    From the Peers
  • Rubio on Golland, American Historical Review
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  • On the Wall
  • 2014 Governors State University Research Grant
  • 2013 Governors State University Research Grant
  • 2011 Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Travel Grant
  • 2011 Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation Travel Grant
  • 2007 National Society of Colonial Dames Fellowship
  • 2007 Thomas W. Smith Graduate Scholarship
  • 2007 Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation Travel Grant
  • 2002 Starr Foundation Grant
  • 2000 Arnold Picker Endowed Fund
  • 2000 Edwin and Barbara Kanner Award
  • 2000 Thomas W. Smith Academic Fellowship
  • 1999 Solomon Toubin Memorial Award

  • Department of Humanities
    Suite C3370, Governors State University
    One University Parkway, University Park, IL 60484
    dgolland@govst.edu

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