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.
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What I'm Reading:
Theresa A. Booker, Ed., Public Space, Public Policy and Public Understanding of Race and Ethnicity in America: A Multidisciplinary Approach (University of Akron Press Press, 2016)
From Amazon: This interdisciplinary anthology contains a collection of materials, including personal accounts, analyses of historical and/or current events, and legal rulings told through the lens of various racial or ethnic groups living in the United States. Included are discussions of housing and neighborhoods, recreation and work, crime, education, and politics.
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Up next: Woodward, Last of the President's Men
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.
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||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.
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1/19/17: David Hamilton Golland
1/13/17: Obama as symbol of hope, possibility for blacks, key to racial legacy, scholars say
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2/12/14: If history teachers could time travel...
6/16/04: Torture, Then and Now (in response to After Abu Ghraib; Fight Fire With Compassion)
On the Road
February 25, 2018: Park Forest Village Hall, Park Forest, IL
March 8, 2018: Park Forest Public Library, Park Forest, IL
May 29, 2018: Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY
At the Blog
8/16/17: On Academic Administration and Tenure Review
Sadly, there is a national trend towards a permanent administrative class, and even non-academics being hired as college presidents. Part of the problem is that the salary differential discourages administrators from returning to faculty of their own volition; the "golden handcuffs" principle. My ideal academic world would have everyone with tenure....
From the Peers
Rubio on Golland, American Historical Review
Anderson on Golland, Journal of American History
Delton on Golland, Labor History
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
Last updated 14 December, 2017 (DHG)