Chowan University's Department of History teaches students to separate the fact from the fiction and bridge the gap between past and present. History majors have to be one part detective and one part director, researching events extensively and then retelling the story in a way that will captivate audiences.
Students could uncover the previously unknown, tell a story that has not been heard in a millennia, or shed new light on a shadowy historical hero.
A study of history is an essential part of a liberal arts education, valuable in many different careers, and shows students how the world is still shaped today by the hands of history.
Chowan University's Department of History provides:
History majors will also want to join the History Club or could be inducted into Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society. These organizations, as well as the great internship opportunities you will gain during your study at Chowan University, will boost any resume!
In addition to internships and honor societies, students are encouraged to pursue their scholarly interests. For information regarding graduate resources, using your History degree, and scholarships, http://www.historydegree.com/Scholarships/.
|David Edwin Ballew, Jr.
Associate Professor of History
Coordinator of Humanities Studies
Coordinator of the Chowan Tutoring Program
Chairman of the Department of History
“History is the torch that illuminates the past and helps us guard against repeating our past mistakes.”
David Ballew came to work at Chowan University in 2002.
Danny B. Moore
“I fell in love Chowan upon my arrival several years ago. Since then, I already have memories to last me a lifetime—dogwoods blooming on a warm April morning, graduates lined up in their caps and gowns, students walking through Squirrel Park on cool autumn days, those majestic white columns adorning the administration building. 'If you have to fall in love with something," Robert Frost wrote, "you can do a lot worse than a college.' I can't agree more.”
Danny Moore came to Chowan University in 1994.
“My current research focuses on the life of James Larkin Pearson. A native and life-long resident of Wilkes County, North Carolina, Pearson was a journalist who published six amateur newspapers and a poet who published seven collected works of poetry. In 1953 he was named North Carolina poet laureate, a position he held until 1981. In the process of studying his life and work I examine the Tar Heel spirit and the power of individualism, both of which Pearson possessed. Indeed, those faculties enabled him to overcome poverty, a limited education, the loss of two wives and a daughter, crippling moments of self-doubt, and an initial reticence on the part of the state’s cultured elite to accept him as one of their own. In the end, he endured and earned a level of professional success and acknowledgement few can hope to achieve. Pearson’s life is interesting in its own right, but it also demonstrates the essence of North Carolina and its people.”
Gregory Taylor came to work at Chowan in 2006.
“Organized Labor, Reds, and Radicals of the 1930s,” in Interpreting American History: The New Deal and the Great Depression, Kent State University Press, August 2014.
Dean F. Lawson
"My field of teaching specialization, writing, and research is Early Modern England. I taught a course on Stuart England at Chowan University Spring Semester 2011, and I’m currently teaching a course with a focus on Tudor England. With regard to writing and research, I have begun revising my dissertation for publication. My dissertation examined the public life of Edward Sexby, a figure active during England’s Civil War and Interregnum (1642-1660). Sexby is best remembered today for some populist demands and heated exchanges with Oliver Cromwell during those discussions in parliament’s New Model Army on the constitution and future of England known as the Putney Debates (1647), and as the most probable author of Killing Noe Murder (1657), a pamphlet providing learned justifications for Cromwell’s assassination in response to his increasingly monarchical Protectorate (1653-1658). My work will contextualize Killing Noe Murder by providing a clearer picture both of Sexby’s public life and his relationship with Oliver Cromwell. It will consider Sexby roles as a representative for the rank and file of the New Model Army, speaker in the Putney Debates, state servant for the English Republic (1649-1653), and conspirator against the Protectorate and life of Oliver Cromwell. Though focused on a single, extraordinary figure, my study will illuminate broader themes of interest to students of political culture. Sexby’s public life demonstrates how social and educational barriers separating political groups were permeable and how radical thought and action were intertwined.”
Dean Lawson came to work at Chowan in 2010.
Courses Taught or Teaching:
“Edward Sexby as Intermediary in 1648: ‘Courier of Revolution,’” presented on a panel titled “Loyalties and Allegiances in Stuart England”; annual meeting of the Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies, the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, March 2011
“Leading Agitator, Favored Agitator, and ‘New Agent’: Edward Sexby’s Part in the Events of 1647,” presented on a panel titled “Civil War and Interregnum: Rhetoric, Religion, and Polemic”; annual meeting of the Northeast Conference on British Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI, October 2009
“Illiterate or Accomplished: Edward Sexby as Author, 1647-1657,” presented on a panel titled “Radical Thought and Action in the English Revolution”; annual meeting of the Southern Conference on British Studies, Birmingham, AL, November 2006
“The Marquis de Lafayette: Revolutionary and Murfreesboro Resident,” presented at the annual Chowan University Interdisciplinary Symposium, April 2011
“Edward Sexby and the ‘Army Revolt’ of 1647,” presented to the British and European History Workshop conducted by the Department of History at the University of Alabama, November 2008
“Upon a Dangerous Design: The Career of Edward Sexby,” presented to the British and European History Workshop conducted by the Department of History at the University of Alabama, April 2008