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Andrea Watkins: KATH Board Member and H-KY Book Review Editor

In Spotlight on January 17, 2014 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , , , ,

Andrea Watkins

Dr. Andrea Watkins

KATH-online turns the spotlight on Dr. Andrea S. Watkins of Northern Kentucky University, the 2013-14 KATH Board representative for public comprehensive universities. Dr. Watkins has also recently been accepted as the H-Net Book Review Editor for our own H-Kentucky network – best wishes and we hope her H-Net book review editor training starts soon!

Current school and alma mater/s:

Associate Professor of History at Northern Kentucky University
PhD (1999), MA (1993), and BA (1991) from University of Kentucky

Fields of interest:

Antebellum South, Kentucky History, United States Slavery, Family and Community History

When did you first develop an interest in history?

As the daughter of a historian, I grew up visiting museums, historic homes, and battlefields throughout my childhood.  I remember the 1982 miniseries on George Washington (based on James Thomas Flexner’s Washington: The Indispensible Man) as starting my lifelong interest in our first president, but history really came alive for me at my first visit to Gettysburg in 1986.

How have your interests changed since graduate school?

I still study family relationships in the antebellum south, but my interests now extend more toward the institution of slavery and its impact on families, both white and black.  I also spend a great deal more time researching Kentucky history than I ever imagined I would when in graduate school.

What projects are you working on currently?

I am working on writing a monograph on Robert Wickliffe and his family from Lexington. The Old Duke played a key role in many of the key issues of the antebellum period in Kentucky.  I am also reading and researching the lives of Kentucky women during the Civil War.  The several diaries and memoirs of these women provide an insight into the divided nature of Kentucky citizens during the war.

Is there an article, book, movie, blog, etc., that you could recommend to fellow KATH members?

I have read two recent books about Kentucky that I highly recommend for both the information and their new interpretations of history.  They are Matthew Salafia’s Slavery’s Borderland: Freedom and Bondage Along the Ohio River (2013) and T.R.C. Hutton’s Bloody Breathitt: Politics and Violence in the Appalachian South (2013).

I follow the Twitter feed of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (@amhistorymuseum) because they provide wonderful links to objects, photographs, etc. within their collection.  I find great items that easily capture the interest of students that I can use as a jumping off point for discussions of larger themes.

I also highly recommend the Mount Vernon website (http://www.mountvernon.org/).  There are wonderful short educational pages and videos by historians that I use successfully in online courses and in the classroom when studying George Washington and the eighteenth century.  Students particularly love the six minute video on Washington’s dentures! (http://www.mountvernon.org/georgewashington/teeth/dentures)

Other than history, what are you passionate about?

I like to spend time with my husband, Steve, and our daughter, Rachel.  I enjoy reading mysteries and biographies, and watching television in the evening to unwind.  I enjoy movies and have especially enjoyed the recent Hobbit and Hunger Games movies with my daughter.

Any final thoughts?

I am proud to be a part of KATH and to spend time with other teachers who enjoy history as much as I do.  The humanities as a whole have taken a hit in recent years, but as history teachers we know the value of studying the past to inform and enlighten our present.  I hope I am able to pass on some of the joy and excitement I find in the profession to all those I meet in the classroom and community.

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Summit on KATH, 11-11-11

In Business Meeting,KATH Conference on January 17, 2012 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , , , , , , , ,

Kentucky Association of Teachers of History

Summit

M.I.King Library, University of Kentucky
November 11, 2011;  4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Refreshments courtesy of the UK History Department

 Attendees:
Jake Gibbs (BCTC), Melanie Beal Goan (UK), Rebecca Hanly (KHS), Phil Harling (UK), George Herring (UK emeritus), Kate Hesseldenz (UK), Gordon Hogg (UK), Randolph Hollingsworth (UK), Jim Klotter (Georgetown), Lorie Maltby (Henderson CC), Karen Petrone (UK), Sarah-Jane Poindexter (Filson), Gary Powell (BCTC), Vanessa de los Reyes (Gateway CTC), Rick Smoot (BCTC), Paul Tenkotte (NKU), Anita Sanford Tolson (FCPS emeritus), Kitty Stephens (FCPS emeritus/BCTC)

Problem Identified:

There are many reasons for why the KATH Board was unable to organize the call for student papers and a conference for Fall 2011.  There are no KATH members and no leadership of the Board currently since the 2010 meeting did not elect a full slate, the 2011 President has served his one year term and the 2011 President-Elect resigned (with no new slate of officers and no Board leadership in place). The group surmised there may be too many people on the Board overall and much of the work is taken on by the President; so it is easier to avoid taking a leadership role when the need arises.  Another idea posed was that there was a lack of regular communications from the Board; KATH Newsletters (print, via postal mail) in the past kept the membership informed and helped keep attention on this small statewide conference despite so many other competing interests. The KATH website is down.

Decisions Made:

The group decided on three main actions to take:

  1. A call for membership dues and donations will be mailed this winter (including an explanation of the need for a paid part-time employee to organize KATH business)
  2. A small group would get together to plan a conference for Fall 2012 – starting in December
  3. A small group would gather to identify what a part-time KATH officer would need to do (tasks and the number of hours required) to keep KATH business, including the website, going for an academic year

TASKS RELATED TO THE ABOVE ACTIONS:

  1. Each group member will look in their KATH papers to find names/addresses, try to ascertain if the information is still correct and send updated information to Randolph (dolph@uky.edu); Jim will send to Randolph an example of a call for donations and she will draft up something for the whole group to review
  2. Randolph will use a Doodle calendar again to convene a meeting of the past KATH Board members and any others who may wish to attend to plan a conference for Fall 2012 in central Kentucky
  3. Jake, Kate, Melanie, Randolph, Anita [others?] will get together to identify tasks/hours/pay for KATH part-time employee (e.g., Chief Operating Officer?) and report back to the group
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