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Spotlight: Deonte Hollowell

In Spotlight on March 22, 2016 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , , , , , , , ,

Deonte Hollowell

Deonte Hollowell, Spalding University

Today’s spotlight is on KATH Board member Deonte Hollowell who is our Private/Independent Universities Representative. Here are his answers to our request to tell us more about himself.

Current school: I am currently an Instructor of History in Spalding University’s School of Liberal Studies

Fields of interest: Policing, Urbanization, Housing, Education and Socialization…

When did you first develop an interest in history? As a child I could never accept that things just happened; I needed to know why. I was always wondering and questioning.  My academic interest in history was sparked by the late, great J. Blaine Hudson in my undergrad days at University of Louisville.  His historical storytelling reminded me of friends and family back home in Hopkinsville, Kentucky that I swapped stories with growing up (as we still do).  Looking back, I appreciate learning the importance of history in all human endeavors.

How have your interests changed since graduate school? I have not lost any interest for the topics I studied during grad school such as Hip Hop music and culture, the struggles of Black Studies on campuses and in communities, and urban activism.  However, lately I have been reading about various concepts of power as well as the interactions between indigenous Americans and colonial forces.

What projects are you working on currently? I am currently working on a project that investigates urban rioting, looting, and violence as responses to police violence.  I am also analyzing a theory called “the revolt of consciousness” which evaluates a person’s mindset prior to revolutionary action.  Finally, I have been working on a group project that focuses on the health and educational implications of the HOPE VI Project (now called “Choice Neighborhoods Project) in Louisville, KY.

Is there an article, book, movie, blog, etc., that you could recommend to fellow KATH members? The most compelling historical text that I have read is Ivan Van Sertima’s They Came before Columbus which exams physical proof that ancient Africans visited the New World prior to Christopher Columbus’ 1492 voyage.  Van Sertima documents maps, statues, monuments, and botanical evidence – his work is groundbreaking in proving African contributions to the world.

What do you value most about the history profession? The history profession has offered me tons of flexibility in the studies that I am able to pursuit and the courses that I get to teach.

Other than history, what are you passionate about? Institution Building.  Teaching on the college level has blessed me with the opportunity to engage community necessity in a meaningful way.  I have developed various programs throughout my career that focus on enhancing the quality of life in communities.

Any final thoughts? The ancient Akan people of Ghana developed a term called “Sankofa” which means “to return and recover it” – it is the process of historical recovery.  The symbol of Sankofa is a bird looking back into its wings.  It represents the idea that “until you know where you’ve been, you won’t know where you’re going.”



Board Meeting, May 3

In Business Meeting on May 12, 2014 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged:

KATH Minutes, Telephone Meeting, Saturday, May 3, 2014

Present: Pattie Dillon, Cheryl Caskey, Megan Mummey, Crystal Culp, Lorie Maltby, Sara Abdmishani Price

1. Fall KATH Conference:

Saturday, October 18 was identified as the date for the conference to be held at Spalding University in Louisville.

Those present agreed on a conference theme: celebrating civil rights acknowledging the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Members are invited to recommend a title for the conference.

Keynote Speaker discussed. Various Conference Sessions proposed:

  • Keynote Speaker’s session;
  • NARA panel discussion presenting a new Earle C. Clements Award; the panel would discuss the requirements of the award, and will offer a guided presentation on using NARA primary sources in lesson plans for pre-college teachers;
  • Presentation by Jamie Burton of UK to discuss use of primary sources in the classroom geared toward college undergraduates;
  • Panel discussion of students involved in the Diversity in Appalachia oral history project; students to share their oral history process and experiences;
  • Presentation on the Americans with Disabilities Act and recent developments impacting education and educators;
  • Presentation or panel on new research or trends of a specific population group (e.g., African Americans, Native Americans, LGBT, women)

Lunchtime Entertainment: One member recommended inviting a talented young African American poet from Paducah to perform; the members responded favorably recommending that further research be undertake to determine his expenses.

2. Pre-Conference Friday Night Reception and Dinner:

The Muhammad Ali Center in downtown Louisville is a possible venue for the reception. The Center also has plenty of parking.

Many possible restaurant choices are located in downtown Louisville within walking distance of the Muhammad Ali Center for dinner.

3. Other Business:

  • Friday night lodging: a block of rooms need to be reserved at a downtown Louisville hotel.
  • The President will look into submitting a grant to the Kentucky Humanities Council.
  • The Papers and Awards Committee should begin to identify individuals to facilitate and judge KATH’s four student awards.
  • The Nominating Committee will identify individuals for the 2014-2015 KATH Board.



KATH Board Meeting in Feb

In Business Meeting,KATH Conference on February 16, 2014 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: ,

Minutes from the Meeting on Monday, February 10, 2014

Present: Pattie Dillon, Randolph Hollingsworth, Cheryl Caskey, Megan Mummey, Allison Hunt, Angela Ash, Sara Price, Lorie Maltby

1. Conference date and title: No decision was made regarding a finalized title for the conference, although the theme will be civil rights. Saturday, October 11, was identified as a tentative date for the conference to be held at Spalding University. Once a date is finalized, a suggestion was made to contact the Muhammad Ali Center as possible reception location.

2. Committee assignments:

  • Conference Program and Speakers Committee – Pattie and Cheryl
  • Conference Location and Logistics Committee – Jake and Angela
  • Papers and Awards Committee – Allison and Randolph
  • Nominating Committee – Lorie and Megan
  • Funding and Finance Committee – Alana and Sara

3. Discussion of National Archives and University of Kentucky partnership:  Randolph provided an overview of the partnership and discussion followed regarding ways to highlight the partnership at the conference. Possible suggestions included: publicizing the partnership with the conference and/or providing a break-out session focused on the partnership.

4. Discussion of panel: Cheryl offered to ask Dr. Tracy K’Meyer to serve on the panel. A suggestion was made to ask Dr. K’Meyer if she would also invite Drs. Eric Jackson and Cate Fosl. Randolph suggested that once speakers are confirmed, they can meet to decide what they will discuss for the panel and come up with a title.

5. Discussion of sessions: A suggestion was made to dedicate a break-out session on best practices for online history instruction. A possible panel could include Dr. Linda Levstik (curriculum design) and Sarah Milligan (KY Oral History Commission). Information for Dr. Levstik may be found at Information for the new civil rights oral history website Sarah is working on may be found at

6. Discussion of luncheon speakers:  A suggestion was made to invite individuals who had been involved in the civil rights movement to speak at lunch. For example, Senator Georgia Powers, Mattie Jones or/ and Suzy Post; possibly Dr. Fosl or Dr. K’Meyer could invite the luncheon speakers.

7. Grant submission: Once a date and speakers for the conference are finalized, Pattie will submit a grant to the Kentucky Humanities Council. To ensure funding availability, the grant should be submitted by the end of February.

8. Next meeting: The next meeting will be face-to-face on Spalding’s campus in order to tour the facility.


Planning 2014 Annual Meeting

In Business Meeting on December 10, 2013 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: ,

On one of Kentucky’s most wintery days this year, Friday December 6th, the KATH Board met to plan the upcoming annual meeting. Those Board members present for the brief teleconference were: Pattie Dillon (KATH President), Cheryl Caskey (Public Historian rep), Randolph Hollingsworth (KATH web admin), and Andrea Watkins (Public/Comprehensive University rep). The following items were discussed:

  1. Location for conference
    Spalding University in Louisville will be the location for the 2014 KATH fall conference (if other locations are possible, please notify Pattie Dillon by December 16).
  2. Conference Theme
    Civil Rights was suggested as next year’s conference theme. Again, if you would like to suggest a different theme, please let Pattie know by December 16.
  3. Suggested Keynote speakers
    Instead of having one keynote speaker, we would ask for a panel presentation. After the panel presentation, each of the speakers would then have their own individual break-out session.
  4. Break-out sessions
    There will be 5 break-out sessions in the morning and again after lunch. Each of the key note speakers will have an individual break-out session. The two other additional break-out sessions will focus on pedagogy.
  5. Grant
    Once the details for the conference are finalized, Pattie will submit a grant application to the Kentucky Humanities Council.
  6. Next meeting
    Possible date for next phone conference, week of January 27-31. Pattie will again send out request for dates and times that will work the best for everyone’s schedule. At the next meeting, Pattie will request committee members to sign up for specific sub-committees. A face-to-face meeting in Louisville on site will occur in March or April.


Spotlight: Pattie Dillon, KATH President-Elect

In Spotlight on August 15, 2013 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , , , , , ,

spotlightModeling our spotlight this time on the new AHA blog’s “Member Spotlight” features, we thought we’d ask questions of our KATH Member-in-the-Spotlight this time. (See past KATH Spotlight articles by clicking here.)

Pattie Dillon

Dr. Pattie Dillon at Rivers Institute workshop on “Picturing America”

Today’s KATH Spotlight focuses on our current KATH President-Elect, Dr. Patricia Dillon. Dr. Dillon is Associate Professor of History at Spalding University and is currently serving as the Interim Chair of the School of Liberal Studies.

Current school and alma maters: faculty member at Spalding University since 2003; PhD, Mississippi State University; MA, University of Central Florida;  BA, University of Florida

Fields of interest: Civil War and Reconstruction; Jim Crow era; 1960s America; gender in American history; oral history.

When did you first develop an interest in history? As an undergraduate sociology major, my interest in history did not really develop until I started graduate school (where I planned on majoring in education) and enrolled in a Western History class with Dr. Shirley Leckie. Her ability to breathe life into historical figures, to enliven the past and illustrate how historical events shape the present ignited my passion for historical research and teaching.

How have your interests changed since graduate school? While I still treasure spending solitary time in archives, losing myself in the past researching letters, diaries, and other primary sources, since graduate school I’ve focused more on exploring the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) and Interdisciplinary studies. SOTL research has improved my pedagogy and connection to my students, helping me to ignite their passion for history, while Interdisciplinary studies has enhanced my ability to weave together past and present by exploring historical events through myriad disciplinary lenses.

What projects are you working on currently? With my colleagues in the School of Liberal Studies at Spalding, I continue to explore interdisciplinary teaching and research methods. I also hope to start an oral history project in the  next few years, working with the homeless population in Louisville’s downtown area.

book coverIs there an article, book, movie, blog, etc., that you could recommend to fellow KATH members? I recommend Helen Fox’s revised edition, “When Race Breaks Out”: Conversations about Race and Racism in College Classrooms. With its insightful historical and contemporary analysis of racial issues, coupled with concrete classroom examples, I’ve relied on this text numerous times as I’ve prepared lectures and navigated important, yet oftentimes difficult, classroom discussions.

What do you value most about the history profession? I value history as the thread that weaves the fabric of our collective consciousness. It helps us to explore our humanity and interconnectedness.

Other than history, what are you passionate about? Animal rescue. I believe the way a community cares for neglected and abandoned animals influences how they care for each other.




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