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Dr. Kevin C. "Casey" Motl named dean of Ouachita's Sutton School of Social Sciences

June 27, 2022

Dr. Kevin C. “Casey” Motl, the R. Voyt Hill Chair of History at Ouachita Baptist University, has been named dean of the university’s William H. Sutton School of Social Sciences. The Sutton School houses Ouachita’s departments of History, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology.

Casey Motl teaching class

Historians at Ouachita reflect on Juneteenth

June 16, 2022

The students, faculty, staff and administration of Ouachita pause to commemorate Juneteenth. It is a time in which we reflect upon the many accomplishments that African American citizens made during this post-emancipation time period and continue to make today.

Dr. Myra Houser, associate professor of history at Ouachita Baptist University

Dr. Myra Houser selected for Baptist International Scholars Roundtable

October 25, 2021

Dr. Myra Houser, associate professor of history at Ouachita Baptist University, was selected for the Baptist International Scholars Roundtable in Oxford, England, in the spring of 2020 for her paper discussing “Baptists and Social Concern.”

Kevin Jackson

History alumni profile: Kevin Jackson ('15)

May 25, 2021

What can you do with a history major? Kevin Jackson, a 2015 Ouachita graduate, currently works as an immigration lawyer to advocate for asylum seekers and trafficking victims, among others.

Ouachita women

Composing the story of us

March 08, 2021

Whose story gets told, and who gets to tell it? These questions and others lie at the heart of my flagship course History of American Women, which I am fortunate to teach this semester. As an historian of women and gender, I eagerly anticipate every opportunity to teach the class. We all participate in the course of human events; we all deserve to see ourselves represented in the historical record.

Prof. Myra Houser

Ouachita's Myra Houser authors "Bureaucrats of Liberation" book on apartheid-era civil rights leaders

July 13, 2020

Ouachita Baptist University’s Dr. Myra Ann Houser, assistant professor of history, has authored “Bureaucrats of Liberation: Southern African and American Lawyers and Clients During the Apartheid Era,” to be released in September 2020.

Motl family ready to see

"Hamilton" reminds us who we are and what challenges remain

July 01, 2020

"History has its eyes on you." – These potent words, among many others, took the Broadway musical world and the nation by storm in 2015, when creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda dropped "Hamilton" on an unsuspecting public.

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Ouachita's Bethany Hicks authors "Germany" chapter essay in published Cold War handbook

November 12, 2019

Ouachita Baptist University’s Dr. Bethany Hicks, associate professor of history, authored a chapter essay titled “Germany” in the book East Central European Migrations During the Cold War: A Handbook, published in May 2019. The volume is a compilation of essays written by historians, sociologists and political scientists from eight countries.

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Ouachita's Chris Mortenson authors Civil War biography of general Lew Wallace

February 18, 2019

Ouachita Baptist University’s Dr. Christopher Mortenson, chair of the Department of History, released his first authored book on Jan. 17, 2019, titled “Politician in Uniform: General Lew Wallace and the Civil War.”

Stepping Up for Ouachita luncheon honors Cathryn Berryman.

Stepping Up for Ouachita luncheon honors Cathryn Berryman

November 27, 2018

Ouachita Baptist University honored alumna Cathryn Berryman of Dallas, Texas, during its ninth Stepping Up for Ouachita luncheon on Friday, Nov. 16, at the Benton Event Center.