Department Statements

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Message from the Chair

Welcome to the 2021–2022 academic year!

Although as I write these lines we’re uncertain about the future of the pandemic, the Department of History at KU is determined to make this a productive and safe year for everyone. Last year’s experience showed that we’re flexible and creative in the face of big challenges and that students will get our best effort, no matter what the situation. This year will not be different.

For us, the pandemic has offered an opportunity to explore new ways of teaching and learning and of staying in touch. New technology has been incorporated into classrooms, libraries, and offices to let us carry on our studies and projects, individually or in groups. More importantly, we now have vaccines available, widespread use of which makes our community safer and permits us to have more face-to-face interaction. We urge everyone who hasn’t already done so to get vaccinated and follow health recommendation to ensure that we can all safely carry out our work and achieve our dreams.

This fall, staff will be present in the main History office and will be happy to communicate by email, phone, Zoom, and other ways. We have a wide selection of courses, in person, hybrid, and online. More importantly, faculty and GTAs are eager to work with students, to continue their research and publications, and to contribute to fostering an exciting academic and intellectual setting for all. 

So, stay tuned to our activities and news, follow our social media accounts, and come see us in the department. And if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to write to us anytime. We intend to stay true to our department’s motto: “Our past is your future.”

Best wishes to all!


Luis Corteguera
Professor and Chair

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