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Dr. Ryan Lynch

Dr. Ryan Lynch

What happened to cause the Crusades? How can “holy war” be justified within a religious tradition? Why does this period have such an important historical legacy? These are the questions that students tackle in Dr. Lynch’s HIST 5715: The Crusades.

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Women and Revolution Film Series: Persepolis, 14 November at 7:00PM
One Arsenal Place, Room 114. Open to CSU students, faculty, and staff only.
A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution in this Academy Award-nominated animated film.

History Masters Thesis Student Defenses, 15 November at 4:30PM
One Arsenal Place, Foundation Boardroom (in the main History Department office). Open to the community.
MA students Aaron Guest and Yandy Orozco will present their masters theses on topics related to eugenics in the US South and the American "Bay of Pigs" operation in Cuba.

Senior Seminar Research Presentations, 5 December at 10:00AM
One Arsenal Place, Room 114. Open to all members of the CSU and Columbus community.
Students from the undergraduate Senior Capstone research class will present a variety of papers on the theme of "The Written Traditions of the Middle East." Convocation credit is available for attending.

Alumni Spotlight

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Katherine Hinzman ’15

“The CSU History Department provided me with a foundational methodological approach that I continue to exercise to this day. The relationships I established with professors there allowed me to develop essays in a way that set me on the right track to writing and exploring larger and broader topics and theories in academia. I particularly benefitted…from the department’s encouragement to undertake history courses as a visiting student at Oxford through CSU's Center for Global Engagement. This is what ultimately led me to apply and pursue my Masters at Oxford following my graduation from CSU and continue with my doctoral research in the UK.”

Katherine is now an art history PhD candidate at the University of York, focusing on the Pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Burne-Jones.

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