Notable History Alumni
Lindsey Fitzharris '04 earned the 2018 PEN/E.O. Wilson Prize for Literary Science Writing for her book The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian
Medicine, about how Joseph Lister’s antiseptic method transformed gruesome Victorian surgery.
Fitzharris's second book, The Facemaker, is a 2022 NYTimes Bestseller that presents the compelling, true story of a visionary
surgeon who rebuilt the faces of WWI's injured heroes, and in the process ushered
in the modern era of plastic surgery. Her third book, Plague-Busters, is a middle grade nonfiction book about diseases that have shaped the course of human
Gregory Bereiter '01
is a historian at the Naval History and Heritage Command where he’s currently researching
and writing about naval operations in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. He also also
helps transcribe and translate French-language documents for the Naval Documents of the American Revolution
Shana (Bushyhead) Condill '99 is the director of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee, NC. One of her first projects since joining the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in 2021 has been overseeing the process
of removing from display items that are sacred or funerary and replacing them with
contemporary works of art created by Cherokee artists. “We’re rethinking what it is
to tell a story of a living culture...We believe that, when someone makes something
— a tool, a bowl, a piece of art — they are putting a part of themselves into it.
They’re giving it life.”
What Will your Future Hold?
See what our alumni have been doing since graduation here.
The historian’s craft, at its core, requires communicating, both in writing and orally,
an argument about the past based on the detail-oriented analysis of historical evidence.
In our ‘Pathways in the Crafting of History’ program, students undertake an independent
project on their chosen topic, which demonstrates initiative and requires a strong
work ethic to complete. Each type of project will present problems for the students
to solve, so our students must be flexible and adapt to new challenges at each stage
of their Signature Experience. Collaborative projects, in particular, demonstrate
students’ teamwork and even leadership skills. Don't believe us? Ask Google's hiring team!
Links for your Future
Entering the Job Market with a BA in History:
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