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National HIstory Day celebration at Georgia College

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March 07, 2012

What made Pablo Picasso’s art revolutionary? Why did the Freedom Riders take action to prompt reform?

Middle and high school students across the Picasso’s woman flower postcard.Picasso’s woman flower have examined similar questions during this academic year and regional finalists will present their conclusions during National History Day contest Friday, March 16 at Georgia College.

Winners from this contest advance to the state competition.

“This contest gives students an interactive avenue to learn about history,” said Dr. Patricia Klein, assistant professor of middle grades education at Georgia College. “The historical projects students present will help them understand the relevance of history in their lives but in a fun way.”

This year’s national theme is “Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History.” Georgia College’s annual celebration starts at 9:30 a.m. in Maxwell Student Union and ends at 1 p.m. in Magnolia Ballroom for the award ceremonThe event is free and open to the public.

National History Day is an opportunity for teachers and students to participate in innovative and real historical research.

“What happens is that students start to see certain themes replayed throughout time,” Klein said. “Students become curious about history because the information is gathered using creative methods.”

Students received a sample list of topics to explore at the onset of the academic year. This year’s list included historical topics about revolutionary changes, significant reforms and powerful reactions.

Local students will present exhibits, performances, websites, documentaries or original papers to illustrate their chosen topic, questioning why events happened and analyzing their impact on societies.

Students compete on local, state and national levels, judged by professional educators and historians.

“Graduate and undergraduate students of our John H. Lounsbury College of Education will mentor local students during the competition, and faculty members will serve as judges,” said Klein. “This day further connects our local and campus community through history.”

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ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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