TNCC Professor to Be Among National History Educators at NEH Seminar

Published: April 24, 2009

A Thomas Nelson Community College History professor has been selected to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities’ (NEH) Landmarks of American History and Culture workshops for community college faculty.

Ronald A. Goldberg, Ph.D., was chosen from a pool of national applicants to attend one of six summer 2009 study opportunities. “I feel honored and grateful that I was selected by the NEH. Last year, I was involved in the Henry Ford seminar sponsored by the NEH, and it was fabulous,” said Goldberg.

“These seminars are extremely valuable in enhancing an instructor’s background. It will definitely strengthen me in the classroom.   The experience of meeting so many scholars in my field is very important. For me, it felt like being a student again. It certainly energizes your interest in a particular aspect of history,” he added.

From May 31 to June 5, he will be participating in a workshop entitled “Progress and Poverty in the Gilded Age.” The program will be held at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont, Ohio and will examine the crucial social political and economic issues of the Gilded Age through the eyes of key reformers, social critics, and utopians.

Goldberg will be among 50 community college educators experiencing a round of presentations by noted scholars in their field, conducting research in the first U.S. presidential library’s rich collection of Gilded Age literature and enjoying tours of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center. Also a part of the experience he will receive a $750 stipend.

A TNCC faculty member since 1971, he was History Department head from 1990-2005 and holds a doctoral degree from the University of Georgia.   His published works include the book, “America in the 20s” published by Syracuse University Press as well as a Virginia Social Science Journal article titled, “Virginia’s Silent Dove: Senator A. Willis Robertson and the Vietnam War.”

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