Professor Selected to Participate in Placement Reading Program
Dr. Charles H. Ford was selected to participate in the College Board’s Annual AP Reading in World History. Each June, AP teachers and college faculty members from around the world gather in the United States to evaluate and score the free-response sections of the AP exams. This year’s World History Reading was held in Salt Lake City.
AP Readers are high school and college educators who represent many of the world’s leading academic institutions. The AP reading is a unique forum in which an academic dialogue between educators is both fostered and encouraged. “The Reading draws upon the talents of some of the finest teachers and professors that the world has to offer,” said Trevor Packer, senior vice president, AP and Instruction at the College Board. “It fosters professionalism, allows for the exchange of ideas, and strengthens the commitment to students and to teaching. We are very grateful for the contributions of talented educators like Dr. Charles Ford.” The Advanced Placement Program (AP) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies – with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both – while still in high school.
Norfolk State Professor Volunteers for Community Project
Dr. Ashley Haines, associate professor in Norfolk State University’s biology department, is volunteering to work with a group of youngsters on a project to benefit the region’s oyster population. Dr. Haines is conducting the project for her neighborhood association, the Elizabeth Lake Estates Civic Association. She was part of a committee that applied for permits and then built an oyster reef, with help from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The oyster sanctuary was built May 6, 2016. This past week students from Hampton City Schools, who have been growing baby oysters all year, brought their oysters to be “planted” on the reef. Dr. Haines said in using this process, the oysters get to stay in Hampton, where the students live and it helps improve the waterways of their own city, rather than going somewhere else. Her work with the students on the project has garnered the interest of the peninsula’s daily newspaper.
NSU History Professor Co-authors Book on LGBT History in Hampton Roads
LGBT Hampton Roads looks at the wide sweep of local history through a different and often hidden lens. Hampton Roads, America’s first region, has always attracted diverse and mobile people, some of who embraced same-sex love or fluid gender identities long before lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) communities identified as such. Some of the region’s most prominent landmarks and institutions just happened to be named for queer British monarchs and aristocrats, and local maritime cultures offered places for cross-dressing and alternative sexualities. In particular, Norfolk’s reputation as “the wickedest city in America” foreshadowed the emergence of an active and visible LGBT community during the 1960s. By the next decade, Hampton Roads would lead Virginia in its development of LGBT institutions and infrastructure. Obscenity standards would be defined here, and the Our Own Community Press would chronicle the extraordinary burst of creativity and activism that seemed to place LGBT developments in the region on a national stage. In the late 1980s and 1990s, however, military crackdowns and the HIV/ADS epidemic devastated the leadership of local LGBT communities: only in the new century would there be a renaissance of networking and engagement that would bring the annual Pride Festival to center stage at Town Point Park in Norfolk.
Dr. Charles H. Ford is professor and coordinator of history at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia. Dr. Jeffrey Littlejohn is an associate professor of history at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Ford and Littlejohn have co-authored a number of important works in twentieth-century Virginian history — most notably, Elusive Equality: Desegregation and Resegregation in Norfolk’s Public Schools from the University of Virginia Press in 2012. They won the Virginia Historical Society’s Rachal Award for 2013 for their article in the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography: “Reconstructing the Old Dominion: Lewis F. Powell, Stuart T. Saunders, and the Virginia Industrialization Group, 1958–65.”