Nine faculty received the 2017 George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching, which honors top Rice instructors as determined by the votes of alumni who graduated within the past two, three and five years. History professors Caleb McDaniel and John Zammito were honored to receive the award.
Caleb McDaniel, associate professor of History:
“Claims about the American past appear all the time in our public discourse and on all sides of the political spectrum. Often, those claims are oversimplified or just plain lacking in good evidence to support them. I hope that whenever my former students hear claims about events like the Civil War or institutions like slavery, the historical thinking skills that they learned in my classes will continue to kick in. Hopefully, those classes have taught them that figuring out what happened in the past is hard and important work, that interpretations of history will always be contested and open to debate, but also that some historical arguments are much better than others.”
John Zammito, the John Antony Weir Professor of History:
“The most important lesson to remember five years out from graduation is that the years of undergraduate education at Rice were aimed to empower students with the confidence and the skills to keep inventing themselves and growing as they encounter ever new experiences.”
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