About Us

The Graduate History Society is an official University of Iowa student organization, which represents all graduate students in the Department of History. The society was established in 1960 in order to provide students with professional development activities, a supportive community, and a voice in departmental and university governance. Now entering into our sixth decade, GHS has a proven track record of promoting collegiality and the exchange of ideas among our members, and of creating links between the University of Iowa and the wider scholarly community.

Our First Year

[Clipping taken from the Daily Iowan, October 26, 1960.]

The inaugural meeting of the GHS was held on October 24, 1960. The careers of its first committee reflect well the tradition of scholarship and service which GHS and its members strive to uphold.

Robert R. Dykstra, a noted scholar of the American West, taught at the University of Iowa for many years—where he taught the university's first courses on African-American history—and is now Professor Emeritus of History at SUNY Albany. Robert L. Gold has taught at Southern Illinois University, Michigan State University and Northwestern University, and has worked on the history of American penal institutions.

The late Gerald A. Priori taught modern intellectual history and the history of science at Idaho State University, the University of Washington, and Central Washington University, and was an active social worker and leader of an anti-poverty agency. Wallace L. Lewis, a specialist in the history of Germany in the early twentieth century, became professor of history at Maryville College, Tennessee, and active in local politics.

Our inaugural speaker, Charles W. Arnade, became Distinguished Professor Emeritus of International Studies at the University of South Florida. Born in Germany, he lived in China, Switzerland and Bolivia before emigrating to the United States. Dr. Arnade taught for over 50 years in Florida universities and was visiting professor and lecturer at numerous academic institutions worldwide.