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UWG Takes Over ‘The Academic Minute’: History Professor Explores Women’s Lives in Sex Industry After WWII
During World War II, concerns about venereal disease led military officials and public health reformers to conduct a national campaign in the U.S. to close down red-light districts. In the 1940s and 1950s, however, the commercial sex market rebounded. UWG's Dr. Stephanie Chalifoux has conducted in-depth research on the lives of women in the commercial sex industry during this period.
Last summer, while the nation reached a moment of reckoning on race, a University of West Georgia graduate student was building an experience designed to foster dialogue about the subject and educate members of the UWG community about Black history on campus.
Like a modern-day Dante, UWG alumnus Matthew O’Brien first descended into the underbelly of Las Vegas nearly 20 years ago. The author later chronicled his journey in “Beneath the Neon,” taking readers through the pseudo-purgatory flood channels and introducing them to the subterranean souls inhabiting them.
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Graduates with History degrees often study it because they love it. They may not work in a field directly related to History, but they have successful careers in many other fields like business, banking, law, archive management, museum work, foreign service, as well as teaching, just to name just a few of the hundreds of jobs available for History graduates.
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"After seeing the opportunities the public history program had to offer graduate students such as working out in the field at an actual museum, it was quite obvious this was the school for me."