The Department of History features guest lectures and events throughout the year.

Experience The Labyrinth, 2017

Walk. Reflect. Experience The Labyrinth, March 27-30

March 27-30 A painted, canvas floor recreating the design of the labyrinth from Chartres Cathedral in France, c. 1200, will be installed in the UWF University Commons.This event will bring to life the atmosphere inside of the cathedral of Notre Dame de Chartres, France during the High Middle Ages.

Walk and experience the smell of incense, candlelight ambiance and authentic period music.

Gregorian Chant Performances 

Join the UWF Chamber Choir, directed by Dr. Peter Steenblik, UWF director of choral activities, for four special performances. 

  • March 27 & 29 at 2:30 p.m.
  • March 28 at 11 a.m.  
  • March 30 at 2 p.m.

Visit The Labyrinth 

  • Monday, March 27 - Wednesday, March 29 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 30  8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • UWF University Commons Auditorium, Building 22
  • Free and open to the public 
  • For more, contact

Maritime Florida Conference

Maritime Florida: Rediscovering 14,000 Years of Maritime Heritage and History, June 7-9, 2018

The UWF Department of History presents Maritime Florida: Rediscovering 14,000 Years of Maritime Heritage and History. The conference will be held June 7-9, 2018 at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida. 

Water defines Florida. A long peninsula with over 1,100 miles of coastline, 11,000 miles of waterways and almost 8000 lakes and natural springs, Florida has a maritime history and heritage as rich and formative as its maritime environment. Maritime Florida: Rediscovering 14,000 Years of Maritime Heritage and History will bring together a range of scholars working in history, archaeology, and museums to investigate Florida’s maritime history and heritage.

Visit the conference page for more information. 


Past Events

Sidnie Crawford Lecture Department of History Feb 2016
Sidnie Crawford, Ph.D, lectured on Feb. 25. Photo c/o Michael Spooneybarger, CREO

Guest Lecture, Dr. Sidnie Crawford

UWF, Jewish Federation Events Explore Significance Of Dead Sea Scrolls


An internationally recognized scholar on the Dead Sea Scrolls recently told crowds here about the religious significance of the ancient texts and detailed the lives of the scribes who wrote them.  

“The importance of the Dead Sea Scrolls for the history of the Hebrew Bible and the history of Judaism in the centuries right before, and early Christianity can’t be overestimated,” said Dr. Sidnie Crawford, a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Crawford is the associate director of the Harris Center for Judaic Studies and a member of the Advisory Committee for Women’s and Gender Studies at that university. ... Read More