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Dr. Abe Gibson recently created the project "Honest Abe," in which he examines the impact that artificial intelligence could have on the historical record and the historical profession. He was especially curious about the sudden rise of deepfakes, generative AI, and other synthetic media. In this interview, Gibson talks about his aims in setting up the website.

In this interview, Carlos Campos (FSU 2023) reflects on researching and writing an Honors in the Major thesis. Carlos worked with Dr. Maier Katkin and Dr. Stoltzfus on Clarence Darrow, one of the key figures of the progressive era.

In this interview, Sarah Brophy shares her experiences as a History major. She talks in particular about all the research opportunities available at Florida State University for undergraduate students. Sarah is also a Service Scholar. Her second major is Poli Sci.

In this interview, we speak with Courtney, Lucie, and Emi who are working on an Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program project in the History department. Under the direction of Danielle Wirsansky, a PhD candidate in History - and herself a UROP alumna, they are looking at the experience of women spies in World War II.

Congratulations to Noah Cole and Huaqing Shi for receiving the 2022 Wright Research Paper award and Megan Groninger and Randy Smookler for receiving the 2022 Richardson Teaching Award.

An interview with Laina Leslie, a first-year Psychology major, who is participating in an Undergraduate Research Opportunity Project in the History department. Working under the direction of Dr. Kurt Piehler and Ms. Anne McCudden of the Thomasville History Center, Laina is surveying historic homes in Thomasville, Georgia.

Hi, my name is Mary Clare Swan, and I am a senior from Miami double majoring in Marketing and Finance. I was a History Department Social Media Intern from fall 2020 through the summer of 2021, during my sophomore year. I’ve always loved history, and in this internship, I learned about all the things happening behind the scenes in creating a social media post. It was one thing to read about this in my textbooks and hear about it in my courses, but it was another thing to actually be the one creating the posts.

An interview with Kiri Raber on doing dissertation research in different archives in London, UK. Kiri, a fourth-year, PhD candidate, is researching the history of families throughout the early modern British Empire with a specific focus on Jamaica.

This is an interview with Danielle Wirsansky about her contributions to “The Sum of Many Spaces: Landscape Photography and the Sense of Self,” an exhibition currently at Dirac Science Library on Florida State University’s Tallahassee Campus. Danielle’s photography will be exhibited in Dirac alongside the works of other photographers for the remainder of the spring semester. If you are interested in seeing the exhibition- just visit the entry floor of Dirac and walk straight ahead!

Hi, I am Cassandra, and I recently graduated from FSU's Department of History. In this project, I explore the connections between a series of government reforms occurring near the end of the reign of King Louis XV and enlightened absolutism. I spent the summer of 2022 studying in Paris and loved seeing all of the history in the city for myself. I chose Dr. Cathy McClive's senior seminar on Claudine Rouge’s disappearance in 18th century France because it would give me a chance to explore more complex themes in early modern French history, which is one of my favorite time periods in history.