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USU Professor Creates History Program with Local Radio Station

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013

USU history professor Heath Mitton has a new radio show
USU assistant professor of history Heath Mitton can be heard twice a month on an American history program created in conjunction with KVNU radio. Mitton is a faculty member at the Brigham City campus.

Utah State University assistant professor of history Heath Mitton has partnered with local radio station KVNU to create a biweekly program. The broadcast, “The Way it Was: American Stories with Professor Heath Mitton,” is focused on American history.


“This show is both significant and rare in America today. The show discusses popular historical topics with scholarly insight,” said Mitton.


The production began in January, and discussed “‘The Founders’ Nation” and “The Politics of the 1790s.” Upcoming topics include the Civil War and the emergence of the United States to superpower in the twentieth century.


“We are taking higher learning to the streets and into Utah citizens’ automobiles, homes and local businesses,” said Mitton. “It allows us to get it out of the ivory tower and show listeners there is far more to know about the past.”


Mitton is using the program as an avenue to generate a better understanding of American history, while representing USU.


“We hope to intrigue listeners to the point that they enroll in USU classes. We’re not waiting for students to come to us, rather we are redefining active and liberal education by getting our message out there,” said Mitton.


Mitton began teaching at USU Brigham City in 2008 following a one-year assignment as a visiting assistant professor. Mitton earned a master’s in history from the University of Texas Arlington, and a doctorate from Louisiana State University.


Mitton was recognized as the 2012 USU RCDE Researcher of the Year. He was also awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition. Mitton was invited to lecture at Oxford University’s Rothermere American Institute.


Interested listeners may tune in to KVNU 610 am on Feb. 22 at 4p.m. for the next broadcast.


All broadcasts of the program are archived as podcasts at KVNU’s website.


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Contact: Heath Mitton, 435-919-1281, heath.mitton@usu.edu

Writer: Jaron Dunford, 920-246-2863, jaron.dunford@gmail.com

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