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College of Liberal Arts

University of Mississippi

History Professor Widens Horizons

Jeffrey Watt, professor of history, received the 2007 University of Mississippi Humanities Teacher of the Year award co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and the Mississippi Humanities Council.

In his early modern European history courses, Watt encourages students to think critically about the historical roots of institutions and ideas they may take for granted.

“I’m less interested in turning students into professional historians than I am in widening their cultural horizons and honing their skills in critical reading, writing and reasoning,” Watt said. “These are skills they will use regardless of the lives they pursue.”