The Clio Society

Welcome to the Clio Society!

We are friends of the History Department at The Ohio State University. Some of us are current and former students of the university; some of us earned degrees in history; others are current and former faculty members of the department; some of us have an interest in the History Department and its continued growth in excellence; and all of us love to read and talk about history. We range in ages from 18 to 88 and from history specialists to business people, lawyers, and other professionals who never lost their interest in history.

If you liked history as an undergrad, then you are going to love it now.

The Global History of HIV


World AIDS Day

On World AIDS Day, in the midst of another pandemic, Prof. Thomas F. McDow to looked more closely at the historical factors that shaped the global spread of HIV, from equatorial Africa to the world. 
Thomas McDow
Thomas F. McDow is a specialist in African History at Ohio State University. He co-teaches a course (with a microbiologist) on the global history and science of HIV and is writing a history of HIV in Tanzania.





In Greek mythology, Clio (Greek: Κλειώ, English: /ˈklaɪ.oʊ/) or Kleio, was the muse of history. Her name is related to the Greek word for "fame" or "renown" (kleos), since she oversaw the recording of the illustrious deeds of the past. Like all the muses, she was a goddess, a daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne. According to different traditions, she was mother to Hyacintha, Hymenaeus, and Ialemus.


Clio Society