February 14, John Rodrigue (Stonehill College), “The Abolition of Slavery in the Lower Mississippi Valley during the Civil War”
The 2017-18 APHI seminar kicks off next Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 12:20PM. University of Michigan Professor Heather Ann Thompson, author of the Pulitzer prize winning Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971, will speak on the subject of her current research, “Surveillance and the State-Building Origins of American Carcerality.” There will be no pre-circulated paper. The seminar will meet in Room 501, 226 Bay State Road, Boston. See you there!
Mark April 12 on your calendars for a very special presentation: Sarah Igo (Vanderbilt University), “The Promises and Perils of Transparency”!
Igo is an Associate Professor of History at Vanderbilt University. Her primary research interests are in modern American cultural and intellectual history, the history of the human sciences, the sociology of knowledge, and the history of the public sphere. Her first book, The Averaged American: Surveys, Citizens, and the Making of a Mass Public (Harvard University Press, 2007), explores the relationship between survey data—opinion polls, sex surveys, consumer research—and modern understandings of self and nation. Professor Igo is currently at work on a cultural history of modern privacy entitled The Known Citizen, examined through legal debates, artistic and architectural movements, technological innovations, professional codes, and shifting social norms.
Jump over to the Grad Conference page to grab copies of your own!
We are excited to announce that next Wednesday, March 1, at 12:20 in room 504 of the History Department Building (226 Bay State Rd), Professor Lou Ferleger (BU) will present his paper, “The Anatomy of the Ultimate Investment.”
Professor Ferleger is Professor of History and Department Chair. He is co-author of A New Mandate: Democratic Choices for a Prosperous Economy and No Gain, No Pain: Taxes, Productivity and Economic Growth as well as editor of Agriculture and National Development: Views on the Nineteenth Century. He is also co-editor of Slavery, Secession, and Southern History (2000) and, with Walter Dean Burnham and Thomas Ferguson, Voting in American Elections: The Shape of the American Political Universe Since 1788 (Academica Press, 2009).
Mark your calendars for Robin Scheffler (MIT), who visits BU for the APHI Seminar Series on January 25 at 12:20. His talk is entitled, “Molecular Biologists Protest the War on Cancer: Biomedical Research and Setting the Limits of the State in the 1970s.”
Scheffler, Assistant Professor in the Science, Technology, and Society Program at MIT, is an historian of the modern biological and biomedical sciences and their intersections with developments in American history. He is currently working on a project that follows the history of cancer virus research in the twentieth century from legislature to laboratory, documenting its origins and impact on the modern biological sciences. He recently edited a special issue of Studies in the History and Philosophy of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences that focuses on the history of cancer viruses. Professor Scheffler has also published in Endeavour, and the Journal of the History of Biology.
The 2017 APHI Graduate Student Conference Call for Papers is now available. Take a look and please encourage any grad students you might know to apply!
We are excited to announce that Nicole Hemmer (UVA) is in town next week, November 15 & 16 for a pair of talks at BU. On Tuesday, November 15 at 6:00pm, she will be leading a graduate student professionalization workshop, Beyond the Op-Ed Page: Public Engagement in the New Media Age. Then, on Wednesday, November 16, at noon, Hemmer will present for the APHI Seminar Series, speaking about “Conservative Media, Liberal Bias, and the Origins of Balance.”
Hemmer, the author Messengers of the Right, a history of conservative media in the United States, is also a contributing editor to U.S. News & World Report, where she writes a weekly column about politics and history, and a syndicated columnist for The Age in Melbourne, Australia. Her writing appears in a number of national and international publications, including the New York Times, the Atlantic, The New Republic, Politico, Vox, and the Los Angeles Times. She also co-hosts and produces Past Present, a history podcast that launched in October 2015.