Category: Seminar Series

Timothy Stewart-Winter (Rutgers) to deliver next lunch talk!

March 15th, 2018 in Event Details, Seminar Series

We are excited to host Timothy Stewart-Winter on Wednesday March 21 for our next lunch talk seminar. Professor Stewart Winter will discuss his current book project. The accompanying paper is titled,”The Fall of Walter Jenkins: Sexuality and the Politics of Policing in the 1960s.”

Stewart-Winter is an associate professor of U.S. history at Rutgers University. His first book, Queer Clout: Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics (Penn, 2016; paperback, August 2017), won the 2017 John Boswell Prize for the outstanding book in the field of LGBT history, awarded by the American Historical Association Committee on LGBT History. He is now working on the first book-length study of the scandal surrounding the 1964 arrest of White House aide Walter Jenkins on disorderly conduct charges. In 2017-2018, he is a visiting fellow at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University. He co-directs the Queer Newark Oral History Project.



Jayita Sarkar to speak at next lunch talk

January 23rd, 2018 in Event Details, Seminar Series

We are pleased to announce that Jayita Sarkar (BU) will visit the APHI seminar room next Wednesday, Jan 31 to speak about her paper, "Whack-a-Mole: American Policy to Curb West European Nuclear Exports, 1974-1978." Please join us for lunch at 12:20!

Sarkar, an historian by training, is Assistant Professor of International Relations at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies. Her first book examines U.S. nonproliferation policy toward India’s nuclear program since the Kennedy years until the first Reagan administration, and India’s quest for its strategic autonomy through a diversified procurement strategy in the nuclear realm. Entitled Splitting Atoms: The United States, Nonproliferation and India’s Nuclear Program, 1961-1984 the manuscript is undergoing final revisions before review. Concurrently, she is working on her second book project The Market and the Bomb on U.S. nonproliferation policy toward nuclear supplier states— France, Germany (FRG), Switzerland— during 1974-1992. This project is a study of the successes and failures of U.S. nonproliferation leverage on major supplier states by enhancing export controls on nuclear assistance.



Brooke Blower to speak at APHI Seminar

November 27th, 2017 in Seminar Series

Join us this Wednesday for Professor Brooke Blower's presentation, "Hope and Betrayal in the Pacific War: The Making of an American Radio Correspondent in Southeast Asia."

Brooke Blower is Associate Professor of History at Boston University. Her first book, Becoming Americans in Paris: Transatlantic Politics and Culture between the World Wars (Oxford University Press, 2011) won the Gilbert Chinard Prize from the Society for French Historical Studies and the James P. Hanlan Best Book Award from the New England Historical Association. Blower is currently writing a book about Americans overseas on the eve of and during World War II, which is under contract with Oxford University Press. Articles related to this project have appeared in the American Historical Review and the book she co-edited with Mark P. Bradley, The Familiar Made Strange: American Icons and Artifacts after the Transnational Turn (Cornell University Press, 2015). Her publication “From Isolationism to Neutrality: A New Framework for Understanding American Political Culture, 1919-1941” Diplomatic History (April 2014), won the Stuart L. Bernath Article Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR).



New talk added, updated flyer!

October 30th, 2017 in Event Details, Seminar Series

February 14, John Rodrigue (Stonehill College), "The Abolition of Slavery in the Lower Mississippi Valley during the Civil War"

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Next week: Heather Ann Thompson at APHI Lunch

October 12th, 2017 in Event Details, Seminar Series

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!website


2017-2018 APHI Seminar Series lineup announced!

September 8th, 2017 in Event Details, Seminar Series


Grab a copy of your own here: APHI 2017


Igo to deliver next APHI Lunch Talk on 4/12

April 7th, 2017 in Seminar Series

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.



Lou Ferleger to discuss “the Anatomy of America’s Ultimate Investments”

February 22nd, 2017 in Event Details, Seminar Series

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).



Updated Spring 2017 Seminar Series

February 8th, 2017 in Event Details, News, Seminar Series

Spring 2017 Schedule

Spring 2017 Seminars



Robin Scheffler to speak at APHI seminar

January 13th, 2017 in Seminar Series

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.