Seminar Series Returns this Spring

November 9th, 2020 in Seminar Series.

Spring 2021 Virtual Seminars:

February 10 Chad Williams (Brandeis University)

“The Wounded World: W. E. B. Du Bois and World War I”

February 24 Andrew David (Boston University)

“Nelson Rockefeller’s Dreams of Glory: The Quest for National Legitimacy via National Security, 1952-1960”

March 31 Julia Irwin (University of South Florida)

“The Politics of Relief: Tracing the 20th Century Origins of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance”

April 7 Kathleen Belew (University of Chicago)

“The White Power Movement and Race in America”

All seminars will take place virtually via Zoom, link below:

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Lineup for 2019-2020 Seminar Series Announced

July 30th, 2019 in Seminar Series.


September 18 Nico Slate (Carnegie Mellon University)

“Truth and Power: The Civil Rights Movement and Education”

October 16 Aaron Lecklider (UMASS-Boston)

"'Socialism & Sex Is What I Want': Radical Women and Homosexuality in the 1930s and 40s"

November 13 Joe Ryan-Hume (University of Glasgow)

‘Lynching the Loony’: Robert Bork and A Liberal Battle in a Conservative Age”

December 4 Sarah Phillips (Boston University)

“This Little Piggy Went to Market: Agricultural Abundance, Postwar Farm Policy, and the Neoliberal Ascent “

February 19 Marc Dollinger, San Francisco State University)

“Antisemitism, Academic Freedom, and the University: A View From the Left and the Right”

March 4 Sarah Miller-Davenport (University of Sheffield)

"The Arts in a Time of Austerity: New York's Culture Industry as Solution to Economic Crisis"

April 29 Corinne Field (University of Virginia)

“‘The Oldest Lecturer in the World!’: Sojourner Truth, Racial Justice, and the Political Significance of Longevity in Nineteenth-Century America

Nicholas Guyatt to deliver next lunch talk

April 3rd, 2019 in Seminar Series.

Please join us next Wednesday, April 10 for a talk by Nicholas Guyatt (Cambridge). His talk is entitled, "Dartmoor Prison and the pre-history of Carceral Segregation, 1813-1815." Join us at 12:20 in room 504 of the History Department building. Lunch will be served.

Guyatt is Reader in North American History at the University of Cambridge. He works on the history of colonial America, the Atlantic World and the United States in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. His first book, Providence and the Invention of the United States, examined the emergence of American religious nationalism from the founding of Virginia in 1607 to the collapse of Reconstruction. Another, Bind Us Apart: How Enlightened Americans Invented Racial Segregation explored the unsettling relationship between ideas of racial equality and programmes for racial separation in the early American republic. He is currently working on three projects: a book about the Dartmoor massacre of 1815, with a particular focus on questions of race and national belonging, to be published by Basic Books in the US and Oneworld in the UK; The Oxford Illustrated History of the United States; A history of American ideas about imperialism from the mid-eighteenth century through the early twentieth, with a focus on how Americans viewed other people's empires.

Margaret O’Mara joins us for the next seminar

March 13th, 2019 in Seminar Series.

Margaret O'Mara (University of Washington) joins us next Wednesday, March 20 at 12:20 in room 504 of the History Department. She will discuss her pre-circulated paper, "'The Computer Never Forgets': Revisiting the Data Privacy Wars of the 1960s."


O’Mara is the Howard & Frances Keller Professor of History at the University of Washington. She writes and teaches about the growth of the high-tech economy, the history of U.S. politics, and the connections between the two. She is the author of Cities of Knowledge (Princeton, 2005) and Pivotal Tuesdays (Penn Press, 2015). Her next book, The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America, will be published in July 2019 by Penguin Press.


Matt Pressman to deliver next seminar on 2/27

February 18th, 2019 in Seminar Series.

Join us on Wednesday, February 27 at 12:20. Professor Matthew Pressman (Seton Hall University) will present his paper, "Tabloid Journalism and Right-Wing Populism: The New York Daily News in the Mid-20th Century."

Pressman is Assistant Professor of Journalism at Seton Hall University and author of On Press: The Liberal Values that Shaped the News (2018).

1/23/19: Duco Hellema presents “Reflections on The Global 1970s”

January 9th, 2019 in Seminar Series.

Please join us Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 12:20PM for Duco Hellema's presentation on his new book, The Global 1970s: Radicalism, Reform, and Crisis.  

Hellema is emeritus Professor in the History of International Relations at the University of Utrecht, and his other publications include The Netherlands in the World: The Foreign Policy of the Netherlands (Spectrum, 2014) and The Netherlands and the Seventies (Boom: 2012).

Professor Jessica Wang (U. British Columbia) to deliver next lunch talk

October 29th, 2018 in Event Details, Seminar Series.

Please join us next Wednesday, November 7 at 12:20 in History 504 for Professor Jessica Wang's seminar on “Tropical Experiments, Developmental Dreams, and Economic Realities: Agricultural Expertise, Capitalism, and Settler Colonialism in the Territory of Hawaii, 1900-1917.”

Jessica Wang works on nineteenth- and twentieth-century U.S. history and has pursued a wide range of interests related to the history of science and medicine, U.S. political and intellectual history, political theory, urban and social history, and the history of U.S. foreign relations. Her recently completed book manuscript, "Mad Dogs and Other New Yorkers: Rabies, Medicine, and Society in an American Metropolis, 1840-1920," is scheduled for publication by the Johns Hopkins University Press in the second half of 2019.  

Oscar Winberg to give seminar talk on “Advocacy Groups, Archie Bunker, and Political Television in the 1970s”

October 15th, 2018 in Event Details, Seminar Series.

Join us Wednesday Oct 24 at 12:20 in Room 504 of the History Department for Winberg's talk. Winberg is a PhD Candidate at the History Department of Åbo Akademi University in Finland working on modern American political history and mass media. His dissertation project explores the relationship between politics and entertainment television in the seventies, focusing on the popular sitcom All in the Family as the driver of change.


John Rodrigue to deliver next lunch talk

September 10th, 2018 in Event Details, Seminar Series.

Don't miss next Wednesday's lunch talk, delivered by John C. Rodrigue (Stonehill College). Professor Rodrigue will discuss “Repudiating the Emancipation Proclamation and Reestablishing Slavery,” a chapter from his forthcoming book, Fertile Crescent: The Civil War and the Abolition of Slavery in the Lower Mississippi Valley.

Rodrigue has most recently published Lincoln and Reconstruction, a volume in Southern Illinois University Press's Concise Lincoln Library series. In addition to working on a long-term project on the southern planters after the Civil War, he is also general editor of the college-level textbook, Louisiana: A History, published by Wiley.


2018-2019 Seminar Series Lineup Announced!

August 15th, 2018 in Seminar Series.