Lectures and other events
Unless otherwise noted, all CCHS events take place in Harris Hall 108 (Leopold Room), 1881 Sheridan Rd., Evanston and are FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC . In the case of lunch lectures the catered lunch starts at 12:15 p.m. and the lecture at about 12:30 p.m.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic events will take place online via Zoom.
Events are RECORDED and can be viewed on YouTube on our MULTIMEDIA page.
Lara PUTNAM (U of Pittsburgh), author of Radical Moves: Caribbean Migrants and the Politics of Race in the Jazz Age (2013)
- Thursday, October 1 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.—Roundtable with NU historians Lina BRITTO, Paul GILLINGHAM, and Lauren STOKES, as well as special guest Bernard REILLY (former President of the Center for Research Libraries): “History in a Digital Age: Why Our Ethical and Evidentiary Paradigms Need to be Rebuilt, Fast”
Reading: Lara Putnam, “The Transnational and the Text-Searchable: Digitized Sources and the Shadows They Cast” https://academic.oup.com/ahr/article-abstract/121/2/377/2581842
- Friday, October 2 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.—A conversation with Peter SLEVIN (Medill School of Journalism): “From the Women’s March to Black Lives Matter: Citizen Activism and the 2020 Campaign
Co-sponsored by the Medill School of Journalism.
James MILLWARD (Georgetown University), author of The Silk Road: A Very Short Introduction (2013)
- Thursday, October 22 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.—roundtable with Northwestern historians Melissa MACAULEY and Haydon CHERRY: "China as Polylith: It's Time for a New Paradigm in Chinese History"
For reading and to receive Zoom invitation, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
- Friday, Oct. 23 from 1 p.m.to 2:30 p.m.—a conversation with Peter CARROLL (History) and William HURST (Political Science) on the crisis in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
To register for the event, go to http://planitpurple.northwestern.edu/event/56807-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
In collaboration with the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern (HEFNU)
Erin McGLOTHLIN (Washington University, St. Louis), author of Second-Generation Holocaust Literature: Legacies of Survival and Perpetration (2006) and the forthcoming The Mind of the Holocaust Perpetrator in Fiction and Nonfiction (2021)
- Thursday, November 19 at 1 p.m.—a talk on "Claude Lanzmann's Shoah and Its Outtakes: The Ethics of Perpetrator Representation"
SPRING 2020: events cancelled due to conronavirus pandemic
- Maureen HEALEY (Lewis and Clark College), author of Vienna and the Fall of the Habsburg Empire: Total War and Everyday Life in World War I (2004)—Tuesday, April 7—lunch lecture (12:15 to 1:50 p.m.)
- Ira KATZNELSON (Columbia U), author of Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time (2013)—Tuesday, April 28—lunch lecture (12:15 to 1:50 p.m.)
- Graduate conference: “The Politics of Progress: Growth in and throughout History” (convened by Breen Fellow Sean Harvey) with keynote sepaker Lily Geismer (Claremont McKenna College),—Friday, May 1 (all day)
- Graduate conference: “All in a Day’s Work: Labor in History” (convened by Breen Fellow Laura McCoy) with keynote speaker April Haynes (U of Wisconsin, Madison)—Friday, May 22 (all day)
- Gray Boyce Memorial Lecture in Medieval History: Tamar HERZIG (Tel Aviv University), author of A Convert's Tale: Art, Crime, and Jewish Apostasy in Renaissance Italy (2019)—Thursday, February 6 at 4:30 p.m. (reception to follow), speaking on her book.
- Joint CCHS/CAAH Distinguished lecture on African American History: Ibram KENDI (American University), author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (2016) and How to be an Antiracist (2019)—Wednesday, February 26 lunch lecture (12:15 to 1:50 p.m.) in Hardin Hall in the Rebecca Crown Center, 633 Clark St., Evanston—note venue! Lecture on “How to Be An Antiracist”
- Joint CCHS/University Libraries Lecture on the History of the Book—with the collaboration of CNAIR (Center for Native American and Indigenous Research): Michael KELLY (Special Collections, Amherst College)—Tuesday, March 3 at 4:30 p.m. (reception to follow)—lecture on “The Materiality of Native American Literature: Decolonizing the History of the Book”
- Marisa FUENTES (Rutgers U), author of Dispossessed Lives: Enslaved Women, Violence, and the Archive (2016)—Tuesday, October 15—lunch lecture (12:15 to 1:50 p.m.) on "Refuse Lives, Disposable Bodies: A History of the Human and the Transatlantic Slave Trade" and meeting with graduate students
- In collaboration with the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern (HEF): Dariusz STOLA (Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences), Director of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, author of Patterns of Migration in Central Europe (2001)—Tuesday, October 22 at 7 p.m. (reception to follow). Lecture on "Polin: Museum of Life / Holocaust Site"
- Ann FABIAN (Rutgers U), author of The Skull Collectors: Race, Science, and America’s Unburied Dead (2010) and editor of Race and Retail: Consumption across the Color Line (2015)—Tuesday, November 12—lunch lecture (12:15 to 1:50 p.m.) on “The Herpetologist and the Arctic Explorer: Science and Passion at the American Museum of Natural History”
RECENT PAST EVENTS
- Joint CCHS/University Libraries Lecture on the History of the Book: Matthew KIRSCHENBAUM (U of Maryland), author of Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing (2016) on Thursday, April 4 at 4:30 p.m.: "Codex Redux: The Post-Digital Book"
- Stephen KANTROWITZ (University of Wisconsin), author of More than Freedom: Fighting for Black Citizenship in a White Republic (2013) on Thursday, April 11—lunch lecture (12:15 to 1:50 p.m.): "A Ho-Chunk History of Citizenship"
- Graduate CONFERENCE on “Walls and Bridges: Migration and Its Histories” (convened by Breen Fellow Aram SARKISIAN) on Friday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with keynote speaker: Erika LEE (University of Minnesota), author of The Making of Asian America: A History (2015)—keynote lecture on "A Nation of Xenophobia."
- Gray Boyce Memorial Lecture in Medieval History: Edward MUIR (NU), author of The Culture Wars of the Late Renaissance: Skeptics, Libertines, and Opera (2007) on Thursday, April 18 at 4:30 p.m.: "Could a Woman Be a Citizen in the Middle Ages?"
- Todd SHEPARD (Johns Hopkins U), author of The Invention of Decolonization: The Algerian War and the Remaking of France (2006), as well as Sex, France, and Arab Men, 1962-1979 (2017) on Thursday, May 2—lunch lecture (12:15 to 1:50 p.m.): “’Affirmative Action’ and the End of Empires: ‘Integration’ in France and Algeria and the Race Question in the Cold War World”
- Graduate CONFERENCE on “Back to the Future: Visions of Tomorrow in History” (convened by Breen Fellow Kevin BAKER) on Friday, May 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with keynote speaker: W. Patrick McCRAY (U of California, Santa Barbara), author of The Visioneers: How a Group of Elite Scientists Pursued Space Colonies, Nanotechnology, and a Limitless Future (2013)—keynote lecture on “Memories of the Future: Past Visions of Limitless Tomorrows (And Their Relevance Today)”
- Carla NAPPI (U of Pittsburgh), author of The Monkey and the Inkpot: Natural History and its Transformations in Early Modern China (2009) on Tuesday, January 15–lunch lecture (12:15 to 1:50 p.m.): "Bodies in Translation: The Manchu Anatomy and Reading as Historical Practice"
Joint CCHS/CAAH Distinguished lecture on African American History: Daina Ramey BERRY (U of Texas at Austin), author of The Price for Their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved from Womb to Grave, in the Building of a Nation (2016)—Wednesday, February 20 lunch lecture (12:15 to 1:50 p.m.): “‘I Was One of the Chosen Ones’: Slavery & The Valuation of Souls”
- For History Department faculty and grads: Book launch to celebrate History Department books recently published (2018-2019) in conjunction with the History Department reception for prospective graduate students—Friday, March 8—reception from 4 to 7 p.m., book presentations at 4:30 p.m.
This year a major conference on "WRITING HISTORY THROUGH CHILDREN" (Oct. 5-6) kicked off our Fall Quarter events.
- Sandra GREENE (Cornell U), author of Slave Owners of West Africa: Decision Making in the Age of Abolition (2017) on Tuesday, October 9—lunch lecture (12:15 to 1:50 p.m.): “Uncommon Topics/Uncommon Engagements in 19th-Century African History”
- In collaboration with the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern (HEF): Deborah DWORK (Clark U), co-author of Flight from the Reich: Refugee Jews 1933-1945 (2009) on Thursday, October 18 at 5 p.m.—lecture:“Saints and Liars: American Relief and Rescue Workers during the Nazi Era”
For History faculty and graduate students—faculty work-in-progress workshop: Geraldo CADAVA—Monday, October 29 (a light catered lunch at 12 noon, discussion at 12:30 p.m.) on "Naturalborn Republicans: The Untold History of Hispanic Conservatism"
- Daniel RODGERS (Princeton U), author of Atlantic Crossings: Social Politics in a Progressive Age (1998) and Age of Fracture (2011) on Tuesday, November 13—lunch lecture (12:15 to 1:50 p.m.):—“As a City on a Hill: How an Unknown Text Became a Foundation Stone of American National Identity”
For History faculty and graduate students—faculty work-in-progress workshop: Peter CARROLL—Monday, November 19 (a light catered lunch at 12 noon, discussion at 12:30 p.m.)—'"Turning to Face the Shore': Buddhist Responses to Suicide during the Republican Period"
For History faculty and graduate students—faculty work-in-progress workshop
Sean HANRETTA—topic tba—Monday, April 9 (catered light lunch at noon, discussion at 12:30 p.m.)
Joint CCHS/CAAH Distinguished lecture on African American History
- "Hope and Fury: Toward a History of African Americans during the Obama Years"
Gray Boyce Memorial Lecture in Medieval History (co-sponsored with the History Department)
Joel KAYE (Barnard College), author of A History of Balance, 1250-1375 (Chicago UP, 2014)—Thursday, April 19 at 4:30 p.m. (with
- "Reconceiving the World and Its Workings: The Impact of a New
Model ofBalance on Medieval Thought, 1250-1350"
Graduate CONFERENCE on “Resistance in History: From Transgression to Transformation” (convened by Breen Fellow Bonnie ERNST)--Friday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Keynote speaker: Paul ORTIZ (History, U of Florida), author of Emancipation Betrayed: The Hidden History of Black Organizing and White Violence in Florida from Reconstruction to the Bloody Election of 1920 (2005) and the forthcoming An African American and Latinx History of the United States (January 2018)
- Keynote talk: "Talking Revolution Again: Political Struggles and Organizing in the Era of American Carnage"
Lynn THOMAS (University of Washington), author of Politics of the Womb: Women, Reproduction, and the State in Kenya (2003)—Tuesday, April 24—lunch lecture (12:15 to 1:50 p.m.)
- "Consumer Culture and 'Black is Beautiful' in Apartheid South Africa and Early Postcolonial Kenya"
Prasenjit DUARA (Duke University), author of The Crisis of Global Modernity: Asian Traditions and a Sustainable Future (2015)—Tuesday, May 1—lunch lecture (12:15 to 1:50 p.m.)
- “The Art of Convergent Comparison—China and India in Modern Times
Lina BRITTO—“Hurricane Marijuana: A New History of Colombia's First Drug Paradise”—Monday, May 7 (catered light lunch at noon, discussion at 12:30 p.m.)
Graduate CONFERENCE on “Generations in History: Youth, Age, and Metrics of Cultural Change” (convened by Breen Fellow Emily Curtis WALTERS)--Friday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Keynote speaker: Sabine FRÜHSTÜCK (Anthropology, U of California Santa Barbara), author of Playing War: Children and the Paradoxes of Modern Militarism in Japan (2017)
Anne HYDE (University of Oklahoma), author of Empires, Nations, and Families: A New History of the North American West, 1800-1860 (2011)—Thursday, January 11–lunch lecture (12:15 to 1:50 p.m.)—"Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor, Rich Woman, Poor Woman, Beggar Man, Thief”: The Fortunes of Half-Breed Life in the U.S. West”
Joint CCHS/University Library Lecture on the History of the Book:
Janice RADWAY (NU), author of A Feeling for Books: The Book-of-the-Month Club, Literary Taste, and Middle Class Desire (1999)—Thursday, February 22 at 4:30 p.m. (lecture with reception to follow)—“Girl Zines, the 1990s, and the Challenge of Historical Narration”
Special event: "Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's The Vietnam War: A Discussion with Two Historians and a Filmmaker"--Michael J. ALLEN (NU History), Mark Philip BRADLEY (U of Chicago History) and Kyle HENRY (NU Radio/TV/Film) discuss the PBS documentary--Tuesday, February 27 at 4:30 p.m. with reception to follow
Special event co-sponsored with the History Department and the Kaplan Institute for the Humanities
Nancy MACLEAN (Duke University), speaking on the subject of her new book—Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America (2017)—Wednesday, September 27 at 4:30 p.m.
Lynn HUNT (UCLA), author of Writing History in the Global Era (2014)
Tuesday, October 10, 2017--lunch lecture (12:15 to 1:50 p.m.)—“Tea, Women, and the 18th-C.
Scott SOWERBY—“The Confessional State and the Fiscal-Military State in Early Modern Europe”—Monday, October 16 (catered light lunch at noon, discussion at 12:30 p.m.)
In collaboration with the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern (HEF)
Jan GRABOWSKI (University of Ottawa), author of Hunt for the Jews: Betrayal and Murder in German-Occupied Poland (2014)—Monday, October 23 at 5 p.m. (with reception to follow)—“Polish ‘Blue’ Police & the Extermination of Polish Jews, 1939-1945”
Jane KAMENSKY (Harvard University), author of A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley (2016)
Thursday, November 9—lunch lecture (12:15 to 1:50 p.m.)—“The Republic of Letters and the Empire of Pictures: John Singleton Copley and the Problem of Provincialism
Sarah MAZA—"The Kids Aren't All Right: Historians and the Problem of Childhood"—Monday, November 20 (catered light lunch at noon, discussion at 12:30 p.m.)
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