• Students participate in Professor Govind Sreenivasan's course, "Early Modern History," reenacted a late 16th century infantry drill.

    Students in Professor Govind Sreenivasan's course, "Early Modern History," reenacted a late 16th century infantry drill.

  • History Department Events and Speaker Series (2017-2018)

    March 14, 2018

    5-7 p.m., followed by reception
    Location: Mandel Atrium

    Greg Childs and Naghmeh Sohrabi presiding; Asef Bayat (University of Illinois), Jane Kamensky (Harvard), Sue Lanser (Brandeis), Sinclair Thomson (NYU)

    Co-sponsored by the Crown Center for Middle East Studies

    Now the Old Empire has Flopped: Youth Culture, Gobalization, and the Decoloniation of the English Cup of Tea

    March 20, 2018

    4-5:30 p.m.
    Olin Sang 207

    Speaker: Erika Rappaport, Professor of History, Univeristy of California, Santa Barbara

    Past Events

    The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and why it matters today

    January 24, 2018

    Speaker: Heather Ann Thompson, Professor of History, University of Michigan

    Ray Ginger Lecture

    October 26, 2017

    Speaker: Jessica Lepler, Associate Professor of History, University of New Hampshire

    September 11, 2017

    Greg Childs and Naghmeh Sohrabi presiding; David Scott (Columbia), Bernard Yack (Brandeis), Vivian Solana Moreno (Brandeis) presenting

    Co-sponsored by the Mandel Center for the Humanities and the History Department

    "Building the Decentralized State: The United States and Colombia from Developmentalism to Neoliberalism"

    April 20, 2017

    Amy C. Offner, Assistant Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania

    Hadassah-Brandeis Institute presents "Women as Agents of Change? Fresh Perspectives on Gender & Religion"

    March 29, 2017


    • Natalie Cornett on nineteenth-century Polish women's activists

    • April French on evangelical women in Soviet Siberia

    • Geraldine Gudefin on female Jewish immigrants to France and the US in the early 20th century

    • Michelle Mann on Algerian Muslim women (19th & 20th centuries)

    "The King of Islandia: How Segregation and its Violence Made a Man and a Nation Rich"

    March 2, 2017

    Nathan D. B. Connolly (Johns Hopkins University)
    [Co-sponsored by AAAS and the offices of the Provost and the Dean of Arts and Sciences] Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture

    “Market Marronage: Women Runaways and the Informal Economy in the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World”

    February 6, 2017

    Shauna Sweeney, NEH-OI Postdoctoral Fellow, College of William and Mary

    "Archipelago Capitalism: Tax Havens, Offshore Money, and the State, 1920s-1980s"

    October 18, 2016

    Vanessa Ogle, University of Pennsylvania

    "Hamilton, the Panel: The Politics of Default, Bailouts, and the Power of the Purse in the Aftermath of the American Revolution"

    September 29, 2016

    Panelists: George J. Hall (presenting), David Hackett Fischer, Steven L. Burg, and Paul Jankowski

    “Confucian Paradise in the Distant Seas: The Hà Tiên Port Polity in the Eighteenth-Century Chinese World Order.”

    September 22, 2016

    Xing Hang, Assistant Professor of History

    "Partus Sequitur Ventrem: Considering Slave Law, Intimacy, and Privacy for the History of Women in Slavery"

    April 6, 2016

    Jennifer Morgan, NYU

    "Empire of Cotton: The Global Origins of Modern Capitalism"

    March 8, 2016

    Sven Beckert, Harvard University

    "How Women Became the Deserving Poor: US Foreign Aid and the Movement to End World Poverty"

    November 12, 2015

    Joanne Meyerowitz, Yale University

    "Applying History: Old & New Lessons at the Intersections of Transnational Activism."

    October 22, 2015

    Annual Ray Ginger Lecture
    Jonathan Dekel-Chen

    May 29, 2015

    Co-sponsored by Boston University, Northeastern University, and Brandeis University

    "Liberty, Policing, and the Rights of Free African Americans in the Early American Republic"

    March 26, 2015

    Kate Masur, Northwestern University

    "Contraband: Smuggling and the Birth of the American Century"

    March 5, 2015

    Andrew Wender Cohen, Syracuse University

    "Words of Wisdom: The Market for Aphorism in American Culture, 1970-Present"

    November 20, 2015

    Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    "1914-1918: The War Within the War"

    October 13, 2014

    Adam Hochschild, UC Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism

    "Tunisia in the Imperial Mediterranean"

    September 16, 2014

    Mary Lewis, Harvard University

    Symposium: The End(s) of Revolution

    April 25, 2014

    Howard Brown, Binghamton University

    September 16, 2014

    Raffael Scheck, Colby College

    February 13, 2014

    Linda Gordon, New York University

    Mini-Symposium and Seminar: Limits of Revolution

    February 27, 2014

    September 27, 2013

    Symposium: The Axes of Revolutions: Space, Time, Idea

    Mini-Symposium and Seminar: People in Revolution

    November 14, 2013