• 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 (2021-2022)

    photo of Professor Christopher Gratien
    "Ottoman Migrants and the Many Paths to Statelessness"

    November 18, 2021

    3:40 - 5 PM EST

    Chris Gratien, Assistant Professor of History at University of Virginia, will be giving this year's Rahv, Hughes, Manuel and Marcuse Lecture. Professor Gratien specialized in the history of the Ottoman Empire and is a producer of the Ottoman history podcast. His monograph entitled The Unsettled Plain: An Environmental History of the Late Ottoman Frontier will by published this Spring by Stanford University Press.

    Past Events

    “New Approaches to the History of the US in the World”

    March 11, 2021

    Speaker: Robert McGreevey, Professor of History, The College of New Jersey

    "Disease, Power, and Medicine in Postindependence Cuba: Historical Lessons for the COVID Era"

    November 19, 2020

    Speaker: Daniel A. Rodriguez, The Manning Assistant Professor of History, Brown University

    America's Racial Reckoning: Black Lives and Black Futures in Historical, Political and Legal Context

    June 12, 2020

    Virtual Panel Discussion: Chad Williams, the Samuel J. and Augusta Spector Chair in History and the Chair of the African and African American Studies department (Moderator)
    Anita Hill, University Professor
    Daniel Kryder, the Louis Stulberg Chair in Law and Politics
    Leah Wright Rigueur, the Harry Truman Associate Professor of History

    America is in the midst of reckoning with the legacies of racism, racial violence, and systemic injustice against black people. The current national uprising, sparked by the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, have exposed the complex intersections of history, politics, and the law in how race, white supremacy, and anti-blackness function in American society. Join us for a conversation with leading Brandeis faculty about these issues and how we can chart a new future for black lives.

    "Refuse Bodies, Disposable Lives: A History of the Human and Transatlantic Slave Trade"

    November 19, 2019

    Speaker: Marisa J. Fuentes, Rutgers University
    Associate Professor of Women's & Gender Studies and History; and Presidential Term Chair in African American History, 2017-2022

    "Letters of Power Across the Indian Ocean"

    September 26, 2019

    Speaker: Nurfadzilah Yahaya, Assistant Professor, History Department at National University of Singapore

    “China’s War on Smuggling: Illicit Coastal Trade in Historical Perspective”

    March 28, 2019

    Speaker: Philip Thai, Assistant Professor of History, Northeastern University
    "Jack Davis: The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea"

    March 19, 2019

    Jack Davis, PhD '94, will speak at Brandeis about his Pulitzer-Prize-winning history of America's gulf coast: The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea.

    March 6, 2019

    A Conversation with Kate Wahl, Editor-in-Chief of Stanford University Press

    Moderated by Naghmeh Sohrabi, Associate Director for Research at the Crown Center and the Charles (Corky) Goodman Professor of Middle East History at Brandeis.
    "Cold War Landscapes: Stories from the Edges of the American Military Empire"

    February 5, 2019

    Speaker: Gretchen Heefner, Associate Professor of History, Northeastern University
    “Atlantic Gyre: Old Regime Cultures and the American Revolution”

    January 31, 2019

    Speaker: Nathan Perl-Rosenthal, Associate Professor of History and Spatial Studies, University of Southern California
    “Violent Passions: New Perspectives on Early America”

    January 29, 2019

    Speaker: Sarah Pearsall, Senior Lecturer, Cambridge University.

    "Thinking about Gradual Emancipation"

    November 15, 2018

    History Department Speaker Series
    Speaker: Hendrik Hartog, Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor in the History of American Law and Liberty; Professor of History, Princeton University

    "Arab Existentialism, Jean Paul Sartre, and Decolonization"

    October 25, 2018

    History Department Speaker Series
    Speaker: Yoav Di-Capua, Associate Professor of History, Univeristy of Texas, Austin

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

    March 20, 2018

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

    "The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and why it matters today"

    January 24, 2018

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

    November 29, 2017

    A discussion with Brian Meeks (Brown University) and Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
    Discussants: Greg Childs, Naghmeh Sohrabi, and Manijeh Moradian 

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

    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