Morris Alexander Historical Marker


In the spirit of Football 150, our very own Dr. Lane Demas has been interviewed on his views about his book Integrating the Gridiron. Dr. Demas has also been featured in the recent ESPN film, "Football Is US," celebrating the 150th anniversary of college football.

The interview delves into Dr. Demas’ research including what he learned from the research, how he perceives college sports, and much more.

Please find more at this link:


The 2019 Blackburn Lecture

Dr. Amy Murrell Taylor will be discussing her book Embattled Freedom, which focuses on complex experiences of emancipation and the slave refugee camps that formed during the Civil War. Embattled Freedom has received numerous awards that reflect its contribution to the historiography and our understanding of African American struggles related to the Civil War and emancipation (2019: Avery O. Craven Award and the Merle Curti Social History Award, both from the Organization of American Historians; the Tom Watson Brown Book Award, Society of Civil War Historians; and the John Nau Book Prize in American Civil War Era History, John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia). Dr. Taylor's ability to narrate individual experiences of formerly enslaved people is particularly illuminating.

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Friday, September 27

George M. Blackburn Endowed Lecture on the Civil War and Reconstruction

Dr. Amy Murrell Taylor, University of Kentucky

“Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the Civil War’s Slave Refugee Camps,”

7:30pm, Opperman Auditorium, Park Library

Reception to follow in the Terrace Room of the Bovee Center

Fake News: What Do We Know and How Do We Know It?

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Critical Engagements initiative kicks off its annual theme for 2019-2020 with two events on September 18 and 19. There are two panels coming up directed by faculty, please join us if you can!

A Century of Suffrage


As the centennial of women’s suffrage approaches historical institutions rally to celebrate the achievements of women in history. This year, our very own Dr. Tara McCarthy has been invited to give the 2019 Hibernian Lecture, "A Century of Suffrage: Catholic Activism, Class Consciousness, and the Contributions of Irish American Women," on Friday, September 20, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. in the Morris Inn Ballroom at the University of Notre Dame. For more information: click here.

College Football 150

From 0 to 150, as College Football gears up to celebrate its 150th anniversary ESPN is set to enhance the experience by airing documentaries of the games development and elaboration. Since its beginning in a matchup between two East Coast teams, college football has had a long and controversial history. From Fritz Pollard to “full-ride” the story of college football resonates with colleges across the country and the world. CMU History Department’s very own Dr. Lane Demas—author of Integrating the Grid Iron—is featured in Football is US: The College Game. Find out more about the celebrations at:

Spheres of Change and Challenge: The Local and the Global

The International Graduate Historical Studies Conference will host “Spheres of Change and Challenge: The Local and Global” at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, on April 17 - 18, 2020. The IGHSC invites graduate students from across the social science disciplines for proposals, papers, and panels across interdisciplinary topics and traditional historical topics. Our 2020 Keynote speaker will be Kenneth Pomeranz author of The Great Divergence.


For more information on the 2020 conference please visit the website.

Hochelaga: Land of Souls Screening

CMU’s department of World Languages and Cultures is hosting a free and public showing of the film Hochelaga: Land of Souls at 7 pm, Tuesday March 26, in the Park Library Auditorium.

Directed by François Girard (The Red Violin) this film intercalates present-day sequences featuring a First Nations history professor in Montreal and those of the first encounters between Jacques Cartier and first peoples in what is now Québec.

Kyle Harper On Epidemics, Climate, and the Fall of Rome


Kyle Harper, historian and provost of the University of Oklahoma, will deliver the Critical Engagements keynote address for fall 2018 on October 25, 2018, at 7:30pm in the Powers Ballroom. Dr. Harper’s most recent book, The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease, and the End of an Empire, is the first to examine the catastrophic role that climate change and infectious diseases played in the collapse of Rome’s power—a story of nature’s triumph over human ambition. It helps to explain the end of a world that once seemed eternal, sounding themes that echo with ominous resonance in the twenty-first century: epidemics and the environment, apocalyptic obsessions and the splintering of social and political norms.

Dr. Harper’s first book, Slavery in the Late Roman World, AD 275-425 (Cambridge University Press, 2011) was awarded the James Henry Breasted Prize by the American Historical Association and the Outstanding Publication Award from the Classical Association of the Middle West and South. His second book, From Shame to Sin: The Christian Transformation of Sexual Morality was published by Harvard University Press in 2013. This presentation is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences’ Critical Engagements initiative and the Department of History.

The talk is open to the public: please join us and help spread the word!

How to Prevent an Epidemic like the American Colonists did

Our own Dr. Andrew Wehrman writes an article for On Second Thought Magazine titled "How to Prevent an Epidemic like the American Colonists did".  He shares the grisly details of early colonial medicine and the surprisingly-creative nine rules/policies the colonists used to prevent these deadly illnesses. 

History Major Receives Alumni Award


Abigail Diaz, who graduated in 2014 with a double-major in History and Anthropology and a minor in Museum Studies, has been named one of CMU’s “10 Within 10” for 2018

“I’m passionate about making museums welcoming for everyone,” she writes, “being a fierce advocate for my brother, who has disabilities. I’m proud that I have helped in some small part, within my sphere of influence, to break down systematic barriers of oppression that prevent all people from feeling welcome in museums.”

Congratulations, Abigail!