Dale Hutchinson, "Disease and Demography: Reconstructing Health in Colonial North America"

Dr. Dale Hutchinson, professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will give a talk on "Disease and Demography: Reconstructing Health in Colonial North America" on Thursday, February 22, at 5:00 pm, in Anspach 162. The talk is part of the Critical Engagements initiative at CHSBS (“People On the Move: Borders, Boundaries, and Migration”), and is sponsored by the Departments of History and Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work.

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RESCHEDULED — Edward Ayers, "Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America"

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Please note that this lecture has been rescheduled for Friday, April 20.

Join us for the George M. Blackburn Endowed Lecture on the Civil War and Reconstruction by Dr. Edward Ayers who will present "Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America" on Friday, February 23 April 20 at 7:30 pm in the Park Library Auditorium. Open to all.

Edward Ayers is Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities at the University of Richmond, where he is President Emeritus. President Barack Obama awarded him the National Humanities Medal in 2013. Ed is serving as president of the Organization of American Historians for the 2017-18 term. Over his decades of work of writing history, experimenting with digital scholarship, collaborating in public history, and teaching and leading in higher education, Ed has tried to find new ways to connect people with the American past.”

Jay Martin in the International Journal of Maritime History

Congratulations to Jay Martin, whose article “‘Scows, and barges, or other vessels of box model’: Comparative capital investment in the sailing scows of the Great Lakes of North America and in New Zealand” has just been published in the International Journal of Maritime History.

Dr. Michelle Cassidy presented on the involvement of Native Americans from the Odawa and Ojibwa tribes during the U.S. Civil War.

On February 10, during the celebration of the Isabella County 159th Founder's day, CMU History professor Michelle Cassidy gave a presentation on the involvement of Native Americans from the Odawa and Ojibwa tribes during the U.S. Civil War.

From the Morning Sun report:

"Founded in 1863, the Union-aligned Company K had approximately 136 Anishinaabe members, mostly from the Odawa and Ojibwa tribes; a total of approximately 20,000 Native American men fought for the Union and Confederate armies combined. Specifically, about 27 men in Company K came from Isabella County, Cassidy said."

(dis)ABLED BEAUTY: the evolution of beauty, disability, and ability

An invitation from Dr. Brittany Fremion:

I would like to invite you to the exhibit opening of (dis)ABLED BEAUTY: the evolution of beauty, disability, and ability on Thursday, February 8, 2018.  The exhibit is hosted by the Clarke Historical Library and features student and faculty work from the Department of History in the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences.  

The exhibit is a celebration of highly designed assistive devices, adaptive devices, and apparel for those living with disabilities. A companion to the exhibition, The (dis)ABLED BEAUTY Oral History Project places the experiences and perceptions of people with disabilities at the center of this exhibition. Dr. Brittany Fremion (History), Dr. Stacey Lim (Audiology), Adam Strom (Due South Productions), and advanced undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in HST 585: Oral History in fall 2017 gathered over 15 hours of interviews, preserved in the research collection of the Museum of Cultural and Natural History at CMU. Portions of individual stories are featured in the exhibition to weave together a narrative that explores the history, perception, and experience of disability. The stories of current and former CMU students, faculty and staff, as well as those from individuals engaged in Disability fashion, activism, and adaptive sports, help to make clear that there is no singular disability or experience.

The evening's festivities will begin with a guest speaker at 7:00 pm in the Park Library Auditorium.  Guest speaker, Heidi McKenize, was in an accident that left her paralyzed from the chest down and subsequently went on to found, Alter Ur Ego, a clothing company for wheelchair users.  

Following the guest speaker, Alexis Jones will be presenting her American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) award winning designs for children with autism. 

In collaboration with the exhibit, Fashion Merchandising and Design students worked on surface designing prosthetic legs (that were graciously donated by Springer Prosthetic & Orthotic Services) and submitted their work to a juried competition sponsored by Threads Fashion show and Michigan State University's department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The student's designs will be on display at the library for the exhibit.  Awards will be distributed to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners along with a viewer's choice award following the guest speaker.  

Then, at 8:00 pm, guests are invited to tour the grand opening of the (dis)ABLED BEAUTY exhibit. Hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served.  

I hope that you will be able to attend and celebrate the evening with us.  If you have any questions, please let me know. 

Game of Privilege has received the 2017 Herbert Warren Wind Book Award

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We are proud to announce that CMU history professor Lane Demas's new book Game of Privilege has received the 2017 Herbert Warren Wind Book Award. The United States Golf Association published an interview with Dr. Demas on February 2, 2018. From the USGA website:

Established in 1987, the Herbert Warren Wind Book Award recognizes and honors outstanding contributions to golf literature while seeking to broaden the public’s interest in, and knowledge of, the game of golf. Wind, who died in 2005, was a renowned writer for The New Yorker and Sports Illustrated. He is the only writer to win the Bob Jones Award, the USGA’s highest honor. 

Game of Privilege: An African American History of Golf, authored by this year’s recipient, Dr. Lane Demas, is a groundbreaking exploration of the role of race, class and access to the game of golf. Dr. Demas details the history of black golfers during the age of segregation, the legal battle to integrate public golf courses, and the little-known history of the United Golfers Association, an all-black golf tour that operated from 1925 to 1975.

‘I’m proud of the fact that this book provides a narrative and historical content that’s accessible to everyone, especially the everyday golf fan,’ said Dr. Demas. ‘It’s very humbling to receive this prestigious award and be recognized by a premier organization such as the USGA.’

Game of Privilege was published by the University of Carolina Press in September 2017.

Congratulations to Dr. Demas!

Christia Mercer on Prisons and the History of Philosophy

As part of the Critical Engagements initiative at CHSBS (“People On the Move: Borders, Boundaries, and Migration”), the Department of Philosophy and Religion is hosting two talks by Christia Mercer, Gustave M. Berne Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, on February 1 and 2. Dr. Mercer’s scholarly work has focused on understanding the role of women in the history of philosophy, including a forthcoming book on the philosophy of the seventeenth-century English philosopher, Anne Conway. She was the first professor to teach in Columbia University’s Justice-in-Education Initiative, which offers courses to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people. 

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Spring 2018 History Department On-Campus Events

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Mark your calendars! Here are all the History Department On-Campus Events for the Spring 2018 semester.

Please note that date for the George M. Blackburn Lecture Series on American Civil War and Reconstruction History has changed. Dr. Edward Ayers' lecture "Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America" has been rescheduled for Friday, April 20 at 7:30 pm in the Park Library auditorium. 

All lectures are open to the public!

Marc Kleijwegt, “Documenting Slavery in Comparative Perspective”

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The Department of History is glad to welcome Marc Kleijwegt, Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. On Thursday, January 18, at 5pm, Professor Kleijwegt will give a talk on “Documenting Slavery in Comparative Perspective: Evidence from the Ancient and the Transatlantic World.” Sponsored by the Department of History and featured as a part of the Critical Engagements series of the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences, this is the sort of talk that features documents in context, including the ones provided in advance by Professor Kleijwegt.

WALLS: First Critical Engagement Event

Gregory Smith, chair of the Department of History, and Christi Brookes, chair of the world languages and cultures department, have launched the Criticial Engagements initiative at CMU to foster dialogue and learning around questions that matter. "The idea is to come together as a community of people pursuing all sorts of projects, research and teaching, and realizing how all of those can fit around a common theme and address today's most difficult issues," Smith said. "There comes a point when you realize we're all working on pieces of the same problem, from different but related perspectives. You realize we really are One CMU."

Over the course of the academic year, students, faculty, staff and residents will be able to participate in classroom conversations, projects, research, and special events around the theme "People on the Move: Borders, Boundaries and Migration."

The first Critical Engagements keynote event this fall is a presentation by Marcello Di Cintio on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7 pm in the Powers Ballroom. Di Cintio is a Canadian journalist who has traveled and lived along disputed borders in many parts of the world.

As noted in his biography, Di Cintio's "last project was a book about walls, fences and other ‘hard’ barriers – and the people who live in their shadows – called Walls; Travels Along the Barricades. For this book, [he] visited walls and fences in Algeria, Morocco, the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, Israel, Palestine, India, Cyprus, Montreal, Belfast and along the US-Mexico border. Walls won the 2013 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, among a few other awards, and has been published in Canada, the US, the UK and Bulgaria."

The presentation on Nov. 16 is free and open to the public.

See also CMU News.

SUSAN WARE: The Biographer's Craft: One Historian's Perspective

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Join us for the William T. Bulger Lecture in American Biography by Dr. Susan Ware who will present "The Biographer's Craft: One Historian's Perspective" on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 pm in the Park Library Auditorium. Open to all.

"A pioneer in the field of women’s history and a leading feminist biographer, Susan Ware is the author and editor of numerous books on twentieth-century U.S. history. Educated at Wellesley College and Harvard University, she has taught at New York University and Harvard, where she served as editor of the biographical dictionary Notable American Women: Completing the Twentieth Century (2004). Since 2012, she has served as the general editor of the American National Biography, published by Oxford University Press under the auspices of the American Council of Learned Societies. Ware has long been associated with the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and is currently writing a book of suffrage stories inspired by its collections. " For more, see her website.

Graduate students and Faculty are invited to a brunch with Dr. Ware on Friday, Nov. 3 from 10 - 11:30 am. 

TWO EVENTS WITH DR. JOSEPH W. HO

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Dr. Ho will present "Unspeakable Sights: Violence, Visuality, and American Missionary Images of the Nanjing Massacre." We hope you join us for this event which is free and open to the public on Thursday, Oct. 19 from 7-8:15 pm in UC 307.

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Grad students, join us for this presentation and practice session all about the job market. Thurs. Oct. 19, PO 121 from 2-3:30 pm.

BOUNDARY VOICES: Snapshots of the Student Experience at CMU

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Join two of our deparment's faculty members, Jay Martin and Brittany Bayless Fremion, September 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Park Library auditorium to open the Clarke Library’s new exhibit, “125 Years Through 125 Voices,” which celebrates CMU’s 125 anniversary.  Brittany and Jay’s topic, “Boundary Voices: Snapshots of the Student Experience at Central Michigan University,” will draw upon their extensive oral history project with CMU students.

A reception inside the Clarke Library, where you will also have an opportunity to view the exhibit, will follow the presentation.

CALL FOR PAPERS

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The history department is proud to again host the International Graduate Historical Studies Conference this spring. The theme: Real and Imagined Borders: People, Place, and Time encourages presenters to offer papers that are transnational and/or interdisciplinary, but all traditional submissions are welcome.

We look forward to this event. Visit www.ighsc,info for more information or questions.

RESOURCES BY HISTORIANS AND FOR HISTORIANS: Confederate Monument Debate

AHA has complied a list of resources, with links, on the Confederate monument debate: "In the wake of the Charlottesville tragedy, historians across the country provided important historical context and insight to the public. The AHA compiled statements that our members, fellow historical societies, AHA Council members, and staff have made in op-eds, interviews, and other media conversations about the importance of historical thinking and knowledge within the current debate. The AHA’s statement on how these issues relate to the discipline of history will be forthcoming."

https://www.historians.org/news-and-advocacy/everything-has-a-history/historians-on-the-confederate-monument-debate

HISTORY INFORMING PRESENT CRISIS

CMU history professor John Robertson's work informed and was quoted by the New York Times Magazine. The article "The Living and the Dead" by James Verini details the October battle for Mosul and examines the conflict in the context of history. 

The reporter drew from Robertson's well-received Iraq: A History. From the editor: "In this unrivaled study, John Robertson details the greatness and grandeur of Iraq’s achievements, the brutality and magnificence of its ancient empires and its extraordinary contributions to the world. The only work in the English language to explore the history of the land of two rivers in its entirety, it takes readers from the seminal advances of its Neolithic inhabitants to the aftermath of the American and British-led invasion, the rise of Islamic State and Iraq today."

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Speakers this Academic Year

The Department of History is looking forward to some exceptional speakers this coming year. Mark your calendars now so you don't miss the opportunity to hear from these renowned historians. Follow the blog for reminders and updated information as the dates approach.

For the William T. Bulger Lecture Series on American Biography, we are pleased to welcome Susan Ware on Nov. 2, 2017. Ware is the Honorary Women’s Suffrage Centennial Historian of the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and a leading biographer of feminists. Her book on Amelia Earhart was the first to place the female pilot into our understanding of the advancement of feminism: Still Missing: Amelia Earhart and the Search for Modern Feminism (W.W. Norton, 1993). Her most recent monograph is Game, Set, Match: Billie Jean King and the Revolution in Women's Sports (University of North Carolina Press, 2011).

For the George M. Blackburn Lecture Series on American Civil War and Reconstruction History, we are honored to have Edward Ayers present "Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America." The lecture will take place on Feb. 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm in the Park Library auditorium. Ayers is the Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities at the University of Richmond, where he is President Emeritus. In 2013, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama. He is an accomplished historian of the American South. His book The Promise of the New South: Life After Reconstruction was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In the Presence of Mine Enemies: Civil War in the Heart of America won the Bancroft Prize for distinguished writing in American history and the Beveridge Prize for the best book in English on the history of the Americas since 1492.

For grad students, Ayers will also run a workshop on digital history called History Between the Lines. The workshop will take place 12:30-2:00 pm.

For the International Graduate Historical Studies Conference Keynote Address, we are pleased to have Alan Taylor present "Transforming North America: Empires and Republics in War and Peace, 1800-1850 on April 6, 2018. Taylor, a historian of colonial and early republic America, holds the Thomas Jefferson Chair in American History at the University of Virginia. Taylor has received many awards and prizes for his work including the Pulitzer Prize for American History for his book The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 (W. W. Norton, 2013). His most recent monograph is American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804 (W. W. Norton, 2016).

Lectures are open to the public.

GAME OF PRIVILEGE: An African American History of Golf

CMU History professor Lane Demas's new book Game of Privilege will be released this September.

From the publisher, University of North Carolina Press: "This groundbreaking history of African Americans and golf explores the role of race, class, and public space in golf course development, the stories of individual black golfers during the age of segregation, the legal battle to integrate public golf courses, and the little-known history of the United Golfers Association (UGA)--a black golf tour that operated from 1925 to 1975. Lane Demas charts how African Americans nationwide organized social campaigns, filed lawsuits, and went to jail in order to desegregate courses; he also provides dramatic stories of golfers who boldly confronted wider segregation more broadly in their local communities. As national civil rights organizations debated golf’s symbolism and whether or not to pursue the game’s integration, black players and caddies took matters into their own hands and helped shape its subculture, while UGA participants forged one of the most durable black sporting organizations in American history as they fought to join the white Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA)."

Preorder on Amazon or other book retailers.

BREXIT AND THE 2017 BRITISH GENERAL ELECTION

Martin Farr of Newcastle University will offer a presentation on Brexit and the General Election of 2017. British PM Theresa May just called for an election, so Farr is sure to offer interesting insight for us on this tumultuous period of British politics. Join us in Powers Hall 121, Monday, April 24, 12-1:30 pm.

OH, THE THINGS YOU COULD DO! Alternative Careers for History PhDs

If you have wondered what options history PhDs have other than teaching at a college, join us Friday, April 28, for Maura Elizabeth Cunningham’s talk “Oh, the Things You Could Do! Alternative Careers for History PhDs.” Maura Elizabeth chose to take the non-academic route after obtaining her PhD from the University of California, Irvine. Currently, she is the Digital Media Manager at the Association for Asian Studies headquartered in Ann Arbor. Before that, she was a program assistant at the National Committee on US-China Relations. She is also a very active writer with two forthcoming books under contract with Oxford University Press. You can find out more about her by going to her blog: https://mauracunningham.org/

The lunch talk will be held from 12:30-2:00 on Friday, April 28 in Powers 121. Pizza will be served.