Andrew Wehrman at the “Spirit of Inquiry in the Age of Jefferson Symposium” and at the “GameChangers Ideas Festival”

Congratulations to Dr. Wehrman, who has been invited to speak at the “Spirit of Inquiry in the Age of Jefferson Symposium” at the American Philosophical Society in June, and to the “GameChangers Ideas Festival” in North Dakota in October. Both these events are open to public and registration is open.

From the American Philosophical Society website: “In commemoration of the 275th anniversary of the American Philosophical Society’s founding in 1743 and the birth of its long-time President, Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, APS 1780, President 1797-1814), the APS Library, along with the National Constitution Center and the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, are organizing a daylong symposium that aims to explore the history of science, knowledge production, and learning during the Age of Jefferson (1743-1826).” For the full program of the event, click here.

The “GameChangers Ideas Festival” is organized by Humanities North Dakota, an independent non-profit organization established in 1974. Form the “GameChangers Ideas Festival” website: “Our Founding Fathers believed in the importance and the power of ideas to change people’s lives. Our nation’s history has been a great adventure in ideas. The GameChanger Ideas Festival was created to continue this proud tradition and provide people opportunities to engage with and debate life-changing-ideas, because democracy demands wisdom and vision in its citizens. … We invite people to our stage who challenge the status quo and strive to make changes to critical systems that honor our shared humanity. We believe that civil disagreement and debate are stepping stones for learning. The GameChanger Ideas Festival does not take political stances on issues. Instead we strive to offer a variety of viewpoints from people with both scholarly insight and hands-on knowledge. These aren’t just people with good ideas, but people who have put their ideas to action in the real world.”

BLACKBURN LECTURE: Edward Ayers, "Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America"

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Next week! 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, 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.”

History Department Students at SRCEE

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Our students will exhibit their research at the 25th Annual Student Research & Creative Endeavors Exhibition tomorrow Wednesday, April 11 from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm in Finch Field House. The exhibition is open to all. We hope you will join us to discover the latest research and meet our students!

Here is a list of the history department students' exhibits that will be available tomorrow:

  • From Tradition to Modernity: The Transformation of Japanese Martial Arts through the Meiji Restoration (Display #228)
    Primary Author: David Banas Jr.
    Primary Faculty Sponsor: Jennifer Demas
  • Misappropriation of African Culture in the United States: The Banjo (Display #229)
    Primary Author: Ryan Warriner, winner of the 2018 Robert Newby Award for Diversity Efforts (read the blog post he wrote for us on his research here)
    Primary Faculty Sponsor: Lane Demas
  • Turnerism in Michigan - A Study of German Gymnastics and Political Thought (Display #230)
    Primary Author: Felix Zuber
    Primary Faculty Sponsor: Lane Demas
  • Regime Change, Strategic Security, and the Revolution of 1688-90 in Scotland: The Role and Activities of the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Privy Council, 1689-91 (Display #231)
    Primary Author: Gillian Macdonald
    Primary Faculty Sponsor: Carrie Euler
  • Acontius’ Ideas in Favor of Religious Tolerance: Adiaphora, Fallibilism, and Freedom of Conscience (Display #232)
    Primary Author: Chiara Ziletti
    Primary Faculty Sponsor: Carrie Euler
  • Allied “Luftgangster” and the German Population: The Mistreatment of Downed American Airmen in Germany during World War II (Display #233)
    Primary Author: Kevin Hall
    Primary Faculty Sponsor: Eric Johnson
  • Occultism, Magic, and History. Jesuit Philosophers in the Seventeenth-Century Iberian World (Display #234)
    Primary Author: Carlos Hugo Zayas-Gonzalez
    Primary Faculty Sponsor: Jonathan Truitt

Hugo Zayas' dissertation defense, "Makers of Knowledge: Seventeenth-Century Jesuit Intellectual Culture in the Spanish World"

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Hugo Zayas will be defending his dissertation this Friday, April 13 at 10:00am in the Garden View Room of the Park Library (Room 337). The title of his dissertation is: “Makers of Knowledge: Seventeenth-Century Jesuit Intellectual Culture in the Spanish World.”

2018 International Graduate Historical Studies Conference; Alan Taylor, "Transforming North America: Empires and Republics in War and Peace, 1800-1850"

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Join us for the 2018 International Graduate Historical Studies Conference "Real and Imagined Borders: People, Place, Time." The conference is hosted by the Department of History and will take place on April 6-7 in the Bovee University Center

Dr. Alan Taylor will give the keynote address "Transforming North America: Empires and Republics in War and Peace, 1800-1850" on Friday, April 6 at 7:30pm in the Park Library Auditorium. A reception will follow the talk.

Dr. Alan Taylor is the Thomas Jefferson Chair in American History at the University of Virginia. He specializes in early United States history, and he is the author of a number of books about the colonial history of the United States, the American Revolution, and the early American Republic. Since 1995, he has won two Pulitzer Prizes and the Bancroft Prize, and was a finalist for the National Book Award for non-fiction.

Hendrik Meijer on Arthur Vandenberg (March 19)

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Hendrik Meijer, co-chairman and CEO of Meijer, Inc. and author of Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century (University of Chicago Press, 2017), will give a talk about the book — on the writing of which which he has also written a post for this blog — on Monday, March 19 at 7pm in the Park Library Auditorium. A reception will follow the talk.

Vandenberg, who represented Michigan in the U. S. Senate from 1928 to 1951, was a prominent isolationist who came to question his position by the end of World War II. “Our oceans,” he declared in a famous speech in January 1945, “have ceased to be moats.” A lifelong Republican, Vandenberg went on to work with two Democratic administrations in the creation of the post-war foreign policy that would come to define “the American century.”

Longtime NPR correspondent Cokie Roberts writes of Meijer’s work, “every member of Congress should read this book.” Join us to discover why. 

This presentation is co-sponsored by the Clarke Historical Library and the Critical Engagements initiative of the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences at Central Michigan University.

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.”

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. 

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. 

Please note that John Mraz's lecture "Doing History with Modern Media" has been cancelled.

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.

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.

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.