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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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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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.