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.

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

(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. 

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!