The Center

The Nicholas D. Chabraja Center for Historical Studies hosts lecture series, conferences, and workshops to foster an ongoing conversation about approaches to the past. The Center explores shared problems related to theory, methodology, and evidence with faculty members, students, scholars, and members of the Chicago community. Each academic year, the Center organizes lunchtime lectures open to the Northwestern community and the general public, graduate student conferences, international doctoral workshops, a joint NU Library/CCHS public lecture on the History of the Book, and other activities. These events go beyond the particular concerns of various sub-fields and disciplines to examine common intellectual concerns that energize the practice of history.

Historical timeline detail

The Center was established in 2006. In 2010 it was named the Nicholas D. Chabraja Center for Historical Studies or CCHS (Chabraja is pronounced tcha-BRAH-yah). Read more about the naming of the Center.

In 2010 the Center moved into its current space in newly renovated Harris Hall. A generous gift from The Alumnae of Northwestern University allowed the Center to greatly enhance its signature Reading Room.

CCHS is currently administered by a director, an assistant director, and a faculty advisory council. Learn more about faculty and staff

The Center is located on the lower level of HARRIS HALL, suite L27, Evanston campus.

MAILING address: CCHS, Northwestern University, Harris Hall, 1881 Sheridan Road,Evanston, IL 60208-2220.




Spring co-sponsored lectures:


Peter MANDLER (Cambridge University)

"The Sociological Imagination in Mid-20th Century America and Britain"

Monday, April 7 from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

(with catered luncheon provided)


Co-sponsored by the Graduate Cluster in British Studies, the History Department and the Chabraja Center for Historical Studies.



Tim HARRIS (Brown University)

"State Trials and the Rule of Law under Charles II: Some Reflections"

Thursday, April 10 from 4 5:30 p.m.

(with reception to follow)


Jointly sponsored by The Alumnae of Northwestern University, the Chabraja Center for Historical Studies,  History Dept., Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, and Newberry Library of Chicago.





The Center hosts an annual lunch lecture series and sponsors or co-sponsors other campus events that engage with historical materials: conferences, lectures, panel discussions, seminars, and workshops.

March 5, 2014