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.
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.
New books by NU historians will be celebrated March 7:
Geraldo CADAVA—Standing on Common Ground: The Making of a Sunbelt Borderland
(Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2013)
Deborah COHEN—Family Secrets: Shame and Privacy in Modern Britain (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013)
Dyan ELLIOTT—The Bride of Christ Goes to Hell: Metaphor and Embodiment in the Lives of Pious Women, 200-1500 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011)
Michael KRAMER—The Republic of Rock: Music and Citizenship in the Sixties Counterculture
(New York: Oxford University Press, 2013)
Jacob LASSNER—Jews, Christians and the Abode of Islam: Modern Scholarship and Medieval Realities (University of Chicago Press, 2012)
Robert E. LERNER (co-editor with Sean L. Field and Sylvain Piron)—Marguerite Porete et le Miroir des simples âmes: Perspectives historiques, philosophiques et littéraires (Paris: Vrin, 2013)
Kate MASUR (co-editor with René Hayden, Anthony E. Kaye, Steven F. Miller, Susan E. O'Donovan, Leslie S. Rowland, and Stephen A. West)—Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation,1861-1867, series 3, vol. 2: Land and Labor, 1866-1867 (U of North Carolina Press, 2013)
Yohanan PETROVSKY-SHTERN—Cultural Interference of Jews and Ukrainians: A Field in the Making (Kyiv: Kyiv-Mohyla Academy Publishing House, 2014)
Yohanan PETROVSKY-SHTERN—The Golden Age Shtetl: A New History of Jewish Life in East Europe (Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 2014)
Yohanan PETROVSKY-SHTERN—(co-editor with Antony Polonsky)—Jews and Ukrainians, vol. 26 of Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry (Oxford: The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2014)
Carl PETRY—The Criminal Underworld in a Medieval Islamic Society; Narratives from Cairo and Damascus under the Mamluks (Chicago: Middle East Documentation Center, 2012)
Elie REKHESS (co-editor with Arik Rudnitzky)—Muslim Minorities in Non-Muslim Countries: The Islamic Movement in Israel as a Test Case (Tel Aviv: Tel Aviv University, 2013)
Ipek K. YOSMAOGLU—Blood Ties: Religion, Violence and the Politics of Nationhood in Ottoman Macedonia, 1878-1908(Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2013).
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.