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 thanks to the initiative of then NU President Henry Bienen and Professor T.H. Breen, a historian of colonial America, who was its first director until 2013 and after whom the Center graduate fellowship program is now named.

In 2010 CHS became the Nicholas D. Chabraja Center for Historical Studies or CCHS (Chabraja is pronounced tcha-BRAH-yah). Read more about the naming of the Center. That same year 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.

Nicholas Chabraja speaking at the January 2015 dinner hosted by University President  Morton Schapiro to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Center's naming and the new gift to the university from Nicholas and Eleanor Chabraja of $5.6 million, part of which will support new Center initiatives.





We are excited to announce that the Center will benefit from part of a generous gift of $5.6 million for the University from Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja.

University President Morton Schapiro hosted a dinner at his house to celebrate the fifth anniversary of naming the Center, January 2015.


The Center is closed for the summer. It will re-open in September.





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 31, 2015