Past Events

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PAST EVENTS are aranged chronologically according to years (see left sidebar). For recaps and summaries of some of the Center conferences and lectures--see our IN DEPTH section.

Be sure and have a look at our MULTIMEDIA section for interviews with guest speakers (from the CCHS YouTube channel), as well as a video archive with films of past lectures and panel discussions.

Last year's events

FALL 2016


In collaboration with the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern (HEF)

Paul JASKOT (DePaul University), author of The Nazi Perpetrator: Postwar German Art and the Politics of the Right (2012)

Tuesday, September 27--lunch lecture (12:15 to 1:50 p.m.)

“A Plan, A Testimony, and a Digital Map: Architecture and the Spaces of the Holocaust”

For History faculty and graduate students:

History Faculty work-in-progress workshops convened by Daniel Immerwahr

Kate MASUR work-in-progress WORKSHOP—"Free Black Sailors, Personal Liberty, and the Antebellum Constitutional Order"

Monday, October 10 (catered light lunch at 12 noon, discussion of pre-circulated text at 12:30 p.m.)

Tara ZAHRA (U of Chicago), author of The Lost Children: Reconstructing Europe’s Families after World War II (2011)

Tuesday, October 18–lunch lecture (12:15 to 1:50 p.m.)

“The Great Departure: Mass Migration from Eastern Europe and the Making of the Free World”

In collaboration with the Kaplan Institute for the Humanities  

Louis HYMAN (Cornell University), author of Debtor Nation: The History of America in Red Ink (2011)

Thursday, October 20--lunch lecture (12:15 to 1:50 p.m.)

"From Personal Credit to Market Debt: How Loans Became Commodities"

Giancarlo CASALE (University of Minnesota), author of The Ottoman Age of Exploration (2010)

Thursday, November 3–lunch lecture (12:15 to 1:50 p.m.)

“ISIL and the Global Past: A Deep History of the Caliphate”



CANCELLED! Jane KAMENSKY (Harvard U), author of The Exchange Artist: A Tale of High-Flying Speculation and America’s First Banking Collapse (2008)

"The Republic of Letters and the Empire of Pictures: John Singleton Copley and the Problem of Provincialism"

Thursday, January 12–lunch lecture (12:15 to 1:50 p.m.)--rescheduled for November 9.

Joint CCHS/CAAH Distinguished lecture on African American History

David BLIGHT (Yale University), author of American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era (2011)

"Writing the Life of Frederick Douglass--Why and Why Now? The Post Civil War Years"

Thursday, February 16 at 4:30 p.m. (lecture with reception to follow)

Joint CCHS/University Library Lecture on the History of the Book:

ERIC SLAUTER (U of Chicago), author of The State as a Work of Art: The Cultural Origins of the Constitution (2009)

"Walden's Carbon Footprint: People, Plants, Animals, and Machines in the Making of an American Classic"

Tuesday, February 21 at 4:30 p.m. (lecture with reception to follow)


Anand YANG (University of Washington), author of Bazaar India: Markets, Society, and the Colonial State Bihar, 1765-1947 (1998)—Tuesday, April 4—lunch lecture (12:15 to 1:50 p.m.)

“Empire of Convicts: Indian Bandwars in Indian Ocean Penal Colonies in the Late Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries"  

For History faculty and graduate students—faculty work-in-progress workshop

Laura HEIN—“Post-Fascist Political Culture in Japan”

Monday, April 10 (catered light lunch at noon, discussion of pre-circulated text at 12:30 p.m.)


Friday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (convened by Breen Fellow Mariah Hepworth)

Keynote speaker: T.J. Jackson Lears (Rutgers U), author of Rebirth of a Nation: The Making of Modern America, 1877-1920 (2009)

Keynote lecture: "The Wild Card: Animal Spirits and the Calculating Self"

  • Global Graduate Exchange: graduate students from Queen Mary University London and from Hong Kong University take part in this conference as part of the CCHS global graduate  exchanges.

The GRAY BOYCE Memorial lecture:

Brian CATLOS (University of Colorado), author of The Victors and the Vanquished: Christians and Muslims of Catalonia and Aragon, 1050-1300 (2004)—Wednesday, April 26 at 4:30 p.m.

“Foreigners in their Own Lands: The Muslims of Medieval Europe”

Cynthia RADDING (UNC), author of Landscapes of Power and Identity: Comparative Histories in the Sonoran Desert and the Forests of Amazonia from Colony to Republic (2005)—Thursday, May 11—lunch lecture (12:15 to 1:50 p.m.)—note change of date!

“Indigenous Landscapes and Contested Boundaries: Reading Nature into Colonial Archives”

  • Global Graduate Exchange (for History graduate students): Hong Kong University History Department Spring Symposium, May 11

For History faculty and graduate students—faculty work-in-progress workshop

Michael ALLEN—“The Arrogance of Power”

Monday, May 15 (catered light lunch at noon, discussion of pre-circulated text at 12:30 p.m.)


Friday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (convened by Breen Fellow Matthew June)

Keynote speaker: Heather Ann Thompson, author of Speaking Out: Activism and Protest in the 1960s and 1970s (2010)

Keynote lecture: "Blood in the Water: Attica and Prisoner Rights Past and Present."