Past Events

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PAST EVENTS are aranged chronologically according to years (see left sidebar). Below you can read recaps and summaries of some of the Center conferences and lectures--see below and have a look at our IN DEPTH section.

Be sure and have a look at our MULTIMEDIA section for interviews with guest speakers in 2015-2016 (from the CCHS YouTube channel), as well as a video archive with films of past lectures and panel discussions.

Historians at Play: A Recap of the CCHS Graduate Conference on Histories of Leisure
Charles Keenan | May 13, 2015
On Friday, May 8, the Chabraja Center for Historical Studies hosted its second graduate student conference of the year, on “Parks and Recreation: Histories of Leisure.” The conference included graduate students from Northwestern University and the University of Chicago as well as professors from Indiana University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In his opening remarks, the conference convener Keith Rathbone (NU) remarked on the growing interest in leisure as an object of historical study and commented on its appeal across geographic and chronological specializations. [Read more]

Insurgencies Old and New: The CCHS Graduate Conference Wrap-Up
Charles Keenan | April 15, 2015

Last Friday CCHS held a graduate student conference on the theme of “Insurgencies,” organized by T. H. Breen fellow Alex Hobson. Featuring presentations by graduate students from Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois, and Loyola University Chicago, as well as comments by professor Paul Chamberlin (University of Kentucky) and a keynote address by Martin A. Miller (Duke University), the conference explored the challenges of studying the history of insurgency across time and space, investigating the similarities and differences of different forms of political violence over the years. [Read more]

Carol Gluck and History-Writing "after the Shipwreck"
Charles Keenan | April 7, 2015

In her CCHS talk today, Carol Gluck (the George Sansom Professor of History at Columbia University) described the shared traits of “national” histories, regardless of their country of origin. Professor Gluck listed eight aspects common to all modern history-writing, tracing the changes that have occurred in the writing of history over the twentieth century before remarking on where we stand today. [Read More]

Mary Kelley and a Collaborative History of the Book
Laura McCoy | February 25, 2015
What, exactly, constitutes the history of the book? In a talk co-hosted by the Nicholas D. Chabraja Center for Historical Studies and the Northwestern University Library, Mary Kelley (Ruth Bordin Collegiate Professor at the University of Michigan) urged her audience to think outside of the box—or, in this case, the book. In her talk, “‘Talents Committed to Your Care’: Reading and Writing Antislavery in Antebellum America,” Kelley urged the audience to consider magazines, ephemera, and even oral performance in their histories of the book. [Read More]

Colin Jones and a Day in Revolutionary France
Charles Keenan | February 8, 2015

How do you write the history of a single day?  
It helps if that day is extraordinarily well-documented, as Professor Colin Jones noted. In his CCHS talk, Jones, professor of history at the University of Queen Mary in London, laid out his work in progress on writing “the history of a day that mattered”: 9 Thermidor Year II on the calendar of Revolutionary France, otherwise known as July 27, 1794. [Read More]

Frederick Hoxie and the Historical "Fit" of American Indians
Charles Keenan | January 16, 2015
"Where do Indians fit?" That's the question Professor Frederick E. Hoxie posed to the audience attending the CCHS lunch lecture yesterday.
Hoxie explained that this question has two related meanings. First, how does Native American history fit together? And how does Native American history fit with other subjects? [Read more]