About the Center
Each academic year CCHS hosts:
- five to seven public lunch lectures featuring distinguished and emerging scholars
- three jointly organized major public lectures: NU Library/CCHS lecture on the History of the Book, a lecture in collaboration with the Holocaust Educational Foundation (HEF), and a distinguished speaker lecture with the Center for African American History (CAAH)
- two public conferences (graduate student one-day conferences with an invited eminent historian as a keynote speaker)
- global exchanges for graduate students, usually involving participation in a conference, at locations outside the USA and at the Evanston campus, jointly sponsored with foreign institutions of higher learning
- other events, such as an ongoing History Department faculty work-in-progress workshop; public lectures by eminent historians; public panel discussions on the role of history today; receptions celebrating new books published by NU historians; and lectures
especiallydesigned to help graduate students deal with professional challenges.
The Center also co-sponsors additional history activities on campus—see Co-
Have a look at our upcoming events. Some of our past lectures and panel discussions have been videotaped and can be viewed in the video archive. Starting in 2015-16, many of our speakers are interviewed and their edited interviews can be viewed online on the Center YouTube channel.
The Center community is now strengthened by two Chabraja Postdoctoral Fellows competitively selected from among recent NU History PhDs. The Chabraja Fellows teach courses in the History Department and participate in CCHS activities. In 2018-19 the first Chabraja Postdoctoral Fellowship in Public Service was established, allowing a young historian to engage in public history at a non-profit Chicago-area institution.
The CHS has much to offer graduate students in History. Each year the Center selects three T.H. Breen Graduate Fellows. The fellowships are named after the Center's founding director, eminent colonial American historian, Timothy Hall Breen. Two of the Breen Fellows organize one-day faculty and graduate student conferences on a significant historical topic pertinent to their research, with an eminent keynote speaker from outside NU, while the third is in charge of social media/online initiatives of the Center. The Quinn Fellow joins Center associates under joint CCHS and Doris G. Quinn Foundation auspices.
An innovative program of global exchanges (international doctoral workshops) was initiated by the Center in 2008-2009 with events in Ireland and Germany, while in 2015 a graduate student exchange was started with the School of History at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and with the History Department of Hong Kong University.
In association with Chicago and Evanston institutions, the Center sponsors graduate summer research projects (see Graduate Fellowships).
For undergraduates (both History majors and across the university) the CCHS Leopold Fellowship program offers the opportunity and means to work closely with primary historical materials under the guidance of faculty, doing actual archival faculty research and learning how to transform raw data into historical interpretation. The first group of ten undergraduate Leopold Fellows started work in 2008-2009. This has proved to be a very popular program among undergraduates.
Center activities are enabled by a generous endowment from Northwestern alum and member of the university's board of trustees Nick Chabraja and his wife Eleanor.
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