Upcoming Events

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Republic of Arabic Letters: Islam and the European Enlightenment

Lecture: History Department Events | April 25 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Alexander Bevilacqua, Associate Professor of History, Williams College

 Department of History, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, a pioneering community of Christian scholars laid the groundwork for the modern Western understanding of Islamic civilization. These men produced the first accurate translation of the Qur’an into a European language, mapped the branches of the Islamic arts and sciences, and wrote Muslim history using Arabic sources. The Republic of Arabic Letters...   More >

Pax Americana: Sketches For An Undiplomatic History

Lecture: Featuring History Faculty | April 25 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall | Note change in date

 Daniel Sargent, Associate Professor of History, UC Berkeley

 Institute of International Studies

Daniel J. Sargent is Associate Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of A Superpower Transformed: The Remaking of American Foreign Relations in the 1970s (Oxford University Press, 2015) and co-editor of The Shock of the Global: The International History of the 1970s (Harvard University Press, 2010).

Thursday, April 26, 2018

French Animals from Louis XIV to the Revolution

Panel Discussion: Featuring History Faculty | April 26 | 4-6 p.m. | 4229 Dwinelle Hall

 Pierre Serna, University of Paris I — Panthéon-Sorbonne; Peter Sahlins, History, UC Berkeley; David Bates, Rhetoric, UC Berkeley

 Department of History

Pierre Serna and Peter Sahlins will discuss their respective books, "Like Beasts: Political History of the Animal in Revolution (1750-1840)" and "1668: The Year of the Animal in France." They will be joined by David Bates, author of "Enlightenment Aberrations: Error and Revolution in France."

The Price of Aid: The Economic Cold War in India

Lecture: History Department Events | April 26 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 David C. Engerman, Ottilie Springer Professor of History, Brandeis University

 History Graduate Association (HGA), Kruzhok, The Russian History Working Group

“Debates over foreign aid can seem strangely innocent of history. Economists argue about effectiveness and measurement—how to make aid work. Meanwhile, critics in donor countries bemoan what they see as money wasted on corrupt tycoons or unworthy recipients. What most ignore is the essentially political character of foreign aid. Looking back to the origins and evolution of foreign aid during the...   More >

AHMA Colloquium - What do you do with a Looted Site?

Lecture | April 26 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 7205 Dwinelle Hall

 Carol Redmount, University of California, Berkeley

 Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Graduate Group in

The AHMA Colloquium is a series of informal papers that typically hosts a mixture of visiting scholars and Berkeley faculty.

William E. B. Sherman | A Practice of Revelation: Apocalypse, Vernacular, and Identity along the Afghan Frontier

Lecture | April 26 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conference Room)

 William E. B. Sherman, Assistant Professor, Department of Religion Studies, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

 Munis Faruqui, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Sarah Kailath Professor of India Studies; Associate Professor in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies

 Abhishek Kaicker, Assistant Professor of History, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Berkeley Pakistan Initiative, Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada Endowment on Pakistan

A lecture by the S.S. Pirzada Dissertation Prize in Pakistan Studies recipient for 2017.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Adriaen van der Donck, A Dutch Rebel in Seventeenth-Century New Netherland

Lecture | April 27 | 5-6 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Julie van den Hout, San Francisco State University

 Institute of European Studies, BENELUX Studies Program, Department of German

The young legal activist Adriaen van der Donck (1618–1655) is an important yet understudied figure in the Dutch colony of New Netherland (now New York), whose fight to secure the struggling colony made him a controversial but pivotal figure in early America. From his war-torn seventeenth-century childhood and privileged university education in the Dutch Republic, he became embroiled in the New...   More >

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Migrations and New Mobilities in Southeast Asia - Plenary Sessions

Conference/Symposium | April 28 | 1-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 220, Townsend Center for the Humanities

 Nicole Constable, Professor of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh; Rebecca Elmhirst, Reader in Human Geography, University of Brighton; Michele Ford, Professor of Southeast Asian Studies, University of Sydney; Johan Lindquist, Professor of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University; Deirdre McKay, Senior Lecturer in Social Geography and Environmental Politics, Keele University; Brenda Yeoh, Professor of Geography, National University of Singapore; Aihwa Ong, Robert H. Lowie Distinguished Chair in Anthropology, UC Berkeley; Christine Padoch, Senior Curator Emerita, Institute of Economic Botany, New York Botanical Garden

 Rachel Silvey, Professor of Geography; Richard Charles Lee Director, Asian Institute, University of Toronto; Nancy Lee Peluso, Henry J. Vaux Distinguished Professor of Forest Policy, UC Berkeley

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, UCLA, Asian Institute, University of Toronto

The final plenary sessions of this conference - which aims to look anew at issues concerning migration and Southeast Asia - will be held from 1:00-6:00 p.m. in the Townsend Center for the Humanities.

 This event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The Strategic Complex: Russia’s Strategic Adjustment under Unipolarity

Lecture | May 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Boris Barkanov, Teaching Assistant Professor of Political Science, West Virginia University

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

Russia’s grand strategy has changed significantly in the post-Soviet period, but IR theory cannot fully account for this variation. This research synthesizes insights from the realist and constructivist traditions to explain how domestic discourses of state identity, role, and power mediate anarchical systemic pressures to shape strategic adjustment. These discourses comprise what I call “the...   More >

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

History 101 Circus: Undergraduate Research Showcase

Colloquium: History Department Events: Featuring History Students | May 2 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of History, Phi Alpha Theta, Chi Chapter

The 101 Circus is the great annual gathering at which undergraduate history majors present their thesis research. Students will give 10-minute presentations on their research before opening the floor for 5-minute Q&A sessions.

The History 101 seminar is designed to guide students through the capstone experience of undergraduate education as a history major: the researching and writing of a...   More >

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Anne Monius | Rāma and Sītā in a Śaiva Literary Key?: Rethinking the Literary and Religious Orientation of Kampaṉ’s Irāmāvatāram

Lecture | May 3 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Anne E. Monius, Professor of South Asian Religions at Harvard Divinity School

 Jennifer Clare, Adjunct Faculty, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies

A talk by Anne E. Monius, Professor of South Asian Religions at Harvard Divinity School.

Friday, May 4, 2018

American Studies Spring Conference 2018: Twice Told Tales

Conference/Symposium: Featuring History Faculty | May 4 | 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | Women's Faculty Club, Lounge

 American Studies

American Studies Conference

Friday, May 11, 2018

Inequalities and Inclusion: BIMI and IRLE Lightning Talks

Conference/Symposium | May 11 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. |  2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment)

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment, Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative

The Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative (BIMI) and the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) are excited to announce the BIMI - IRLE Graduate Lightning Talks Symposium: “Inequalities and Inclusion." This event will provide a platform for graduate students to present their research and practice their conference presentations before the start of the conference season,...   More >

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Maritime Asia

Panel Discussion | May 15 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The Institute of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley, in collaboration with the Centre for Rising Powers at the University of Cambridge is convening this workshop with a focus on “the Securitization of the China Seas in the 19th and 20th Centuries.”

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Department of History Commencement Ceremony

Special Event: History Department Events | May 16 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. |  Zellerbach Hall


 Undergraduate Student Speaker TBA; Doctoral Student Speaker TBA

 Ethan Shagan, Interim Department Chair

 Department of History

Candidates for bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in history for the fall and spring term will be recognized at the department's annual commencement ceremony.


  Tickets go on sale April 10. Buy tickets online or by calling Cal Performances Ticket Office at 510-642-9988

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Bancroft Library Roundtable: The Business of Silver and Gold: Comstock Mines, California Finance, and the Production of Money in the Gilded Age West, 1860-1879

Lecture | May 17 | 12-1 p.m. | Faculty Club, Lewis-Latimer Room

 Rick Elliott, doctoral candidate, History, and Arthur J. Quinn Memorial Fellowship recipient, The Bancroft Library, University of Illinois at Chicago

 Bancroft Library

The discovery and mining of precious metals were central to the development of the American West, from the initial gold rush in 1848 through the end of the nineteenth century. But how was the region's silver and gold actually transformed into money and how did their production affect the American economy? Drawing from The Bancroft Library's collections, Elliott explores these questions.

Making Faces, Forensic Art and Facial Identification

Lecture | May 17 | 6-8 p.m. | Hearst Museum of Anthropology, 103 Kroeber Hall

 Gloria Louise Nusse, San Francisco State University

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

About this Lounge Lecture:
Forensic Facial reconstruction and the anatomy of the face combine to aid in the identification of unidentified remains. This lecture will present history and current use of this unique combination of science, art and the face.

About the Speaker:
Gloria Louise Nusse is a Scientific Sculptor with a Master's degree in Biological Anthropology. She is also an anatomist...   More >

Thursday, August 16, 2018

The Mythological Faces of Java: Hearst Museum Lounge Lecture

Lecture | August 16 | 6-8 p.m. | Hearst Museum of Anthropology, 103 Kroeber

 Sandra Sardjono

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

About this lecture -
This lecture explores representations of faces and figures in Javanese mythologies beginning from the Hindu-Buddhist Period (pre-16th century) to the Islamic and Modern Periods. The quintessence of Javanese character types that runs through the centuries follows the conventional concepts of refined and unrefined, expressed in the local terms as halus and kasar. These...   More >

Sunday, October 28, 2018

AIA Lecture - Murder in the Agora: Violent Death and Illicit Burial in Ancient Athens

Lecture | October 28 |  TBD

 Maria Liston, Department of Anthropology, University of Waterloo

 San Francisco Society of the Archaeological Institute of America

Violent crime and homicides are not a problem limited to the modern world alone, and the ancient city of Athens experienced similar events throughout antiquity. A recent study of all the human skeletons found in wells excavated by the American Excavations in the Athenian Agora has found that many of these individuals died violently. Some of the dead, including women and children, appear to be...   More >

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

AIA Lecture - Joukowsky Lecture - Remembering Boudica: Monuments of a Barbarian Queen

Lecture | January 29 | 7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Alison Futrell, Department of History, University of Arizona

 San Francisco Society of the Archaeological Institute of America

Empire! Taxes! Violation! Massacre! In the early years of his reign, the emperor Nero briefly considered withdrawing the legions from the new province of Britannia. Before he could do so, the stability of empire was shaken by revolt, as Boudica, a tribal queen pushed beyond her limits by the excesses of the Roman colonizers, exacted a horrifying retribution, with deaths in the tens of thousands....   More >