Campus History Events
Lecture: History Department Events | April 25 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall
Alexander Bevilacqua, Associate Professor of History, Williams College
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 Quran 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 >
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
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).
Panel Discussion: Featuring History Faculty | April 26 | 4-6 p.m. | 4229 Dwinelle Hall
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."
Lecture: History Department Events | April 26 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall
David C. Engerman, Ottilie Springer Professor of History, Brandeis University
Debates over foreign aid can seem strangely innocent of history. Economists argue about effectiveness and measurementhow 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 >
Lecture | April 26 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 7205 Dwinelle Hall
Carol Redmount, University of California, Berkeley
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
A lecture by the S.S. Pirzada Dissertation Prize in Pakistan Studies recipient for 2017.
Lecture | April 27 | 5-6 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
Julie van den Hout, San Francisco State University
The young legal activist Adriaen van der Donck (16181655) 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 >
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
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.
Lecture | May 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall
Russias 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 >
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 >
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
A talk by Anne E. Monius, Professor of South Asian Religions at Harvard Divinity School.
Conference/Symposium: Featuring History Faculty | May 4 | 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | Women's Faculty Club, Lounge
American Studies Conference
Conference/Symposium | May 11 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment)
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 >
Panel Discussion | May 15 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
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.
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
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
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
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.
Lecture | May 17 | 6-8 p.m. | Hearst Museum of Anthropology, 103 Kroeber Hall
Gloria Louise Nusse, San Francisco State University
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 >
Lecture | August 16 | 6-8 p.m. | Hearst Museum of Anthropology, 103 Kroeber
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 >
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 >
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 >