Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

AHMA Noon Colloquium - "Cancel the Debts! Redistribute the Land!" The History and Significance of Agitation for Socio-Economic Change in the Ancient Greek World

Lecture: Events Featuring History Faculty | September 20 | 12 p.m. | 7205 Dwinelle Hall

 Emily Mackil, UC Berkeley

 Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Graduate Group in

The AHMA Noon Colloquium is a series of informal papers presented at noon in 7205 Dwinelle Hall.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

History Graduate Association Annual Lecture with Sven Beckert | Empire of Cotton: The Global Origins of Capitalism

Lecture: History-Sponsored Events | September 21 | 4-6 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Sven Beckert, Laird Bell Professor of History, Harvard University

 Department of History, History Graduate Association (HGA)

Sven Beckert is Laird Bell Professor of History at Harvard University. Beckert’s research and teaching center on the history of the United States in the nineteenth century, with a particular emphasis on the history of capitalism, including its economic, social, political and transnational dimensions. He recently published "Empire of Cotton: A Global History," the first global history of the...   More >

Friday, September 22, 2017

Maps and More: Hamilton, in Maps

Tour/Open House: Events Featuring History Students | September 22 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 50 McCone Hall

 Nicole Viglini; Samantha Teplitzky; Susan Powell

 Library

You've listened to the musical, now put some names to places with this pop-up exhibit of maps related to Alexander Hamilton's life and exploits. This month's Maps and More collections show-and-tell event is offered in coordination with the On the Same Page program. Featuring maps and atlases from the Earth Sciences & Map Library collection, this exhibit helps put some geographic context to key...   More >

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Racializing Assemblages and History Making: Why the Black Regulars of Fort Davis’ Past is Told the Way it is…

Lecture: Other Events of Interest | September 27 | 12-1 p.m. |  2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Laurie Wilkie, Department Chair and Professor, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

Racializing assemblages are those sets of practices and policies employed by governments, institutions, and society to enforce and naturalize racial inequalities. In the summer of 2017, using Stahl research funds, I was able to spend 10 days in the National Archives investigating documentary traces left by the black regulars of Fort Davis. The experience left me thinking broadly about the ways...   More >

Modern Myanmar History and the Crisis of Community, 1948-2017

Lecture: Other Events of Interest | September 27 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Maitrii Aung-Thwin, Associate Professor of History, National University of Singapore

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

This presentation questions the usefulness of interpreting Myanmar’s modern history through a democratic narrative. By examining Myanmar’s modern history as an ongoing crisis of community, we may interpret the contemporary debate over democracy as a continuation of a much older contest to define Myanmar’s identity.

Maitrii Aung-Thwin

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Liberalism, War, And The Invention Of National Security

Lecture: Other Events of Interest | September 28 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Dr. Andrew Preston, University of Cambridge

 Institute of International Studies, Canadian Studies Program (CAN))

Andrew Preston teaches American history at Cambridge University, where he is a fellow of Clare College and the editor of The Historical Journal. In addition to writing over thirty scholarly articles, he has written for the Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, TLS, the Boston Globe, ForeignAffairs.com, Politico, and History Today, and has appeared on national television and radio in the United States and...   More >

Samira Sheikh | Aurangzeb: A Gujarati Badshah?

Lecture: History-Sponsored Events: Events Featuring History Faculty | September 28 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Samira Sheikh, Associate Professor of Asian Studies; Affiliated Faculty, Islamic Studies Program; Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History, Vanderbilt University

 Abhishek Kaicker, Assistant Professor, Department of History, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of History, Berkeley Pakistan Initiative

Talk by Dr. Samira Sheikh, historian of South Asia at Vanderbilt University

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Violent Passions: Polygamy and Power in Early America

Lecture: History-Sponsored Events | October 4 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Sarah Pearsall, University Senior Lecturer in the History of Early America and the Atlantic World, University of Cambridge

 Department of History

Sarah Pearsall is University Senior Lecturer in the History of Early America and the Atlantic World at Cambridge University. Her scholarship probes the intersections of gender, households, and sexuality with the development, maintenance, and end of colonies in a North Atlantic world. Her articles have appeared in Gender & History, the William & Mary Quarterly, the American Historical Review, and...   More >

Friday, October 6, 2017

The Russian Revolution Under European Eyes

Lecture: Events Featuring History Faculty | October 6 | 4:30-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 John Connelly, Professor of History, UC Berkeley

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

Keynote address for the Graduate Student Workshop "100 Years Later: The Russian Revolution and its Consequences"

Monday, October 16, 2017

New Research in Oral History: Vic Geraci: Making Slow Food Fast in California Cuisine

Lecture: Other Events of Interest | October 16 | 12-1:15 p.m. | Bancroft Library, 267 -- Oral History Center Conference Room

 Victor Geraci, Independent Scholar

 Oral History Center

Dr. Geraci will be presenting findings from his new book, which follows the development of industrial agriculture in California and its influence on both regional and national eating habits. Early California politicians and entrepreneurs envisioned agriculture as a solution to the food needs of the expanding industrial nation. The state’s climate, geography, vast expanses of land, water, and...   More >

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Who Owns the Founding?: Race, Gender and Immigration in Hamilton

Panel Discussion: Events Featuring History Faculty | October 25 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Robin Kelley, Professor, History, UCLA; Mark Peterson, Professor, History, UC Berkeley; Shannon Steen, Professor, Theater, Dance and Performance Studies, UCB

 Wendy Brown, Professor, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 College of Letters & Science

One aim of Hamilton is to tell the story of the Founding in a way that allows today's highly diverse, multi-racial and multi-ethnic American society to see themselves in the narrative. How does the play handle the tension between historical accuracy and crafting a narrative that allows today’s Americans to identify with the story of the Founding? Is it possible to make history “usable” for...   More >

 Free and open to everyone on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Alexander Hamilton

Monday, October 30, 2017

Seminar 211, Economic History: Topic Forthcoming

Seminar: Events Featuring History Faculty | October 30 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Jan de Vries, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Ornit Shani | How India Became Democratic: Citizenship and the Making of the Universal Franchise

Lecture: History-Sponsored Events: Events Featuring History Faculty | November 1 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Ornit Shani, Faculty Member, Asian Studies Department, University of Haifa

 Abhishek Kaicker, Assistant Professor, Department of History, UC Berkeley

 Lawrence Cohen, Professor of Anthropology and of South & Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Legal History Workshop (Department of History), Institute for South Asia Studies, Center for the Study of Law and Society (Berkeley Law)

Talk by Dr. Ornit Shani (University of Haifa), "How India Became Democratic: Citizenship and the Making of the Universal Franchise,” with commentary by Dr. Abhishek Kaiker (History, UC Berkeley) and Dr. Lawrence Cohen (Anthropology, Institute for South Asia Studies, UC Berkeley).

Panel Discussion of David Hollinger's "Protestants Abroad: How Missionaries Tried to Change the World but Changed America"

Panel Discussion: History-Sponsored Events: Events Featuring History Faculty | November 1 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 David A. Hollinger, Preston Hotchkis Professor of American History Emeritus, UC Berkeley

 Mary Elizabeth Berry, Class of 1944 Professor of History Emerita, UC Berkeley; Nancy F. Cott, Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History, Harvard University; Bruce Kuklick, Nichols Professor of American History Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania; Daniel Sargent, Associate Professor of History, UC Berkeley

 Department of History

Between the 1890s and the Vietnam era, many thousands of American Protestant missionaries were sent to live throughout the non-European world. They expected to change the people they encountered, but those foreign people ended up transforming the missionaries. Their experience abroad made many of these missionaries and their children critical of racism, imperialism, and religious orthodoxy.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Air/Qi Connections: Notes from the History of Science and Medicine

Colloquium: Events Featuring History Faculty | November 3 | 4-6 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room

 Ruth Rogaski, History, Vanderbilt University

 Wen-hsin Yeh, History, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

What is the relationship between the air we breathe (in Chinese, kongqi) and the qi of Chinese medicine? This talk explores the history of this intersection in order to better understand the cultural underpinnings of the connection between health and environment in China today. Typically translated into English as “vital energy,” qi has long been at the core of traditional Chinese conceptions of...   More >

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Russian Revolution and Soviet Durability

Lecture: Other Events of Interest | November 7 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Lucan Way, Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto

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

The Soviet Union was one of the most durable authoritarian regimes in modern history. It not only endured 74 years, but survived multiple and severe crises -- from massive popular unrest in 1921 to deadly purges in the 1930s to the invasion of Germany in 1941. Professor Way argues that such robustness can be traced to the regime's origins in violent, revolutionary struggle. A history of violent...   More >

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Market Entanglements: Fortune and Risk in a Chinese Bubble

Colloquium: Events Featuring History Faculty | November 9 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Bryna Goodman, History, University of Oregon, Eugene

 Wen-hsin Yeh, History, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In 1921-2 Chinese entrepreneurs established more than one hundred and fifty stock exchanges in Shanghai and several other cities, more exchanges than existed in the rest of the world at that time. Nearly all of these new, Western-styled financial institutions collapsed within a year. What were people thinking? Using a variety of sources—financial texts, newspaper advertisement, satirical essays,...   More >

Monday, November 13, 2017

"Antifa: The History and Theory of Anti-Fascism”

Lecture: Other Events of Interest | November 13 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Mark Bray, Dartmouth College

 Department of Spanish & Portuguese

MARK BRAY is a historian of human rights, terrorism, and political radicalism in Modern Europe who was one of the organizers of Occupy Wall Street. He is the author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook and Translating Anarchy: The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Critical Quarterly, ROAR Magazine, and numerous edited volumes. He is...   More >

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

American Identity in the Age of Trump: Jefferson Memorial Lecture featuring George Packer

Lecture: Other Events of Interest | November 15 | 4:10 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 George Packer, Staff Writer, The New Yorker Magazine

 Graduate Division

George Packer will present the Jefferson lecture on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, in conjunction with the observance of Constitution Day. The lecture, entitled "American Identity in the Age of Trump," will be held in the Chevron Auditorium of International House and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

George Packer

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Bancroft Library Roundtable: Native Claims Across Nations: Indigenous Land Ownership in Mexican and U.S. California, 1840-1860

Lecture: Events Featuring History Students | November 16 | 12-1 p.m. | Faculty Club, Lewis-Latimer Room

 Julia Lewandoski, doctoral candidate, History, UC Berkeley

 Bancroft Library

The vast majority of indigenous Californians never received land promised to them after Mexico secularized California's missions in 1834. Drawing mainly from land case files in The Bancroft Library, Julia Lewandoski will trace the stories of those who did receive grants from Mexico in the 1840s. These communities used legal systems to gain and keep land after California became a U.S. state in 1850.

Monday, November 27, 2017

On the History of Religions and the Study of Islam

Lecture: Other Events of Interest | November 27 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room 220

 Travis Zadeh, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Yale University

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Islam plays a powerful role in American public discourse. Across this often contentious landscape, numerous voices can be heard defining and contesting the nature of Islam. This lecture addresses the place and history of Islam in the modern academic study of religion in light of discursive structures that are designed to contain and delimit the meaning of Islam.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Innocence and Violence: The Theology of a Gun Culture

Lecture: Other Events of Interest | January 31 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Dominic Erdozain, Freelance Writer

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Gun rights are typically identified with the Second Amendment – a legal, indeed constitutional, prerogative. This lecture argues that they are better understood as part of a culture and a belief system, centering on ideas of innocence and legitimate violence.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A White Stone for Belfast: One Take on Religious Politics

Lecture: Other Events of Interest | April 17 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Robert Orsi, Professor of Religious Studies and History and Grace Craddock Nagle Chair in Catholic Studies, Northwestern University

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

This lecture asks what “religious” politics might be given the deconstruction of the concept of “religion” that has taken place over the past several decades, which has uncovered its implicit social, legal, and political agendas from early modernity forward. It takes as its starting point an experience Anglican sisters had in Belfast at the height of the troubles, when they attempted to carve out...   More >