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Please see below for a list of events. For more information, you should also consult the Department Calendar.

Historical Perspectives on America in Crisis

A free, lunch-hour discussion series devoted to historical investigation of contemporary topics.  Please join us as our panelists discuss contemporary events from a historical perspective and engage with the audience to answer your questions. This three-part series begins with "Is This the Death of Democracy? Populism, Totalitarianism, and Fascism in Historical Perspective" on Monday, February 20th, it continues with "American Immigration and Muslim-Americans in Historical Perspective" on Friday, March 10th, and it concludes on Thursday, April 13th with "Women's Activism and Reproductive Rights in Historical Perspective."

Historical Perspectives on America in Crisis

Women's Activism and Reproductive Rights in Historical Perspective

Thursday, April 13th, 12:00-1:00pm
Forest Suite, University Union

Moderator: Dr. Mona Siegel

Dr. Paula Austin (African-American and Civil Rights History),
Dr. Becky Kluchin (Histories of American Women and Reproductive Rights), and
Dr. Beth Slutsky (Histories of American Women and Radicalism)


Guest Speaker: Trami Nguyen Cron
Wednesday, April 5

5:30-7:30 p.m. | Hinde Auditorium, University Union
Trami Nguyen Cron joins us for a Q&A and book signing for VietnamEazy, a novel about mothers, daughters and food. She is passionate about the emergence of the VietNow culture in America. As a Vietnamese-American, she created Chopsticks Alley as a platform for the younger Vietnamese generation to have a space to express their point of views about news, business, art, food and culture. She hopes this platform will also help to unite the Vietnamese Community all over the world.
Sponsored by the Department of History  

"The Art of Executions and the Spectacle of Empire": Presented by Dr. Kim Wagner, Queen Mary University of London
Thursday, April 6

3-4:30 p.m. | International Programs & Global Engagement, Library 1001
During the election of 2016, Donald Trump told a story of how the Americans used bullets dipped in pig's blood to effectively fight Muslims in the Philippines a little more than a century ago - a story suggesting that the key to fighting radical Islam in the twenty-first century may be found in the lessons of America’s early imperial experience. While historians have been quick to dismiss the anecdote as fictitious, it is in fact more accurate than most would be prepared to acknowledge. At the turn of the twentieth century, the Americans did engage in a type of cultural warfare and the most surprising thing is that they had learnt it from the British and from British executions and practices of colonial violence in South Asia. This talk unravels the many layers of Trump’s story, and shows how cultural knowledge has in the past been weaponized within the British and American empires – to deadly, though perhaps not exemplary, effect.
Sponsored by the Department of History

Film Screening: Night Will Fall
Friday, April 7

2-4 p.m. | Eureka Hall 104
Night Will Fall tells the story of the liberation of the German concentration camps. Using remarkable archive footage and testimony from both survivors and liberators, it tells of the efforts made to document the almost unbelievable scenes that the allies encountered on liberation. The film explores how a team of top filmmakers, including Sidney Bernstein, Richard Crossman and Alfred Hitchcock, came together to make a film to provide undeniable evidence of what the Allies found, but the film was stopped in its tracks by the British Government and only now 70 years on, has it been completed. Each new generation deserves access to this evidence.
Sponsored by the Department of History 

"Are We Gon’ Be Alright?: Race in the Trump Era. Jeff Chang in Conversation with Professor Michael G. Vann”
Friday, April 7

5:30 p.m. | Hinde Auditorium, University Union
Jeff Chang currently serves as the executive director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University. He is known for his extensive work on culture, politics, the arts and music. Learn more
Sponsored by the Department of History