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History Department Lecture Series: Chibok’s Girls and the Challenge of Feminist Activities in Nigeria

ageorge_picFrom the History Department:

Abosede George, Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies at Barnard College, will be speaking about female activism in Nigeria from a historical perspective and how to make sense of the recent kidnappings of girls by Boko Haram.

Her recent book Making Modern Girls: A History of Girlhood, Labor, and Social Development in Colonial Lagos (2014) was awarded the Aidoo-Snyder Prize from the African Studies Association. The book looks to girls as critical social actors in the city and in emerging global discourses of development. She also directs the Ekopolitan Project, a digital archive of family sources on migrant communities in nineteenth and twentieth century Lagos, Nigeria.

Date: Wednesday, November 11
Time: 6 PM – 8 PM
Place: Center for African American Studies lounge

History Department Open House

From the History Department:

Interested in History? Considering a history major or minor? Come to the History Open House. Meet students and faculty. Discuss potential careers and enjoy a Pizza Lunch!

Date: Tuesday, November 3
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Place: CSS Lounge, PAC, 4th Floor

Empire of Cotton: A Global History

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Cotton is everywhere: in clothing, banknotes, coffee filters, soap, and even gunpowder. Cotton has transformed the modern world–from Mississippi’s cotton plantations to the factories of England, from the fields of Africa’s farmers to the merchant houses of Bombay and Buenos Aires, from the workers in Alsatian cotton mills to the spinners and weavers of the Mexican highlands.

Sven Beckert, Laird Bell Professor of American History at Harvard University, will tell the epic story of the rise and fall of the empire of cotton, its centrality in the world economy, and its making and remaking of global capitalism.

Sponsored by Academic Affairs, the Center for Global Studies, and the History Department.

Date: Today!
Time: 4:15 PM
Place: Judd 166
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The Legal Genius of Henry II: Law and Reform in Medieval England

From Ali Rosenberg ’15:

The Medieval Studies Program and the History Department welcome Silke Schwandt of the University of Bielefeld, Germany, for the first of the Medieval Studies 2015 Lecture Series. All are welcome to attend what is sure to be a fascinating talk on Henry II and the law of medieval England.

Date: Wednesday, February 11
Time: 4:15 – 5:15 PM
Place: Downey 200 (the lounge)

“History Track / Career Track / Railroad Track”

Screenshot 2014-11-02 11.27.25Join the History Department for this lunch talk, part of their “History Matters: Careers” series:

Glenn Lunden graduated from Wesleyan in 1983 with a B.A. in History, concentrating on American History. A 1981 Truman Scholar, he went on to earn a Master’s degree in Public Affairs and Urban and Regional Planning at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

A railroad enthusiast since childhood, Glenn often focused on transportation issues in many of his history, and economics classes at Wesleyan. He held a series of internships in public transportation, including at the Middletown (Ct.) Transit District, and the London Underground. After a brief stint at New Jersey Transit, he went to work for New York City Transit in 1986 and has been there ever since.

At NYCT, Glenn has served in an array of planning and policy positions for the subway system, including service planning, fare policy, business planning, infrastructure and fleet planning, and operations analysis. Since 2013, he has been the Senior Director of Subways Schedules, responsible for managing the staff, who prepare the train timetables and crew assignments needed for 8,091 train trips a day and who analyze rail operations to develop strategies for improvement. Glenn lives with his life partner, Frank Meola, in Brooklyn, NY, and commutes (of course) by subway.

Date: Tuesday, November 4
Time: 12-1 PM
Place: PAC 001
Cost: Free. Includes lunch.

History Matters: Understanding ISIS


Courtesy of Valere Demuynck ’16:

Join us for another lunch talk focused on history and current events. Professor Bruce Masters from the History Department will provide a historical perspective for understanding ISIS and the current events in the Middle East. A light lunch will be served.

Sponsored by the History Department. For more information, contact Professor Magda Teter, mteter[at]wesleyan.edu.

Date: Tuesday, October 28th
Time: 12:00-1:00 PM
Place:  PAC 001
Cost: 0 $!

CSI Dixie: Death Investigation and the Civil War Era South

From Emma Rothberg ’15:

Come learn what the morgue can tell us about life and death in the nineteenth-century South. Based on a deep reading of the extantcoroners’ inquests for the state of South Carolina, University of Georgia Professor Stephen Berry provides glimpses into the sad intimacies inherent in the varied ways people go out of the world. “No society should be judged solely from its morgue,” Berry concludes,”but every society has to answer for its morgue.”

The website for the CSI Dixie project can be found here.

Sponsored by the History Department as part of the History Matters series.

Date: Wednesday, October 22
Time: 4:15-5:30 PM
Place: 41 Wyllys Ave, Room 112

Ebola in the News: A Historical and Political Perspective

From Valere Demuynck ’16:ebola

Lunch talk sponsored by the History Department and African Studies.

A recent NPR story reported that the recent outbreak of the Ebola virus has “Broken All The Rules” (September 20, 2014). “Worst Case Scenario: CDC Predicts 1.4 Million Cases in Four Months.” (New York Times, September 24, 2014)

Has Ebola broken all the rules? What do we know about past outbreaks? What is the potential political impact for Africa?

Professors Bill Johnston (History), Laura Ann Twagira (History), and Mike Nelson (Government) will discuss the recent health crisis.

Light lunch will be provided.

Date: Monday, October 6th
Time: 12pm
Place: PAC 002

Goodbye Lenin!


From our lovely history buff Shannon Welch ’14:

Goodbye Lenin is a tragicomedy about a young man who must recreate East German culture when his mother comes out of a coma after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Come check out the first of many History Department sponsored film screenings with a discussion led by Professor Erik Grimmer-Solem, and free Thai food!

Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Place: PAC 001

Scrambled/Lost/Rotten/Dead: Research on the Margins, In the Archive with History Professor Courtney Fullilove


Shannon Welch ’14 gives you yet another awesome opportunity to learn about random tidbits of history…

THE HISTORY DEPARTMENT PRESENTS: In the Archive with History Professor Courtney Fullilove


Professor Fullilove is completing a book about global seeds and local knowledge in 19th-century American agricultural development. She believes there’s no such thing as a trivial source and will discuss mining material traditionally neglected by historians — decaying seeds, discarded records, and dead letters — for unlikely insights into the nature of state power.


Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Place: PAC 107