Department of History



Department of History Newsletter

February 5, 2015

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News & Announcements

Keith Barton presented the keynote address, "History education for democratic participation" at the First International Conference on History Education in Africa, at the University of KwaZulu Natal in Durban, South Africa.

Erin Chapman (BA 2011) has been appointed Editor and Chief of the Michigan Law Review. Erin was a Wells Scholar and History Honors student at IU, and participated in Teach for America before entering Law School at the University of Michigan.

Graduate student Chris Clements has been awarded the Global American Studies postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University's Charles Warren Center to begin July 1, 2016.

David Diaz (PhD 2009) was just awarded the Luis Ferrer Costa Prize, the National Book Award in the Humanities (Costa Rica) for Crisis Social y Memorias en Lucha: Guerra civil en Costa Rica, 1940-48.

On Thursday, January 28th, Colin Johnson gave an invited lecture entitled "Creature Comforts: Gender, Sexuality and Interspecies Solidarity" at Purdue University.

Krista Maglen has organized the 2016 annual conference for the Australian and New Zealand Studies Association of North America that is being held at Rollins College, Florida, February 4-6. She will be a presenting a conference paper on February 6 titled, "Little Fingers and Forgotten Men: Coroners' Inquests as Sources in Australian History."

Christina Snyder gave a talk, "The New History of American Slaveries," at Northwestern University's Center for Legal Studies.

Rebecca Spang's essay, "Thing Theory. On Frank Trentmann's Empire of Things: How We Became a World of Consumers" appeared in last weekend's Financial Times.

Jakobi Williams has been awarded a fellowship to the National Humanities Center for the 2016-17 academic year. Jakobi is also featured on a College Arts and Humanities Institute video -- speaking at the Chicago Humanities Festival about his research:


Friday, February 5, 12:00 noon, GISB 2067

East Asian Studies Center Colloquium Series presents "Searching for Economic Thought in Medieval Japan" by Ethan I. Segal, Associate Professor of History, Michigan State University.

Friday, February 5, 3:00-4:30 pm, Ballantine 319

Department of History's Historical Teaching and Practice presents "Adjuncts Roundtable: Exploring the Non-Teaching Work of Historians at IU." Two of the History Department's affiliated faculty, Stephen Andrews and Luis Gonzalez, will discuss the non-teaching work they do for the university, how this work informs their teaching and research; and what perspective on the profession this dual role has provided. Dr. Andrews is Managing Editor of the Journal of American History. Dr. Gonzalez is Librarian for Latin American, Iberian, Latino, and Chicano-Riqueño Studies. Refreshments will be provided.

Monday, February 8, 6:00 pm, Distinguished Alumni Room, IMU

The College Arts and Humanities Institute, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of English, and Renaissance Studies present a talk and roundtable on "Humanities and the Knowledge Economy: Key Questions for Early Modern Studies." The lecturer will be Graham Hammill, Professor of English, Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School at SUNY Buffalo. A roundtable will follow with IU panelists who all share a scholarly interest in early periods and a strong, present-day administrative engagement: Craig Dethloff (BFC), Patricia C. Ingham (English), Ellen MacKay (English), Massimo Scalabrini (French and Italian), and Rebecca Spang (History).

Thursday, February 11, 4:00 pm, IMU University Club, Faculty Room

Research talk for the first faculty candidate in the Journal of American History Editor search. For more information, contact

Thursday, February 11, 8:00, CAHI (1211 East Atwater)

The Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies will host its second annual Pecha Kucha Night. All welcome! 8:00 p.m. at CAHI. See our website for further details.

Friday, February 12, 8:30-5:00pm, Indiana Memorial Union

Preparing Future Faculty Conference. This one-day professionalization event provides graduate students from all disciplines and at all phases of their educations with important information about navigating the job market, pedagogy, and exploring professional opportunities. The conference is free and open to all Indiana University graduate students, but please register early for the free lunch. Website:

Monday, February 15, 4:00 pm, IMU University Club, Faculty Room

Research talk for the second faculty candidate in the Journal of American History Editor search. For more information, contact

Friday, February 19, 12:00 noon, IMU Persimmon Room

European History Workshop presents Catherine Robson (NYU), "Vice and the Prussian Phonograph Commission in WWI."

Saturday, February 20, Indiana Memorial Union

Eric Sandweiss is program chair for the Indiana Association of Historians annual meeting, which takes place the Indiana Memorial Union on Saturday, Feb. 20. To register for the conference or view the program visit Two free public events require no registration:

A welcome program and reception, "Indiana 1816," takes place from 7:00-8:30 pm at the Wylie House Museum, 307 E. 2nd St. This program features a roundtable including Purdue historian John Larson, IU Professor Emeritus of Folklore Henry Glassie, and novelist (and affiliate professor of history, IU) James Alexander Thom.

The conference keynote, by James E. Young of the University of Massachusetts, speaking on "The Memorial's Vernacular Arc - Between Berlin's Denkmal and New York City's 9/11 Memorial," takes place from 12:30-1:40 pm in the IMU Frangipani Room.