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Schedule for 2010-2011   

Past Presenters:


Eric Rauchway, University of California, Davis

“Morrill’s Acts: Education, Migration, Reconstruction?”


Suzanna Reiss, University of Hawaii

“’A Most Important Weapon of Economic Warfare’: WWII, Pharmaceuticals, and the Logic of International Drug Control”


Miriam Pawel, Journalist and Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellow

“The Union of Their Dreams: Power, Hope, and Struggle in Cesar Chavez’s United Farm Workers Movement


Ruth Martin, Cambridge University

“Defending the Unpopular: The Continuing Impact of Anti-Communism in the American Civil Liberties Union's Due Process Campaign, 1967-77

Jonathan Soffer, NYU Polytechnic Institute

“Adapting to Neoliberalism: Ed Koch and the Rebuilding of New York City”

Dan Amsterdam, Univ. of Pennsylvania and AAAS Fellow

"The Roaring Metropolis: Business, Civic Welfare, and State Expansion in 1920s America" 


Celeste-Marie Bernier, University of Nottingham (UK)

 “A ‘Work of Art?’: Frederick Douglass, Slave Heroism and the Transatlantic Imagination”


Amy Renton, Cambridge University (UK)

 “Physical Disability and its Discourse in the the Era of the American Revolution'”


Dan Williams, University of West Georgia

“How Did the GOP Become ‘God's Own Party’?: Evangelical Pastors, Republican Politicians, and the Making of America's Christian Right.”

James T. Campbell, Stanford University

“Broadcasting the New South Africa and Other Adventures in the Americanization of South Africa.”

Gretchen Heefner, Yale University

“The Radical Plains: Antinuclear Protest, the Reagan Revolution and the Double Life of Prairie Populism.”

Sam James, Cambridge University

Brendan McConville, Boston University

"A Deal With the Devil:  Ideology, Diplomacy, and the Dilemmas of History in Revolutionary America."

Brian Balogh, University of Virginia

“Government Out of Sight: The Mystery of National Authority in Nineteenth Century America”

Emily Floeck, Cambridge University

"Institutionalizing the Sino-American Bilateral Relationship under Ford."

Meg Jacobs, MIT and Julian Zelizer, Princeton University

“The Reagan Revolution: A Reconsideration”


Bonnie Miller, U-Mass Boston

"The Early Weeks of the Spanish-American War: Visual Depictions of Hawaiian Annexation and the Attraction of Empire."

Cathie Martin, Boston University, Radcliffe Institute

"The Political Origins of Coordinated Capitalism: Business Organizations, Party Systems and State Structures in the Age of Innocence.

Kathleen Dalton, Boston University

"Nighthawks in 1942: Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt and Their Friends William and Caroline Phillips."

Clemens Häusler, Cambridge University

"Atlantic Conversations in a Confident Age: Social Policy Exchanges Between American Liberals, British Labourites and German Social Democrats in the 1960's and early 1970's.

Lily Geismer, University of Michigan

"Suburban Civil Rights: Fair Housing, Voluntary Busing and Grassroots Liberalism in Postwar Massachusetts"

Michael Vorenberg, Brown University

"Civil War Era State-Building: The Human Cost""

Robert Self, Brown University

"Sexual Citizenship and the Privacy Quandary in Sixties and Seventies America"

Charlotte Carrington, Cambridge University

"Secular Dissent in Seventeenth-Century New England"


David Quigley, Boston College

“Grant’s World Tour: An American Abroad at Reconstruction’s End”

Andrew Bacevich, Boston University

“Elusive Bargain: The Pattern of U.S. Civil-Military Relations since 1945”

Louis Hyman, Harvard University,

"Discovering Consumer Credit: Commercial Banks, Personal Loan Departments and The Federal Housing Administration"

Bethany Moreton, Bowdoin College,

"Six Flags over Capitalism: Wal-Mart, Students in Free Enterprise, and the Conservative Ascendancy, 1976-1994."

Marty Rojas, University of Rhode Island,


Marjorie Spruill, University of South Carolina

"Gender and America's Right Turn: The 1977 IWY Conferences and the Polarization of American Politics"

Robin Vendome, Cambridge University,

"Mapping Modern America: The Aims and Uses of the Earth Sciences, c.1870 - 1890."

September 8, 2010

Trevor Burnard, University of Warwick

"Only Connect: Expanding the Spatial Borders of Early American History - the Fashion for Atlantic History and Continental History"

October 6, 2010

Nathan Connolly, Johns Hopkins University

“Of Landlords and Liberalism: Slum Profits and the America of Luther Brooks”

November 10,  2010 

Olivia Sohns, Cambridge University

"Lyndon Johnson and the Arab-Israeli Conflict,"

December 1, 2010

Chris Daly, Boston University

“Covering America: "The Rise and Fall of Traditional Journalism,1980-2010"

January 26, 2011

Stephen Whitfield, Brandeis University

“Nixon and the Jews”

February 9, 2011

Beverly Gage, Yale University

“G-Man: J Edgar Hoover and the American Century”

March 2, 2011

Randall Stephens, Eastern Nazarene University

“Revising America’s Christian History: The Religious Politics of America’s Past."

March 30, 2011

Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman, San Diego State University

"Alexander Hamilton and the Thirteen Countries: Monarchy, Empire, and the Alternatives"

April 27, 2011

Kristal Enter, Cambridge University

"Federal Intervention and University Integration, 1945-1968"