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April 17: Conversations in History lecture – Thomas Doherty “The Hollywood Anti-Nazi League: 1936-1939″

April 8th, 2015 in Uncategorized

Doherty Poster[1]

Faculty in the News: Professor Payaslian Gives Talks for BU’s IHI, The Kennedy School of Government, and the Harvard US-China Economic Forum

April 6th, 2015 in Uncategorized

Professor Simon Payaslian gave three talks since February. His first lecture, entitled “Was the Armenian Genocide a Model for the Holocaust?” was organized by BU’s International History Institute as part of the IHI Fellows Series. The event took place at the Castle on campus, on February 24, 2015. Professor Payaslian presented a paper on the same topic at a panel entitled “Armenia 1915–Auschwitz 1945: Small Nations and Great Powers,” at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, on March 25, 2015. The event was organized in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Professor Payaslian also presented a paper entitled “Education and Cultural Transformations in the Post-Maoist People’s Republic of China,” at the Harvard US-China Economic Forum 2015, at Harvard University, on March 21, 2015.



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Professor Brooke Blower Highlighted in BU Today Article

March 27th, 2015 in Uncategorized

BU Assoc. Professor of History, Brooke Blower, along with Assoc. Professor of Arabic & Comparative Literature, Margaret Litvin, were featured in a recent BU Today article “Two CAS Scholars Win Respected Fellowships.”  The piece describes the works of Professor Blower and Professor Litvin, as well as the ACLS Burkhardt Fellowship each were awarded.   For her term as Burkhardt Fellow, Professor Blower will be taking up residency at Stanford’s Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences as she works on her new book Hidden Fronts: New American Histories of World War II.



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March 26 @ 7pm – UHA Grad School Panel

March 25th, 2015 in Uncategorized


BU Cuba Alternative Spring Break Course – Experiencing Cuba: History, Politics, and Culture

March 24th, 2015 in Uncategorized

Guided by Professors Linda Heywood and John Thornton (African American Studies & History), Professor Ana Maria Reyes (CAS assistant professor of Latin American art), and Dr. Amanda Thornton (infectious diseases fellow at Boston Medical Center), thirteen BU students participated in this journey.   During this unforgettable experience, the students were immersed in Cuba’s history and society through a series of tours, lectures, and cultural events.


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3/27- Conversations in History Lecture: Arthur Goldhammer – “Mr. Piketty and the Historians”

March 23rd, 2015 in Uncategorized

Goldhammer Poster

Professor Chernock’s Opinion Piece Appears in Newsweek

March 23rd, 2015 in Uncategorized

BU History professor Arianne Chernock, had her opinion piece “Why do Americans Fawn Over British Royalty?” published by Newsweek over the weekend.


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New faculty book – FAITHFUL REPUBLIC: Religion and Politics in Modern America

March 20th, 2015 in Uncategorized

Based on the 2012 Religion and Politics conference hosted by BU, UPenn Press has just released Faithful Republic: Religion and politics in modern America, edited by BU History professor Bruce Schulman, Andrew Preston and Julian Zelizer.


“…Faithful Republic explores the dynamics between religion and politics in the United States from the early twentieth century to the present. Rather than focusing on the traditional question of the separation between church and state, this volume touches on many other aspects of American political history, addressing divorce, civil rights, liberalism and conservatism, domestic policy, and economics. Together, the essays blend church history and lived religion to fashion an innovative kind of political history, demonstrating the pervasiveness of religion throughout American political life.”


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Professor Blower wins ACLS Burkhardt Fellowship

March 18th, 2015 in Uncategorized

Please join us in congratulating Professor Brooke Blower, winner of the American Council of Learned Society’s (ACLS) Burkhardt Fellowship for her project

Hidden Fronts: New American Histories of World War II.

More information about this year’s Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellows is available here.

4/9: “Howard Zinn in Japan: Civil Rights, the Vietnam War, and Solidarity in Hiroshima”

March 18th, 2015 in Uncategorized


5:00 pm on Thursday, April 9, 2015


745 Commonwealth Avenue STH B19

Sushi Reception to Follow

Ann Sherif, Professor, East Asian Studies Program, Oberlin College, author of Japan’s Cold War: Media, Literature, and the Law (Columbia University Press), lives in Cleveland Ohio. Her current research focuses on independent and regional publishers and literature in Japan, 1917-1990.

In 1966, historian Howard Zinn and Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee member Ralph Featherstone were invited to participate in anti-Vietnam War teach-ins in cities all over Japan by Tsurumi Shunsuke, Oda Makoto and other antiwar activists. This talk focuses on the civil rights leaders’ visit to Hiroshima. Were the teach-in participants able to find common ground with antinuclear and hibakusha (A-bomb survivor) groups in Hiroshima? What objectives and ideas did these disparate social movements share? What can these encounters tell us about transnational solidarity in search for solutions to global problems?

zinn 2015