Prof. Silber Writes Article in WBUR on BU Mascot’s Ties to Gone With the Wind

In an article for WBUR, Professor Nina Silber examines the white supremacist message of the film Gone With the Wind, from which Boston University’s terrier mascot Rhett takes its name. The piece, titled “Don’t Think Racism Is Baked Into Our Culture? Just Look At BU’s Beloved Mascot, Rhett the Terrier,” is available to read at WBUR’s […]

A Day of Collective Engagement – History Department Participation

The Boston University History Department recognizes and mourns the long history of racial injustice that has left deep scars on our society and which confronts us today in horrific incidents of racial violence, including the recent murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor.  We acknowledge, too, the long and vital history of antiracist […]

Prof. Austin to Participate in BU IOC Webinar on Systemic Racism

On Tuesday, June 23rd, Professor Paula Austin will be one of the panelists on an upcoming webinar hosted by the BU Initiative on Cities titled “Confronting Systemic Racism: Policing, Mass Incarceration & Black Lives Matter.” Along with Professor Austin, the panelists will include Raul Fernandez, Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at the BU […]

Prof. Chernock Publishes Review in Times Literary Supplement

Professor Arianne Chernock published a piece in the Times Literary Supplement reviewing Jane Robinson’s Ladies Can’t Climb Ladders: The Pioneering Adventures of the First Professional Women. The review, titled “The wars women wage: Marking the centenary of the Sex Qualification (Removal) Act,” is available to read at the TLS’s website.

Prof. Silber Publishes Article on Gone With the Wind in Washington Post

As part of The Washington Post’s “Made by History” series, Professor Nina Silber has just published an article exploring the racist past of the 1939 film Gone With the Wind. The article, titled “‘Gone With the Wind’ is also a Confederate monument, but on film instead of stone,” is available to read at The Washington Post’s website.

PhD Candidate Jeanna Kinnebrew Wins BU Women’s Guild Award

BU History PhD candidate Jeanna Kinnebrew is a 2020 recipient of the Boston University Women’s Guild Awards. Jeanna Kinnebrew (GRS) is a Ph.D. candidate in the History department, studying the intersection of public health, gender, and philanthropy. Her dissertation, “Inventing Sexual Health in the Puritan City, 1929-1980,” explores how Boston-area organizations shaped national sexual health […]

A Statement to the Boston University History Department Community

Dear friends, Please see the message, below, from Professors James McCann and Nina Silber. Like so, so many of you, the Boston University History Department adds its voice to those opposing the widespread racial injustice and violence that has recently drawn the nation’s attention.  As historians, we are also deeply, and sadly, aware of a […]