Reinterpreting the Twentieth Century

A Mellon Sawyer Seminar Series

The Department of History and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation are pleased to announce the creation of a new public lecture series, part of the John E. Sawyer Seminars on the Comparative Study of Cultures, held in 2014-2015 at Boston University.

Please join us for eight lectures that will challenge our assumptions about the twentieth century, its ideologies, debates, divides, and more. Learn more about the conveners and the vision of this Sawyer series.

Program

All events are free and open to the public. Receptions follow.

Download our program for the Sawyer Series. Or print the program in black and white.

Unless otherwise noted, all lectures are held in the 9th floor Colloquium Room at Boston University’s Photonics Center (8 St. Mary’s Street). The spring lectures begin at 6:00PM.

Contact us with any questions at mellon@bu.edu.

Press

“Finding New Ways to Connect to the Past,” by Rich Barlow, BU Today, 14 October 2014: http://www.bu.edu/today/2014/finding-new-ways-to-connect-to-the-past

“Mysteries of Rebirth: An Interview with Keith Lowe,” by Michael Whitesides, The Quad, 22 October 2014: http://buquad.com/2014/10/22/mystery-of-rebirth-an-interview-with-keith-lowe

Listen to Keith Lowe’s lecture, “The Phoenix Century,” on WBUR’s “World of Ideas,” 26 October 2014: http://worldofideas.wbur.org/2014/10/26/lowe

“BU Department of History Rethinks the 20th Century,” by Michael Whitesides, The Quad, 6 November 2014: http://buquad.com/2014/11/06/reimagining-the-20th-century

Listen to Jeremy Adelman’s lecture, “Development and the Global History of Distributive Justice,” on WBUR’s “World of Ideas,” 7 December 2014: http://worldofideas.wbur.org/2014/12/07/adelman

Listen to John McNeill’s lecture, “The Advent of the Anthropocene: Was that the Big Story of the Twentieth Century,” on WBUR’s “World of Ideas,” 29 March 2015: http://worldofideas.wbur.org/2015/03/29/mcneill

Listen to Frederick Cooper’s lecture, “Empire, Federation, Union, Globe: Power Beyond the Nation in the Twentieth Century,” on WBUR’s “World of Ideas,” 5 April 2015: http://worldofideas.wbur.org/2015/04/05/cooper

Schedule

FINAL Sawyer-PainterOil and the International History of the 20th Century

David Painter
Tuesday, September 30, 7:00PM

David S. Painter is Associate Professor of History at Georgetown University. His research focuses on the political economy of U.S. foreign relations, especially as it relates to the international oil industry. His books include Oil and the American Century and The Cold War: An International History. To learn more about David Painter’s work, visit his faculty page here.

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Lowe imageThe Phoenix Century: Myths of Rebirth from the Ashes of World War II

Keith Lowe
Tuesday, October 14, 7:00PM

Keith Lowe is a critically acclaimed writer and historian based in London. His research and writing focus on the aftermath of World War II. Recent work includes Inferno: The Devastation of Hamburg, 1943 and the best-seller Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II, which has been translated into eight languages. To learn more about Keith Lowe’s work, visit his website.

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Adelman smallDevelopment and the Global History of Distributive Justice

Jeremy Adelman
Tuesday, November 18, 7:00PM

Jeremy Adelman is Professor of History at Princeton University. His research focuses on the history of Latin America in comparative and global contexts. Recent publications include Worldly Philosopher: The Odyssey of Albert O. Hirschman and the award-winning Republic of Capital: Buenos Aires and the Legal Transformation of the New World. To learn more about Jeremy Adelman’s work, visit his faculty page here.

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Sawyer-Karl RESCHEDULEThe World Historical and China’s 20th Century: Perspectives on Globalization and Globality

Rebecca Karl
RESCHEDULED: Tuesday, February 24, 6:00PM

Rebecca Karl is Associate Professor of East Asian Studies at New York University. Her research focuses on modern China, intellectual history, and gender studies. Recent publications include Mao Zedong and China in the Twentieth Century World: A Concise History and Staging the World: Chinese Nationalism at the Turn of the Twentieth Century. To learn more about Rebecca Karl’s work, visit her faculty page here.

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Sawyer McNeill imageThe Advent of the Anthropocene: Was That the Big Story of the 20th Century?

John McNeill
Tuesday, March 3, 6:00PM

John McNeill is University Professor of History at Georgetown University. His research focuses on global environmental history. Recent publications include the award-winning Mosquito Empires: Ecology and War in the Greater Caribbean, 1640-1914 and Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the 20th Century World. To learn more about John McNeill’s work, visit his faculty page here.

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Sawyer-CooperIMAGEEmpire, Federation, Union, Globe: Power Beyond the Nation in the 20th Century

Frederick Cooper
Tuesday, March 24, 6:00PM

Frederick Cooper is Professor of History at New York University. His research focuses on Modern Africa and empires in world history. Recent publications include Colonialism in Question: Theory, Knowledge, History and Africa Since 1940: The Past of the Present. To learn more about Frederick Cooper’s work, visit his faculty page here.

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Enloe April thumbThe Somme, the Suffragists and the Gatling Gun: A Feminist Rethinking for Today of the 20th Century’s “Great War” *

Cynthia Enloe
Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 6:00PM
*Location SEC Room 130

Cynthia Enloe is Professor of Research in International Development, Community, and Environment at Clark University. Her research focuses on the myriad interactions between women, feminism, politics, culture, and war. Recent publications include The Real State of America: Mapping the Myths and Truths about the United States and Nimo’s War, Emma’s War: Making Feminist Sense of the Iraq War. To learn more about Cynthia Enloe’s work, visit her faculty page here.

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Sawyer-ElkinsIMAGE
Rethinking the End of the British Empire

Caroline Elkins
Tuesday, April 28, 6:00PM

Caroline Elkins is Professor of History and African American Studies at Harvard University. Her work focuses on colonial violence and post-conflict reconciliation in Africa, and the role of violence in the decline of the British empire. Her first book, Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya, won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize.

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