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FALL 2014 - EVENTS & LECTURES

 

PRESENTATION OF THE MAJOR/MINOR IN HISTORY

Date:  Monday, October 27, 2014
Time:  Noon
Location: Seelye 207

Pizza lunch will be provided for the first 25 in attendance

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Lecture by Molly Tambor '96

Professor of History

University of Long Island

"Women, the Bulward of Democracy?"

Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Neilson Library Browsing Room

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LECTURE BY CAROLYN EICHNER

Professor of History and Women's & Gender Studies Program
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

"'No More Paternity...No More Property': Legitimacy, Law and the Matronym in 19th Century France"

 

Date: Thursday, October 30, 2014
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Carroll Room 208

 

 

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LECTURE BY DR. LALEH KHALIL, SOAS

"The Invisible Sinews of Counterinsurgency"

Date: Monday, November 10, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Graham Auditorium, Brown Fine Arts Center

Sponsored by SWAG, co-sponsored by History

 

More information will be forthcoming.

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lecture by rachel hope cleves

"Same-sex marriage is hardly new."

Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Neilson Library Browsing Room

Sponsored by American Studies, co-sponsored by History

 

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LECTURE BY ALEX LUBIN

Professor and Chair of American Studies

University of New Mexico

"A History of Afro-Arab Political Imaginaries: Militarized Policing and the Carceral State in the U.S. and Palestine"

 

Date: Monday, December 1, 2014
Time: 4:30 p.m.

Location: Neilson Library Browsing Room

 

In this public lecture spanning the 1850s through the present, and set against a backdrop of major political and cultural shifts around the world, Professor Lubin demonstrates how international geopolitics, including the ascendance of liberal internationalism, established the conditions within which blacks imagined their freedom and, conversely, the ways in which various Middle eastern groups have understood and used the African American freedom struggle to shape their own political movements. He extends the framework of the black freedom struggle beyond the familiar geographies of the Atlantic world and sheds new light on the linked political, social, and intellectual imaginings of African Americans, Palestinians, Arabs, and Israeli Jews.

 

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SPRING 2015 - EVENTS & LECTURES

 

Annual Schwoerer Lecture by Elizabeth Schmidt

Professor of History
Loyala University, Maryland

"Cold War and Decolonization in Africa: The Uneasy Meeting of East, West, and North in Global South"

Date: Thursday, April 2, 2014
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Neilson Library Browsing Room

 

More information will be forthcoming.

 

 

 

 

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SPRING 2014 - EVENTS & LECTURES

 

The Wild Tchoupitoulas

The Wild Tchoupitoulas were originally a group of Mardi Gras Indians formed in the early 1970s by George Landry, and photographed exclusively by Paul Howrilla at the request of George Landry. With help from local New Orleans musicians The Meters, The Wild Tchoupitoulas recorded an eponymous album, which featured the "call-and-response" style chants typical of Mardi Gras Indians. Vocals were provided by Landry, as "Big Chief Jolly", as well as other members of his Mardi Gras tribe.  Click below to see and hear more. 

The Wild Tchoupitoulas

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History Honors Thesis Presentations

 

Please join us for 2 History Honors Thesis Presentations:

 

Nazpari Sotoudeh '14
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talinist Orientalism: Images of Soviet Central Asians and Deterrotorialized National Identities in USSR in Construction

Date: Monday, April 28, 2014
Time: 12:15-1:00 p.m.
Location: Campus Center 103/104

Please feel free to bring a brown bag lunch.

Jennifer Guerin '14
"Let us Sing Our Victory, Long Live Sound!" The Atlantic Cultural Revolution and the Making of Republics through Song

Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Time: 12:15-1:00 p.m.
Location: Dewey Common Room

Please feel free to bring a brown bag lunch.

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History Department Presentation of the Major

Date:  Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Time:  4:30-6:00 p.m.
Location:  Campus Center 103/104

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THE FUTURE HAS A PAST: HISTORIES OF BLACK & BROWN SOLIDARITY


Gaye Theresa Johnson discusses her book Spaces of Conflict, Sounds of Solidarity,

on the shared struggles among African American and Chicano

freedom seekers and cultural workers in Los Angeles


Book Info: http://www.ucpress.edu/ book.php?isbn=9780520275287

Free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.

For disability access information or accommodation requests please call (413) 585-2407


Chuck D is the leader and co-founder of legendary rap group Public Enemy.  He redefined rap music and hip hop culture with the release of PE's explosive debut album, Yo Bum Rush The Show, in 1987. Since then, Public Enemy has completed 86 tours in 85 countries, and they're still going strong. Chuck D and Public Enemy were celebrated in the May 2004 issue of Rolling Stone magazine as one of the "fifty most important performers in rock & roll history." In 2010, their song, "Fight the Power" was recognized by VH-1 as the greatest hip hop song in history. Public Enemy has sold, to date, over 10 million albums, and for the first time in their career, were number 1 in iTunes downloads in the UK for their song "Harder Than You Think," a song penned by Chuck D and longtime collaborator Gary G-Wiz, and used as the 2012 Special Olympics signature song. In 2013, Chuck D recognized by what is universally known as one of the highest honors in music: along with the Public Enemy, he was inducted into the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Chuck D has been a national spokesperson for Rock the Vote, the National Urban League, and the National Alliance for African American Athletes. He is on the advisory board for the Sankofa Foundation, convened by Harry Belafonte to radicalize artists and orient them to social movement activism. Chuck has appeared in numerous public service announcements for national peace and the Partnership for a Drug Free America. He is featured in countless documentaries as an expert on several genres of music, sports, and history, including the critically-acclaimed documentary, Public Enemy: Welcome to the Terrordome, a retrospective of the group and its indelible impact on American music. Chuck D is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, the author of two books, and he continues to work on commentary, music, and writing on diversity, rap, and reality.

 

Gaye Theresa Johnson is Associate Professor of Black Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and affiliated with the Departments of History and Chicana/o Studies. She writes and teaches on race and racism, cultural history, geographies of freedom, and political economy. Her first book,Spaces of Conflict, Sounds of Solidarity: Music, Race, and Spatial Entitlement in Los Angeles (University of California Press, 2013), is a history of civil rights and spatial struggles among Black and Brown freedom seekers and cultural workers in LA. Johnson's second book, Women in Hip Hop: A Radical Herstory, is under contract with Haymarket Press. She has been a visiting researcher at Stanford University's Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, as well as at the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is also active with the Los Angeles Community Action Network's struggle for housing and civil rights on LA's skid row and is the 2013 recipient of the Freedom Now! Award for her efforts. She is a member of the board of directors for the Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE). Johnson has appeared in and consulted on several documentaries, including independent films about music and urban politics, as well as television programs for the BBC and the Biography Channel. She is a blogger for the Huffington Post and a prolific public speaker. Johnson is also the Founding Partner of Sol Sisters Rising, a women's collective dedicated to elevating women of color in film: http://www.solsistersrising. com/

 

Sponsors: Smith College: History, Office of Student Engagement, Wurtele Center for Work & Life, Student Events Committee, Latina/o and Latin American Studies, Afro-American Studies, American Studies, Music, Theater, Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity, Program for the Study of Women and Gender, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Res Life Social Justice Committee, Endowed Lecture Fund; Hampshire College: Africana Studies, Decolonize Media Collective, Latina/o and Latin American Studies; Amherst College: Black Studies, American Studies, Music; Mount Holyoke College: Africana Studies; UMass: WEB DuBois Department of African American Studies, Communication, English, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Theater, Women of Color Leadership Network; Five College Asian Pacific American Studies Program; TRGGR Media Collective; Five Colleges, Inc.

 

For more information on this series contact Jennifer Guglielmo, Associate Professor of History at Smith College, jgugliel@smith.edu

 

Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014

Time: 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Location: Graham Auditorium, Brown Fine Arts Center

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CHUCK D and GAYE THERESA JOHNSON

A conversation on music, social justice,

and the importance of critical situated

knowledge in the 21st Century

As the founder of legendary rap group Public Enemy, Chuck D is one of the most significant figures in the history of Hip Hop and its most respected public intellectual. As an artist and activist, he redefined Hip Hop as music with a revolutionary political message.

Gaye Theresa Johnson is Associate Professor of Black Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and affiliated with the Departments of History and Chicana/o Studies. She writes and teaches on race and racism, cultural history, geographies of freedom, and political economy.

Watch an interview with the couple on the history of Black music and activism:https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=ggeFzwacDis

Conversation facilitated by Carlos Rec McBride (TRGGR Radio/Smith/UMass)
Free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.
For disability access information or accommodation requests please call (413) 585-2407

 Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, Smith College

Overflow seating: This event will be simulcast in the Poetry Center, Wright Hall, first floor, and also in Seelye Hall, room 110.

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Nothing Happened:

Charlotte Salomon and

an Archive of Suicide

 

A Book Reading by

 

Darcy Buerkle

Department of History, Smith College

 

A close look at the role of suicide and despair in Charlotte Salomon's fantastical autobiogrphy Life? or Theater? as an intervention in gendered erasures that reach far beyond her own family.

Date:  Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Time:  7:00 p.m.
Location:
The Odyssey Bookshop
9 College Street, South Hadley, MA

Free and Open to the Public

 

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Abstract: Kwame Nkrumah, the leader of Ghana's independence struggle and its first Prime Minister and then President, was a major theorist of pan-Africanism and neocolonialism and arguably one of the most important leaders of what was known in the 1960s as the "African Revolution." During the course of his rule, Nkrumah attracted around him a small cohort of expatriate women, who served in various official capacities, but who also became his intimate confidantes and remained so, even after the military coup that ended his rule in 1966. This trusted cohort has ultimately shaped, in profound ways, how Nkrumah is remembered today and what evidence historians now have at hand to reconstruct not only the conflicted history of Ghana's first Republic (1960-1966), but the story of the ill-fated African Revolution. Based on private papers and correspondence (some only recently accessible), newspapers, and government documents, this paper explores the role of the secret, the intimate, and the affective in the consolidation, the disruption, and ultimately the historical reconstruction of state power in post-colonial Africa. It argues that this circle of women not only erected a protective wall around Nkrumah in his present, they constructed an equally impenetrable wall around his past, his legacy: conspiring through the destruction of correspondence, through their own writings, and in the crafting of their archival deposits, to preserve a particular masculinist, revolutionary image of Nkrumah, as the lone and ever-dedicated warrior against colonialism and neocolonialism, rarely faltering, his eyes always on the prize. In these ways, they have helped preserve a very particular "Nkrumah" for posterity and have thereby shaped in profound ways how we can and will remember the African Revolution and its iconic leader.

Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Neilson Library Browsing Room

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"We are [not] All Trayvon": Solidarity, Hip Hop, and the Color of Crisis

Christopher M. Tinson, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies, Hampshire College

 

Date/Time: Thursday, March 13, 2014, 4:30-6pm

Location: Seelye 106, Smith College

Free and open to the public


For many, the election and reelection of President Obama represent milestones in U.S. racial politics. Yet the murder of Trayvon Martin, the acquittal of George Zimmerman, and the shooting deaths of Renisha McBride and Jordan Davis, tell a familiar story of antiblack violence. Professor Tinson will discuss what these contemporary cases tell us about histories of violence and demands for racial justice in the U.S.A.

 

Christopher M. Tinson, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of Africana Studies at Hampshire College, where he teaches courses on the African diaspora, Black radicalism, mass media, policing and imprisonment, and the politics of reparations. His writings have been published inThe Black Scholar, The Journal of African American History, The Nation, and he recently coedited a special issue of the open-source journal, Radical Teacher on  Hip Hop and Critical Pedagogy. He is currently working on a book on Liberator Magazine and Black Political Ruptures of the 1960s. Since 2006, he has cohosted the Hip Hop-rooted social justice program TRGGR Radio on WMUA, broadcasting from Amherst, MA to the world.

 

Sponsored by History Department, Afro-American Studies Department, Wurtele Center for Work & Life, Res Life Social Justice Committee, and the Lecture Committee. For more information contact Prof. Jennifer Guglielmo at jgugliel@smith.edu

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Date: Monday, March 3, 2014
Time: Noon
Location: Campus Center 103/104

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FALL 2013 - EVENTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SPRING 2013 - EVENTS

 

Lecture and discussion by teacher Jose Gonzalez

 

"A Question of Justice: Tucson Unified School District in a State of Denial and Retaliation"

 

This dialogue will give a general history of the background of the political assaults on our former Mexican American Studies department in the Tuscon Unified School District.  The audience will be brought up to date as to what has transpired since the airing of the documentary Precious Knowledge. Sponsored by the Departments of History, Spanish and Portuguese and the Smith College Lecture Committee..

Date:  Friday, February 22, 2013

Time:  2:40-4:00 p.m.

Location: Seelye Hall 106

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Faculty/Student Open House Luncheon

History students are invited to an informal gathering at noon, Wednesday, February 27, in Seelye 207.  This is the first open house of 2013 and the Year of the Snake.

Drop in for five minutes or for a whole hour.

Chat with professors outside the framework of an official course.

Meet the History liaisons.

Compare ideas with other History majors and minors.

The black water snake signifies that you won't go hungry.  Please RSVP to the History secretary, Lyn Minnich (lminnich@smith.edu), by 4:00 p.m., Friday, February 22, if you plan to attend so we can order enough pizza for everyone.

 

 

 

 

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Lecture by Peter Rachleff

Professor of History

Macalester College, St. Paul, MN

 

"Interracial Possibility in the Jim Crow South: Tearing Down the Walls of Racial Separation by Building the Walls of a New City Hall in Richmond, VA"

 

Date:Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Location: Hillyer Graham Hall

 

Two short decades after the Civil War ended with the invasion of Richmond, Virginia, the capital of the Confederacy, labor activists there organized an interracial Workingmen's Reform Party which swept control of the city government. Find out how they did it.

Peter Rachleff, Professor of History at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, will explain how these events unfolded, what historical circumstances and human agency made them possible, and the lessons this history offers those of us who wish to see class and racial justice emerge in our future.

 

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Frank and Lois Green Schwoerer '49 Annual History Lecture

 

Professor Isabel Hull

John Stambaugh Professor of History

Cornell University

 

"Law in Wartime: International Law and the First World War"

Date:  Friday, April 19, 2013

Time:  4:30 p.m.

Location:  Neilson Browsing Room

 

 

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Landscapes of Memory: The Life of Ruth KlÜger

An Evening of Film and Conversation

Ruth Klüger, and Renata Schmidkunz

 

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2013

Time: 3:00 -6:00 p.m.

Location: Wright Hall, Weinstein Auditorium

 

Ruth Klüger, Professor Emerita University of California, Irvine, is a child survivor of the Holocaust, a literary scholar, and the author of an extremely influential and lauded memoir called "Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered."

In 2012, Austrian film-maker Renata Schmidkunz produced a documentary film that accompanies Ruth Klüger to four significant places in her life: Vienna, California, Göttingen and Israel. In each instance, we witness Ruth Klüger as she reflects on the historical present and its implications.

 

 

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An Activist Archives: The Sophia Smith Collection at 70

A celebration in honor of Sherrill Redmon, Director of the Sophia Smith Collection, 1993-2012

February 3, 2013

Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall

Click link for full information on this event:  An Activist Archives: The Sophia Smith Collection at 70

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FALL 2012 - EVENTS

 

History Open House

Friday, October 19, 2012
Hillyer Atrium
4:00-6:00 p.m.

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Presentation of the Major in History & History fair

Monday, October 22, 2012
Noon - Seelye 207
Pizza will be provided for first 25 in attendance

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FILM & Discussion

U.S. Ethnic Studies and the Struggle for Educational Justice

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - Seelye 106


Screening of Precious Knowledge: A Documentary Film about Revolutionary Education, 4:00-5:00 p.m.


Discussion with Teachers, Sean Arce and Jose Gonzalez, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Sean Arce and Jose Gonzalez will be on campus Tuesday, October 30th to discuss what's been unfolding in Tucson, share their pedagogies, and screen the film.  Come learn what's at stake in the struggle for educational justice.

 

Sean Arce is co-founder and former director of the K-12 Mexican American Studies Department in the Tucson Unified School District; and recipient of the first Myles Horton Award for Teaching People's History from the Zinn Education Project (ZEP) on April 2, 2012.

 

Jose Gonzalez is one of the teachers featured prominently in Precious Knowledge for the success and value of his curriculum to Tucson High's students.

 

Sponsored by the Smith College History Department, Spanish & Portuguese Department, Latin American and Latina/o Studies Program, Education Department, American Studies Program, Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity, Nosotras, and the Smith College Lecture Committee.

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Lecture by Merida M. Rua, Williams College

"A Grounded Identidad: Making New Lives in Chicago's Puerto Rican Neighborhoods"

 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

5:00 p.m. - Seelye 106

 

 

This presentation will explore the ways in which Puerto Ricans in the diaspora have understood, negotiated, and challenged their location and rights within US political and social structures. Through an analysis of reflections on community life by individuals visiting and/or paying respects in Caribe Funeral Home, the first Puerto Rican-owned funeral home in Chicago, this talk will shed light on how Puerto Ricans navigate the boundaries of inclusion as they gather daily to gossip, reminisce, and enjoy each other’s company – to renew ties to people and place(s). Such commemorations reveal that even in death there is social life and that even as identity is a matter of becoming, so it is deeply historical and political.

 

Sponsored by the Smith College History Department, Spanish and Portuguese Department, Latin American and Latina/o Studies Program, American Studies Program, Program for the Study of Women and Gender, the Smith College Lecture Committee; UMASS Department of Communication and Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies; Hampshire Colletge Latina/o and Latin American Studies Program; Mount Holyoke Department of Spanish, Latina/o, and Latin American Studies.

 

 

 

 

 

SPRING 2012 - EVENTS

 

Lecture by J. Kēhaulani Kauanui, Wesleyan University

"From Hawai`i to Palestine: Indigeneity, Settler Colonialism, and the Politics of Occupation"

 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

4:30 p.m. - Seelye 106

 

J. Kēhaulani Kauanui is an Associate Professor of American Studies and Anthropology at Wesleyan University.  She is a leading scholar on Hawaiian indigeneity and sovereignty and has been foremost in conversations about settler colonialism.  She recently completed a week-long visit to Occupied Palestine with four other faculty from U.S. universities (Robin D. G. Kelley, Nikhil Pal Singh, Bill Mullen, and Neferti Tadiar) to meet with Palestinian scholars, university administrators, citizens, activists, and officials in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Haifa.  They also visited the 5,000 person Aida Refugee Camp near Bethlehem. 

 

Kauanui's first book is Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity (Duke University Press, 2008).  Her second book project (in-progress), Thy Kindgom Come? The Paradox of Hawaiian Sovereignty, is a critical study on gender and sexual politics and the question of Hawaiian indigeneity in relation to state-centered Hawaiian nationalism.

 

She is sole producer and host of a public affairs radio program, "Indigenous Politics: From Native New England and Beyond," which airs on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesday of each month from 4-5pm EST on WESU, Middletown, CT.  Additionally, she is a member of The Dream Committee, a radio collective that produces an anarchist politics show called "Horizontal Power Hour" (also on WESU), which airs on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 4-5pm EDT.  Listen-online: www.wesufm.org.

 

 

A Documentry Film About Revolutionary Education

"Precious Knowledge" Screening followed by a Panel Discussion with the Filmmaker and Student Activists

 

Monday, February 13
4:30 p.m. - Stoddard G2 Auditorium

This documentary film interweaves the stories of students in the Mexican American Studies Program at Tucson High School.  The filmmakers spent an entire year in the classroom filming this innovative social justice curriculum, documenting the transformative impact on students who become engaged, informed, and active in their communities. Precious Knowledge provides an insider's perspective to a historic battle over civil rights as the student leaders in Tucson High fight to save their classes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FALL 2011 - EVENTS

Chaired Lecture, Ann Zulawski, Sydenham Clark Parsons Professor:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, September 19, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UMass/5 College Graduate Program in History Annual Lecture:

 


Thavolia Glymph, Duke University
"Slavery is Not Dead: Black Women and Children on the Civil War's Battlefields"

Tuesday, September 20, 4:30 p.m., Cape Cod Lounge, Student Union, UMass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lecture by Anne Walthall, University of California-Irvine:

 

"Weaponry Technologies and Masculine Identities: The Introduction and Diffusion of Guns into Japan"

Thursday, October 13, 5:00 p.m., Graham Auditorium, Brown Fine Arts Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presentation of the Major & History Fair:

 

 

Monday, October 24, 12:00-1:00 PM

Seelye 207

 

Please join us for the presentation of the History Major! 
Refreshments will be served.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schwoerer Lecture, David Howell, Harvard University:

 

 

 

"Mammas, Don't Let Your Babies
Grow Up to be Samurai"

Tuesday, October 25, 5:00 p.m.,
Hillyer/Graham Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lecture by Sarah Gualtieri, University of Southern California:


 

"Arabs in Pre-World War II Los Angeles: Bringing Arab American Studies into Conversation with other Ethnic Studies Fields"

Friday, November 4, 3:00 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

This talk explores the place of early 20th century Lebanese immigrants within the multi-racial history of Los Angeles. Tracing patterns of migration, including from Latin America, and of settlement in heterogeneous parts of the city, Prof. Gualtieri will argue for the importance of connecting Arab experiences in Los Angeles to those of Asians and Latinos.

 

 

 

 

 

SPRING 2011 - DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Liberal Arts Luncheon, Noon, Thursday, March 10, 2011

Joshua Birk, History
"Slaves of the Court: Eunuchs in the Medieval Mediterranean World"

Presentations sponsored by the Committee on Academic Priorities.
Liberal Arts Luncheons are open to faculty, emeriti, and staff.
The full schedule of Liberal Arts Luncheons is available
at http://www.smith.edu/deanoffaculty/liberalartslunch.html

Congratulations to Prof. Elizabeth Pryor for receiving the Faculty Teaching Award at the 2011 Rally Day ceremony. The award is "given annually by students to one non-tenured and one tenured faculty member to honor their dedication to excellent teaching, the Faculty Teaching Award was established 22 years ago as a way for students to thank educators for their support, encouragement and inspiration."

 

Prof. Marnie Anderson's book A Place in Public: Women's Rights in Meiji Japan was just released in January by Harvard University Press. 

 

Prof. Jennifer Guglielmo's recent book Living the Revolution: Italian Women's Resistance and Radicalism in New York City, 1880-1945 (UNC Press, 2010) was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Book and winner of the 2011 Theodore Saloutos Memorial Book Award of The Immigration and Ethnic History Society for best book on any aspect of American immigration history.

 

 

Prof. David Newbury recently edited the previously unpublished dissertation of Alison Des Forges, a cherished friend who died in the Buffalo plane crash two years ago. Des Forges's manuscript Defeat Is The Only Bad News: Rwanda Under Musinga, 1987-1931 is due out with the University of Wisconsin Press in April 2011.  Des Forges was best known for her human rights work, especially on the Rwandan genocide, for which she received a MacArthur Fellowship. In addition, Newbury's   The Land beyond the Mists: Essays in Identity & Authority in Precolonial Congo and Rwanda was published by Ohio University Press in Dec, 2009.

 

 

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SPRING 2011 EVENTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lecture:  Teaching the "N-Word:" The Language of Race in the College Classroom

Emily Bernard
Associate Professor of English and ALANA U.S. Ethnic Studies
University of Vermont

Monday, February 28

4:30 p.m.

Seelye Hall 201


Emily Bernard talks about the particular experience of being a woman of color and teaching race in predominantly white classrooms.  Among other issues, Professor Bernard explores the pitfalls of navigating the “n-word,” an epithet with a complicated and sometimes contradictory history.

Lecture attendees are encouraged to read Professor Bernard’s essay prior to attending her talk. To read essay click on link below: 

Emily Bernard, "Teaching the N-Word"

Emily Bernard is associate professor of English and ALANA U. S. Ethnic Studies at the University of Vermont.  Her books include: Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten (2001), which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.  Some of My Best Friends:  Writers on Interracial Friendship (2004) was chosen by the New York Public Library as a Book for the Teen Age.  Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs, a book she co-authored with Deborah Willis, received a 2010 NAACP Image Award.  Her essays have been published in several anthologies and journals, such as American Scholar, Modernism/Modernity, Studies in American Fiction, Best American Essays, Best African American Essays, and Best of Creative Non-Fiction.  Bernard has received fellowships from the Alphonse A. Fletcher Foundation, Yale University, the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the W. E. B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University.  Her upcoming book, Carl Van Vechten: A Life in Black and White, is forthcoming from Yale University Press.

This event corresponds with upcoming Black History Month events and is sponsored in large part by the Office of Multicultural Affairs as well as History, American Studies, the Department of Education, Afro-American Studies, and the Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning.  It is also sponsored by the Lecture Committee.


 

 

Depiction of Margaret Laurent Fahmy shooting her husband, Ali Kamil Fahmy

(Source: al-Lata'if al-Musawwara 30 July 1923)

 

Spring 2011 Lecture Series

 

"MORALITY, WORKING-CLASS RADICALISM, AND POLITICAL ELITES:  NEW TRENDS IN THE STUDY OF THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST"

First lecture in the series:

Lecture:  "A Euro-Egyptian Murder Mystery: Media Sensation and the Making of Moral Order in 1920’s Egypt"

 

Shaun T. Lopez
Assistant Professor of History
University of Washington, Seattle

Thursday, March 3, 2011
4:30 p.m.
Hillyer - Graham Auditorium
Smith College

 

This talk will examine the media firestorm that followed the 1923 murder of Egyptian playboy Ali Fahmy by his French wife in a London hotel. Margaret Laurent-Fahmy’s defense in a London courtroom, based on powerful cultural narratives about women’s ooppression in the East, engendered literally hundreds of editorials in both the European and Egyptian Press. Egyptian commentators linked broader concerns about moral order in Egypt directly to the murder and trial, and placed narratives of the case against the backdrop of Egypt’s struggle against British control of Egyptian affairs. In the wake of the case, popular concerns about moral propriety coalesced into a national moral discourse constructed directly in response to criticisms leveled by European commentators.

Sponsored by the Departments of History, Anthropology, Comparative Literature, Government, Italian, Philosophy, the Programs in African Studies, Middle East Studies, Study of Women and Gender, Third World Development Studies, the Global Studies Center, the Betty Hamady Sams '57 and James F. Sams Fund, and the Smith College Lecture Committee.

 

 

 

 

 

Spring 2011 Lecture Series

 

"MORALITY, WORKING-CLASS RADICALISM, AND POLITICAL ELITES:  NEW TRENDS IN THE STUDY OF THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST"

Second lecture in the series:

 

Lecture: "The Eastern Mediterranean and the Making of Global Radicalism 1860-1914"

 

Ilham Khuri-Makdisi
Associate Professor of History
Northeastern University, Boston

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
4:30 pm
Neilson Browsing Room
Smith College

 

This lecture will explore the wide variety of radical leftist ideas that began circulating in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth centuries, among segments of the populations of Eastern Mediterranean cities, especially in Beirut, Cairo and Alexandria, then among the most culturally and politically important cities of the Arab Ottoman world. These ideas, which were selective adaptations of socialist and anarchist principles, included specific calls for social justice, workers' rights, mass secular education, and anticlericalism, and more broadly a general challenge to the existing social and political order at home and abroad. Radicals formed networks that were connected informationally, politically, and organizationally, to international and internationalist movements and organizations that sought to promote leftist ideas and implement radical projects in various corners of the world.

Sponsored by the Department of History, Anthropology, Comparative Literature, Government, Italian, Philosophy, the Programs in African Studies, Middle East Studies, Study of Women and Gender, Third World Development Studies, the Global Studies Center, the Betty Hamady Sams '57 and James F. Sams Fund, and the Smith College Lecture Committee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring 2011 Lecture Series

 

"MORALITY, WORKING-CLASS RADICALISM, AND POLITICAL ELITES:  NEW TRENDS IN THE STUDY OF THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST"

Third lecture in the series:

Lecture:  "The New Nexus of Power between the Political and Economic Elites in the Arab World"

 

Bassam Haddad
Assistant Professor of Political Science
George Mason University

Monday, April 4, 2011
4:30 p.m.
Neilson Browsing Room
Smith College

 

While dominant research agendas related to the Middle East are preoccupied with war, peace, security, authoritarianism, reform,  identity/ethnic/sectarian politics, and political Islam, slow-moving structural factors like social formation (and reformation) receive short shrift-until, that is, strategic, institutional, and cultural variables cease to yield as much explanatory power. This presentation will identify and analyze the new socioeconomic groups and strata who will most certainly have a disproportionate influence on shaping the future of Middle Eastern societies. Haddad will discuss who these individuals/groups are, and from where they hail. What brought them to positions of power, privilege, and wealth, and what is keeping them there? What are their dreams and aspirations, desires and ambitions? What do their social, political, and economic worldviews look like? And how do they differ from their predecessors in relating to the local, regional, and international factors and contexts?

Sponsored by the Departments of History, Anthropology, Comparative Literature, Government, Italian, Philosophy, the Programs in African Studies, Middle East Studies, Study of Women and Gender, Third World Development Studies, the Global Studies Center, the Betty Hamady Sams '57 and James F. Sams Fund, and the Smith College Lecture Committee.

 

 

 

The Frank and Lois Green Schwoerer '49 Annual History Lecture

Lecture: sPEAKING TRUTH TO BLACK POWER: HISTORIOGRAPHIES OF BLACK NATIONALISM AND THE LEFT

Tuesday, April 12
5:00 p.m., Hillyer-Graham Hall Auditorium,
Brown Fine Arts Center

Brenda Gayle Plummer
Professor of History and
Afro-American Studies
University of Wisconsin, Madison

 

 

 

 

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FALL 2010 EVENTS

 

 

Presentation of the Major and History Fair

 

Monday, November 1, 2010

4:15 p.m.
Seelye 207

 

Refreshments will be provided

 

 

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Spring 2010 events

 

The Frank and Lois Green Schwoerer '49 Annual History Lecture

Lecture: Scriptural Conflict, Scriptural Community: Judaism, Christianity, Islam


Tuesday, April 20, 4:30 p.m., Hillyer-Graham Hall Auditorium, Brown Fine Arts Center


David Nirenberg
Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta
Professor of Medieval History and
Social Thought
University of Chicago

Inter-religious conflict is once again at center stage of our geo-political consciousness, and with it all sorts of questions about the role of scripture in that conflict.  Do the respective claims of Jewish, Christian, or Islamic scriptures contribute to the violence between the various communities that read them?  Do they, on the contrary, provide a basis for solidarity between the three Abrahamic religions?  Or is it that one of these scriptural traditions is more tolerant than the others, or that one is more intrinsically violent?  Because such questions try to separate the violent from the tolerant potentials of scriptural communities, they not only fail to make sense of scriptural interpretation, but also themselves become part of the politics of conflict, emerging in venues as disparate as the Hamas Charter and the writings of Pope Benedict XVI.  This talk will focus on passages within the scriptures--with some emphasis on the Qur'an--that explicitly take up the problem of interpretive conflict.  It will look at how these passages have been read at specific historical moments--medieval and modern--in order to propose some new questions about the dynamics of conflict and community among the "Peoples of the Book."

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The History Department Presents a

Strictly Student Movie Night! 

Saturday, February 27, 7:00 p.m.
Dewey Common Room

Please join the History Liaisons for a film screening of Seven Years in Tibet.  This event is open to History Majors and Minors and any student enrolled in a History course during the spring semester.  

All are welcome!    Snacks will be provided!


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Lecture:  "What is Russian Orientalism?  Reflections on the Relevance of Edward Said."    

Tuesday, February 2, 4:00 p.m.,
Dewey Common Room

David Schimmelpenninck van der Oye teaches Russian and Inner Asian history at Brock University in Canada. His research interests focus on Imperial Russian intellectual, cultural and diplomatic topics. His first book, Toward the Rising Sun: Ideologies of Empire and the Path to War with Japan (DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2001), examines the interplay between East Asian foreign policy and ideas in St. Petersburg at the turn of the 20th century. Schimmelpenninck's other publications include a volume co-edited with Bruce Menning, Reforming the Tsar's Army (Washington, DC: Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 2003), another co-edited volume with John Steinberg and others, The Russo-Japanese War: World War Zero (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2005), as well as articles about Russian Orientology, Asian Russia, tsarist diplomacy, Sino-Russian relations, Russian military intelligence, and other topics. He is currently writing a book about Russian perceptions of Asia under contract with Yale University Press.

The talk is sponsored by the Five College Slavic Seminar.

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Lecture: "The Black Republic: The Influence of the Haitian Revolution on Black Political Consciousness, 1817-1861"

Monday, February 8, 4:30 p.m.,
Neilson Library Browsing Room

Leslie Alexander, Assoicate Professor of History, Ohio State University. Dr. Alexander is a specialist in African American and American history.  Her first monograph, entitled African or American?: Black Identity and Political Activism in New York City, 1784-1861, explores Black culture, identity, and political activism during the early national and antebellum eras.  Her current research project, tentatively titled "The Cradle of Hope: African American Internationalism in the Nineteenth Century." is an exploration of early African American foreign policy. 

Leslie Alexander, The Black Republic

 

 

 

 

 

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FALL 2009 events

 

Rachmaninoff Centennial

November 6-7, 2009

 

Smith College marks the centennial of Sergei Rachmaninoff's first public performance in the United States, presented in College Hall in 1909.  Events celebrate both Rachmaninoff and Sophie Satin, his cousin, sister-in-law and biographer, who was a member of the Smith faculty from 1943 to 1955.

 

Friday, Nov. 6  

Rachmaninoff: The Musician Behind the Brand Name

Francis Crociata, Rachmaninoff Biographer

4:15 p.m. Neilson Library Browsing Room

 

Rachmaninoff in Songs and Dances: Vocal and Instrumental Music Performed by Faculty and Students

8:00 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall

Saturday, Nov. 7

Sophie Satin: Life and Work

Joan Afferica, Professor Emerita of History, and C. John Burk, Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences

4:15 p.m., Neilson Library Browsing Room

Dedication of Rachmaninoff Bronze

Carol Christ, President; Jane Bryden, Professor of Music; Vladimir Tropp, Pianist and Donor

7:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall

Concert: A Program of Compositions of Gergei Rachmaninoff

Vladimir Tropp, Gnesin Russian Academy of Music and Moscow Conservatory

8:00 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall

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November 4-December 23

Sergei Rachmaninoff and Sophie Satin at Smith

Exhibition of Photographs and Memorabilia

Morgan Gallery, Neilson Library Entrance

For more information and related events, visit www.smith.edu/rachmaninoff

 

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Presentation of the Major and History Fair

Monday, November 2, 4:30 p.m.
Dewey Common Room

 

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Spring 2009 events

Lecture: "The Precious Raft of History: The Past, the West, and the Woman Question in China"

Wednesday, April 29, 2009, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
Joan Judge, Associate Professor, Division of Humanities and School of Women's Studies, Founders College, York University

Professsor Judge is a renowned scholar of modern Chinese history who focuses on women's and gender history. Her books on modern print culture and women's history as well as her articles have made outstanding contributions to the field of modern East Asian History and women's history. Her lecture will also complement the offerings of the History Department in women's history, providing a view of a non-Western country.

Lecture: "The Pinochet Effect: Secret Documents and the Pursuit of Justice in Latin America"

Tuesday, April 21, 2009, 5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
Peter Kornbluh, senior analyst at the National Security Archive at George Washington University

Lecture: African-American Activism v. the "Black Swan:" (Mis-) Representing the Race in the 1850s

Wednesday, April 1, 2009, 4:30 p.m., Graham Hall
Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor, Presidential Post-doctoral Fellow, University of California Los Angeles Law School

Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor will join Smith College, History Department in Fall 2009.

Lecture: "Obama, Africom, and the Mitilarization of U.S. Policy Toward Africa"

Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 7:30 p.m., Graham Hall
Daniel Volman, Director of the African Security Research Project, Washington, DC

Daniel Volman is the author of numerous articles on US security policy and African security issues. His work has recently appeared in such journals as The New African, The Review of African Political Economy and Third World Quarterly.

Symposium Honoring Neal Salisbury: "Native American History: Current and Future Directions"

Thursday, March 5, 2009, 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
and Friday, March 6, 2009, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Symposium Program (PDF) >

Lecture: "The Challenges of Governance in Africa"

Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 7:30 p.m., Neilson Library Room
George Nzongola-Ntalaja, Former Official, United Nations Development Program (UNDP); University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Film Screening: Detained: The New Bedford Immigration Raid

Thursday, February 5, 2009, 4 p.m., Stoddard G2
Screening followed by a discussion with filmmaker Jenny Alexander, workers who were detained, and allies, including Alexandra Pineros Shields, Corinn Williams, Director of the New Bedford Community Economic Development Center.

On March 6, 2007, U.S. immigration officials raided a New Bedford, MA factory that makes vests and backpacks for U.S. soldiers. Many of the 361 immigrants who were detained were women with small children, from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Portugal and Cape Verde.