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Updated: March 19, 2018

For your convenience, all currently scheduled events, sponsored, co-sponsored, or of import to the department of history, are listed below. This is a working list and is updated frequently. If you know of an event co-sponsored by the department of history that is not listed below please contact Heidi Welch.

Heidi Welch reserves Benson Hall room 200, a small classroom with a computer system. This room can comfortably fit 15-18 people, 20 max. This room is mainly used for classes but there are a few openings in any given term.  Click here to see the base schedule. If you see an opening that fits with your need than email Heidi to see if Benson 200 is free.

All department meetings and VHS seminars are held at 3:10 pm on Mondays.


  • March 19, 3:10 - 5:00 pm, Benson 200, Training on Reimbursement.  For all History Department faculty. Cancelled due to weather.  Will be rescheduled.
  • March 19, 5:15 - 7:15 pm, Benson 200, Peter Lake Speaker series presents Professor Ann Hughes, Keele University, " 'The Church's Cordial in Her Fainting Fits': The Memorial Practices of a Presbyterian Activist at the Restoration." 
  • March 21, 4:15 pm, Alumni Hall room 100, On Writing: Writing Beyond the Academy. This event will explore how to cultivate writing skills to reach non-specialist audiences. Professor Paul Kramer, and others will discuss writing.  Details here
  • March 22 & 23, A Conference sponsored by the Chancellor and coordinated by Professor Dennis Dickerson, "Wrestling with Our Past: Vanderbilt, Race, and the Confederate Legacy." The keynote speaker will present on March 22 at 5:30 pm.  March 23rd will have paper presentations all day. Click here for agenda. Please contact Linzie Treadway for more information. Click here for poster.
  • March 23, 3:30 - 5/5:30 pm, Benson 200. ORACLE TRAINING for all graduate students in the department.
  • March 26, 3:10 pm, Sarratt 216/220, Vanderbilt History Seminar. Sarah Hamilton, University of Texas, Auburn, "Spanish Wetlands in the Anthropocene." VHS Co-Directors: Ruth Rogaski and Jeff Cowie. Please contact Alex Jacobs for more information.
  • March 27, 12 – 1 pm, Buttrick 162, Circum-Atlantic Studies Seminar, join us for a discussion with Brazilian historian Dr. Tâmis Parron (Universidade Federal Fluminense, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) on the end of the slave trade to Brazil, "The British Empire and the Suppression of the Slave Trade to Brazil: A Global History Analysis." Contact Fernanda Bretones Lane for paper. Lunch is provided. This event is co-sponsored by the Robert Penn Warren Center, the Center for Latin American Studies, and the Department of History.
  • March 27, 4:10 pm, Wilson 103, CAS Faculty Meeting
  • March 28, Buttrick 123, 4:10 pm, Peter Lake speaker series. Greg Salazar, PhD candidate, University of Cambridge, Assistant Professor of Historical Theology, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, "Printed Sermons, Polemicism, and Ecclesiastical Positioning in the 1630s." 
  • March 29, 12:15 – 1:30 pm, Buttrick 344 (DH room), History of Science Group, Dani Picard will be sharing another chapter of her dissertation. Contact Patrick Anthony.
  • March 29, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Buttrick 306, Workshop Academic Work/Life Flow presented by the GHA. Our presenters will be TBA. We will have time at the end of the workshop for Q&A. Contact Samantha Rogers or Marina Walters  for more information.
  • March 29, 4:10-5:45 pm, Div 129, Central Europe Seminar.   Svenja Goltermann, University of Zurich, "Opfer--Victims in the Modern Era." Seminar Conveners: Helmut W. Smith.
  • March 29, 6 - 7:30 pm, Alumni Hall room 202, A full department and history majors' dinner sponsored by the Department of History and Phi Alpha Theta. Graduating seniors will talk about what studying history means to them.  A faculty member (as yet to be announced) will speak about becoming a historian.  We celebrate the addition of new majors. Catered dinner. 
  • March 30 & April 1, Good Friday and Easter
  • March 31- April 7, Passover
  • April 2, 3:10 pm, BT 123, Full department meeting
  • April 3, 11:30 – 1:00 pm, Div 129, Americanist Lunch Seminar presents Justin Hubbard, (Vanderbilt), "Scent of a Dopeman: Narcotics-Detection Dogs, Veterinary Research Science, and the Militarization of Public Health after Vietnam."  This seminar coordinated by Brandon Byrd and Juliet Larkin-Gilmore.
  • April 4, 5:30 pm, Jean and Alexander Heard Library Community Room, novelist and essayist Amitav Ghosh will deliver a lecture to mark the Asian Studies Program's 50th anniversary, "Embattled Earth: Commodities, Conflict and Climate Change in the Indian Ocean." Co-sponsored by the Department of History.
  • April 5, 4:10 pm, Langford Auditorium, Spring Faculty Assembly with Chancellor Zeppos
  • April 6, time tba, room tba, Max Kade Speaker Series presents, Deborah Cohen, Professor of History, Yale University, "Climate and Empire: Habsburg History for the Anthropocene." Co-sponsored by Department of History.
  • April 9, 12-2 pm, BT 123, Legal History Colloquium. Sam Erman (University of Southern California Gould School of Law),  "The Reconstruction Constitution in the Age of Empire.” Director: Sarah Igo. Sponsored by the Vanderbilt College of Arts and Science. Discussion will be based on pre-circulated papers. For more information, or to receive electronic copies of the papers, please contact Heidi Welch.
  • April 10, 4:10pm, Robert Penn Warren Center, Dani Picard, presents "Resisting Robots: Analyzing the Human Factor in British Industrial Psychology, 1919-1939." Open to the public. Reception to follow.
  • April 11, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Alumni Hall room 202, VHS workshop, "Authority and Urban Space." Contact Mohammed Allehbi for more information.
  • April 12 - 14, Organization of American Historians annual meeting, Sacramento, CA
  • April 12, 12:10-1:30pm at the Robert Penn Warren Center. Science Studies Seminar. This will be a meeting for us to brainstorm and discuss ideas for the Seminar in the forthcoming academic year. Sponsored by RPW. Not sponsored by HIST dept. but many of our faculty attend. Contact Tasha Rijke-Epstein.
  • April 13, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, Benson 200, Peter Lake Speaker series presents Professor Jen Wilson, Rutgers University, " title TBA." 
  • April 14, 3:00 pm, Divinity room G-23, Jelena Bogdanovic, Iowa State University, "The Canopy and the Byzantine Church." A lecture on medieval Serbian Orthodox iconography. Sponsored by the Divinity School Program in Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture, co-sponsored by the following departments Classical and Mediterranean Studies, Religious Studies, History of Art, and History.
  • April 16, 3:10 pm, Sarratt 216/220, Vanderbilt History Seminar. Andrew Needham, New York University, "Engineering Sustainability: The Chicago River and Metropolitan Ecological History."  VHS Co-Directors: Ruth Rogaski and Jeff Cowie. Please contact Alex Jacobs for more information.
  • April 19, 4:10-5:45 pm, Div 129, Central Europe Seminar. Patrick Anthony, Vanderbilt University, "The Janus Face of Nature: Industry, Environment, and Enchantment in the Axis Period "Sattelzeit."Seminar Conveners: Helmut W. Smith.
  • April 23, Last day of classes
  • April 23, 3:10 pm, BT 123, Full department meeting
  • April 24, Reading Day
  • April 24, 4:10 pm, Wilson 103, CAS Faculty Meeting
  • April 25-May 3, Undergraduate exams
  • May 4, SAVE THE DATE (mostly firm), Retirement Celebration in afternoon/evening.
  • May 7, Maymester term begins
  • May 8, 3:10 pm, room TBA, CAS Faculty Meeting
  • May 10, 3-4:30 pm History Department reception for graduating History and Economics and History majors and their families.  All faculty invited and expected to attend.
  • May 11, Commencement
  • May 21, 2:00 pm, Benson 200, Aileen Teague's dissertation defense, "Americanizing Mexican Drug Enforcement: The War on Drugs in Mexican Politics and Society, 1964–1982." Open to the public.
  • May 28, VU Holiday, office closed
  • June 5, First-half and full-term summer classes begin
  • July 4, VU Holiday, office closed
  • Aug. 10, Summer semester ends
  • 2018 - 2019 Academic Year begins below.

    • Sept. 3, Labor Day, classes ARE in session, VU Holiday
    • Nov. 8-11, Southern Historical Association annual meeting
    • Nov. 22 & 23, VU Holiday, office closed
    • Dec. 24 - 31, VU Holiday, office closed