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Updated: June 26, 2017

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.

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

BELOW FIND THE 2016-17 Department of History events


Spring 2017:

  • July  3 & 4, VU holiday, office closed
  • July 31, 10 am - 12 pm, Benson 200, Kelly O’Reilly’s Dissertation Defense, " 'Of the Poor, By the Poor, or For the Poor: Community Medicine and the War on Poverty." All invited.
  • Aug. 11, Summer semester ends

2017 - 2018 Academic Year begins below.

  • Aug. 23, first day of classes
  • Aug. 24, 4:10 pm, SLC, Fall Faculty Assembly with Chancellor Zeppos
  • Aug. 28, 3:10 pm, BT 123, Full department meeting
  • Sept. 4, Labor Day, classes ARE in session, VU holiday
  • Sept. 5, 11:30 – 1:00 pm, Buttrick 123, Americanist Lunch Seminar presents Name, (University), "title."  This seminar coordinated by Brandon Byrd and Juliet Larkin-Gilmore.
  • Sept. 7-9, Sarratt 216/220. Conference: "Speech and Space: Discursive Environments Across Non-Arab Islam” to be held at Vanderbilt University. Concluding conference of the Sawyer Seminar “When the Fringe Dwarfs the Center: Vernacular Islam Beyond the Arab World,” funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and hosted by the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities. The conference is open to the Vanderbilt community and to the public. Department of History faculty involved with this conference: Julia Cohen, Moses Ochonu, Samira Sheikh, David Wasserstein and Ashish Koul (graduate student).
  • Sept. 11, 3:10 pm, BT 123, Tenured Faculty only meeting
  • Sept. 14, 4:10-5:45 pm, room TBA, German History Seminar. Speaker name, University, "Title.” Seminar Conveners: Helmut W. Smith.
  • Sept. 15, 6:30 pm, Joel and Beth Harrington's house, BEGINNING OF THE YEAR DEPARTMENT PARTY.  For department faculty and graduate students.
  • Sept. 18, 12-2 pm, Buttrick 123, Legal History ColloquiumBarbara Welke (University of Minnesota), Title TBD. Director: Thomas McGinn. 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 Thomas McGinn.
  • Sept. 19, time tba, room tba, Norman Yoffee, meritus at the University of Michigan (https://lsa.umich.edu/neareast/people/emeritus/nyoffee.html). A brief bio: Norman Yoffee's career has oscillated between the fields of Assyriology (Mesopotamian studies), especially law and economics, mainly in the Old Babylonian period (ca. 2000-1600 BC), and Anthropology. He will speak on economic networks in the Middle East to eastern Mediterranean during late prehistory and into the historic era. Sponsored by the Departments of Anthropology, Program in Classical and Mediterranean Studies, History.
  • Sept. 20 & 21, Rosh Hashanah begins sundown 9/20
  • Sept. 21, 11:30-1:30, lunch provided, room TBA.  Circum Atlantic Seminar presents Yesenia Barragan (Dartmouth) and Marcela Echeverri (Yale), "New Directions in the Study of Slave Emancipation in Colombia."  There will be a pre-circulated paper.
  • Sept. 25, 3:10 pm, Sarratt 216/220, Vanderbilt History Seminar. Josh Reid, University of Washington, author of The Sea is My Country: The Maritime World of the Makahs (Yale, 2015) "Beyond the Middle Ground: American Indian History Today." VHS Co-Directors: Ruth Rogaski and Jeff Cowie.  Please contact Alex Jacobs for information.
  • Sept. 26, 4:10 pm, A&S Faculty meeting, Wilson 103 (date to be firmed)
  • Sept. 30, Yom Kippur
  • Oct. 2, 3:10 pm, BT 123, Full department meeting
  • Oct. 3, 11:30 – 1:00 pm, Buttrick 123, Americanist Lunch Seminar presents Name, (University), "title."  This seminar coordinated by Brandon Byrd and Juliet Larkin-Gilmore.
  • Oct. 5, 4:10-5:45 pm, room TBA, German History Seminar. Speaker name, University, "Title.” Seminar Conveners: Helmut W. Smith.
  • Oct. 6, 2:15 - 4:00 pm, room TBA,  Department Reception for History Alumni.  Alumni Weekend.
  • Oct. 6, 2 pm, RPW center, Nicholas Rogers, Distinguished Research Professor at York University Toronto, to give a talk on “E.P. Thompson’s eighteenth century, history from below: new directions, important legacies.”  Sponsored by History and the Humanities Center 18th and 19th Century Seminar.
  • Oct. 9,12-2 pm, Buttrick 123, Legal History Colloquium.  Juandrea Bates (Winona State University),  Title TBD. Director: Thomas McGinn. 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 Reynolds Richter.
  • Oct. 12-13, Fall break for undergraduate students
  • Oct. 16, 3:10 pm, Sarratt 216/220, Vanderbilt History Seminar. Peter Lake, Vanderbilt University, "Crying Like a Protestant: Dublin Jail, 1640." VHS Co-Directors: Ruth Rogaski and Jeff Cowie. Please contact Alex Jacobs for more information.
  • Oct. 23, 3:10 pm, BT 123, Full department meeting
  • Oct. 24, 11:30 – 1:00 pm, Buttrick 123, Americanist Lunch Seminar presents Name, (University), "title."  This seminar coordinated by Brandon Byrd and Juliet Larkin-Gilmore.
  • Oct. 24, 4:10 pm, A&S Faculty meeting, Wilson 103 (date to be firmed)
  • Nov. 6, 12-2 pm, Buttrick 123, Legal History ColloquiumGesink (University),  Title TBD. Director: Thomas McGinn. 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 Thomas McGinn.
  • Nov. 6, 3:10 pm, Sarratt 216/220, Vanderbilt History Seminar. Paolo Squatriti, University of Michigan, "The Restless Resource: Medieval Europeans and Water." VHS Co-Directors: Ruth Rogaski and Jeff Cowie. Please contact Alex Jacobs for more information.
  • Nov. 9-12, Southern Historical Association annual meeting, Dallas, TX
  • Nov. 9, 4:10-5:45 pm, room TBA, German History Seminar. Speaker name, University, "Title.” Seminar Conveners: Helmut W. Smith.
  • Nov. 13, 12-2 pm, Buttrick 123, Legal History Colloquium.  Donald Davis (University of Texas at Austin),  Title TBD. Director: Thomas McGinn. 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 Thomas McGinn.
  • Nov. 14, 11:30 – 1:00 pm, Buttrick 123, Americanist Lunch Seminar presents Cathleen Cahil, (University of New Mexico), "title."  This seminar coordinated by Brandon Byrd and Juliet Larkin-Gilmore.
  • Nov. 14, 4:10 pm, A&S Faculty meeting, Wilson 103 (date to be firmed)
  • Nov. 18-26, Thanksgiving Holidays in most schools
  • Nov. 23 & 24, VU Holiday, office closed
  • Nov. 27, 3:10 pm, BT 123, Full department meeting
  • Dec. 4, 3:10 pm, Sarratt 216/220, Vanderbilt History Seminar. Ben Cohen, University of Utah, "The Hydrosocial and the Long-term: A Case for India's Deccan," and Ruth Mostern, University of Pittsburgh, "River History at the Holecene Scale: A View from East Asia." VHS Co-Directors: Ruth Rogaski and Jeff Cowie.  Please contact Alex Jacobs for more information.
  • Dec. 5, 4:10 pm, A&S Faculty meeting, Wilson 103 (date to be firmed)
  • Dec. 7, Last day of classes
  • Dec. 7, 4:10-5:45 pm, room TBA, German History Seminar. Speaker name, University, "Title.” Seminar Conveners: Helmut W. Smith.
  • Dec. 8, Reading Day
  • Dec. 9-16, Undergraduate exams
  • Dec. 13-20 Hanukkah
  • Dec. 22 - Jan. 1, VU Holiday, office closed
  • Jan. 4-7, American Historical Association annual meeting, Washington, DC
  • Jan. 8, First day of classes
  • Jan. 8, 3:10 pm, room tba, Full department meeting
  • Jan. 15, Martin Luther King, Jr. day - classes do not meet
  • Jan. 16, 11:30 – 1:00 pm, room tba, Americanist Lunch Seminar presents Fitz Brundage, (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), "title."  This seminar coordinated by Brandon Byrd and Juliet Larkin-Gilmore.
  • Jan. 18, 4:10-5:45 pm, room TBA, German History Seminar. Speaker name, University, "Title.” Seminar Conveners: Helmut W. Smith.
  • Jan. 22, 3:10 pm, Sarratt 216/220, Vanderbilt History Seminar. Greg Cushman, University of Kansas.VHS Co-Directors: Ruth Rogaski and Jeff Cowie. Please contact Alex Jacobs for more information.
  • Jan. 29,  12-2 pm, room tba, Legal History Colloquium Paul Halliday (University of Virginia),  “Title here.” Director: Thomas McGinn. 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 Thomas McGinn.
  • Jan. 30, 4:10 pm, A&S Faculty meeting, Wilson 103 (date to be firmed)
  • Feb. 5, 3:10 pm, room tba, Full department meeting
  • Feb. 6, 11:30 – 1:00 pm, room tba, Americanist Lunch Seminar presents Name, (University), "title."  This seminar coordinated by Brandon Byrd and Juliet Larkin-Gilmore.
  • Feb. 8, 4:10-5:45 pm, room TBA, German History Seminar. Speaker name, University, "Title.” Seminar Conveners: Helmut W. Smith.
  • Feb. 12, 2-2 pm, room tba, Legal History ColloquiumSusanna Burghartz (Universität Basel),  “Title here.” Director: Thomas McGinn. 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 Thomas McGinn.
  • Feb. 14, Ash Wednesday
  • Feb. 14, noon, room tba, Natalie Zemon Davis, talk title tba.  Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program and co-sponsored by the Department of History, Religious Studies.
  • Feb. 19, 3:10 pm, Sarratt 216/220, Vanderbilt History Seminar. Michael Low, Iowa State.VHS Co-Directors: Ruth Rogaski and Jeff Cowie. Please contact Alex Jacobs for more information.
  • Feb. 20, 4:10 pm, A&S Faculty meeting, Wilson 103 (date to be firmed)
  • Feb. 27, 11:30 – 1:00 pm, room tba, Americanist Lunch Seminar presents Name, (University), "title."  This seminar coordinated by Brandon Byrd and Juliet Larkin-Gilmore.
  • March 3-11, Spring Holidays in most school
  • March 12, 3:10 pm, room tba, Full department meeting
  • March 15, 4:10 pm, room TBA, Vanderbilt University, The Annual Byrn Lecture, Mamadou Diouf, Columbia University, "Title."  Talk open to the public. Reception to follow.
  • March 16, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, room TBA, Mamadou Diouf, Columbia University, The Byrn Lecturer lunch talk with department of History graduate students and faculty.
  • March 19, 12-2 pm, room tba, Legal History ColloquiumPascal Pichonnaz (Université de Fribourg ),  “Title here.” Director: Thomas McGinn. 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 Thomas McGinn.
  • March 22 & 23, A Conference sponsored by the Chancellor and coordinated by Professor Dennis Dickerson, "Wrestling with the Past: Vanderbilt, Race, and the Confederate Legacy."
  • March 26 (tentative date), 3:10 pm, Sarratt 216/220, Vanderbilt History Seminar. Sarah Hamilton, University of Texas, Auburn.VHS Co-Directors: Ruth Rogaski and Jeff Cowie. Please contact Alex Jacobs for more information.
  • March 27, 4:10 pm, A&S Faculty meeting, Wilson 103 (date to be firmed)
  • March 29, 4:10-5:45 pm, room TBA, German History Seminar. Speaker name, University, "Title.” Seminar Conveners: Helmut W. Smith.
  • March 30 & April 1, Good Friday and Easter
  • March 31- April 7, Passover
  • April 2, 3:10 pm, room tba, Full department meeting
  • April 3, 11:30 – 1:00 pm, room tba, Americanist Lunch Seminar presents Name, (University), "title."  This seminar coordinated by Brandon Byrd and Juliet Larkin-Gilmore.
  • April 5, 4:10 pm, Langford Auditorium, Spring Faculty Assembly with Chancellor Zeppos
  • April 9, 12-2 pm, room tba, Legal History Colloquium. Sam Erman (University of Southern California Gould School of Law),  “Title here.” Director: Thomas McGinn. 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 Thomas McGinn.
  • April 12 - 14, Organization of American Historians annual meeting, Sacramento, CA
  • April 16, 3:10 pm, Sarratt 216/220, Vanderbilt History Seminar. Andrew Needham, New York University. VHS Co-Directors: Ruth Rogaski and Jeff Cowie. Please contact Alex Jacobs for more information.
  • April 19, 4:10-5:45 pm, room TBA, German History Seminar. Speaker name, University, "Title.” Seminar Conveners: Helmut W. Smith.
  • April 23, Last day of classes
  • April 23, 3:10 pm, room tba, Full department meeting
  • April 24, Reading Day
  • April 24, 4:10 pm, A&S Faculty meeting, Wilson 103 (date to be firmed)
  • April 25-May 3, Undergraduate exams
  • May 7, Maymester term begins
  • May 8, 3:10 pm, A&S Faculty meeting, Wilson 103 (date to be firmed)
  • 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 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

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