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Updated: March 25, 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, email Heidi to see if Benson 200 is free.

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

2018 - 2019 Academic Year begins below

  • March 25, Summer 2019 open enrollment begins.
  • March 25, 3:10 pm, Divinity School 124 Reading Room, Vanderbilt History Seminar. Monica Kim, New York University, "A More Perfect Hunger: the Korean peasant and US Military Intelligence, from Rice to Uranium." VHS Co-Directors: Jeff Cowie and Moses Ochonu. Please contact Dani Picard for more information.
  • March 27, 12:10-1:30 and also 4:10 pm film screening. African Studies Seminar at the Warren Center for the Humanities on Wed., March 27, 12:10-1:30pm: Stephan Miescher (History, Univ. California-Santa Barbara) and R. Lane Clark (independent filmmaker), will present on Miescher’s forthcoming book, A Dam for Africa: The Volta River Project and Modernization in Postcolonial Ghana and their jointly produced film entitled Ghana's Electirc Dreams.  The seminar will be held at the Robert Penn Warren Center conference room. Lunch will be provided. There is a pre-circulated book chapter; please contact to receive a copy. This seminar is co-sponsored by the Environmental Sustainability Studies Program, the Department of History, and of course the Warren Center for the Humanities and will be coupled with a film screening of Ghana's Electric Dreams  (followed by Q & A) at 4:10pm, also on March 27in Kissam C216.
  • March 28, 12:15 - 2:00 pm, RPW Center Conference Room, Seminar - Group for Premodern Cultural Studies, Samuel England of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Jihad Hospitality: A Crusader’s Guide.” This talk explores the Jerusalem Crusade in the larger critical context of my recent book,  Medieval Empires and the Culture of Competition.This seminar is being co-sponsored by the Department of History and the Department for Religious Studies.
  • March 28, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Alumni Hall room 206. Faculty dinner with Phi Alpha Theta and Honors class members. Speaker: Professor Jefferson Cowie. Catered by Vanderbilt Catering - Fajita Bar Buffet. Faculty please attend even if you didn't RSVP.  Many seniors will speak about their most fond memories as a history major.
  • March 29, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sarratt 325/327, The Global Right Turn: Historical Perspectives on Democratic Crisis Symposium. Please see the poster, statement and schedule here. Coordinated by Paul Kramer and Philipp Hauser. Co-sponsored by: American Studies, Asian Studies, Global History Seminar, History Department, Latin American Studies, Max Kade Center, Office of Research, College of Arts & Sciences. Contact with questions.
  • March 29, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, Benson 200, Lake Speaker series presents Sam Fullerton, UC Riverside, "The Impure Synagogue: New England in the Royalist imagination, 1637-1660."
  • April 1, 12 - 2 pm, BT 123, Legal History Colloquium, Professor Natasha Wheatley, Princeton University, "Legal Pluralism as Temporal Pluralism: Historical Rights, Legal Vitalism, and Non-Synchronous Sovereignty.” Director: Ari Bryen, coordinator Kayleigh Whitman. 
  • April 1, 3:10 pm, BT 123, Full Department Meeting
  • April 1, 6:00 - 7:30 pm (reception begins at 5:30 pm), Divinity Room 124, A Public Lecture and Conversation with Dr. Annelise Orleck, Professor of History, Dartmouth College. Dr. Orleck will be discussing her new book "We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now": The Global Uprising Against Poverty Wages.  Maura Lee Albert, President of the SEIU will moderate. RSVP to Susan Hilderbrand by 3:00 pm on March 22 for food count. Sponsored by the John L. Seigenthaler Chair in American History, the James G. Stahlman Chair, American Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and the Nashville SEIU (Service Employees International Union). 
  • April 4, 4:10 pm, Student Life Center, Spring Faculty Assembly with Chancellor Zeppos
  • April 5, Benson 200, 3:30 – 7:00 pm.  A Peter Lake Speaker series presents REMEMBERING THE REFORMATION with two presentations.  Professor Lori Anne Ferrell (Claremont Graduate University), “Selective Memory: How the Victorians invented the English Reformation,” and Professor Michael Questier (Research Chair at Vanderbilt University), “I’ve had better days; but, still, let’s talk about my Book! Richard Challoner, English Catholicism & the Post Reformation World.”
  • April 4-7, 2019 OAH Annual Meeting, Philadelphia
  • April 12 & 13, Divinity room 128, Friday 12- 5 pm, Saturday 9 am - 5 pm, Peter Lake Mini ConferenceRETHINKING LONDON. Peter Lake (Vanderbilt University), Isaac Stephens (University of Mississippi), Jordan Downs (Vanderbilt University), Ann Hughes (Keele University), David Como (Stanford University), John Collins (Eastern Washington University), Jason Peacey (University College London), Richard Bell (Oxford University), Tom Cogswell (UC Riverside). Click here for poster. 
  • April 16, 4:10 pm, Wilson 103, A&S Faculty meeting
  • April 16, 4:10 pm, Robert Penn Warren Center, Graduate Student Fellows Lecture Series presents Katherine R. McKenna, Department of History. Free and open to the public. 
  • April 16 -22. DEAD WEEK. No quizzes or exams, or portion of exams are allowed. 
  • April 18, 4:15-6:00 pm, Benson 200, Central Europe Seminar. Meike Werner, Vanderbilt University, "How far away was LA? Thomas Mann in Pacific Palisades, 1942."  Seminar Conveners: Celia Applegate and David Blackbourn.
  • April 22, Last day of classes
  • April 22, 3:10 pm, BT 123, Full Department Meeting
  • April 22, 5:00 - 7:00 pm, 202 Memorial Hall - the middle room, on the second floor of Alumni Hall directly behind Kirkland Hall, Reception for Richard Blackett's retirement.
  • April 23 - May 2, Reading day and exams
  • April 26, Fall 2019 registration window closes.
  • May 7, 3:10 pm, Wilson 103, A&S Faculty meeting
  • May 9, 3:00 - 4:30 pm, Benson Hall outside on south lawn, facing Garland Hall, Department Reception for Graduating Seniors
  • May 10, 9:00 am, COMMENCEMENT
  • May 20, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, Benson 200, Justin Hubbard defends his dissertation, "Altered States: Scientific Uncertainty and the Department of Defense's Quest to End Drug Abuse, 1945-1980." All invited.
  • May 23, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, Benson 200, Patrick Rasico defends his dissertation, "Areas of Display and Debate: Britishness Exotica, and the Material Counterflows of Empire in India, 1750-1825." All invited.
  • June 24, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, Buttrick 123, Juliet Larkin-Gilmore defends her dissertation, "Native Health on the Move: Public Health and Assimilation on the Lower Colorado River, 1890–1934." All invited.


  • Oct. 18, 2:30 - 3:45 pm, Benson 200. You will hear from representatives from Phi Alpha Theta, The Vanderbilt Historical Review and the Honors program while you mingle with history professors. RSVP to