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Updated: Oct. 18, 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.

FALL 2017

  • Oct. 18, 4:10 pm, Sarratt Cinema, Raoul Peck, director of the Academy-Award nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro , will speak. Additionally, Peck's films Lumumba and I Am Not Your Negro will be screened on October 4 and October 16 respectively, at Sarratt Cinema at 7:30 p.m. Presented by the Robert Penn Warren Center. Co-sponsored by the Department of History along with numerous other programs.
  • Oct. 19, 2:30 – 4:00 pm, Benson 200, Nick Villanueva talks about turning your dissertation into a book. For graduate students. SORRY, CANCELLED.
  • Oct. 19, 4 pm, Benson 200, Professor Lauren Hirschberg, Stanford University, “Reef Crossings: Navigating the Segregated Spaces of U.S. Empire in the Marshall Islands.” A Vanderbilt Global History seminar series event. Coordinators: Professor Paul Kramer and Chelsey Dyer. Based on a pre-circulated paper.
  • Oct. 19 -20. An interdisciplinary workshop on the study of Late Antiquity. The keynote lecture on Thursday, October 19, at 4:10 pm will be delivered by Stephen J. Davis, Yale University, "The Archaeology of Early Christian Monasticism: Evidentiary Problems and Criteria." In Cohen Memorial Hall room 203. The programs on Friday will take place in Divinity School Reading Room. You can find the full program at https://divinity.vanderbilt.edu/news/relacs2017.php
    Sponsored by the Program in Classical and Mediterranean Studies. Co-sponsored by the Departments of Anthropology, Religious Studies, History, History of Art, Jewish Studies, the Divinity School, and Robert Penn Warren Center. All events will be free and open to all VU faculty and students.
  • Oct. 20, from 12:10-1:40, Buttrick 310, History of Science and Medicine Society Works in Progress meeting, Dani Picard will be sharing a chapter from her dissertation, which analyzes the development of industrial psychology as a scientific discipline in Great Britain. Dani's dissertation views these developments in relation to issues of labor, science, and the body in interwar Europe. Coordinator: contact Patrick Anthony for the pre-circulated paper.
  • Oct. 23, 3:10 pm, BT 123, Full department meeting
  • Oct. 24, 11:30 – 1:00 pm, Buttrick 123, Americanist Lunch Seminar presents Laura Stark, (Vanderbilt), "Escaping time: Prisoners' escapes from NIH medical experiments and the politics of history without names."  This seminar coordinated by Brandon Byrd and Juliet Larkin-Gilmore.
  • Oct. 26, 5:30 - 6:00 pm, Benson Hall 2nd floor foyer. Phi Alpha Theta induction ceremony.
  • Oct. 27, 12:10-1:30 pm, RPW Center, The Science Studies Seminar.  Co-organizers Alistair Sponsel, Ole Molvig, Tash Rijke-Epstein.
  • Oct. 30, 8:00 pm, Sarratt Cinema. Free Admission. Genticorum Quebec Roots Band. For more information contact susan.kevra@vanderbilt.edu. https://events.vanderbilt.edu/index.php?eID=111406 . This event sponsored by the Departments of French and Italian, History, American Studies, Theatre, The Center for Second Language Studies, The RPW Center, and the Delegation due Quebec.
  • Nov. 6, 12-2 pm, Buttrick 123, Legal History Colloquium Indira Gesink (Baldwin Wallace University),  "The Complex Sex: Intersexuality in Pre-modern Islamic Legal Texts." 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 Christen Harper.
  • 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, 4:10-6 pm, Div 129, Central Europe Seminar presents, Ari Joskowicz, Vanderbilt, “Jews and Roma in the Era of Witnessing.” Seminar Convener: Helmut W. Smith.
  • Nov. 13, 12-2 pm, Buttrick 123, Legal History Colloquium.  Donald Davis (University of Texas at Austin),  "The Evolution of the Legal Subject in Classical Hindu Law." 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 Christen Harper.
  • Nov. 14, 11:30 – 1:00 pm, Buttrick 123, Americanist Lunch Seminar presents Cathleen Cahil, (University of New Mexico), "One-eight Kaw and 100% Republican": Charles Curtis, Indian Citizenship, and Woman Suffrage in the 1920s."  This seminar coordinated by Brandon Byrd and Juliet Larkin-Gilmore.
  • Nov. 14, 4 pm, Benson 200, Professor Celeste Moore, Hamilton College, “The Voice of America: Radio, Race, and the Sound of the Cold War, 1947-64.” A Vanderbilt Global History seminar series event. Coordinators: Professor Paul Kramer and Chelsey Dyer. Based on a pre-circulated paper.
  • Nov. 14, 4:10 pm, Wilson 103, CAS Faculty Meeting
  • Nov 15, 4:10 pm, Buttrick 123, Max Kade Speaker Series presents, Tara Zahra, Professor of East European History, University of Chicago, "Against the World: Deglobalization and the Settlement Movement in Interwar Vienna." Co-sponsored by Department of History.
  • Nov. 16, 2-5 pm, Benson 200, Latin American & Caribbean Graduate Workshop Meeting. We will read and discuss papers by Tiago Maranhao and Jorge Delgadillo. For graduate students.
  • Nov. 17, 12:10-1:30 pm, RPW Center, The Science Studies Seminar.  Co-organizers Alistair Sponsel, Ole Molvig, Tash Rijke-Epstein.
  • 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, Wilson 103, CAS Faculty Meeting
  • Dec. 7, Last day of classes
  • Dec. 7, 4:10-6 pm, Div 129, Central Europe Seminar presents, David Luebke, University of Oregon, “Shared Spaces: Simultankirchen, 1525-1870.” Co-sponsored by the Digital Humanities Center. Seminar Convener: Helmut W. Smith.
  • Dec. 8, Reading Day
  • Dec. 9-16, Undergraduate exams
  • Dec. 15, 12:10-1:30 pm, RPW Center, The Science Studies Seminar.  Co-organizers Alistair Sponsel, Ole Molvig, Tash Rijke-Epstein.
  • Dec. 13-20 Hanukkah
  • Dec. 22 - Jan. 1, VU Holiday, office closed

SPRING 2018

  • Jan. 4-7, American Historical Association annual meeting, Washington, DC
  • Jan. 8, First day of classes
  • Jan. 8, 3:10 pm, BT 123, Full department meeting
  • Jan. 15, Martin Luther King, Jr. day - classes do not meet
  • Jan. 16, 11:30 – 1:00 pm, Div 129 (tentative), Americanist Lunch Seminar presents Fitz Brundage, (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), "Americans and Torture in a Totalitarian Age, 1945-1980."  This seminar coordinated by Brandon Byrd and Juliet Larkin-Gilmore.
  • Jan. 18, 4:10-5:45 pm, Div 129, Central Europe 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, "The Pacific Ocean and the Onset of the Anthropocene Epoch." VHS Co-Directors: Ruth Rogaski and Jeff Cowie. Please contact Alex Jacobs for more information.
  • Jan. 29,  12-2 pm, BT 123, Legal History Colloquium Paul Halliday (University of Virginia),  “Building an Empire of Supreme Courts.” 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 Christen Harper.
  • Jan. 30, 4:10 pm, room TBA, CAS Faculty Meeting
  • Feb. 5, 3:10 pm, BT 123, Full department meeting
  • Feb. 6, 11:30 – 1:00 pm, room tba, Americanist Lunch Seminar presents Juliet Larkin-Gilmore, (Vanderbilt), "Homesick: How Public Health Shaped the Relationship Between Federal Indian Schools and Mohave Families, 1900–1920."  This seminar coordinated by Brandon Byrd and Juliet Larkin-Gilmore.
  • Feb. 8, 4:10-5:45 pm, Div 129, Central Europe Seminar. Speaker name, University, "Title.” Seminar Conveners: Helmut W. Smith.
  • Feb. 12, 2-2 pm, BT 123, Legal History ColloquiumSusanna Burghartz (Universität Basel),  “Protestant Veiling and Politics in Early Modern Europe.” 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 Christen Harper.
  • Feb. 14, Ash Wednesday
  • Feb. 14, 4:00 pm, room tba, Natalie Zemon Davis, "Languages of the People: A Romanian-Jewish Philologist on Yiddish, Romanian and French."  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, "Desalinated Dreams, Fossil-Fueled and Filtered from the Pacific to the Persian Gulf." VHS Co-Directors: Ruth Rogaski and Jeff Cowie. Please contact Alex Jacobs for more information.
  • Feb. 20, 4:10 pm, room TBA, CAS Faculty Meeting
  • Feb. 22, 5:30-6:00 pm, Benson Hall 2nd floor foyer, Phi Alpha Theta induction ceremony
  • Feb. 27, 11:30 – 1:00 pm, Div 129 (tentative), Americanist Lunch Seminar presents Kyle Romero, (Vanderbilt), “The Economics of Morality: Capitalism, American Food Aid, and the Professionalization of Humanitarianism, 1914-1945."  This seminar coordinated by Brandon Byrd and Juliet Larkin-Gilmore.
  • March 3-11, Spring Holidays in most school
  • March 12, 12-2 pm, BT 123, Adam Goodman, Assistant Professor of History & Latin American and Latino Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago, "Fighting the Deportation Machine: Immigrant Activism in the Streets and in the Courts, 1970-1985." Co-sponsored by Legal History Colloquium and the Program in American Studies.
  • March 12, 3:10 pm, BT 123, 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, BT 123, Mamadou Diouf, Columbia University, The Byrn Lecturer lunch talk with department of History graduate students and faculty.
  • March 19, 12-2 pm, BT 123, Legal History ColloquiumPascal Pichonnaz (Université de Fribourg ),  "Limitation of recoverable losses: From Damages circa rem to foreseeability of damages: some aspects of an evolution.” 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 Christen Harper.
  • 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, "Spanish Wetlands in the Anthropocene." VHS Co-Directors: Ruth Rogaski and Jeff Cowie. Please contact Alex Jacobs for more information.
  • March 27, 4:10 pm, room TBA, CAS Faculty Meeting
  • March 29, 4:10-5:45 pm, Div 129, Central Europe 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, BT 123, Full department meeting
  • April 3, 11:30 – 1:00 pm, Div 129 (tentative), 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, 4:10 pm, location TBA, novelist and essayist Amitav Ghosh will deliver a lecture to mark the Asian Studies Program's 50th anniversary. 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 Christen Harper.
  • 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, "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. Speaker name, University, "Title.” 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, room TBA, CAS Faculty Meeting
  • April 25-May 3, Undergraduate exams
  • 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 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