As usual, the history department offered a wide array of programs on US, European, and World History:
--October 2015: Gray Brechin of the University of California-Berkeley delivered this year's Frank L. Klement Lecture in October. The lecture was “Recovering from the Great Depression: The Living New Deal Project Uncovers a Lost Civilization Built 80 Years Ago, and What We Can Learn from It Today.” Watch his lecture.
--February 2016: The department co-sponsored, with the Center for Urban Research, Teaching, and Outreach, a Black History Month event: “Marquette, Race and the Near West Side: Past, Present and Future.” Dr. Joe William Trotter, Jr., Giant Eagle Professor of History and Social Justice at Carnegie Mellon University, delivered the keynote address, which was followed by a panel discussion featuring our own Thomas Jablonsky; Amber Wichowsky, assistant professor of Political Science; and Patrick Kennelly, director of the Center for Peacemaking.
--March 2016: Our 2nd Annual Phi Alpha Theta lecture featured Sarah Bond (a former colleague!) and Tom Keegan of the University of Iowa, who spoke on "Meeting Places: Maps, Manuscripts and Making Digital Humanities Collaborative."
--April 2016: Casper Lecture: Juan R.I. Cole, Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan., who spoke on "Iran's Intervention in Syria: Ideology or Pragmatism?" Watch his lecture.
--April 2016: Michael Donoghue hosted a Cuban scholar, Servando Valdes Sanchez, Professor and Researcher at the Cuban Institute of History at the University of Havana, who spoke on "Cuban Perspectives and Challenges in the New Century: The Origins and Possibilities of the Opening with the United States.” The talk was co-sponsored by the Latin American Studies group at UWM and the Office of International Education at MU.
--Spring 2016: Tim McMahon and Leah Flack (of MU’s English department) were co-organizers of “Reconsidering the Rising,” an A & S Mellon Grant-funded series of five lectures and discussions on Irish nationalism through the lenses of history and culture, offered in conjunction with a history course and an English course. The three external speakers included R. F. Foster, Carroll Professor of History Hertford College, Oxford University; Dr. Brian Conchubhair, associate professor of Irish language and literature at Notre Dame; and Mary Trotter, associate professor of English and interdisciplinary theater arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. McMahon and Flack also gave public lectures. About 350 MU students, faculty, and staff and members of the Milwaukee community (including a number of visitors from UWM) attended the lectures.
--In April, Dan Meissner and colleagues from other departments sponsored a Simmons-grant funded lecture, discussion, and dinner on "Islam, Social Change, and the Role of Women in the Hizmet Movement.”