Department of History

History is the story of human interactions and change over time. It is diverse and dynamic. Every significant act we do today will amount to some legacy for future generations. As an academic field, history is the study of such acts and a sustained examination of the lives of the individuals who partake in them. Historians can have many backgrounds, ranging from economic historians to those who study the historical contexts of environmental change. Historians may also specialize in social, political, intellectual, diplomatic and cultural experiences.

The Department of History offers several different degrees for students who desire to increase their knowledge on specific historical time-periods and who wish to advance their analytical skills. Students have plenty of opportunities to work closely with our award-winning faculty members who specialize in virtually every time-period and region of the world. View the example here of Assistant Professor Sarah Keyes with her mini-lesson on Margaret Foley (1875–1957), an Irish American based in Boston who served as a labor organizer, social worker and suffragist.

History in the Present Lecture Series

“History in the Present” is a monthly webinar series hosted by the Department of History that historicizes current events, shares cutting-edge research, and aims to promote dialogue on issues of interest between the University and the broader community. As historians, we work across disciplines and collaborate with a broad range of people outside of the University. Thus, in addition to history faculty, museum curators, NGO leaders and experts on the environment and human rights will also be presenting in this webinar series. The event is held on the first Wednesday of each month at noon, via Zoom, and will provide ample time for question and answer. Please visit the events calendar for full descriptions of individual events with registration information and attendance links. All events for the 2021 season are virtual unless otherwise noted.

History in the Present Schedule
Date Time Event Name Featuring Host Department
2/3 12:00 p.m. Magicians, Circuses, Gangsters, the Great Migration, and the Secret Show Business Roots of Black Muslims in America. Jacob Dorman, Associate Professor of History and Core Humanities History
3/3 12:00 p.m. The Ongoing Ethical Debate on Looted Nazi and Holocaust-Era Books in the United States Jamie McSpadden, Assistant Professor of History History
4/7 12:00 p.m. The Donner Party: A Tragedy in Snow and Stone Sarah Keyes, Assistant Professor of History History
5/5 12:00 p.m. Anti-Semitism and Belonging: the Jewish Experience in America Dennis Dworkin, Department Chair; Professor of History History
6/2 12:00 p.m. Scarcity and Excess: Food Security in China James Harkness, Country Representative, China, National Geographic History
7/7 12:00 p.m. TBA Connie Wolf, Museum Curator, Arts, Non-profit leader History
9/1 12:00 p.m. Nevada Stories: Film Shorts from Shared History Chris von Nagy, Head, Shared History Program History
10/6 12:00 p.m. AIDS is Not Over: Historicizing the Pandemic Emily Hobson, Associate Professor of Gender, Race, and Identity and History History
11/3 12:00 p.m. Humanitarian Aid in Conflict Environments: Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Nagorno-Karabakh Kevin Hartigan, Regional Director for Asia, CRS (Catholic Relief Services) History
12/1 12:00 p.m. Eurasian Globalizations: Why did Chinggis Khan Decree in the Language of Jesus? Hugh Shapiro, Associate Professor of History History