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Brown Bag on Graduate Exams!

Join us on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 12 pm – 1 pm in UH 950 for our weekly BrownBag! We will discuss the new format of the exams, which goes into effect in March. In…

UIC scholar honored for work serving the ‘public good’

Barbara Ransby, a University of Illinois at Chicago historian, writer, and activist, is the recipient of the American Studies Association’s 2018 Angela Y. Davis Prize for Public Scholarship, which recognizes scholars who have…

Valedictory for Prof. Robert Johnston at JGAPE

Robert Johnson has recently completed a five-year term as co-editor of the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. According to Dr. Kristin Hoganson, President of the Society for Historians of the Gilded…

Keely Stauter-Halsted Presents our Weekly Brownbag

On November 7, Professor Keely Stauter-Halsted will be presenting our weekly brownbag series on: “Violence by Other Means: Citizen Denunciations and Internment Camps in Post World War I Poland.”

New book details six decades of black politics, education reform

Our Esteemed Faculty member and colleague, Elizabeth Todd-Breland will discuss her findings and the related ongoing implications during an Oct. 26 event hosted by UIC’s Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy; Social Justice Institute,…

We Made the News!

Congratulations to the UIC Department of History for being selected to be part of two American Historical Association-led initiatives funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. You can read the full article here.

Prof. Jonathan Daly on Putin's Russia

Author of Crime and Punishment in Russia: A Comparative History from Peter the Great to Vladimir Putin (Bloomsbury, 2018)

Faculty In The News

Prof. Jenny Brier Interviewed by Chicago Public Radio

History Matters 2017

Read about the department's various activities in Fall 2017

Stauter-Halsted wins the AHA's 2016 Joan Kelly Prize for best book in women's history

Keely Stauter-Halsted, Professor of History and Hejna Family Chair in Polish Studies, has been selected as the winner of the 2016 Joan Kelly Memorial Prize for her book _The Devil's Chain: Prostitution and Social Control in Partitioned Poland_ (Cornell Univ. Press, 2015). The Kelly Prize is awarded annually by the American Historical Association (AHA) to honor the best book in women’s history and/or feminist theory.

Laura Hostetler gives talk at Ricci Institute at the University of San Francisco

Laura Hostetler gave a talk on the current disputes in the South China Sea at the San Francisco Museum of Asian Art as part of a symposium she co-chaired for the Ricci Institute at the University of San Francisco in April 2016. The symposium title was “Reimagining the Globe and Cultural Exchange: From the World Maps of Ricci and Verbiest to Google Earth,” the talk title “China’s Maritime Claims: Perspectives from the History of Cartography.”

Professor John Abbott to receive 2016 Silver Circle Award for Excellence in Teaching

Professor John Abbott has been selected as a recipient of the 2016 Silver Circle Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award grantees are selected by graduating seniors; it is one of the highest distinctions UIC offers in recognition of classroom excellence. He will receive his award at the LAS Commencement ceremony on May 8 2016.

Professor Boyer Wins Book Award

Professor Christopher Boyer's book Political Landscapes: Forests, Conservation, and Community in Mexico (Duke University Press, 2015) won the best book in Social Sciences from the Mexican Studies committee of the Latin American Studies Association.

Professor Jennifer Brier and History Moves "In Plain Sight" Exhibition opens March 4

In Plain Sight is a public exhibition inspired by an ongoing project called "I'm Still Surviving: A Women's History of HIV/AIDS in the United States." Professor Brier is the lead historian for the exhibition and book. The project's graphic design was led by Matt Wizinsky, assistant professor of design at the University of Cincinnati.

Robert Johnston wins grant for NEH Summer Institute

Robert Johnston has won a grant from the NEH for a Summer Institute for K-12 teachers entitled “Rethinking the Gilded Age and Progressive Era,” which will convene at UIC from June 26 to July 22.

Melvin G. "Mel" Holli, 1933-2016

Professor of History Emeritus and former chair of the department Melvin G. "Mel" Holli passed away on January 7, 2016. Holli was a founding member of the Department of History at what was then known as the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle. An expert on urban history, particularly that of Detroit and Chicago, he had a strong interest in the history of mayoralty and of immigration to the United States.

Parsons named Soros Justice Fellow by the Open Society Foundation

2013 Ph.D. graduate Anne Parsons has been named a 2015 Soros Justice Fellow by the Open Society Foundation to complete work on a book exploring the link between the deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill and the rise of mass incarceration.

Kevin Schultz Interviewed on MSNBC

Kevin Schultz appeared on MSNBC's June 5 program, "The Cycle" to discuss his new book, Buckley and Mailer: The Difficult Friendship That Shaped the Sixties.

Javier Villa-Flores named a fellow of the National Humanities Center for the 2015-16 academic year.

Javier Villa-Flores, University of Illinois at Chicago associate professor of Latin American and Latino studies and history, has been named a fellow of the National Humanities Center for the 2015-16 academic year. Villa-Flores, who studies religious issues, colonialism, performance studies and the social history of language in colonial Mexico, will join 36 other distinguished scholars from 32 institutions across the United States and eight foreign countries working on a wide array of projects. He will also have opportunities to participate in seminars, lectures and conferences.

OAH to create a prize in honor of John D’Emilio

The Organization of American Historians (OAH) Committee on the Status of LGBTQ Historians and Histories is very proud to announce the launch of a fundraising campaign to support the creation of an annual Ph.D. dissertation prize in U.S. LGBTQ history. The prize will be named in honor of John D’Emilio and administered by the OAH.

Leon Fink awarded the ILHA Book of the Year Award

The International Labor History Association (ILHA) is pleased to announce the ILHA Book of the Year Award for 2014. The volume, Workers in Hard Times, edited by Leon Fink, Joseph McCartin, and Joan Sangster (University of Illinois Press, 2014), represents a cogent contribution to labor history with lessons drawn from past and present worker struggles.

Graduate Student James Mestaz Wins Adrian Bantjes Best Graduate Student Paper Award

James Mestaz received the Adrian Bantjes Best Graduate Student Paper Award from The Rocky Mountain Council in Latin American Studies (RMCLAS) for his paper, “Their Technology, Our Way: Mayo Uses of Fuerte River Infrastructure,1930-1950” which he presented at the 62nd Annual Meeting in Tucson, Arizona, April 8-11 2015.

Graduate Student Jeff Nichols Finds Unseen Film from 1915 Eastland Disaster

Graduate student Jeff Nichols found film clips of the SS Eastland disaster, an excursion vessel that capsized in the Chicago River in 1915. He found the footage while looking through archival films from the EYE Film Institute in the Netherlands. These precious few seconds of film are the only known moving images of the disaster. News of the discovery spread quickly via social media and online newspaper outlets. For more information and to view the film clips, visit: http://www.eastlanddisaster.org/news

Professor Sunil M. Agnani wins ACLA Harry Levin Prize

Sunil M. Agnani's, book Hating Empire Properly: The Two Indies and the Limits of Enlightenment Anticolonialism (Fordham University Press, 2013) won the 2014 Harry Levin Prize from the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA).

A Diet of Globalization: The History and Possible Futures of Mexican Foodways Conference

Professor Chris Boyer hosted the “Diet of Globalization” conference on Thursday, December 4, at the Institute for the Humanities. It included presentations from six of the leading experts on the history of food, the environment, and the global politics of production in Mexico. For more information about the conference, please visit: http://huminst.uic.edu/ifth/research-support/humanities-without-walls/christopher-boyer

SEE NEXT Working Group: Yaroslav Hrytsak: "Center, Periphery and the Habsburg Dilemma: The Case of Ivan Franko"

The UIC SEE NEXT Working Group (Seminar: East European and Northern Eurasian Crosstalk) and the UIC Institute for the Humanities presents Yaroslav Hrytsak, from L’viv Catholic University, giving the lecture: "Center, Periphery and the Habsburg Dilemma: The Case of Ivan Franko (1856 – 1916)" November 18, 2014 at 6 p.m. Location: Institute for the Humanities, 701 South Morgan, lower level Stevenson Hall University of Illinois at Chicago

Windy City Graduate History Conference October 17 and 18

UIC Hosts the Windy City Graduate History Conference begins Friday, October 17 from 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM on the 6th floor of Student Center East. There will be graduate student panels at 1:30 PM and 3:00 PM, and the keynote lecture will be at 4:30 PM, followed by a reception. The keynote speaker is James T. Sparrow, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Chicago. His talk is entitled, "Problems of the Democratic State." The conference continues with panels on Saturday, October 18. This event is free and open to the public.

Susan Levine winner of the inaugural Janet Colm Award for Transformative Leadership

Professor Levine is one of three recipients of the Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina's inaugural Janet Colm Award for Transformative Leadership. This award recognizes three distinguished individuals in appreciation of their leadership to help ensure increased access to comprehensive health care for women, men and teens.

Jennifer Brier Inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame

Jennifer Brier, director of the gender and women’s studies program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is one of 15 people selected for induction into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame. The hall of fame is overseen by the nonprofit Friends of the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in partnership with the City of Chicago.

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