Brown Bag Series


Fall 2018/Spring 2019

Wednesdays 12-1pm

950 University Hall


The History Department is happy to present the brown bag series. The series is open to all faculty, staff, and administrators, we welcome graduate students as well. This series is an opportunity to come and create a network, learn from one another, and exchange new and innovative ideas. Each meet is an hour long and will be comprised of different topics.

Coordinator: Joaquín M. Chávez –

September 5: Lina Britto, Northwestern University, “Hurricane Marijuana. The Untold Story of How Colombia Became a Drug Paradise”  

September 12: Tim Herbert, Career Diversity Initiative

September 19: Gosia Fidelis, “Professional development session for graduate students, TBA.”

September 26: TBD

October 3: Gosia Fidelis, “Professional development session for graduate students, TBA.”

October 10: David Detmer, professor of philosophy at Purdue University Northwest, “Howard Zinn and His Critics”

October 17: Cancelled

October 24: Noah Glaser, Limited Liability Empire: How the French Intervention in Mexico (1861-1867) Shaped the European Colonial Boom” 


October 31: Chris Boyer, “The Green Revolution and the Politics of Hunger in Post-War Mexico”

November 7: Keely Stauter-Halstead, “Violence by Other Means: Citizen Denunciations and Internment Camps in Post World War I Poland”

November 14: Zukhra Kasimova “At the center of the periphery: Igor Savitsky’s collection of Soviet avant-garde art in the Karakalpak desert”


November 28: Elena Marasinova, Moscow Higher School of Economics, Visiting Scholar (UIC-Prokhorov foundation, Russian exchange) Talk “Writing a History of the Capital Punishment in Russia (in the second part of the 18th century)”


January 23: We will discuss the new format of the exams, which goes into effect in March. In addition, faculty members will be there to discuss expectations for their specific fields. Whether you are taking the exam in March or at a later time, it is a great opportunity to learn about the revised format and ask any questions you may have for people who regularly serve on exam committees.


February 13: Tim Herbert Career Diversity


February 20: Marina


February 27: Robert & Jeff, “Academic Unions: History and Current Prospects.”


March 6: Wendell Marsh, “Genealogies of an African Islamic Modernity.”


March 13: Daniel Immerwahr, Northwestern University Department of History,” “How to Hide an Empire: Telling the story of the Greater United States.”


March 20: Michael Goode


March 27: TBD


April 3: Cory Davis “#twitterstorians: Historians, Social Media, and the Challenge of ‘Fake History’.”


April 10: Tim Herbert – Career Diversity


April 17: TBD


April 24: Polina Popova, “Raising children of the ‘genius time:’ the Soviet biographies of the Party leaders and famous historical figures.”