News and Events

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:

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:

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.