News and Events

History's Mysteries revealed

On Nov. 2, Prof. Burt Bledstein investigated the way in which Jane Addams imagined Chicago in her effort to make progressive reforms. Part of the Department's "History's Mysteries" series, the talk was attended by nearly 100 people. Click the title to learn about the Department's next "Mystery" event. All talks are free and open to the public.

UIC Honors Budding Historians

On Tuesday, April 10th, UIC proudly hosted the Chicago History Fair Metro Finals, featuring students from Bronzeville Scholastic Institute (BSI), a small school housed within historic DuSable High School on Chicago's south side. The next day, all 11 student-presenters became Illinois State History Expo Finalists. Congratulations!

McCloskey to win 4 honorary degrees

Congratulations to Professor Deirdre McCloskey, who is set to receive four honorary degrees from prestigious institutions around the world. The Copenhagen Business School, the Universidad Francisco Marroquin (Guatemala), Southern Illinois University, and Johkoping University (Sweden) all plan to honor McCloskey in the upcoming year.

Yau, Warner, Capers win department prizes

At the April 11 Osofsky Lecture, Assistant Professor Corey Capers won the Shirley Bill Award for Excellence in Teaching, Stephanie Yau won the Goodman Award for Distinction in Undergraduate Studies, and Jennifer Warner won the Edinger Prize, achievement among History majors.

Ellen McClure and History's Mysteries

On April 13, Associate Professor Ellen McClure will lecture about the famous playwright Moliere and a case of royal blackmail in the court of King Louis XIV. Part of the "History's Mysteries Series," the lecture begins at 7pm at UIC's Institute for the Humanities. For more information, email:

James Scott to give Osofsky Lecture

Yale's James C. Scott will be this year's Gilbert Osofsky Lecturer. Scott's lecture, entitled "Two Cheers for Anarchy," will take place on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm in Student Center East, room 302, and be followed by a reception. For more information, contact

Out in Chicago wins the Berube Prize

The Chicago History Museum's exhibit "Out in Chicago" has just won the 2011 Allan Berube Prize from the AHA's Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History (CLGBTH). Curated by UIC Associate Professor of History Jennifer Brier and Jill Thomas Austin, and aided by UIC graduate student Anne Parsons and UIC undergraduate Morgan Valenzuela, the exhibit traced 150 years of LGBT life in the city of Chicago. The exhibit was open from May 2011 to March 2012.

Fink and Sklansky win fellowships

Congratulations to Professors Leon Fink and Jeffrey Sklansky for winning fellowships for the upcoming year. Fink has won the Lloyd Lewis Residential Fellowship from the Newberry Library, while Sklansky has won one from UIC's Institute for the Humanities. Congratulations!

Chris Boyer and History's Mysteries

On March 2, Associate Professor Chris Boyer will give a public lecture about a mysterious murder in Revolutionary Mexico, and have the audience help solve the crime. The lecture is part of the Department's "History's Mysteries Series." The lecture begins at 7pm, drinks at 6:30, and a reception to follow. For more information, please email

Congratulations to Josh Salzmann!

Congratulations to UIC graduate Joshua Salzmann (PhD, 2008), who just landed a tenure-track job at Northeastern Illinois University.