Brown Bag Series


Wednesdays 12-1 pm

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.

Fall 2021

Coordinator: Jon Connolly


  • Sep 8: Grad Session — Approaching the Academic Job Market (with Keely Stauter-Halsted, Hayley Negrin, Clare Kim and Jon Connolly)
  • Sep 15: [Jon Connolly / Currently Open]
  • Sep 22: Grad Session — Archival Research Strategies (with Ivón Padilla-Rodríguez, Clare Kim, and Jon Connolly)
  • Sep 29: Gregory Pratt, Chicago Tribune
  • Oct 6: Robert Johnston (Pre-Circulated Paper)
  • Oct 13: Teri McMurtry-Chubb, UIC Law School
  • Oct 20: Ivón Padilla-Rodríguez (Pre-Circulated Paper)
  • Oct 27: Grad Session — Publishing in Academic Journals (with Kevin Schultz, Marina Mogilner, and Keely Stauter-Halsted)
  • Nov 3: Rama Mantena
  • Nov 10: Junaid Quadri, on Transformations of Tradition: Islamic Law in Colonial Modernity (2021)
  • Nov 17: Joshua Alan Hoxmeier
  • Nov 24: Off
  • Dec 1: Michael Jin, on Citizens, Immigrants, and the Stateless: the Making of a Japanese American Diaspora in the Pacific (2021)

Spring 2021

Coordinator: Hayley Negrin

  • January 27: John Abbott, “What can history tell us about the Trump years? A Europeanist Perspective”
  • February 3: Hayley Negrin and Jon Connolly, “Grant Writing 101 for Graduate Students”
  • February 10: Sekordri Ojo, “She Too Sits with Shakespeare and He Winces Not”
  • February 17: Jan Lorys, “Using Your History Degree Beyond Academia”
  • February 24: Keith Pluymers, “Water and Power in Eighteenth Century Philadelphia”
  • March 3: Keely Stauter-Halsted, “Exam Prep for Graduate Students”
  • March 10: Kevin Shultz, “I Smell the Blood of a Liberal’: An Elegy for White Liberals in American Life”
  • March 17: Cristina Groeger, “The Education Trap: Schools and the Remaking of Inequality in Boston”
  • March 31: Kelly Keifer, “Community gardening and k-12 Education in North Lawndale”
  • April 7: Marissa Moss, “‘No, the coppers are watching me:’ Black Women and Narratives of Denial”
  • April 14: John D’Emilio, “Queer Legacies: Stories from Chicago’s LGBTQ Archives”
  • April 21: David Varel, “Anti-Racist Scholarship and the OAH: The Case of the Avery Craven Book Award”
  • April 28: Sohini Majumdar, “Making of a National Border: How State and Society Intersected in Postcolonial West Bengal”


Fall 2020

Coordinator: Lynn Hudson

  • September 9: Open discussion on pedagogy and justice. Bring concerns, experiences, and ideas to share.
  • September 16: Robert Johnston, “Lessons from Cal State: Using Historical Thinking to Promote Social Justice and Student Success in the introductory U.S. History Course.”
  • September 23: Kevin Schultz on his current project on James Baldwin, title TBA