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Brown Bag Series


Wednesdays 12-1 pm, UH 950

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.


Spring 2024

Coordinators: Danielle Beaujon and Keely Stauter Halsted

  • January 17: Book Talk: Marina Mogilner, Race for the Future: Scientific Visions of Modern Russian Jewishness
  • January 2024: Department Lunch – Come enjoy lunch and conversation!
  • January 31: October Kamara, “‘Pledge Allegiance to the People’: Remembering the Erased History of the Chattanooga Black Panther Party through Digital Archiving”
  • February 7: Professional development for graduate students: “How to Publish a Scholarly Article” (Gosia Fidelis and Marina Mogilner)
  • February 14: Book Talk: Nick Doumanis, The Edinburgh History of the Greeks, the 20th and Early 21st Centuries: Global Perspectives
  • February 21: Book Forum: Gosia Fidelis, Imagining the World from Behind the Iron Curtain
  • February 28: Hashim Ali, “Memorializing the Pakistani Student Movement: Sites of Memory and Commemoration
  • March 6: Joanna Dobrowolska, “Between Faith and State: Orthodox Responses to the Polonization and Revindication Project in Interwar Poland, 1918-1939”
  • March 13: Lucy Wilson, “Remembering Jane: How the Famed Underground Abortion Providers Felt About Their Work”
  • March 27: Jon Connolly, “Thinking with Colonial Photography: Felix Morin in Trinidad”
  • April 3: Avash Bhandari, “Forest Crimes: Corruption, Theft, and Smuggling on the Indo-Nepal Frontier”
  • April 10: Zack Cuyler, “Oil Workers and the Lebanese Brotherhood of Labor”
  • April 17: Aleksei Epishev “From Exclusion to Mass Recruitment Campaign: The Russian Government Policy toward Chinese Labor during 1905-1917.”
  • April 24: Paul Ribera, “Il Protocollo Incompiuto: Military Colonization and Italian Migration to the Bolivian Lowlands, 1945-1960″

Fall 2023

Coordinator: Cory Davis

  • August 30: “Navigating the World of ChatGPT”: A Roundtable on the Challenges of ChatGPT and AI for Historians. Speakers: Kevin Schultz and Guests
  • September 6: Workshop on Digital Research and Library Resources for Students and Scholars. Speakers: Jeffrey Nichols and Jeffrey Wheeler
  • September 13: Workshop on Graduate Exams for 2023-2024
  • September 20: John Abbott, “Continuity or Rupture? The A-Bomb and the American Way of War”
  • September 27: Ajapa Sharma, “Deserting Soldiers and Subject Fleeing States: Creating a Colonial Order of Things, 1885-1925” (pre-circulated paper)
  • October 4: “How to be a TA”: HGS Pedagogy Workshop
  • October 11: Franklin Howard, “Desert Mosaics: Natural Landscapes, Urban Geography, and AIDS in Las Vegas, Nevada” (pre-circulated paper)
  • October 18: Agata Zysiak, “Limiting Privilege: Upward Mobility within Higher Education in Socialist Poland”
  • October 25: James Mestaz, “Strength from the Waters: A History of Indigenous Mobilization in Northwest Mexico”
  • November 1: Jeff Sklansky, “The Person is Political: Fiduciary Duties and Fictive Beneficiaries” (pre-circulated paper)
  • November 8: Workshop on Grant Proposal Writing for Graduate Students
  • November 15: HGS DEI Panel
  • November 29: Hashim Ali, “Gendering the 1960s: The Evocative Lives of Pakistani Female Students.”

Spring 2023

Coordinator: Cory Davis

  • January 18: [CANCELLED]
  • January 25: Workshop on Graduate Fellowships. Speaker: Benn Williams
  • February 1: Marina Mogilner, “From Votiak Case to Votiak Race: Modern Ethnography and Race-Making in the Late Nineteenth-Century Russian Empire.” (pre-circulated paper)
  • February 8: Abdul Basheer, TBA (pre-circulated paper)
  • February 15: Hashim Ali, “Students Strike Back: Youth Life and the Promise of Post-Colonial Pakistan”
  • February 22: Workshop on Digital Research and Library Resources for Students and Scholars. Speakers: Jeffrey Nichols and Jeffrey Wheeler
  • March 1: Vladislava Moskelets, “Urban elites of Lviv in the second half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries”
  • March 8: DEI Professional Development Workshop, hosted by the History Graduate Society
  • March 15: Avash Bhandari, “Sales of Sleepers: A History of Nepal Government Timber Works and Saw Mills”
  • March 29:  Forrest Wales, TBA (pre-circulated paper)
  • April 5:  Tamara Chaplin, TBA
  • April 12: Lilia Fernandez, TBA (pre-circulated paper)
  • April 19: Kostas Kampourakis, “Mendel’s Legacy: Challenging the Narrative of Mendelian Genetics”
  • April 26: Graduate Exams Discussion


Fall 2022

Coordinator: Michael Jin


  • August 31: Ivón Padilla-Rodríguez (pre-circulated paper)
  • September 7: Hayley Negrin (pre-circulated paper)
  • September 14: Grant Writing for Graduate Students. Panelists: Ivón Padilla-Rodríguez and Caterina Scalvedi
  • September 21: Writing a Professional CV for Grants and Job Applications. Panelists: Jeffrey Sklansky and Young Richard Kim
  • September 28: Kevin Schultz (pre-circulated paper)
  • October 5: Jeffery Sklansky (pre-circulated paper)
  • October 12: Internships for Undergraduate and Graduate Students. Panelists: History undergraduate and graduate student interns
  • October 19: “What Meanings Should We Give to The Number 21.4%? A Discussion of UIC and the Academic Job Market for History Doctoral Students,” facilitated by Robert Johnston
  • October 26: John Abbott (pre-circulated paper)
  • November 2: Gwyneth Milbrath and Leora Mincer, “Chicago Black Nurses Archive Mapping Project”
  • November 9: Robert Johnston, “The Triumph of Populist Human Rights: Anti-Vaccinationism and the 1913 Defeat of Eugenic Sterilization in Oregon” (pre-circulated paper)
  • November 16: DEI Professional Development Workshop, hosted by the History Graduate Society
  • November 30: Lilia Fernández

Spring 2022

Coordinator: Michael Jin


  • January 26: Michael Jin, “From Tehran to Seoul to Los Angeles: The Iranian Diaspora and 20th Century Transnational Circuits of Change”
  • February 2: Graduate Session: Crafting a Successful CV
  • February 9: Erin O’Leary, Executive Director, Center for the Advancement of Teaching Excellence
  • February 16: Ana Luiza Morais Soares, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Anthropology, “Orphans of Living and Capable Parents: Indigenous Children in the Amazonas, Brazil (1860-1890)”
  • February 23: Francesca Morgan, Associate Professor of History, Northeastern Illinois University, “A Nation of Descendants: Politics and the Practice of Genealogy in US History”
  • March 2: Emergency Teach-in on War in Ukraine
  • March 9: Latina Scholars in LALS virtual webinar
  • March 16: Clare Kim (pre-circulated paper)
  • March 23: Spring Break
  • March 30: Ismael Biyashev, “’A Scytho-Slavo-Russian World in Malorossia’: Archaeology, Nomadism, and the Construction of a Russian National Past in late imperial Russia”
  • April 6: Danielle Beaujon, Bridge to Faculty Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice
  • April 13: Alexis Guilbault, Co-Director, Digital Humanities Initiative
  • April 20: Jeffrey Wheeler and Jeffrey Nichols, “Research Strategies and Digital Resources for Students and Scholars during the Pandemic.”
  • April 27: Open: possible graduate students’ meeting with the Osofsky speaker

Fall 2021

Coordinator: Jon Connolly


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