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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.

Cynthia Blair wins Romero Prize

Associate Professor Cynthia M. Blair has just won the Lora Romero First Book Prize from the American Studies Association for her new book, I've Got to Make My Livin': Black Women's Sex Work in Turn-Of-The-Century Chicago, from University of Chicago Press.

Parsons receives fellowship

Graduate student Anne Parsons is the recipient of a 2011-12 Humanities Institute dissertation fellowship for her project, "Our Brothers' and Sisters' Keepers: Psychiatric Hospitals, Prison and the Institutionization of Twentieth Century America."

Out in Chicago opens at Chicago History Museum

Associate Professor Jennifer Brier is the co-curator of "Out in Chicago," an exhibition opening May 21, 2011 at the Chicago History Museum that will explore 150 years of LGBT life in the city.