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Letter from the Chair
Welcome to the History Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
We are History, your gateway to understanding the origins of the globe's grand challenges and the history of efforts to solve them. Here in History we take great pride and pleasure in applying critical analysis to our knowledge of the past. Whether you are a current or prospective history major or graduate student, faculty member, alumnus or alumnae or friend, our website offers access to our week-to-week events, activities, and accomplishments, as well as a guide to the department's vibrant undergraduate and graduate programs. Please note the ongoing events of "World Histories from Below," in its third year of exploration that brings together faculty and graduate students around a common theme. We also invite you to join with hundreds of alumni in the Friends of History, whose goal is to support the department and its activities. You can become a member of the Friends of History by making a contribution to the department: to learn more, just follow the link on this page. Welcome, and stay awhile!
Diane P. Koenker
Professor and Chair
News & Announcements
Best-Sellerdom! We congratulate Bruce Levine, whose 2013 book, The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution that Transformed the South, is the number 2 Best Selling Civil War title for 2013, as reported by the magazine, Civil War Monitor.
Congratulations to James R. Brennan, who has won the 2013 Bethwell A. Ogot Book Prize, awarded by the African Studies Association for the best book on East African Studies for his book: Taifa: Making Nation and Race in Urban Tanzania.
The Council of Editors of Learned Journals has awarded The Journal of Late Antiquity, which is edited by Ralph Mathisen, the 2013 recipient of the distinctive Codex Award.
View Inside Illinois' front page article about Clare Crowston's study of the "regime of credit" which she wrote about in her new book: Credit, Fashion, Sex: Economies of Regard in Old Regime France.
On November 20, 2013, History alumna Christina Brodbeck, a tech industry entrepreneur and founding member of YouTube, spoke about Building a Career on an LAS Foundation. Her profile can be viewed here.
Attention Illinois History Alumni-
The department's annual newsletter, History@Illinois, wants your news for its next issue, to be published in spring 2014. Please send your updates and achievements to firstname.lastname@example.org. The editors would appreciate receiving your notes by November 15. (You can find a link to last year's issue on line on our web site.)
CONGRATULATIONS to Professor Jerry Dávila, who was invested on October 16th as the first Jorge Paulo Lemann Chair in Brazilian History. Mr. Lemann, the benefactor of the chair and of the Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies, attended and was recognized by Chancellor Phyllis Wise for his generosity toward the University of Illinois. Chancellor Wise and LAS Dean Brian Ross presented Professor Davila with a medallion signifying his position. Diane Koenker introduced Jerry, who then spoke eloquently about his vision of Brazilian history at Illinois. Photos from the event can be viewed here.
We are thrilled to announce that Adrian Burgos has been selected to receive the 2013 Larine Y. Cowan Make a Difference Award for Teaching and Mentoring in Diversity. He will be honored at the 28th Annual Celebration of diversity on November 8, 2013. This is an honor richly deserved for all the work Adrian has done in the classroom, in the graduate program, and in between on behalf of diversity as practice. Congratulations, Adrian!
On October 18th, Bruce Levine gave a plenary address at the Newberry Library's conference on the "Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North." His talk: "Reshaped by the 'Logic of Events': Changing Views of Slavery and Race in the Union and Confederacy."
Professor Dana Rabin gave the annual Associate Professor Lecture in the History Department on Wednesday, October 16th at 3pm in Greg Hall 317. This was an occasion where we had the privilege of hearing work from a book in progress and discussing it with the author.
The title of Dana's talk was "’Wedding and Bedding’: Making and Unmaking Law in the Act of Union between Britain and Ireland (1801)".
Kristin Hoganson gave the 2013 IPRH Annual Distinguished Lecture on September 26th. She spoke from her new work in progress on the topic, "Colonialism, Postcolonialism, Pork and Corn: How Anglo-Saxonist Pigs Can Help Us Reconsider the Roots of the Modern American Empire."
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Recent Faculty Publications
Clare Crowston(author) Credit, Fashion, Sex: Economies of Regard in Old Regime France (Duke University Press)
Antoinette Burton (editor) The Feedback Loop: Historians Talk about the Links between Research and Teaching (American Historical Association)
Marc Hertzman (author) Making Samba: A New History of Race and Music in Brazil (Duke University Press)
Jimena Canales (author) A Tenth of a Second History (University of Chicago Press)
Diane P. Koenker (editor) The Socialist Sixties (Indiana University Press)
Keith Hitchins (author) Românii 1774-1866 (Humanitas Publishing)
Keith Hitchins (author) Românii 1866-1947 (Humanitas Publishing)
Diane Koenker (author) Club Red: Vacation Travel and the Soviet Dream (Cornell University Press)