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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
History Alums! Here’s your chance to share your love of history with hundreds of Chicago-area students. Please volunteer to serve as a judge for the 2014 Chicago Metro History Fair. Judges evaluate historical research projects produced by Chicago-area students in grades 6-8 or 9-12. Details here.
Professor Bruce Levine, a prominent scholar of US slave emancipation, was interviewed on Feb 12, 2014, by the editor of The After Slavery Project.
We take great pride in announcing Faculty members Terri Barnes and Dana Rabin and Graduate students Kyle Mays and Patryk Reid as the recipients of the 2014-15 IPRH Fellowships.
Congratulations to Professor Tamara Chaplin and TA Sandra Henderson, who have been selected as recipients of the LAS Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
The Department of History at the University of Illinois wishes to express its support of the statements issued by both Gender and Women’s Studies and Asian American Studies with respect to the social media assaults on Chancellor Wise, and on the whole notion of free speech, represented by the Twitter events of January 27th and 28th, 2014. We join with our colleagues in condemning both the speech acts themselves and the climate of disrespect and violence that such acts reflect and produce. We are committed to both academic and civic work that challenges the view that these are simply acts of misguided individuals. As historians we understand the high cost of ignoring structural explanations and the equally high price that racialized minorities, indigenous communities, women and LGBTQ people pay when institutionalized forms of racism, sexism and homophobia go unchallenged. We ask colleagues across campus to stand in solidarity with Chancellor Wise. We urge all members of our community to remember the responsibility each of us has for fostering a campus where difference is respected as a core element of our work as students, teachers and co-workers.
A Minute With....Diane Koenker, our Chair and expert on Russian the the Soviet Union on historical background to Sochi as a destination in the Soviet Union and on the political contexts of the Sochi Olympics which officially opens February 7, 2014.
A Minute With ...Terri Barnes, our own historian of Southern Africa regarding Nelson Mandela.
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. Read the news announcement.
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.
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Recent Faculty Publications
John McKay and Clare Crowston (authors) A History of Western Society (Bedford/St. Martin's Publishing)
Keith Hitchins(author) A Concise History of Romania (Cambridge University Press)
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)
Diane P. Koenker (editor) The Socialist Sixties (Indiana University Press)
Diane Koenker (author) Club Red: Vacation Travel and the Soviet Dream (Cornell University Press)