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Looking forward to the past since 1894
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Letter from the Chair
Welcome to the History Department at Illinois!
Our goal for academic year 2016-2017, as always, is to foster critical understanding of our collective past and to instill our passion and curiosity in future generations.
Faculty in our department focus on a truly astounding array of questions. They study human interaction with the environment in pre-colonial America, early modern Japan and 20th century Bangladesh; they tell us about shifting notions of death, debt and darkness; and they investigate the emergence and evolution of racism, inequality, and imperialism in the United States and across the globe. (And that is just a small sample of the research conducted by our faculty and graduate students!)
Our undergraduate students have gone on to amazing careers, as educators, lawyers, entrepreneurs, scientists, activists, journalists, and a host of other occupations. Our Ph.D.’s are employed at institutions of higher learning around the country. All of our students gain impressive skills in locating and analyzing complex documents and in expressing their ideas with eloquence and conviction. They become the engaged and informed citizens so vital to our future.
We are delighted to welcome you to History at Illinois, whether for a one-time class, as a History major, Ph.D. student, lecture or workshop participant, friend of the Department, or in whatever form your engagement with the department takes. Follow us on Facebook for more information!
Clare H. Crowston
Professor and Chair
News & Announcements
Don't forget to check in on GRAD STUDENT SPOTLIGHT to read all the exciting news of our current and recent Grads.
THANK YOU to Professor Emeritus Richard (Chip) Burkhardt and Jayne Burkhardt for the generous donation to create the Burkhardt Scholarships of which four (4) $2500 awards will be given each year to deserving undergraduate History majors.
Chip Burkhardt is an emeritus professor of history and former chair of the department. He had a love for being in the classroom teaching history of science to undergrads and took on the challenge of trying to get students from a wide range of fields to think historically. He was well-liked by students and this was proven when he twice received the All-Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
Chip's research focuses on the history of science and biology, especially evolutionary theory, mostly in eighteenth-century Europe. He is the author of The Spirit of System: Lamarck and Evolutionary Biology (1995) and Patterns of Behavior: Konrad Lorenz, Niko Tinbergen and the Founding of Ethology (2005).
Thank you to Chip and Jayne for their most generous donation that will benefit undergraduate students for the next ten (10) years.
Professor Bob Morrissey recently gave a lecture to the East Central Illinois Archaeological Society about some important Native Illinois artifacts, a group of decorated hide robes made sometime in the colonial period. His talk was called "Hiding in the Tallgrass: Painted Hide Robes from Contact-Era Illinois."
CONVOCATION 2016 was held on May 14th and it was a beautiful and joyous day! Pictures and the video can be viewed at the above link.
Professor Marc Hertzman recently wrote an article for NY Magazine regarding the impending impeachment of Brazil's President.
WITH GREAT EXCITEMENT we announce our 2 newest courses being offered for the first time in Fall 2016! REACTING TO THE PAST is a great tool in supporting cross-disciplinary thinking, teamwork and problem-solving. Only 30 spots available per course - reserve your space now. HIST 102A and HIST 102B.
Professor Kevin Mumford recently spoke with a member of the Counter Narrative Project regarding his new book: Not Straight, Not White: Black Gay Men from the March on Washington to the AIDS Crisis. The Counter Narrative Project is a nonprofit collective dedicated to social justice and visibility around black gay issues.
CONGRATULATIONS to Professor Harry Liebersohn who has been awarded the extremely prestigious Humboldt Research Award, a lifetime achievement prize in recognition of exceptional achievements in research and teaching. The award comes from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and award winners are invited to spend a period of up to one year cooperating on a long-term research project with specialist colleagues at a research institution in Germany.
The Dept of History celebrated the Annual Awards Reception on Saturday, April 16, 2016. Congratulations to all of the award recipients.
IT IS WITH GREAT PRIDE, that we are able to announce another award for one of our very own! Professor BEHROOZ GHAMARI TABRIZI 10has been chosen as a recipient of the LAS Humanities Council Teaching Excellence Award. 11Join us in congratulating Behrooz on this distinguished award.
Recent Faculty Publications
Kevin J. Mumford
Not Straight, Not White: Black Gay men from the March on Washington the the AIDS Crisis
Remembering Akbar: Inside the Iranian Revolution
Ortodoxie si Nationalitate: Andrei Saguna si romanii din Transilvania
Antoinette Burton (editor)
How Empire Shaped Us
Tunnel Visions: The Rise and Fall of the Superconducting Super Collider
Romania: storia e cultura
The Trouble With Empire: Challenges to Modern British Imperialism
Jimena Canales (author)
The Physicist and the Philosopher: Einstein, Bergson, and the Debate that Changed our Understanding of Time
Robert Michael Morrissey (author)
Empire by Collaboration: Indians, Colonists, and Governments in Colonial Illinois Country
Kenneth M. Cuno (author)
Modernizing Marriage: Family, Ideology, and Law in the Ninteenth-and Early Twentieth-Century Egypt