June 27, 2015

The History Department has a number of exciting possibilities for students entering Brown University this fall. For starters, we have two introductory lecture classes (History 0150) that span centuries and continents in order to showcase the big questions that historians are grappling with today: "Locked Up" is a survey of captivity and imprisonment from antiquity to mass incarceration; "Capitalism" traces the modern economy from the era of the Atlantic Slave Trade to the recent financial crisis. The department also offers a number of First Year Seminars (numbered in the 500s) that limit enrollment to 20 students who work intensively with a professor on a precise topic or issue. Examples include Atlantic Piracy, Popular Culture in Latin America, and the history of animals. Finally, there are a handful of lecture classes numbered in the 200s that introduce students to global regions, topics, or major historical events: Modern East Asia, Colonial Latin America, the American Civil War, and the early history of medicine. Click on the Courses link on the left-hand menu of this page to see the entire set of Fall 2015 courses.

March 29, 2015

The History Department is pleased to announce the introduction of a new numbering system for the Fall semester of 2015. The changes to the numbering system will make it easier to find the courses you are looking for, whether you are looking to take your first history course, or if you need to fulfill one of your final requirements for the major. If you’d like to find the new number of an old course, click here. If you are curious what a newly numbered course used to be called, click here. Explore the full explanation of the numbering system on our overview of courses page.

March 29, 2015

Doctoral candidates Wanda Henry, Rachel Gostenhofer, and Patrick Chung recently received prestigious fellowships from the graduate school in support of their teaching and ongoing dissertation research. Wanda has been selected for the Wheaton/Brown Faculty fellow program, which gives select doctoral candidates at Brown the opportunity to teach a course and participate fully in the intellectual life of the small-liberal arts school environment at Wheaton College. Rachel will be teaching her own seminar in the Brown University History Department next spring as part of Brown's Deans' Faculty Fellow program. And Patrick has been awarded a fellowship at the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA), where he will continue his writing and develop programming for the CSREA that relates to his research.

These fellowships are all part of programs from the Brown Graduate School to support the writing and research of students in the advanced stages of their dissertations. Click here to learn more to about doctoral funding, and teaching and research fellowship opportunities through the graduate school.

March 19, 2015

Three members of the faculty have won major research fellowships this spring. Linford Fisher, who recently received tenure from the university, was named a Charles A. Ryskamp Fellow by the American Council of Learned Societies. Françoise Hamlin, who was tenured last year, has been awarded a Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. Lukas Rieppel, an assistant professor who joined the faculty in 2013, was appointed as a Visiting Scholar for 2015-16 at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Rieppel is the first member of the department to have won this award. Fisher is the third faculty member in recent years to have received a Ryskamp, while Hamlin is the fourth to have been named a Burkhardt. 

February 25, 2015

The next lecture in the "Carbon Nations" series is coming up on March 4, when Professor Myrna Santiago of St. Mary's University in California will be presenting a lecture entitled, "Foreign Corporations and Mexico's Ecology of Oil: Past and Present," at 4pm on the 3rd floor of the Science Library. Professor Santiago's first book, The Ecology of Oil: Environment, Labor, and the Mexican Revolution, 1900-1938, offered a rich case study of northern Veracruz, and illuminated the ways that oil production generates major environmental transformations in land tenure systems and social organisation.

The "Carbon Nations" series of six lectures in 2014-2015 is designed to do something important but rare: bring historians into debates about energy and climate change. Focusing largely on the U.S. and U.S. corporations abroad, from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, Carbon Nations asserts a crucial premise: the carbon-based economy is a historical creation, a product of human culture and politics. Its transformation into something new thus requires a deep engagement with the culture and politics, as much as with the science and technology, of energy. The series has been organized by Robert Self, Royce Family Chair of Teaching Excellence and Professor of History.

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