October 6, 2015

 This year marks the 70th anniversary of the dawn of the atomic age.   The first detonation of a nuclear weapon at Alamogordo, New Mexico on July 16,1945 was followed in short order by the first use of nuclear weapons in war, at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  In the months that followed, the scientific community and policy makers in the United States, the USSR, and elsewhere struggled to come to terms with the implications of what they had wrought.

The "70th Anniversary of the Atomic Age" lecture series is designed to launch a year-long discussion on campus that will focus on the origins and legacies of the atomic age.  The list of invitees reflects the series’ broad scope and chronological reach. Our speakers focus both on early moments in this history, including the decisions to use the atomic bombs on Japan and survivors’ efforts to come to terms with their experiences.  The series also explores the Soviet Union’s decision to launch a nuclear weapons program,  and the histories of the industrial sites and communities devoted to the production of plutonium.  All the speakers are historians, but the nature of their topics and expertise will appeal to an audience of diverse interests, ranging from international relations to environmental science, from physics to public history.

The first talk will be held on Thursday, October 8, at 4:00 PM in the Glenn and Darcy Weiner Center. Professor Martin Sherwin of George Mason University, will be giving a talk entitled: "Hiroshima: What Do We Know After 70 Years of Debate About the Most Important Event in World History?" We look forward to a spirited discussion.

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October 6, 2015

Cristina Belli, a sophomore hailing from Nicaragua, shocked friends and family by deciding to concentrate in History. An internship with the National History Center in Washington DC in summer 2015 allowed Belli to collaborate on a new program to bring historical insight to policymakers. Belli recounts her experiences on the blog of the American Historical Association.

September 15, 2015

Professor Françoise Hamlin's new book, These Truly Are The Brave: An Anthology of African American Writings on War and Citizenship, which she co-edited with Professor A. Yemisi Jimoh of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, was published this month by the University Press of Florida. The anthology brings together three centuries of poems, stories, plays, songs, essays, pamphlets, newspaper articles, speeches, oral histories, letters, and political commentaries that illuminate the wartime experiences of African-American service members and civilians. You can order a copy of the book and learn more about the anthology here.

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.

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