October 28, 2014

A group of ten Brown undergrads, under the coordination of History Department graduate student André Pagliarini and the direction of James N. Green, Céspedes Chair in Latin American History, have started Phase III of Opening the Archives Project. Begun in summer of 2012, this collaborative project with Brown University Library, the Brazilian National Archive, the State University of Maringá, Brazil, and the U.S. National Archive in College Park Maryland, has the goal of digitizing, indexing, and making available online 100,000 U.S. government documents related to the Brazilian military dictatorship (1964-85). During the last two summers, 15,000 documents have been scanned and 9,000 are already available online.

Andrew Jones of the Brown Daily Herald wrote a terrific piece on Phase I of the project, which involved the digitization of records in the National Archives. The new phase of this project involves documents from the Kennedy administration on Brazil. Throughout the fall semester three teams of Brown undergrads, including many History concentrators, will be traveling to the Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston to identify, scan, and index documents. The goal is to publish the documents online by May 2015. 

The "Opening the Archives" TeamThe "Opening the Archives" Team

October 26, 2014

Professor Tara Nummedal, the Director of Graduate Studies and the Direct of the Science and Technology program at Brown, will be presenting her research on the sixteenth-century Saxon alchemist Anna Zieglerin at two talks in the weeks ahead. She will first address the Renaissance Studies program at Indiana University on Monday, October 27, at 5:30 pm. She will also be speaking at UCSD for the Science Studies Colloquium series on November 10. You can find more information about her presentations at the following links: ~rena/
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October 24, 2014

Professor Joel Revill's article, "A Practical Turn: Élie Halévy’s Embrace of Politics and History," was published in the October 2014 edition of the Journal of Modern Intellectual History. Brown users can access the article by clicking here. You can also find an abstract of the article on the Cambridge University website. Professor Revill serves as the Assistant Dean of Faculty at Brown, and  teaches a variety of courses on the history of modern Europe and France.

October 21, 2014

Munro, Goodwin, Wilkinson Professor of History Timothy Harris will be speaking at the Huntington Library at the University of Southen California on Saturday, October 25 at 10 am. His talk is entitled, "Was there such a thing as 'British public opinion' in the 17th century". You can find out more about his talk and the Early Modern British history seminar at the Huntingon by clicking here.

October 19, 2014

On Tuesday, October 21, at 5:30 the History Department will be welcoming Paula Findlen, Ubaldo Pierotti Professor of History at Stanford University, for the 35th annual Church Lecture in Smith-Buonnano 106. Professor Findlen will be giving a talk entitled, "Inventing Medieval Women History, Memory, and Forgery in Early Modern Italy."

The annual Church Lecture is one of the History Department's signature events, and has brought some of the most prominent scholars of early modern Europe to speak at Brown. The event honors the memory of Professor William F. Church, who taught at Brown for thirty years until he passed away in 1977. Professor Church was one of the foremost scholars of early modern Europe and a beloved teacher at Brown. He was particularly well known for his works on the history of political thought, including Constitutional Thought in Sixteenth Century France, Richelieu and Reason of State, and Louis XIV in Historical Thought.

This year's speaker, Professor Paula Findlen, began her career digging in Italian archives to explore late medieval and Renaissance Italy. She has since examined  the history of the peninsula from the age of Galileo to the Grand Tour, publishing widely on the history of science and medicine; museums and material culture; and the relations between gender and knowledge. She is currently serving as the Chair of the Stanford University History Department, and is the Director of the Suppes Center for the History and Philopophy of Science and Technology, as well as the SIMILE Program. For more information about Professor Findlen and a list of her numerous publications, you can find her full profile on the Stanford University History Department website.

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