November 6, 2014

The History Department (with approval of the College Curriculum Council) has revised its concentration requirements.   The new requirements will be effective on July 1, 2015 and will be applied to the classes of 2015.5 and later.  We are making these revisions in coordination with an overhaul of our course numbering system that will take effect in the fall of 2015.  Some of the changes reflect the impending change in numbers.  Others are more substantive. The changes are detailed on the concentration page, and in the document attached here. Here is a summary of the new concentration requirements:

NO CHANGES have been made to the following areas:

  • The Basic Requirement (a minimum of ten semester-long courses)
  • Field of Focus
  • Capstone Seminar
  • Honors
  • Transferring Courses
  • Regular Consultation

Areas with substantive changes:

  1. Introductory Courses: Students will be allowed to count 4 (not 3) courses below 1000 toward the concentration
  2. Geographic Distribution: Students will be required to take courses in three different areas, (i.e. two, two, and two). Global will constitute a new geographic area (Africa, East Asia, Latin America, Middle East/South Asia, and Nort America remain the other geographic areas.)
  3. Chronological Distribution: All concentrators must complete at least two courses designated as “P” (for pre-modern).  Note: there will no longer be “M” or “E” courses.

More details about the changes can be found on the concentration page. If you have any questions, please consult with your concentration advisor or the DUS (Ethan_Pollock@Brown.Edu) directly. 

November 6, 2014

The next lecture in the "Carbon Nations" series is coming up on Thursday, November 13, at 4 pm. Professor Christopher Jones of Arizona State University will be giving a talk entitled, "Routes of Power: The Politics of Energy Transitions in Modern America," in the Building for Environmental Research and Teaching, Room 015.

Professor Jones works on the past, present, and future of energy systems. His research focuses on how human societies have come to use energy the ways they do, and the consequences of these choices for the ways people live, work, and play. He recieved his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania History & Sociology of Science Department, and has held postdoctoral fellowships at the Harvard University Center for the Environment and the Ciriacy-Wantrup Fellowship at the University of California-Berkeley. His recent book, Routes of Power: Energy and Modern America (Harvard University Press, 2014), changes our understanding of the "Fossil Fuel Revolution" by shifting focus from energy production onto advances in energy access between 1820 and 1930, including canals, pipelines, and wires that delivered power in unprecedented quantities to cities and factories at a great distance from production sites.

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.

Carbon NationsCarbon Nations



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/
http:// colloquium/

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.

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