November 10, 2016

Ph.D student Jonathan Lande has received the William F. Holmes Prize for his paper, “Deserting Freedom: African American Runaways in the Union Army.” This honor is awarded to the best junior faculty/graduate student paper at the annual conference of the Southern Historical Association.

Read more about his work here.

November 9, 2016

Gordon S. Wood, a professor emeritus at Brown University, is the 2016 recipient of the Abraham Redwood Medal for Contributions to American History and Culture. This award recognizes individuals whose work “mirrors the founding spirit of Abraham Redwood and the Redwood Library to [promote] knowledge and virtue.” He will receive the award on November 10, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at the Casino Theatre.

Tickets to the event are $25 and are available at or by calling (401) 847-0292, ext. 115.

October 30, 2016

Eighteenth-Century Lithuania: The Jews on the Radziwill Estates. The book focuses on Jewish economic life, challenging the historically stigmatised stereotype of an "innate" Jewish entrepreneurial ability. By explicating the factors that shaped Jewish economic success, Professor Teller sheds light on the the fundamental dynamics of Jewish social integration.

Read more about Professor Teller's work here.

Find more about the book here.

October 13, 2016

The inaugural exhibition of the "Traces of Memory" collection has come to Brown from the Galicia Jewish Museum in Krakow, Poland. The exhibition reflects on the past as it pertains to the present and the future, piecing together an informative, accessible, and thought-provoking picture of Jewish Poland. The exhibition will officially open on Tuesday, October 20, at 7 pm at Brown RISD Hillel, and will be on display through November 30. Adam Teller, Associate Professor of History and Judaic Studies, travelled to Poland and the Galicia Jewish Museum with Brown RISD Hillel in March 2015 and will provide opening remarks for the exhibit.

September 29, 2016

The Department of History is proud to congratulate Professor Edward L. (Ted) Widmer on his appointment as the new Director of the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. He came to the department as an adjunct professor in 2012, after first serving as the Director and Librarian of the John Carter Brown Library from 2006-2012. Read more about his accomplishments here

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