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.
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.
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.
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.
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.