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Fall 2019 Lectures & Events


Ian Shin: Unruly Connoisseurs: Transpacific Labor, Cultural Leverage, and Chinese Art in Early Twentieth-Century America

Ian Shin

November 14, 2019
4:00 p.m.
Frost Library

Ian Shin is a 2006 graduate of Amherst College. He received his PhD in history from Columbia University in 2016, and he is currently Assistant Professor of American History and Culture at the University of Michigan. Ian will lecture on the book he is completing, Imperfect Knowledge: Chinese Art and American Power in the Transpacific Progressive Era.

Read more about Professor Shin here.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum America

  Smith School, Boston

Kabria Baumgartner
Assistant professor of American studies and women's studies at the University of New Hampshire

November 14, 2019
4:30 p.m.
Paino Lecture Hall
107 Beneski

Racial school segregation has been an ongoing national issue, but it dates back to the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. This book talk narrates the half-century struggle to desegregate Boston’s public schools. In the 1840s, the school desegregation campaign hit its stride, as African American activists deployed numerous strategies, from petitions to boycotts to lawsuits like Sarah C. Roberts v. City of Boston. The decision among activists to pursue a case in the name of Sarah, a five‑year‑old black girl, was a conscious one meant to garner public sympathy and legal victory by casting Sarah as an innocent and respectable child in need of protection. Though the Massachusetts Judicial Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Boston school committee, African American activists soon declared victory after the passage of an 1855 state law prohibiting racial discrimination in Massachusetts public schools. Sarah C. Roberts v. City of Boston (1850) was a significant case for a host of reasons, not least of which was the transformation of a black girl into an icon for educational justice.

This event is sponsored by the Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, Black Studies, American Studies and History Departments, the Education Studies Initiative, the Eastman Fund, and the Office of Academic Engagement and Student Success. It is free and open to the public.


Spring 2020 Lectures and Events

Heather Stur: Saigon at War

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Professor Heather Stur
University of Southern Mississippi

February 19, 2020
4:30 p.m.
Fayerweather 115

Professor Heather Stur will offer a lecture based on her forthcoming book Saigon at War: South Vietnam and the Global 1960s. Stur investigates South Vietnamese political activism during the Vietnam War and focuses on a wide range of actors including South Vietnamese students, Catholics, anticommunists, peace activists, journalists, and diplomats. Her groundbreaking work aims to incorporate South Vietnamese voices, so often overlooked by US historians, more fully into the Vietnam War narrative. 

Read more about Professor Stur's work here.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

The Ghosts of Sheridan Circle: How a Washington Assassination Brought Pinochet’s Terror State to Justice  

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Professor Alan McPherson
Temple University

March 23, 2020
4:30 p.m.
Fayerweather 115

Professor McPherson's lecture is based on his new book about the 1976 car bombing of Chilean exile Orlando Letelier and his US colleague, Ronni Moffitt, in the heart of the US capital. The crime sparked an international investigation, a diplomatic impasse, and several courtroom dramas, all shaping one of the most consequential political thrillers of our time. The Letelier assassination changed the history of human rights, democracy and counterterrorism, and helped end Chile’s murderous dictatorship.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

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16 Sept 2019 LM