Past Events

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Spring 2021 Events

 

Engaging the Evil Empire: Washington, Moscow, and the Beginning of the End of the Cold War

Engaging the Evil Empire: Washington, Moscow, and the Beginning of the End of the Cold War: Miles, Simon: 9781501751691: Amazon.com: BooksMarch 22, 2021

In a narrative-redefining approach, Engaging the Evil Empire dramatically alters how we look at the beginning of the end of the Cold War. Tracking key events in US-Soviet relations across the years between 1980 and 1985, Simon Miles shows that covert engagement gave way to overt conversation as both superpowers determined that open diplomacy was the best means of furthering their own, primarily competitive, goals…


Sorting Out the Mixed Economy: The Rise and Fall of Welfare and Developmental States in the Americas

Sorting Out the Mixed Economy: The Rise and Fall of Welfare and Developmental States in the Americas (Histories of Economic Life): Offner, Professor Amy C.: 9780691190938: Amazon.com: BooksMarch 18, 2021

The untold story of how welfare and development programs in the United States and Latin America produced the instruments of their own destruction

In the years after 1945, a flood of U.S. advisors swept into Latin America with dreams of building a new economic order and lifting the Third World out of poverty. These businessmen, economists, community workers, and architects went south with the gospel of the New Deal on their lips, but Latin American realities soon revealed unexpected possibilities within the New Deal itself.


Discussing Race, Settler Colonialism, and Healthcare in the Age of COVID-19

February 25, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed major, sometimes fatal shortcomings in the U.S. healthcare system. Through a conversation about the recent history of healthcare, historians George Aumoithe and Maria K. John will shed light on today’s crisis…


Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America

Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America: Chatelain, Marcia: 9781631493942: Amazon.com: BooksFebruary 11, 2021

From civil rights to Ferguson, Franchise reveals the untold history of how fast food became one of the greatest generators of black wealth in America.

Often blamed for the rising rates of obesity and diabetes among black Americans, fast food restaurants like McDonald’s have long symbolized capitalism’s villainous effects on our nation’s most vulnerable communities…


You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington

Amazon.com: You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington (9780735224100): Coe, Alexis: BooksFebruary 10, 2021

A new biography published about George Washington is unlike any other. Described as “form-shattering and myth-crushing,” “keen and savage,” as well as “spirited and engaging,” historian Alexis Coe’s “You Never Forget Your First” chronicles the life of our first president from a 21st century and “decidedly feminist” perspective. Coe says, “I set out to write a book that was true, and different, and that added any kind of diversity in approach, perspective, and, of course, author. I set out to take a giant leap away from hagiography and great man history—and really mean it…


Unprecedented (Again): Historical Perspectives on the Election of 2020 and Beyond

January 19, 2021

How will the election of 2020 be remembered by history? What, if any, are its historical antecedents, and to what degree is it unprecedented? And, as we look ahead to Inauguration Day, what can history tell us about the next four years?

Join us as we welcome presidential historian Thomas Balcerski for an evening of wide-ranging conversation about the election of 2020 in historical perspective…


A Teach-In on President Trump & the Current Constitutional Crisis

We Are This Close to a Constitutional Crisis – Mother JonesJanuary 15, 2021

Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, two things are clear: we are in an unprecedented constitutional crisis, and President Trump is at the center of it.

In the middle of this crisis, you (like most Americans) may find yourself asking questions you don’t know the answer to…