Past Events

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Spring 2021 Events

The Cigarette: A Political History

April 22, 2021

The Cigarette: A Political History: Milov, Sarah: 9780674241213: Amazon.com: BooksThe untold political story of the most controversial consumer product in American history.

Tobacco is the quintessential American product. From Jamestown to the Marlboro Man, the plant occupied the heart of the nation’s economy and expressed its enduring myths. But today smoking rates have declined and smokers are exiled from many public spaces. The story of tobacco’s fortunes may seem straightforward: science triumphed over our addictive habits and the cynical machinations of tobacco executives. Yet the reality is more complicated…

 


Season Finale: The Past, the Promise, the Presidency

April 15, 2021

Join us LIVE for the season 1 finale of “The Past, the Promise, the Presidency: Race & the American Legacy,” the CPH’s inaugural podcast season.  If you’ve been with us from the start, or for any period of time since then, we’re sure you’ve got questions!  And comments.  Critiques and thoughts.


Stranger Danger: Family Values, Childhood, and the American Carceral State

Stranger Danger: Family Values, Childhood, and the American Carceral State: Renfro, Paul M.: 9780190913984: Amazon.com: BooksApril 8, 2021

Beginning with Etan Patz’s disappearance in Manhattan in 1979, a spate of high-profile cases of missing and murdered children stoked anxieties about the threats of child kidnapping and exploitation. Publicized through an emerging twenty-four-hour news cycle, these cases supplied evidence of what some commentators dubbed “a national epidemic” of child abductions…


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…