Current Events at the History Department

Career Development Workshop for Humanities Graduate Students

10/04/2018 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm – Have you ever wondered how you’re going to build a rewarding career after graduation? Or what to do if you’re applying for an exciting job where your skills would work great, but you must help the potential employer make a few connections to see the fit? Graduate students in the humanities acquire many marketable skills […]

Has-Ellison Aristocrats News

Dr. Trygve Has-Ellison, “Janus-faced Modernity: German Nobles and the Shaping of Fin-de-siècle Artistic Modernism 1890-1914”

11/02/2018 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm – How did the nobility – a politically and socially traditionalist cultural formation – produce members of their caste who embraced artistic modernism? Membership in the aristocracy does not preclude having individual tastes and interests; and aristocrats have been coopting new trends and ideas since the Renaissance. But modernists in German-speaking Central Europe went to great […]


Lynda Payne, “The Illustrated Travel Journals of the Surgeon Charles Bell (1774-1842)”

09/17/2018 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm – Come hear Professor Lynda Payne present on the nineteenth-century artistic travel journals of the surgeon Charles Bell at the Clendening Library at KU Medical Center (as part of the Ralph Hermon Major Luncheon Seminar Series) on Monday 17. September at noon. Bell’s works range from sketches of the wounded he operated on after the Battle of Waterloo to landscapes and […]


Austin Williams, “The Ordinance Project: Commemorating Kansas City’s LGBT Landmark”

09/07/2018 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm – On June 3, 1993, the City Council of Kansas City, Missouri added “sexual orientation” to its civil rights ordinance. The Ordinance Project seeks to capture the stories of Kansas City activists, community organizers, and politicians directly involved in fighting for the passage of this anti-discrimination legislation in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Film director […]

Quintard Taylor Talk news

Quintard Taylor, Quindaro: The Coming of Freedom in the Decade of Civil War

04/19/2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – The symposium “Strength through Numbers” will begin with a keynote address by University of Washington historian Quintard Taylor. Quindaro, Kansas was a port town founded in 1857 as a safe harbor for free-state migrants and escaped slaves, after pro-slavery residents blockaded all other ports on the Missouri River. The community was home to Native Americans, whites, […]

strength through numbers news

“Strength through Numbers” Symposium on Quindaro, KS

04/20/2018 – 04/21/2018 @ All Day – The symposium “Strength through Numbers” will contribute to the process of designating the ruins of the Quindaro townsite as a National Historic Landmark. Quindaro, Kansas was a port town founded in 1857 as a safe harbor for free-state migrants and escaped slaves, after pro-slavery residents blockaded all other ports on the Missouri River. The community was […]


Edward E. Baptist, White Predators, Free States: From the Fugitive Slave Act to George Zimmerman

04/05/2018 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm – Edward E. Baptist, a historian of capitalism and slavery in the United States, is the author of The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism and Creating an Old South. His work highlights the central importance of slavery to the economic development of the United States. The discomfort caused by […]

Channy Laux, Short Hair Detention

Channy Chhi Laux, Short Hair Detention: Memoir of a Thirteen-Year-Old Girl Surviving the Cambodian Genocide

04/06/2018 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – In four short years from 1975 to 1979, the Khmer Rouge killed an estimated two million Cambodian people. Surviving this genocide as a thirteen-year old, Channy Laux found safety as a refugee in Lincoln, Nebraska. After a successful career as an engineer in Silicon Valley, she is now breaking decades of personal silence with a […]

FF Andrew Hurley Talk 03.18

Andrew Hurley, “Placing the Past in Community Landscapes: Insights from St. Louis”

03/02/2018 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm – Over the past fifty years, many urban neighborhoods in the United States have seized upon history and heritage as a means of projecting a distinctive identity, strengthening community pride, and stimulating economic revitalization.  Officially authorized mechanisms of commemoration and preservation, however, fail to accommodate the myriad ways in which different communities assign historical importance and […]


Sandra Enriquez, “Dreams of Our Mothers: Mexican American Grassroots Activism and the Creation of La Fe Clinic in South El Paso, Texas”

02/02/2018 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – In 1967, an unfortunate accident resulting in the death of a young girl rallied the community of South El Paso to bring accessible and quality healthcare to the area. In the midst of the Chicana/o Movement, a group of single mothers and grandmothers, organized the community of South El Paso to bring affordable care to […]