Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Megill Cross Lecture: "History's Roots in Sensibility and Difference"

Prof. Allan Megill will deliver the annual Robert D. Cross Memorial Lecture Wednesday, April 12 in Harrison-Small Auditorium. His lecture is titled “History’s Roots in Sensibility and Difference”

Reception to follow. 

Click here for more on the Cross lecture series.

Friday, March 31, 2017

"Shenandoah at War," Nau Center Signature Conference (2017)

The Center’s signature conference for 2016-2017, “The Shenandoah at War: Soldiers and Civilians in Virginia’s Great Valley,” will be held on March 31, 2017.  Speakers will include Joseph T. Glatthaar of the University of North Carolina, Stephen B. Cushman of the University of Virginia, Caroline E. Janney of Purdue University, Edward Ayers, president emeritus of the University of Richmond, Kathryn Shively Meier of Virginia Commonwealth University, and John Matsui of the Virginia Military Institute. The lecturers will address military and nonmilitary dimensions of the Valley’s experience during the Civil War, as well as the ways in which the Shenandoah figured in postwar memory.

The event will be held in the auditorium of UVA's Special Collections Library. The conference is free and open to the public. Paid parking is available nearby at the Central Grounds Parking Garage.

Here is the conference lineup and schedule (Download the official conference program here):

Session 1

8:00: Coffee available

8:30: Opening remarks from Gary Gallagher and Elizabeth Varon

8:45-9:30: Stephen B. Cushman, University of Virginia, “Destruction, Reconstruction, and Richard Taylor's Happy Valley”

9:40-10:25: John Matsui, Virginia Military Institute, “Overgrown Sows and Puritans: Religion and Occupation in the Valley, 1862-64”

10:35–11:20: Kathryn Shively Meier, Virginia Commonwealth University, “Duty to My Country and Myself: Jubal Early on His Defeat in the Shenandoah”

11:30-12:00: Question and Answer Session #1

12:00-1:00: Lunch

Session 2

1:15-2:00: Joseph T. Glatthaar, University of North Carolina, “Generalship, Politics, and Personalities: The Union High Command During Jubal Early's Raid on Washington in 1864”

2:10-2:55: Caroline E. Janney, Purdue University, “Going Home: Disbanding the Remnants of Lee’s Army in the Valley”

3:15-4:00: Edward L. Ayers, president emeritus of the University of Richmond, “The War in the Valley as the War in Microcosm”

4:15-4:45: Question and Answer Session #2

4:50-5:00: Farewell remarks from Gary Gallagher and Elizabeth Varon


Friday, March 31, 2017

Time and Location: 

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Harrison Institute Small Special Collections Library Auditorium

Friday, November 18, 2016

Capitalocene, Necrocene, Anthropocene: Work, Life, & Power in the (Un)Making of Our Capitalogenic World-Ecology

Capitalocene, Necrocene, Anthropocene: Work, Life, & Power in the (Un)Making of Our Capitalogenic World-Ecology

Jason W. Moore

Department of Sociology, Binghamton University

FRIDAY, November, 18

2:00 PM 


Where and when do we find the origins of planetary crisis in the 21st century? One’s response to the question shapes the narratives, analytics, and politics of global environmental change. In this talk, environmental historian Jason W. Moore questions the dominant narrative of the Popular Anthropocene that identifies the nineteenth century’s Industrial Revolution as the origins of today’s crisis. He argues instead that the Anthropocene is the Capitalocene – the epoch-making relations of “the” Industrial Revolution were forged much earlier, when modern relations of power, knowledge, and capital expanded rapidly in the centuries after 1450. Their most dramatic expression was a landscape revolution unknown since the dawn of agriculture, reshaping human and extra-human natures at a scale, scope, and speed unthinkable in pre-capitalist civilizations. This dramatic transition cannot be explained through the activity of the “human enterprise” – modern environmental history is driven by capitalogenic – not anthropogenic – forces. Moore argues for seeing the modern world as a world-ecology of power, capital, and nature. In this, modernity’s creativity and destructiveness unfolds through the capacity to channel the paid and unpaid work/energy of humans and the rest of nature in service to endless capital accumulation. That capacity – to find and re/produce Cheap Natures – is now in question.

Jason W. Moore, an environmental historian and historical geographer, is associate professor of Sociology at Binghamton University. He is author of several books, mostly recently Capitalism in the Web of Life (Verso, 2015), Ecologia-mondo e crisi del capitalismo: La fine della natura a buon mercato (Ombre Corte, 2015), and editor of Anthropocene or Capitalocene? Nature, History, and the Crisis of Capitalism (PM Press, 2016). He coordinates the World-Ecology Research Network and blogs at Moore is completing Seven Cheap Things: A World-Ecological Manifesto (with Raj Patel) and Ecology and the Rise of Capitalism, both for the University of California Press.

Friday, September 30, 2016 to Saturday, October 1, 2016

“Echoes of the Great Terror: Soviet Perpetrators on Trial, 1939-1943″: An International Conference at the University of Virginia

September 30 - October 1 2016

Offering new perspectives on Stalin’s Great Terror of 1937-38 and, specifically, the role of the perpetrator in Stalin’s USSR, this conference features presentations in Russian and English based on previously unexamined Ukrainian and Georgian archival sources by historians based in Russia, Ukraine, the Republic of Georgia, Moldova, Germany, Canada, and the United States. Participants in the conference include:

Timothy Blauvelt (Ilia State University, Republic of Georgia)

Igor Casu (Center for the Study of Totalitarianism; State University of Moldova)

Olga Dovbnya, Serhii Kokin, Roman Podkur, and Valeriy Vasylyev (National Academy of Sciences, Ukraine)

Marc Junge (Ruhr-Universität, Bochum, Germany)

Andriy Kohut (State Archives, Security Service of Ukraine)

Nikita Petrov (“Memorial” International Human Rights and Humanitarian Society, Russia)

Jeffrey Rossman (Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia)

Andrei Savin (Institute of History, Siberian Division of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia)

David Shearer (Department of History, University of Delaware)

Aleksandr Vatlin (Department of Modern and Contemporary History, Moscow State University, Russia)

Lynne Viola (University of Toronto, Canada)

Vadym Zolotaryov (Kharkiv National University of Radioelectronics, Ukraine)


The primary language of the conference is Russian. Summary translation of the Russian-language presentations into English will be provided.

Please visit the CREEES website ( for a detailed schedule.

For questions, please contact Anna Maxwell (

Organized by the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) with co-sponsorship from the Page-Barbour Fund, the Corcoran Department of History, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and the Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

CREEES talk: P. Kosicki - "More than a Metonym: Katyń and the Future of Public History in Poland"

Please join us on Friday, April 22, at 10:00 a.m. in Nau 211 for a talk by Piotr H. Kosicki titled 

"More than a Metonym: Katyń and the Future of Public History in Poland"


Piotr H. Kosicki is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Maryland. His academic writings have appeared, among others, in Contemporary European History, East European Politics and Societies, and Modern Intellectual History. He has also written for Eurozine, The Nation, The New Republic, and The TLS. He is a past recipient of fellowships from the ACLS, the Fulbright Commission, the Republic of France, the Hoover Institution, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the German Historical Institute in Warsaw. He is the author of two monographs forthcoming in Polish, as well as Catholics on the Barricades: Poland, France, and “Revolution,” 1939-1956 (forthcoming with Yale UP).

Light refreshments will be served.


This event is free and open to the public. Organized by the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies as part of the UVA Polish Lecture Series, which was funded by the Rosenstiel Foundation and the American Institute of Polish Culture. Co-sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, the Corcoran Department of Historythe Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures, and the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Cross Lecture - Gary Gallagher - "All About Us: Projection, Wishful Thinking, and Anachronism in Recent Civil War Scholarship"

Please join the Corcoran Department of History at the Robert D. Cross Lecture:

Gary W. Gallagher, John L. Nau III Professor of History
'All About Us: Projection, Wishful Thinking, and Anachronism in Recent Civil War Scholarship' 
3:30 pm Wednesday, April 13
Harrison Institute Small Special Collections Library Auditorium 
Reception to follow.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Kosciuszko Documentary Film Screening

Kosciuszko: A Man Ahead of His Time

Documentary film screening

Written and directed by Alex Storozynski

Thursday, April 7, 2016, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Monroe Hall 130

The screening will be followed by a talk by Alex Storozynski and a Q&A with the audience.


Saturday, April 2, 2016

NASU Second Annual Native American Powwow

Saturday, April 2 at 10 AM - 5 PM

Hereford Lawn 2400 Stadium Rd

Come celebrate Native American culture with a day of food, dance, and music! Join the University of Virginia's Native American Student Union (NASU) at the 2nd annual spring powwow on April 2nd. Don't miss the Grand Entrance at noon! Enjoy drum performances by Yapatoko along with Zotigh Singers and dance performances led by Aaron Winston and Debora Moore. UVA catering and vendors will be selling food throughout the event. 

A huge thank you to the IDEA Grant and College Council whose generous sponsorship and support has made this event possible!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Linking the Ancient World

Scholars' Lab

Sarah Bond, University of Virginia

"Linking the Ancient World: Pleiades Workshop with Sarah Bond"

Tuesday, March 15, 10:00 am

Alderman 421

At this workshop, Associate editor Sarah Bond will introduce the Pleiades community to participants. She will walk them through the history and layout of the gazetteer, discuss the popular contribution and review of our linked geodata, and then help participants make a map of sites within the ancient Mediterranean. Persons at all levels of experience (from "interested" to "expert") are welcome to participate.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

TODAY: History DMP info session

History Distinguished Majors Program Information session

MARCH 17, 4-5pm GIBSON 242 

DMP director and professor of history Brian Balogh,

along with current History DMPs will answer

your questions about the program.

Monday, February 8, 2016

The Washingtons: George and Martha

Presented by the University of Virginia’s Washington Papers and Corcoran Department of History, join writer and historical biographer Flora Fraser as she discusses her new book The Washingtons, a portrait of the marriage of George and Martha Washington, and how their partnership led a nation.

The lecture will be held on February 8 at 7:00 p.m. in Minor Hall 125 on the grounds of the University of Virginia.

For more information about the author and her new book,

Friday, January 29, 2016

Congressional briefing on the history of political partisanship in the United States

The National History Center of the American Historical Association cordially invites you to a Congressional briefing onthe history of political partisanship in the United States.

The briefing will examine the evolving nature of partisanship from the antebellum period to the present.

Brian Balogh, Professor of History at the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia

Joanne Freeman, Professor of History and American Studies at Yale University

Donald A. Ritchie, Historian Emeritus of the Senate

Friday, January 29, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Cannon House Office Building, Room 121

Washington, DC

Questions and answers will follow the presentation.

Light refreshments will be served.
RSVP to Amanda Moniz at

For more information, please see our website.

Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
Nau Hall - South Lawn
Charlottesville, VA 22904


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