Friday, February 23, 2018

Guoqi Xu Gives a Lecture on Modern Sports & the Idea of China

Prof. Guoqi Xu, the Kerry Group Professor in Globalization History at the University of Hong Kong, will be giving a lecture on "Modern Sports & the Idea of China." Xu will be investigating what sports can tell us about the idea of "china" and "Chinaness" since the late 19th century. The lecture will be given in Monroe Hall 124 on Friday, February 23, at 3:15pm.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Geoff Eley to Speak on Fascism and Antifascism

Please come to see Geoff Eley, one of the most important scholars of German and European history today, deliver a lecture on "Fascism and Antifascism, 1920-2020."  Dr. Eley will be speaking in the Newcomb Hall Gallery on Monday, February 19, at 4pm

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Christian Parenti to Speak about Climate Change

Christian Parenti, associate professor of economics at John Jay College, City University of New York, will be coming to UVa to speak about the economics of climate change. His lecture, titled "Coping with Crisis: Climate Change and Economic Transformation," will draw on his work as a journalist reporting from conflict zones hit by climate-change driven crisis, and on his more recent research into American economic history, to examine the likely social and economic dislocations promised by climate change. He will explore how the US could be drawing on its own history of state planning and public investment to drive the economic transformations necessary to effectively mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis, and will address how the American public can help build political will for such a project, despite the acute challenges of the Trump presidency.

The lecture, which is organized by History Department graduate student Justin McBrien, and sponsored by History faculty Tom Klubock, Brian Owensby, and Robert Stolz, will take place at 4:30pm on February 13 in Wilson 301.

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Christina Mobley to Speak at the 2018 Mellon Fellows Symposium

Come see Christina Mobley speak at the 2018 Mellon Fellows Symposium, along with colleagues from MESALC (Middle Eastern and South Asian Language and Cultures) and Politics! Prof. Mobley's talk, "Voodoo History" will examine the transnational character of the Haitian Revolution. The symposium kicks off at 9:30am on February 16 in Wilson 142.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Protest and Resistance: The Polish Lecture Series, Spring 2018

The UVa Polish Lecture Series has announced its schedule for Spring 2018. The theme of this semester's series is "Protest and Resistance." All talks will be held at 5pm in Nau 211.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Benson & Guerra: Afro-Cuban Activisms

Please join us on February 23 to hear Devyn Spence Benson and Lillian Guerra speak about Afro-Cuban Activisms. The talk will be held at 5pm in Minor Hall 125.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Contested Spaces: Examining the Past, the Present, and the Forgotten at the University

Join us on Tuesday, November 28 at 6:30 pm in the Darden Lobby of Nau-Gibson Hall for the opening of "Contested Spaces: Examining the Past, the Present, and the Forgotten at the University." As part of the celebration of the University's Bicentennial, the exhibition seeks to explore issues of community power dynamics, exclusivity, student agency, and student responsibility at the University through the prism of spaces and their changing use and appropration over time. The project was conceived, designed, and executed by the students of Dr. Waitman Beorn's class, "Curating the Past," a new course offered by the History Department this fall. The event will begin with remarks from students in the class and a faculty speaker. Light refreshments will be provided.

Monday, November 6, 2017

A job market for unmarried people? Rethinking marriage bars in the United States (1900-1941)

A paper presentation by Romain Huret, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales - EHESS

This lecture deals with the proliferation of marriage bars in the early decades of the twentieth century. Bars concerned the hiring and firing of married women and arose in teaching and clerical work from the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s. Economists and historians have scrutinized the two barriers put in place -the hiring of married women; retention of existing workers when they married- and have given many explanations to explain the reasons for such discriminatory practices that ended in the 1950s. This lecture revises current scholarship by looking at the marriage bars through the eyes of unmarried people themselves. It carries out a case study of both my epistemological and methodological framework used for my larger project on unmarried people in the United States.

Lunch will be provided.

Monday, November 6, 12:00-1:30pm,  Nau 342

Read Dr. Huret's paper here.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

“Polish Culture Under Nazism and Stalinism: Cultural Losses of 1939-1956”

CREEES is proud to announce the first Polish Lecture Series event of the year:

Polish Culture Under Nazism and Stalinism: Cultural Losses of 1939-1956
Dr. Łukasz Michalski, Director of Państwowy Instytut Wydawniczy [The State Publishing Institute], Warsaw, Poland

October 17, 2017, 5:00-6:30PM, New Cabell 309

Organized and sponsored by CREEES as part of the UVa Polish Lecture Series

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Staging the Administrative State: The Board of Tax Appeals in Plain Sight, 1935-1937

MADCAP Presents: “Staging the Administrative State: The Board of Tax Appeals in Plain Sight, 1935-1937,” a presentation by Romain Huret of The School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, Paris

Thursday October 19, 4:00-5:30pm, Nau Hall 342

This paper focuses on an obscure administrative body – the Board of Tax Appeals – that suddenly came into the spotlight in the mid-1930s during the Andrew W. Mellon trial. If historians have carefully traced the intellectual origins of administrative agencies and administrative law in early twentieth-century and have paid close attention to the decisive role of New Dealers, they have neglected the concrete dimension of its rise - what Abe Fortas called the "theater of law." Until the New Deal, the administrative state was almost invisible for millions of Americans. Commissions and agencies were largely out-of-sight, and the administrative state took the form of cold and anonymous decisions taken in Washington D.C. By revisiting the literature on the New Deal state, this paper shows how the trial gave New Dealers the opportunity to provide a more concrete and solemn dimension to administrative agencies. It was part of an attempt to legitimize the new federal power by inscribing it in the daily lives of citizens. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Recent History of the Alt-Right: What You Need to Know

The Corcoran Department of History presents a conversation with Jamelle Bouie (Slate Magazine), Dahlia Lithwick (Slate Magazine), and Nicole Hemmer (Washington Post and Miller Center) on the Alt-Right in contemporary American politics.

Wednesday, October 11, 5:00-6:30pm, Nau Hall 101, South Lawn

This event is free and open to the public; no pre-registration required.
Sponsored by the Corcoran Department of History

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Fascist Threat: What you Should Know

A Public Conversation with Manuela Achilles, William Hitchcock, James Loeffler, Kyrill Kunakhovich, and Sarah Milov

  • What is Fascism?
  • Hitler’s Rise to Power 
  • Fascism in the USA
  • Neo-Fascism and Neo-Nazism
  • Antisemitism Today
  • Fascism and Charlottesville

Wednesday, September 27, 5:30-7pm, Nau Hall 101

This event is free and open to the public; no registration required
Sponsored by the Corcoran Department of History, the Center for German Studies, and the Program in Jewish Studies

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

“Civil War Memory: Charlottesville and Beyond”

“Civil War Memory:  Charlottesville and Beyond” A Conversation with Gary Gallagher, John Mason and Elizabeth Varon


Wednesday September 13, 5:00-6:15

Nau Hall 101, South Lawn


This event is free and open to the public; no pre-registration required.

Sponsors:  Corcoran Department of History and John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Struggle for Racial Justice at the University of Virginia

August 30, 5:00 p.m. 

Nau Hall 211, South Lawn

On Wednesday, August 30th, the Department of History will host a series of conversations that explore the ongoing struggle for social justice and racial equality at the University of Virginia (UVA) and situates the racist events of August 11th and August 12th within a larger historical perspective. The opening talk, led by Professor Claudrena Harold, will engage the following questions: What does the complex nature of political, intellectual, and social life at the University of Virginia tell us about how race is lived and experienced in 21st century America?  How and to what degree have the individual and collective experiences of African American undergraduates transformed since the late 1960s and early 1970s? How have those transformations been shaped by larger political developments in higher education, U.S. race relations, etc.?   And to what degree can an engagement with the history of civil rights and social justice movements at the University and beyond assist current efforts to make the University a more democratic and safe space for students, faculty, workers, etc.?  

Professor Harold's 15-20 minute talk will be followed by breakout sessions led by other faculty members (including but not limited to Professors Grace Hale, Will Hitchcock, Andrew Kahrl, and Sarah Milov).

The event will start at 5 p.m. in Nau Hall 211 and breakout sessions will be held in Nau 211, Nau 342, and Gibson 411.

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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