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October 2010

John Mraz: “Photographing the Mexican Revolution: Commitments, Icons, Documents”

October 26, 2010 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Humanities 1, Room 520, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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John Mraz will examine the photography made during the armed struggle, 1910-1920, through a profusely illustrated lecture. He will then place particular emphasis on identifying the commitment of photographers to different groups in Mexico by looking at five Revolutionary icons. John Mraz is a Research Professor at Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico. This series is sponsored by: the UC Santa Cruz Chicano/Latino Research Center; UCSC Departments of History; History of Art and Visual Culture; Latin American and Latino Studies; and…

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November 2010

Mario Garcia: “Rediscovering and Rethinking the Chicano Movement: A Historian’s Quest”

November 4, 2010 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Humanities 1, Room 520, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Join us for the second talk in the Unfinished Revolutions Lecture Series: Mario Garcia: "Rediscovering and Rethinking the Chicano Movement: A Historian's Quest"

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January 2011

Peter Blickle: “New Developments in the Discourse of Heimat”

January 27, 2011 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Humanities 1, Room 520, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Today, just as during any other period since the end of the eighteenth century, the idea of Heimat (home, homeland) is a central part of German-speaking people’s attempts to make sense of the world they live in. The regressive aspects of the idea are troubling. Any concrete interaction with the idea of Heimat in the political realm has, historically speaking, served sooner or later to further exclusions. And all too often the idea of Heimat has assisted in more than…

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April 2011

Karen Sánchez-Eppler: “In the Archives of Childhood”

April 14, 2011 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Humanities 1, Room 520, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Karen Sánchez-Eppler is Professor of American Studies and English at Amherst College. She is the author of Touching Liberty: Abolition, Feminism, and the Politics of the Body (California, 1993) and Dependent States: The Child's Part in Nineteenth-Century American Culture (Chicago, 2005), and a founding co-editor of The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth. She is spending this year as a fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center where she is completing a project on manuscript books entitled The Unpublished…

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October 2011

From Civil Defense to Civil Rights: The Growth of Jewish American Interracial Activism in Los Angeles in the 20th Century

October 12, 2011 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Humanities 1, Room 520, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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UCSC Jewish Studies and History Department present From Civil Defense to Civil Rights: The Growth of Jewish American Interracial Activism in Los Angeles in the 20th Century Bridges of Reform Shana Bernstien Southwestern University Author of Bridges of Reform: Interracial Civil Rights Activism in 20th Century Los Angeles (2011)

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November 2011

Giancarlo Casale, “What did it mean to be European in the Sixteenth Century? A View from the Ottoman Empire”

November 17, 2011 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Humanities 1, Room 520, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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The Department of History presents: Muslim Mediterranean/Middle Eastern World Search Job Talk. Giancarlo Casale is a specialist in the history of the early modern Ottoman empire, although he also has interests in the history of geography and cartography, global exploration, and comparative empires. He has just completed my first book, "The Ottoman Age of Exploration," about the history of Ottoman expansion in the Indian Ocean during the sixteenth century. The book was based on extensive research in the archives of both…

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Jennifer Derr, Talk title TBA

November 29, 2011 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Humanities 1, Room 520, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

The Department of History presents: Muslim Mediterranean/Middle Eastern World Search Job Talk. Jennifer Derr has her B.S. from Stanford University; M.A., Georgetown University; Ph.D., Stanford. Areas of academic interest include modern Middle Eastern history, African history, Ottoman Empire, early Islamic history. Fellow, Society of Junior Fellows in British Studies, University of Texas at Austin (2009–10); James Birdsall Weter Memorial Fund Dissertation Grant (2008–09); Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fellowship (2007–08). Has taught at American University in Cairo, University of California at Davis, Stanford…

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November 2012

The Greatest Story Never Told (In the West): The Rāmāyaṇa and the Cultural Universe of South and Southeast Asia

November 7, 2012 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Humanities 1, Room 520, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Robert P. Goldman is the author of several key works in the fields of Sanskrit literature and Indian thought, and has recently completed the translation of the Ramayana of Valmiki. The recipient of several honors, including election as fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Goldman currently serves as editor of “South Asia Across the Disciplines,” a monograph series published jointly by the presses of Columbia University, University of Chicago, and the University of California. Goldman will also…

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November 2013

Rachel Chrastil: "Inventing Humanitarianism: Gender and the Civilian Male in Besieged Strasbourg"

November 14, 2013 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Humanities 1, Room 520, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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In August 1870 the Prussians and their German allies laid siege to the French city of Strasbourg and bombed the city center, killing and wounding civilian men, women and children. The siege gave rise to the first instance of wartime international humanitarian aid to civilians. This talk examines the experience of that aid from the perspective of the recipients as well as the ethical debates over the city's continued resistance in the face of overwhelming force. Rachel Chrastil joined the…

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May 2014

Prasenjit Duara: "Circulatory and Competitive Histories: Temporal Foundations for Cosmopolitanism

May 21, 2014 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Humanities 1, Room 520, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Stories – narratives of the past – are necessary in all collectivities that seek to constitute and maintain themselves.  In modern times, competitive states have sought to mobilize all resources and bio-power in their territory by adopting singular, linear histories of the state, nation and civilization.  But, ironically, just as these singular stories were becoming dominant, the world was globalizing more actively than ever.  The stories themselves have come to be shaped by global forces. While the historical enterprise of…

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February 2015

“Polly Want a Caesar? Talking Birds and Prophetic Birds in Early Imperial Rome”

February 13, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Humanities 1, Room 520, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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In Republican Rome, birds had served as the messengers of the gods, communicating in ways that only a few religious specialists could fully understand and interpret. At the turn of the first century CE, these same birds began to speak plain Latin, apparently endorsing the new regime of the Caesars in language that anyone could understand. On closer examination, however, these talking birds turn out to be transmitting a much more troubling message about the constitution of the Roman body…

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Manu Bhagavan – Toward universal relief and rehabilitation: India, UNRRA, and the new internationalism

February 18, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Humanities 1, Room 520, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Please join the History Department for this scholarly talk by Manu Bhagavan of Hunter College: Toward universal relief and rehabilitation: India, UNRRA, and the new “India” had been involved in the United Nations even in its wartime incarnation, inasmuch as the Crown Government of the colonized region brought the territory into the Second World War and, in turn, voted to support various institutions created to deal with the challenges wrought by the conflict. Among the most prominent of these was…

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April 2015

Ernesto Chávez: "My Dear Noël": Ramón Novarro, Noël Sullivan, and the Negotiation of a Catholic/Mexican/Queer Identity

April 21, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Humanities 1, Room 520, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Ernesto Chávez, Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas, El Paso, and Visiting Researcher at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, reads expressions of devout Catholicism and queer codes in the early- and mid-twentieth-century letters of silent screen actor, Ramón Novarro, and arts philanthropist Noël Sullivan. This free, public lecture takes place Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at 2:00pm in Humanities 1, Room 520. In this presentation, Ernesto Chávez offers preliminary thoughts on materials pertaining to Ramón Novarro, the…

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May 2015

David Brundage: "Remembering 1916 in America: The Easter Rising’s Many Faces, 1919-1962"

May 19, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Humanities 1, Room 520, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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David Brundage is Professor of history and the History Graduate Program Director. The talk will draw on an essay-in-progress for a collection entitled Remembering 1916: The Easter Rising, the Somme and the Politics of Memory, ed. Richard S. Grayson and Fearghal McGarry. Brundage focuses his attention on a period that has been relatively neglected in the history of the Irish in America, the 1920s through the early 1960s. How (and by whom) was the 1916 Rising remembered in this period?…

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March 2016

Sugar Beets, Biocolonialism, and Memory in the American West

March 8, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Humanities 1, Room 520, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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The History Department Presents the Thom Gentle Lecture on Environmental History Bernadette Jeanne Pérez Ph.D. Candidate University of Minnesota, Twin Cities What can the sugar beet industry tell us about the relationship between agricultural science, capitalism, and American settler colonialism? In this talk, Pérez draws upon turn of the twentieth century beet sugar manuals, which drew upon ideas of heredity and evolution, and mid-twentieth century industry histories, which narrated industry founders as heroic pioneers, to reveal that efforts to breed…

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May 2016

Camille Fauroux: “Framing Gender across Boundaries: French Women at Work in Berlin’s War Industry (1940-1945)”

May 24, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Humanities 1, Room 520, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Camille Fauroux: "Framing Gender across Boundaries: French Women at Work in Berlin’s War Industry"

During the Second World War, 50,000 to 100,000 French women chose to leave France to work for the war industry in Germany. Their transnational experience points to the racial and gendered division of labor that deployed itself throughout Nazi occupied Europe. In an attempt to sustain the war effort while limiting German’s women’s draft and preserve their status as mothers and housewives, the National-socialist state chose to rely on the forced labor of millions of foreign men and women from…

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CANCELLED Covell Meyskens: “Visualizing the Past: The Making of the Website ‘Everyday Life in Mao’s China'”

May 27, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Humanities 1, Room 520, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Covell Meyskens: "Visualizing the Past: The Making of the Website 'Everyday Life in Mao's China'"

Covell Meyskens, Assistant Professor of History at the Naval Postgraduate School, will talk about his website Everyday Life in Mao's China which currently houses over 5,000 images China. Meyskens will discuss the website's origins, its intended and unintended contributions to the expanding field of PRC history, and suggestions for offer suggestions on how to conduct comparable digital projects on other research topics. Covell Meyskens is a historian of twentieth century China with a particular interest in industrialization, revolution, and everyday…

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November 2016

Marc Matera: “The Global 1930s: The International Decade”

November 17, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Humanities 1, Room 520, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Marc Matera The Global 1930s event flyer

The 1930s usually conjure up images of Soviet show trials, jack-booted, brown-shirted German fascists, and breadlines and the dustbowl in the United States. The decade is also associated with the failure of internationalism in the face of economic depression and militaristic nationalisms. Certainly these form part of the picture, but a Europe- and North American-centered view obscures and distorts the broader global context of which they were an integral part. A global perspective on the 1930s not only decenters Europe…

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March 2017

Zachary Lockman: “Adventures in Field-Building: On the History of Area Studies/Middle East Studies in the United States”

March 9, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Humanities 1, Room 520, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Lockman Poster

Area studies is often simplistically depicted as little more than a Cold War form of knowledge, but its emergence as a component of the postwar American academic scene was in fact propelled and shaped by visions, exigencies and contingencies that were not initially or exclusively about the needs of the national security state. Zachary Lockman’s 2016 book Field Notes: The Making of Middle East Studies in the United States draws on extensive archival research to offer a different perspective on the origins and trajectory of area studies…

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November 2018

Rachel Gross, The Jewish Deli Revival: Buying and Selling American Jewish Nostalgia

November 8, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Humanities 1, Room 520, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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In recent years, there has been a nostalgic resurgence of interest in the Jewish deli menu. Restaurateurs and purveyors of Jewish food are deliberately making American Jewish food fit for the twenty-first century, emphasizing sustainability, local produce, and a nostalgic longing for family and communal histories. By selling and consuming a revitalized deli cuisine, American Jews express their longing for authentic Jewish pasts, build community in the present, and pass on their values to future generations.     Prof. Rachel B. Gross…

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May 2019

Michael Vann: The Great Hanoi Rat Hunt – Empire, Disease, and Modernity In French Colonial Vietnam

May 8, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Humanities 1, Room 520, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

"The Great Hanoi Rat Hunt - Empire, Disease, and Modernity In French Colonial Vietnam" The History Department Presents Michael Vann Professor of History at Sacramento State University and UCSC History graduate program alum

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January 2020

Urmi Engineer Willoughby – Cultivating Malaria in the Gulf South, 1718-1860

January 15, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Humanities 1, Room 520, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

The Thom Gentle Environmental History Lecture In this talk, Urmi Willoughby will present her research on agriculture, development, and the growth of endemic fevers in lower Louisiana. She will explore why fevers spread in the borderlands of the Gulf South and lower Mississippi Valley in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and show how economic and agricultural systems associated with white settlement and plantation slavery fostered the spread of malaria and yellow fever. Malaria grew endemic in new settlements and plantations…

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February 2020

Jeffrey Wasserstrom – Hong Kong on the Brink

February 7, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Humanities 1, Room 520, Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

This talk will focus on patterns of protest and the tightening of political controls in Hong Kong during the last few decades, paying particular attention to the 2014 Umbrella Movement and the dramatic events of 2019. Jeff Wasserstrom, a historian of China who has been visiting Hong Kong regularly since 1987, will draw on his work as a specialist in the history of anti-authoritarian movements in various parts of the world and his work on global cities of Asia. The…

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