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William Blair interviewed on NPR

President Jefferson Davis Sworn In Just For A Day

Richards Center Director, William Blair, was recently interviewed on National Public Radio.

 

National Public Radio, February 20, 2011:

In Alabama, the Sons of Confederate Veterans are planning a re-enactment of the swearing in of Jefferson Davis this weekend. The group wants to commemorate the upcoming 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The ceremony and accompanying parade of re-enactors is rubbing some people the wrong way.  (listen to the story)

Moran awarded NSF research grant

Congratulations to Rachel Moran who has been awarded a National Science Foundation doctoral dissertation research grant to support her project entitled "Federal Policy and Scientific Research on American Physique."

Evan Rothera's Article Accepted

Congratulations to Richards Center Graduate Student Evan Rothera

Congratulations to Evan Rothera whose article "Forgotten Fire-Eater:  William Barksdale in History and Memory" was accepted for publication in The Journal of Mississippi History.  Evan is the newest graduate student to join the Richards Center and is a 2010 graduate of Gettysburg College.

The Journal of Mississippi History is published quarterly since 1939 by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History in cooperation with the Mississippi Historical Society and is an illustrated quarterly magazine with stimulating articles by distinguished scholars on the history of Mississippi, the Lower Mississippi Valley, and the South, prehistory through the twentieth century. Bibliographies of books and dissertations related to Mississippi history as well as acquisitions of historical materials to college libraries in the state are regular features, along with book reviews and news of people and events in the history community.

CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS: April 20: Seminar – Marnia Lazreg

Marnia Lazreg, Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and Graduate Center, CUNY, will present a seminar entitled, "Saving the French Empire: Religion, Torture and Social Engineering" on April 20 at 4 pm.
When Apr 20, 2011
from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where 102 Weaver Building
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Marnia Lazreg is Professor of Sociology, Hunter College and Graduate Center, CUNY, and is the author of Questioning the Veil: Open Letters to Muslim Women (Princeton University Press, 2009); Torture and the Twilight of Empire: From Algiers to Baghdad (Princeton University Press, 2008); The Eloquence Of Silence: Algerian Women In Question (Routledge, 1994), among other books and numerous articles.

Seminar pre-circulated readings:

  1. Torture and the Twilight of Empire:  From Algiers to Baghad, Marnia Lazreg, Princeton University Press, chapters 1, 4, and 5
  2. The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals, Jane Mayer, Doubleday, chapter 6
  3. Fear Up Harsh:  An Army Interrogator's Dark Journey Through Iraq, Tony Lagouranis & Allen Mikaelian, NAL, chapter 2

Professor Lazreg will also be speaking on Questioning the Veil at the Women's Studies Department Coffee Hour Talk on Wednesday, April 20, at 12:00 noon in 102 Weaver Building.  

Why have young women in the Muslim world as well as Western countries taken up veiling? Why are some Muslim women intent upon presenting their turn to the veil as part and parcel of their civil rights? Can the re-veiling trend erase the history of gender inequality in which it is embedded? This talk seeks to answer these and other questions by examining four justifications of veiling, tracing the loss of meaning incurred by the veil wearer in the present geopolitical conjuncture, and assessing the implications of veiling for change in gender relations.

 

March 25: Seminar – Jerry H. Bentley

Jerry Bentley, Professor of History and Editor, Journal of World History, at the University of Hawaii, will present a seminar entitled, "Cosmopolitan Praxis in World History" on March 25 at 4 pm.
When Mar 25, 2011
from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where 102 Weaver Building
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Recent attention to cosmopolitan issues opens doors to fresh historical analyses that are particularly useful for world historians developing alternatives to Eurocentric historical scholarship. This contribution will propose an understanding of cosmopolitanism that does not limit itself to inherited conceptions of the Stoics or the Enlightenment: it declines to foreclose on fresh conceptions by predetermining the boundaries of the phenomenon. It is considerably broader than the normative conceptions familiar from philosophical usage or the specific programs recently advocated by political scientists and legal theorists. This alternative conception refers to historical as well as contemporary experience of popular and sometimes even subaltern cosmopolitan behavior outlined here under the rubric of “cosmopolitan praxis.” This term draws attention to the everyday practices by which human agents have worked across cultural boundary lines while pursuing their interests in cosmopolitan societies – the ways human agents have reached beyond the resources of their own cultural communities to learn new languages, behave in accordance with different customs, negotiate tensions between different social and cultural traditions, and serve as intermediaries who sponsor the spread of cultural elements between societies. Although the term has a lofty ring, cosmopolitan praxis of the sort envisioned here also has a dark side in that it has frequently occurred under conditions of hierarchy, oppression, and even brutality. Nevertheless, it has also had significant historical effects to the extent that popular and subaltern cosmopolitanism has served as an incubator of political and social change from ancient times to the present day.

Jerry H. Bentley is professor of history and editor of the Journal of World History. He has written extensively on the cultural history of early modern Europe and on cross-cultural interactions and exchanges in world history. His research on the religious, moral, and political writings of the Renaissance led to the publication of Humanists and Holy Writ: New Testament Scholarship in the Renaissance (1983) and Politics and Culture in Renaissance Naples (1987). His current research concentrates on global history and particularly on processes of cross-cultural interaction. His book Old World Encounters: Cross-Cultural Contact and Exchange in Pre-Modern Times (1993) studies processes of cultural exchange and religious conversion before modern times. He has also written on the periodization of world history and on historiographical issues relating to world history.  Dr. Bentley teaches courses in world history, early modern history, and the expansion of Europe.

Pre-circulated readings:

1)    Cosmopolitan Praxis in World History, Jerry H. Bentley, 2011

2)    Cosmopolitanism:  Its Pasts and Practices, Glenda Sluga and Julia Horne, Journal of World History, Volume 21, Number 3, September 2010, pp. 369-374

3)    Chinese Colonists Assert Their “Common Human Rights”:  Cosmopolitanism as Subject and Method of History, Marilyn Lake, Journal of World History, Volume 21, Number 3, September 2010, pp. 375-392

4)    The Two Princes of Calabar, Randy Sparks, Harvard University Press

March 24: Graduate Student Workshop – Jerry H. Bentley

Jerry H. Bentley, Professor of History and Editor, Journal of World History, at the University of Hawaii will present a workshop entitled, "Recent Research Trends in World History and Publishing in Journal of World History" on March 24 at 4:00 pm.
When Mar 24, 2011
from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where 102 Weaver Building
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Jerry H. Bentley is professor of history and editor of the Journal of World History. He has written extensively on the cultural history of early modern Europe and on cross-cultural interactions and exchanges in world history. His research on the religious, moral, and political writings of the Renaissance led to the publication of Humanists and Holy Writ: New Testament Scholarship in the Renaissance (1983) and Politics and Culture in Renaissance Naples (1987). His current research concentrates on global history and particularly on processes of cross-cultural interaction. His book Old World Encounters: Cross-Cultural Contact and Exchange in Pre-Modern Times (1993) studies processes of cultural exchange and religious conversion before modern times. He has also written on the periodization of world history and on historiographical issues relating to world history.  Dr. Bentley teaches courses in world history, early modern history, and the expansion of Europe.

Pre-circulated readings:

1)    Cosmopolitan Praxis in World History, Jerry H. Bentley, 2011

2)    Cosmopolitanism:  Its Pasts and Practices, Glenda Sluga and Julia Horne, Journal of World History, Volume 21, Number 3, September 2010, pp. 369-374

3)    Chinese Colonists Assert Their “Common Human Rights”:  Cosmopolitanism as Subject and Method of History, Marilyn Lake, Journal of World History, Volume 21, Number 3, September 2010, pp. 375-392

4)    The Two Princes of Calabar, Randy Sparks, Harvard University Press