History Department

History is a way of understanding the whole of the human condition as it has unfolded in time. Without history, nothing makes sense, from the meaning of words to the formation of identities, to institutions, states, and societies. History straddles the boundary between the social sciences and humanities. Like the other social sciences, it has established methods of investigation and proof, but it differs from them in that it encompasses, potentially, every area of human culture from the beginning of recorded time. Like the other humanities, it uses ordinary language and established modes of telling its stories, but it is constrained by evidence left us from the past.

The History Department is home to a distinguished group of scholar-teachers whose work ranges from the medieval to the post-modern, from the Middle East to the Midwest, from gender and sexuality to science and economics, from micro-history to world history.  

Department of History Lecture Series, Spring 2016

WASTELANDS AND WILDERNESS:  NUCLEAR LANDS
Peter Galison, is the Pellegrino University Professor of History of Science and of Pysics of Harvard University
Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 4:30pm, Shanklin 107


The History Interview #1:

David Perry, class of 1995--"Go, learn!"

David Perry is a freelance journalist, author, and history professor at Dominican University in Chicago. He visited Wesleyan to give a lecture on his current work as a disability rights journalist. I sat down with him, and asked him some questions about history, journalism, and the merits of a liberal arts education.     see more

WHAT IS MAN?

Presented by Professor Andrew Plaks, Professor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Professor Emerius, Princeton University
Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 4:30PM, PAC 002

HISTORY MATTERS

FAKE NEWS:  THEN AND NOW
Speakers:  History Professors Courtney Fullilove, Ying Jai Tan, and Erik Gimmer-Solem
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - PAC 004 - 4:30pm