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 2015-16
Abosede George, Barnard College, "Chibok's Girls and the Challenge of Feminist Activisms in Nigeria" November 11, 2015.
Paulina Bren, Vassar College, "Taking the Place of Stalin: The Story of Late Communism", February 24, 2016, PAC 001.
Judith Byfield, Cornell University, "Women, Rice and War: WW II and Anti-colonial Politics in Abeokuta, Nigeria", March 29th, 2016, PAC 002.
David DeVorkin, National Space Museum, "The Legacy of the American Observatory Movement", May 4, 2016.