FALL 2018

  • "Populism" and Bigotry: Lessons from the 1920s Ku Klux Klan

    Linda Gordon, Professor of History and a University Professor of the Humanities at New York University

    Tuesday, October 16, 2018
    Allbritton 311
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    Gordon’s early scholarship focused on the historical roots of social policies, especially as they concern  gender and family issues. In her later work, she has explored other ways of presenting history to a broad audience, publishing the microhistory, The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction (Harvard, 1999) and the biography, Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits (W.W. Norton, 2009), both of which won the Bancroft Prize. Her Meigs Distinguished Lecture will be drawn from her recent book on the Ku Klux Klan.

    Sponsored by the History Department

  • NORMA RAE MOMENT: THE TRIUMPHANT INDIVIDUAL FROM THE "WORKING CLASS" AND THE REAGAN YEARS

    Aimee Loiselle, Visiting Assistant Professor of History and FGSS

    Tuesday, October 30, 2018
    12-1 p.m.
    PAC 001

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    Please join us for a lunch talk with pizza and conversation. Aimee Loiselle will discuss the 1979 movie.

    Norma Rae and its cultural narrative of the hard-working and defiant individual who triumphs over all obstacles. While images of union organizing appear in Norma Rae, the icon generated by the movie works to normalize the individual standing alone as the primary locus of power and responsibility. As economic policies in the Reagan years eroded government protections for working people, shifting them to finance and currency exchange, the pop cultural narrative converged with neoliberal rhetoric of freedom and choice in the market.

    Aimee Loiselle is a Visiting Assistant Professor in History and FGSS at Wesleyan University and a Dissertation Fellow in the Humanities Institute at the University of Connecticut. She specializes in the modern U.S. as a hub for transnational labor and capital with an interest in women workers, gender, race, and popular culture. She is the author of “Austerity Undermines Every Effort at Equity and Justice” in Women, Gender, and Families of Color. She has published articles and blog posts on women’s activism, textile and garment labor, and neoliberal economic projects, such as the piece “Puerto Rican Needleworkers: A Laboratory for Neoliberalism” in El Sol Latino. Her conference presentations include the Organization of American Historians, Labor and Working-Class History Association, Film & History, and the Boston Seminar on the History of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Loiselle is currently working on the project, "Creating Norma Rae: The Erasure of Puerto Rican Needleworkers and Southern Labor Activists in a Pop Icon."

    Sponsored by the Histroy Department

  • History Department Distinguished Lecture

    BREXIT and the British Constitution

    Linda Colley, Shelby M.C.Davis 1958 Professor of History Princeton University

    Thursday, November 8, 2018
    4:30 p.m.
    Russell House

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    Britain's current crisis over BREXIT is not just a function of its political divisions and of the populist surge that is presently affecting Europe and parts of Asia as well as the USA. It also rejects deeper and longer constitutional and national uncertainties and histories. In this lecture, Linda Colley explores what these are, and how they have evolved, and she discusses how far this present trauma may lead to changes in Britain's supposedly "unwritten constitution."

    Sponsored by the History Department

  • Other Upcoming Events for Fall

    10/09      7:00      History 362, Film Screening                          Pac 001

    10/16      4:30      Miegs Lecture, Linda Gordon                        Allbritton 311

    10/30      12:00    Aimee Loiselle Lecture                                  Pac 001

    11/08      4:30      History 362, Linda Colley Lecture                  Russell House

    11/13      12:00    History 362, Film Screening                          Pac 001

  • Upcoming Events for Spring 2019

    3/28   4:30   Paul Halliday Lecture   Allbritton 311