University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of History



Tuesday, February 28, 4:00-5:00 PM, Old Mill 325 (John Dewey Lounge)

History major social hour + Fall 17 course preview! A chance to chat with other history majors, meet faculty members with whom you have not yet had a course, and enjoy some snacks and drinks as you do both. Also, everyone in attendance will get a sneak peek at the HST course line-up for the fall 2017 semester, so you can start thinking about what courses you would like to take before the official fall 17 schedule of courses is released later in March.


Monday, February 13, 2017 at 5:00 PM - 338 Waterman Building, Memorial Lounge

Dr. Jacques Dalarun (IRHT/CNRS, Paris) will give a public lecture on “The ‘Rediscovered Francis of Assisi’ in the Rediscovered Life by Thomas of Celano." The lecture is sponsored by the Department of History and the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office, and is part of the College of Arts and Sciences 2016-2017 Medieval Studies Lecture Series.  For more information, please contact Prof. Sean Field at


Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 6:00 PM, Special Collections, Bailey Howe Library

Dr. Ray Clemens (Curator of Early Books & Manuscripts at Yale University's Beinecke Library) will give a public lecture entitled, "The World's Most Mysterious Manuscript: Theories on Its Origin and Use". The lecture is sponsored by Bailey-Howe Special Collections and the Department of History and is part of the College of Arts and Sciences 2016-2017 Medieval Studies Lecture Series. For more information, please contact Prof. Charles Briggs at


Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 4:00-5:30 PM, Davis Center Mildred Livak Ballroom

"What the US Stands to Lose in Alienating its Muslim and Mexican Allies" - Panel discussion with the following participants:

Moderator:  Abigail McGowan, History


Caroline Beer, Political Science

Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst, Religion

Peter Henne, Political Science

Leslie Holman, Burlington-based Immigration Lawyer

Sarah Osten, History

This interdisciplinary panel will consider the many potential ramifications of the Trump administration’s new immigration and refugee policies. Thus far particularly targeting Mexico and numerous Muslim majority countries, these policies have likely undermined longstanding US alliances and long-term diplomatic efforts. Burlington-based immigration lawyer Leslie Holman will discuss her field legal experiences with refugees and work negotiating with US immigration processes, both before and after the recent travel restrictions. Faculty members from UVM will explore the recent executive order restricting migration, focusing on the broader implications of recent diplomatic maneuvers by the White House and identifying risks for our country that come along with them.


Monday, January 30, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 338 Waterman Building, Memorial Lounge

The College of Arts and Sciences invites you to the 2016-2017 Full Professor Lecture Series.  The third lecture in the series will be given by Robert McCullough, Professor, Department of History. 

Title: "Benton MacKaye's Appalachian Trail Regional Plan: The Forgotten Columbia Valley Cross-Section."        

The centennial of Benton MacKaye’s proposal for the Appalachian Trail (AT), published in the Journal of the American Institute of Architects in 1921, is approaching.  MacKaye’s complex plan represented a radical effort to use the undeveloped Appalachian region as a strategic battle line against encroaching civilization.  Both MacKaye and his friend, architect Clarence Stein, viewed that article as only a sketch of their regional vision, and in 1923 the pair crafted a cross-sectional model of the AT regional plan in the Columbia Valley of northwestern New Jersey.  That forgotten sample, explained by MacKaye in a 1924 manuscript, is crucial to any full understanding of the 1921 proposal. 

Robert McCullough is a professor in the University of Vermont’s Graduate Program in Historic Preservation.  He writes about American landscape history and is the author of several books that touch that topic in numerous ways, including The Landscape of Community: A History of Communal Forests in New England and Old Wheelways: Traces of Bicycle History on the Land.  This lecture is drawn from his 2012 book, A Path for Kindred Spirit: The Friendship of Clarence Stein and Benton MacKaye.

A recording of this lecture will be made available on the College of Arts and Sciences website.    

The College of Arts and Sciences Full Professor Lecture Series was designed to give newly promoted faculty an opportunity to share with the university community a single piece of research or overview of research trajectory meant to capture the spark of intellectual excitement that has resulted in their achieving full professor rank.  For additional information, please call 656-3166.


Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 5:00 PM - 338 Waterman Building, Memorial Lounge

Professor Tracy Adams (University of Auckland) will give a public lecture on “The French Royal Mistress and the Politics of Representation." The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages and Linguistics and the Department of History, and is part of the College of Arts and Sciences 2016-2017 Medieval Studies Lecture Series. For more information, please contact Prof. Charles-Louis Morand-Métivier at


Monday, November 14, 2016, 7:00 PM, Waterman Bldg., Memorial Lounge

“Out of the Limelight or In: Raul Hilberg and the Future of Holocaust Studies,” lecture by Prof. Doris Bergen, University of Toronto, 14 November 2016, 7:00, Waterman Building, Memorial Lounge (room 338)

Of the lecture Professor Bergen writes:

"Academic study of the Holocaust has changed dramatically since Raul Hilberg publishedThe Destruction of the European Jewsin 1961. The 25 years since Christopher Browning delivered the first Hilberg Lecture at the University of Vermont have been particularly intense, with the proliferation of museums, monuments, institutes, and chairs devoted to Holocaust research and commemoration. What challenges does this extraordinary growth pose, now and for the future? What place does Hilberg have in a field that is increasingly global and digital, and whose practitioners are as likely to confront fame and sensation as obscurity and indifference? Is Hilberg's work still relevant?”

Doris Bergen is the Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor of Holocaust Studies in the Department of History at the University of Toronto. Before coming to Toronto in 2007, she held positions at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Vermont (1991-1996). Her research and teaching focus on religion, gender, and ethnicity in the Holocaust and World War II. Bergen is the author or editor of five books, includingWar and Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust, which has been translated into Polish;Twisted Cross: The German Christian Movement in the Third Reich; andAlltag im Holocaust: jüdisches Leben im großdeutschen Reich 1941-1945(co-edited with Andrea Löw and Anna Hájková.) She is a member of the Academic Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

Professor Bergen is indeed a fitting guest for this event for, as many of you know, she was one of the founders of the Center for Holocaust Studies here at UVM, which this year celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary. Please consider joining us on Monday the 14th!


Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 4:00-5:30 pm, Billings North Lounge

Panel Discussion - “The 2016 Election, What’s at Stake?: UVM Historians Weigh In”

Word of Welcome: Paul Deslandes, Chair, History Department

Moderator: Denise Youngblood, Russian and Soviet History


Frank Nicosia, German and Holocaust History

Felicia Kornbluh, Women/Gender and U.S. History

Mary Mendoza, Race, Environmental and U.S. History

Dona Brown, Cultural and U.S. History

Sarah Osten, Latin American History

Bogac Ergene, Islamic and Middle East History

Coffee/tea/cookies provided.


Thursday, October 27, 2016, 6:00 PM, BH Library, Special Collections

Prof. Chris Capozzola of MIT will be speaking at Special Collections at 6 pm on Thursday, October 27. His talk is titled “Uncle Sam Wants You: Vermont, the First World War, and the Making of Modern America.”


Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 7:00 PM, Old Mill, John Dewey Lounge (room 325)

“The Voyage of the St. Louis and American ‘Refugee’ Policy,” lecture by Prof. Paul Vincent, Keene State College, 26 October 2016, 7:00, Old Mill, John Dewey Lounge (room 325)


Tuesday, October 18, 5:00 PM, Waterman Bldg., Memorial Lounge

Alfred J. Andrea, Professor Emeritus of Medieval History at UVM and Past President of the World History Association, will give a public lecture on “The Crusades in the Context of World History.” Professor Andrea's lecture is sponsored by the Department of History, and kicks off the 2016-2017 UVM College of Arts and Sciences Medieval Studies Lecture Series.

For more information, contact Sean Field at 802-656-4408 or


Thursday, April 7, 4:30 PM, John Dewey Lounge

Dr. Justine Trombley will give a lecture, free and open to the public, on "The Revenant (Book): Marguerite Porete, The Mirror of Simple Souls, and the Afterlife of a Condemned Text."

Justine Trombley received her B.A. in history, with honors, from UVM in 2009. She has since gone on to earn a Ph.D. in Medieval History from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland in 2015. This summer her research in Europe will be supported by an Olivia Remie Constable Award from the Medieval Academy of America, and in the fall she will take up a position as a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow a the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto. Her talk will summarize some of her ground-breaking research on the history of one of the medieval world's most famous and controversial texts, the Mirror of Simple Souls.


Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 4:00 pm - Lafayette L108

Professor Brett Walker (Harvard, Montana St.) will give the Lintilhac Lecture in Asian Studies, "Natural and Unnatural Disasters: 3/11, Asbestos, and the Unmaking of Japan's Modern World."


Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 12:00-1:00 pm - OZ Synagogue, 188 N. Prospect Street, Burlington

"Children in Terezín," lunchtime talk by Anna Hajkova, Univ of Warwick

A lunchtime talk by Anna Hajkova.

From the ca 9,000 Jewishchildren who were deported to Terezín, fewer than 1,400 lived to the end of the war: 1,086 in the ghetto, and less than 300 survived the deportation to the East. In this talk, Anna Hajkova will discuss the conditions the Jewish self-administration created for the children and teenagers and the system of youth homes and youth care workers, as well as the leadership of Gonda Redlich, Freddy Hirsch, Willy Groag, and the dominant influence of the Zionists. In the triage system of the transit ghetto, children were perceived as the personification of hope and received the best food rations, accommodation, and also privileged access to the Terezín culture. After the war, the nexus of children and cultural production came to dominate the master narrative of Terezín. By examining the position of children, she will also endeavor to critically question the sentimentalized postwar tropes.

Dr Anna Hájková is Assistant Professor of Modern Continental history at the University of Warwick (PhD, University of Toronto, 2013). Her book manuscript on everyday history of Theresienstadt was awarded the Irma Rosenberg as well as the Herbert Steiner prize for 2014. From 2006 to 2009, she was coeditor of Theresienstädter Studien und Dokumente, and she also co-edited Alltag im Holocaust: Jüdisches Leben imGroßdeutschen Reich, 1941-1945. Her essay on sexual barter received the Catharine Stimpson Prize for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship 2013. In 2015/16, she is a Humboldt Fellow at the University of Erfurt with her new project, "Dreamers of a New Day: Building Socialism in Central Europe, 1930-1970."

A community-driven, original conception of Hans Krása's 'Brundibár' with translation by Tony Kushner is being produced by Burlington's Theatre Kavanah. Performances will take place on March 11-13 and 18-20, 2016, at Contois Auditorium in Burlington City Hall. Dr. Hajkova's speaking engagements will provide background and context for the work.

For further information please contact: Theatre Kavanah, 802-503-1132,

Anna Hajkova's talk is sponsored by the Leonard and Carolyn Miller Distinguished Professorship of Holocaust Studies at UVM. The talk is free and open to the public. For tickets to performances to 'Brundibár' please contact Theatre Kavanah directly.


Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 7:30-9:00 pm - Film House at Main Street Landing, 60 Lake St., Burlington

A Children’s Opera in the Holocaust: Staging Brundibár, lecture by Anna Hajkova, Univ of Warwick

This talk offers a historical biography of Brundibár, perhaps the best known opera staged in Terezín. Written in 1938 by the composer Hans Krása together with the writer Adolf Hoffmeister, it was meant to be staged in the Jewish orphanage in Belgická street. The orphanage director, Rudolf Freudenfeld, staged it in 1941 with Krása’s help, and drew attention of a fellow composer Raphael Schächter (Requiem), who brought a copy to Terezín. After Krása’s deportation to Theresienstadt one year later, he staged the opera with children, many of them boys he knew from the Prague orphanage. The opera was shown 55 times to great acclaim. Examining the composer, stage designer, choreographer, audience, and especially the actors, I explore the Terezín ghetto through the lens of a children’s opera, while situating the opera back into the context of the ghetto, outside of redemptive narratives.

Dr Anna Hájková is Assistant Professor of Modern Continental history at the University of Warwick (PhD, University of Toronto, 2013). Her book manuscript on everyday history of Theresienstadt was awarded the Irma Rosenberg as well as the Herbert Steiner prize for 2014. From 2006 to 2009, she was coeditor of Theresienstaedter Studien und Dokumente, and she also co-edited Alltag im Holocaust: Jüdisches Leben im Großdeutschen Reich, 1941-1945. Her essay on sexual barter received the Catharine Stimpson Prize for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship 2013. In 2015/16, she is a Humboldt Fellow at the University of Erfurt with her new project, "Dreamers of a New Day: Building Socialism in Central Europe, 1930-1970."

A community-driven, original conception of Hans Krása's 'Brundibár' with translation by Tony Kushner is being produced by Burlington's Theatre Kavanah. Performances will take place on March 11-13 and 18-20, 2016, at Contois Auditorium in Burlington City Hall. Dr. Hajkova's speaking engagements will provide background and context for the work.

For further information please contact: Theatre Kavanah, 802-503-1132,

Anna Hajkova's lecture is sponsored by the Leonard and Carolyn Miller Distinguished Professorship of Holocaust Studies at UVM. The lecture is free and open to the public.


Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 4:00-6:00 pm - UVM Recital Hall, Southwick Music Building

"From Vienna to Vermont: The Life and Times of Richard Stöhr (1874-1967)" Lecture/Concert. Presented by Stefan Koch (cello) and Robert Conway (piano).

For further details, please contact the Department of German and Russian at 802-656-3430.


Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 5:30 pm - North Billings Lounge

The "WasteLanding" book talk will be a wonderful event and opportunity to discuss issues surrounding race and the environment in the U.S.-Southwest with guest speaker and scholar, Dr. Traci Brynne Voyles.

Dr. Voylesearned a PhD in Ethnic Studies from the University of California San Diego in 2010, where she was awarded the Barbara J. and Paul D. Saltman Award for Teaching Excellence by the UCSD Academic Senate. In 2011, she accepted a visiting assistant professor position at the University of California,Davis as part of the campus-wide Andrew Mellon Environments and Societies Research Initiative. Voyles’ research and teaching interests revolve around gender, race, nature, environmental history, and environmental justice. Her current research explores uranium mining and milling on Navajo land, looking to the ways in which social constructions of landscapes and their worth contribute to environmentally unjust outcomes in the Southwest. Voyles, now an Assistant Professor, teaches courses on women and the environment, women's history in the US, and feminist theory at Loyola Marymount University. She will join us for a lecture and discussion on her recently published book, Wastelanding: Legacies of Uranium Mining in Navajo Country.

This event has been generously funded by the Program in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, the History Department, the Environmental Studies Program, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Rubinstein School of Environment and Natural Resources.

Please contact Mary E. Mendoza for any additional information or questions.


Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 7:00 pm - Memorial Lounge, Waterman 338

The Russian & East European Studies Program is pleased to present Kevin Moss, Jean Thomson Fulton Professor of Modern Languages & Literatures, Middlebury College, and his talk titled, Russia’s Queer Science: The theoretical underpinnings of Russia’s law against “gay propaganda”.

For further information contact:  Denise Youngblood, UVM History Department, tel. 656-4497, email:

This lecture has also been supported by the Departments of German & Russian, History, and Political Science and the Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies Program..



Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 12:00 pm - Fleming Museum

TALK: Visual Culture & Gay Identities in the 20th and 21st Centuries

Paul Deslandes, Associate Professor and Chair, UVM Department of History

Focusing on Great Britain and the United States, this illustrated talk focuses on the relationship between gay male identities and visual culture in the 20th and 21st centuries. The talk shows how an appreciation of the male body and male form acquired political significance as men on both sides of the Atlantic used their ability to produce, view, and consume images of men in physique photography, advertising, and pornography to forge modern sexual identities in the years between 1890 and 2015.


Friday, January 29, 2016 - Book Celebration, 4:00 p.m. in Billings Library Apse

The UVM Department of History, "Book Celebration" event will celebrate the recent publication of major books in the last few months by Profs. Amani Whitfield, Robert McCullough, Susanna Schraftstetter, and James Marsh Professor-at-Large T. H. Breen, as well as a larger number of books over the last two years by Profs. Denise Youngblood, Frank Nicosia, Sean Stilwell, Alan Steinweis, and others.   There will be free food and brief remarks from a few of the authors.  History majors and minors, graduate students, and the entire university community are invited.  For more information please contact the Department of History at 802-656-3180.


Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 4:30 p.m. - John Dewey Lounge, 325 Old Mill

"The 'Modern' Papacy Since 1500" - Public lecture by Professor Thomas Worcester, S. J. (College of the Holy Cross, Department of History)


Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 4:30 p.m., Memorial Lounge, Waterman

Natalia Aleksium (Touro College) & Susanna Schrafstetter - Sponsored by Holocaust Studies


Monday, November 2, 2015 - 7 p.m., Memorial Lounge, Waterman 338

Marion Kaplan (New York University) Sponsored by Holocaust Studies


Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 5:30 p.m. - Special Collections Reading Room, Bailey/Howe Library

Good Roads and Good Sidepaths by Robert McCulloughtollhseMerionville_367

Robert McCullough’s new book, Old Wheelways: Traces of Bicycle History on the Land,  explores the “golden age of American bicycle touring” at the end of the nineteenth century. In conjunction with the library’s current exhibit, Cycling through the News, Professor McCullough will talk about the bicyclists who shaped and reshaped American culture from 1880 to 1900. These cyclists introduced an independent and dependable means of overland travel, propelled a campaign to improve the nation’s pitiful network of roads, swayed park planners, and even set into motion the modern engineering technology essential to the development of automobiles and airplanes.  They constructed a far-flung network of bicycle paths to satisfy their exploratory impulses.  Wheelmen and wheel women also assembled a substantial body of geographical literature, illustration, and photography. Their vivid descriptions of American places made them some of the country’s keenest observers of suburban and rural landscapes.

Robert L. McCullough is Associate Professor of Historic Preservation at UVM. He is the author of The Landscape of Community: A History of Communal Forests in New England and Crossings: History of New England Bridges.

The presentation is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, email or call 656-2138.


Friday, October 16, 2015 - 12:00-1:00 Waterman Memorial Lounge

Assessing the Refugee Crisis in Europe

Panelists: Professor Denise Youngblood (History), Professor Pablo Bose (Geography), Professor Susanna Schrafstetter (History), and Professor Jonah Steinberg (Anthropology)

Europe is facing its worse humanitarian crisis since the end of World War II, as hundreds of thousands of migrants from the Middle East and North Africa seek to build new lives within its borders. The purpose of this roundtable is to move beyond the one-dimensional coverage of this extremely complex crisis in the American mass media and explore its ramifications from a variety of perspectives. By providing brief examples of different ways of thinking about the issue, we hope to encourage questions and discussion.

Co-sponsors: College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office, Humanities Center, Global and Regional Studies Program


Friday, October 16, 2015 - 4:00 p.m. in Old Mill A500 (Jost)

Maximillan Strnad (Munich)


Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 7:00 p.m. in Livak Ballroom, Davis Center, UVM

Economic and Political Crisis in China - From the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution to the Present

Professor Dongping Han is a faculty member of the Warren Wilson College and author of The Unknown Cultural Revolution: Life and Change in a Chinese Village


Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 12:00 pm at the Fleming Museum

Representing the "New Woman," 1870s-1920s

Valerie Rohy, Professor and Chair, UVM Department of English

While the fine arts often produced idealized images of women in the late-19th and early-20th centuries, other images tell a different story, reflecting cultural anxieties around the figure of the “New Woman”—more independent, educated, sexual, public, and political than ever before. Examining American and European images from cinema, cartoons, painting, photography, and news media, Valerie Rohy discusses the cultural and aesthetic significance of the “New Woman."


Tuesday through Thursday, October 6-8, 2015

"Exhile and Shoah" Conference - Sponsored by Holocaust Studies


Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 7:00-8:30 p.m., Memorial Lounge Waterman 338

"Casablanca," Hitler's Refugees, and the Hollywood Screen

This presentation by Professor Noah Isenberg (The New School) serves as the keynote lecture for the conference "Exil und Shoah/ Exile and the Holocaust,"which will continue on the UVM campus over the following two days.

Underwritten by the Leonard and Carolyn Miller Distinguished Professorship for Holocaust Studies Fund and Miller Endowment


Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 5:30 p.m., John F. Dewey Lounge (Old Mill 325)

Nation vs. Planet: The Scale of the Wars of Religion by Phillip John Usher, Associate Professor of French at New York University

Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, Full Professor Lecture Series 2015-2016


Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 5:00 p.m., Memorial Lounge, Waterman 338

"Historic Preservation at UVM: Conservation and Sustainability of the Historic Environment" by Thomas D. Visser, Professor, Department of History

Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, Full Professor Lecture Series 2015-2016


Monday, April 20, 2015, from 4:30-6:30 Memorial Lounge, 338 Waterman

2015 Phi Alpha Theta Ceremony & Reception


Tuesday, March 24, 7:00 pm (Saint Michael’s College (Campus Map), The Farrell Room, Saint Edmund’s Hall, 3rd Floor)

“Thinking Globally about the Hundred Years War”, Charles Briggs (Lecturer, Department of History, The University of Vermont)

The History Department at Saint Michael’s College, The Lecture Committee, The Humanities Center, and the Medieval Studies Minor would like to invite you to THE ANNUAL NORBERT A. KUNTZ MEMORIAL LECTURE IN HISTORY, George Dameron (Chair and Professor of History), Coordinator, Medieval Studies Minor, President, Advisory Board of the UVM Lane Series, Box 141, Saint Michael's College, One Winooski Park, Colchester, Vermont, 05439, (802) 654-2318. Web site:


Thursday, March 19 from 4-5:30 pm - Hills Agricultural Sciences 122

Hills is behind Marsh Life Sciences, which is perpendicular to Bailey/Howe and the Davis Center.

"The Mediterranean in World War II"
Featuring presentations by Prof. Andy Buchanan and Prof. Frank Nicosia

Prof. Andy Buchanan will speak about his research on "The Occupying Gaze: War, Tourism and American Hegemony in the Mediterranean."

Prof. Frank Nicosia will speak about his latest book, Nazi Germany and the Arab World.

Hope you can join us!


Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 - Noon to 1, Vermont History Museum, Pavilion Building, 109 State Street, Montpelier

Brownbag Lunch Panel: Do We Still Need Women's History?

Celebrate Women's History Month over lunch by learning from a panel of esteemed historians and scholars addressing questions facing women's history in the 21st century: Do we still need to separate out women's stories? Does it help or harm women when their history is told separately? Is there a trend away from studying women's history as a separate topic? How can the context of women's history help inform the world today?

Moderated by Cary Brown, the executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women, panelists include Dr. Felicia Kornbluh, Director of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at the University of Vermont, Dr. Marilyn Blackwell, independent historian, and Holly Allen, Assistant Professor of American Studies at Middlebury College.

This program is co-sponsored by the Vermont Historical Society and the Vermont Commission on Women as part of a series of annual programs on women in Vermont history originating in the Vermont Women's History Project.  This program is free and open to the public, thanks to sponsorship from Clute Wealth Management, Key Bank,  Northfield Savings Bank, and co-sponsorship from the Cabot Creamery Cooperative. Bring a lunch - free dessert and coffee/tea served. 


Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 - 5:30 in Living/Learning 216

The Human Rights Debate Between the cynicism of Mexican authorities and people's dignity

Pablo Obando of the Fray Bartolomé Human Rights Center and Mexico Solidarity Network representative Stuart Schussler

"For 25 years Frayba has been a leading voice in denouncing human rights violations of the indigenous communities of Chiapas and in accompanying these same communities as they engage in inspirational processes to promote
their own rights. While Ayotzinapa has brought attention to systematic human rights violations, such crimes have a long history in Chiapas - and the long struggle against them has much to teach everyone resisting crimes of the State."

The speaker is a representative from the Fray Bartolomé Human Rights Center in Chiapas, Mexico. This is one of the leading organizations in Mexico working for the rights of indigenous people, and human rights more broadly. Chiapas is one of the most indigenous states in Mexico, and it also happens to be the region where many of the farmworkers in Vermont currently come from.

Sponsored by: Global and Regional Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Global Studies, Political Science, and History.


Monday, January 26, 2015, 4:00 p.m., Livak Ballroom, 4th Floor Davis Center, 590 Main St., Burlington

The Southern Tour: The Curious Tale of the ‘True’ Coach

Timothy H. Breen, William Smith Mason Professor of American History, Northwestern University, and Founding Director of the Kaplan Humanities Center and the Nicholas D. Chabraja Center for Historical Studies.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 12:00-1:00 pm, at the Fleming Museum

Mourning and the Civil War in Vermont

Kevin Thornton, Community Research Fellow, UVM Center for Research on Vermont


Tuesday, November 4th at 5:00 p.m. in Memorial Lounge, Waterman

"On the Importance of Medieval Manuscript Research to the Universitas Viridis Montis"

Professor Sean L. Field (University of Vermont)

This lecture will trace the past, present, and future of Professor Field's work at UVM, which is driven by an intense engagement with unique medieval manuscripts and a desire to understand fully what they tell us about issues such as power, dissent, and religious idealogy that concern the modern word as much as the medieval.

Wednesday, October 29, 4:00 pm, Memorial Auditorium

"Andrew Harris and UVM - 1835-2014"

Kevin Thornton, Senior Lecturer


Monday, October 27th at 2:00 p.m. in Waterman 427

“Tea Revives the World”: Advertising and the Global Production of the Tea Drinker during the Great Depression

Professor Erika D. Rappaport (University of California-Santa Barbara)

This talk examines the history and visual culture of the “Tea Revives You” advertising campaign, which promoted European-grown colonial teas on a global scale during and after the 1930s.  Managed and funded by a joint British-Dutch body that represented tea growers in South Asia, Southeast Asia and Africa, this campaign advertised the merits of tea in the United Kingdom and throughout its Empire, in Holland and other key markets in Northwest Europe, and in the United States.  Similar newspaper advertisements, radio skits, films and other promotional material circulated in all of these locales, even as market researchers were becoming more sensitive to cultural and racial difference. Though using modern media forms and updating the iconography associated with the commodity, the campaign relied upon Victorian modes of representation, which embedded class, gender and racial assumptions that undercut the overall success of the campaign. Though the inter-war period is often construed as a moment when older European-dominated forms of globalization retreated eventually giving way to the globalizing tendencies of the American corporation, this talk argues that in the 1930s European imperial producers developed new forms of global publicity and increasingly imagined consumerism as critical to the stability of imperial economies and cultures.


Monday, October 27th at 5:00 p.m., Grand Maple Ballroom, Dudley H. Davis Center

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Nigeria. Her most recent novel Americanan was named one of the New York Times Ten Best Books of the year and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her novel Half of a Yellow Sun won the Orange prize, and her novel Purple Hibiscus won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. The Thing Around Your Neck, her collection of stories, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book in Africa. The recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, she was named one of the twenty most important fiction writers under 40 years old by The New Yorker.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at 12:00 p.m. at Fleming Museum

Witness and Response: Art, Artifacts, and the Meaning of the Civil War

Andrew Buchanan, Senior Lecturer, UVM Department of History, and Kassandra LaPrade Seuthe, Graduate Student, UVM Department of History

The Civil War is often called the most transformative period in U.S. history, with many aspects of American society fundamentally changed in its aftermath. This talk explores the contested meanings of the Civil War through a discussion of art and artifacts in the Fleming's Civil War exhibitions. 

Co-sponsored by Special Collections at UVM's Bailey-Howe Library.


Monday, October 13th, 4 pm, Billings North Lounge

Art on the Line: Cartography & Creativity in a Divided World

Sumathi Ramaswamy, Duke University

In recent years, historians of cartography have shown us how and why lines, dashes, and contours drawn on a piece of paper (or sometimes, parchment or cloth) have had such profound, even violent, consequences in our times by reaching deep into our lives to shape the physical spaces we inhabit.  Beginning with the Treaty of Tordesillas in 1494 when an imaginary line was drawn across the Atlantic Ocean to parcel out the globe between two emergent empires, through the Berlin Conference of 1884-85 when other lines were drawn on pieces of paper laid out on a table in Europe that decided the fate of a continent elsewhere, to the bloody partitions of the past century (Ireland, India, Palestine, to name the most prominent of them), acts of cartographic defining have been catastrophically constitutive and world-altering. In my presentation, I explore one such act of drawing a line in the summer of 1947 when British India was partitioned, and examine the responses to that cartographic act that have emerged in recent years among visual artists in India and Pakistan.

Professor Ramaswamy is a cultural historian of South Asia and the British empire whose recent research focuses on visual studies, the history of cartography, and gender. Recent publications include The Goddess And The Nation: Mapping Mother India (Duke, 2010); and two edited volumes, Barefoot Across The Nation: Maqbool Fida Husain And The Idea Of India (Routledge, 2010), and Empires Of Vision (co-edited with Martin Jay, Duke, 2014). As a National Humanities Center Fellow in 2013-2014, she completed a monograph titled Terrestrial Lessons: The Conquest Of The World As Globe exploring debates in colonial India about the shape of the earth and examining science education using the terrestrial globe as a pedagogic object. She is currently working on a pictorial monograph titled Husain's Raj: Postcolonial Visions Of Empire And Nation. Ramaswamy’s work in popular visual history led her to co-establish Tasveerghar: A Digital Network of South Asian Popular Visual Culture at

For more information, please contact Professor Abigail McGowan by email or phone her at 802-656-3532.


Friday, October 10, 2014 from 2:00-4:00 p.m., 101 Fleming Museum

Rakin Symposium - A Panel Discussion: Crisis in Ukraine

The Rakin Symposium brings to campus scholars of national reputation to examine the current crisis in Ukraine. Panelists will discuss Ukraine's democratization, Russia's territorial ambitions, the possibility of constitutional change, and the international community's position toward a conflict of geostrategic importance. Participants include Professor Oxana Shevel (Tufts University), Professor Henry Hale (George Washington University), Professor Jennifer Dickinson (University of Vermont), and Professor Adrian Ivakhiv (University of Vermont). Professor Michele Commercio (University of Vermont) is the moderator.


Thursday, October 9th, 6-7:15 pm, Fleming Museum 101

Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski

Roles for Women in Colonial Fantasies of 14th-Century France: Pierre Dubois and Philippe De Mézières

Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski is Professor of French at the University of Pittsburgh and a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America. Her research encompasses literary studies as well as religious and political history. Her two most recent books are Poets, Saints, and Visionaries of the Great Schism (1378-1417) and The Strange Case of Ermine de Reims (d.1396); A Medieval Woman between Demons and Saints forthcoming from the University of Pennsylvania Press later this year. Presently, Philippe de Mézières is the subject of her new book-length study and her other projects center on Colette de Corbie as a reformer saint and the role of money in demonic encounters and witchcraft treatises.

Reception immediately following in the Marble Court at the Fleming Museum. Hosted by the Department of Romance Languages and Linguistics. For more information call: Charles-Louis Morand Metivier, (802) 656-8823.

For special accomodations such as seating, interpreting, etc. for this event please contact Conference and Event Services at or 802-656-5665.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. Memorial Lounge, 338 Waterman Building, Burlington, VT

The College of Arts and Sciences invites you to the Fall 2014 Dean's Lecture which will be given by Associate Professor Boğaç Ergene on Tuesday, October 7.

"Corruption, Ottoman Style"

We know corruption when we see it.  Or do we?  Professor Ergene will address how the Ottoman state and society defined political and administrative corruption.  The discussion will provide clues about how the Ottomans differentiated legitimate and illegitimate forms of government.  Professor Ergene will also argue that a historical understanding of the topic is crucial to grasp the prevalent attitudes towards corruption in modern Middle East.

We hope you will join us. The lecture will also be videotaped and available on the UVM website.

Event: The College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Lecture
Boğaç Ergene, Associate Professor, Department of History

"Corruption, Ottoman Style"
Date: Tuesday, October 7
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building

Information: 656-0756

Boğaç Ergene (Ph.D., Ohio State University, 2001) is Associate Professor of History at UVM.  In spring 2014 he was the Aga Khan Distinguished Professor in Islamic Humanities at Brown University.  Professor Ergene is the author of Local Court, Provincial Society and Justice in the Ottoman Empire: Legal Practice and Dispute Resolution in Cankiri and Kastamonu (1652-1744) (2003), and the editor of Judicial Practice: Institutions and Agents in the Islamic World (2009).  He has also published numerous articles in major history, law, and economic history journals. 

The Dean's Lecture Series was established in 1991 as a way to recognize and honor colleagues in the College of Arts and Sciences who have consistently demonstrated the ability to translate their professional knowledge and skill into exciting classroom experiences for their students - faculty who meet the challenge of being both excellent teachers and highly respected professionals in their own discipline. The Award is a celebration of the unusually high quality of our faculty and has become an important and treasured event each semester.


Monday, April 21, 2014 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in Memorial Lounge, Waterman Bldg., Room 338


Faculty Advisor: Professor Denise J. Youngblood.  Appetizers and beverages available. For additional information, contact Kathy Truax at 802-656-3180 or email


Thursday, February 6, 2014 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at 109 State Street, Montpelier, VT


The Vermont Historical Society will host H. Amani Whitfield at a "Meet the Author" event concerning his new book, The Problem of Slavery in Early Vermont, 1777-1810.

For additional information, please contact Professor Whitfield by email.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 5:00 in John Dewey Lounge, Old Mill 325

The History Department will host a celebratory reception to congratulate three faculty members on the publication of their new books:

  • Andrew Buchanan,  America's Grand Strategy in the Mediterranean during World War II (Cambridge University Press)
  • Nicole Phelps,  U.S.-Habsburg Relations from 1815 to the Paris Peace Conference: Sovereignty Transformed (Cambridge University Press)
  • Frank Zelko,  Make it a Green Peace: The Rise of Countercultural Environmentalism (Oxford University Press)

Please join us to hear a brief word or two from the authors about their books and then enjoy refreshments and conversation with your professors and peers. See flyer.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 7:00 PM, Waterman Memorial Lounge (Room 338)


Pamela Potter, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Looking first at Richard Wagner's own complex relationship toward Jews, Judaism, and race during his lifetime, this lecture will then examine how Wagner took on a largely symbolic meaning in Nazi Germany, even when performances of his works may have actually declined. It will then show how various theories about Wagner's racism and antisemitism proliferated after World War II, overstating the importance of his works in Hitler's Germany, and raising new ethical questions about their performance today.

Potter Pamela M. Potter is Professor of German and Music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests have concentrated on relating music, the arts, and the writing of cultural history to ideological, political, social, and economic conditions, focusing on twentieth-century Germany, Jewish music, and the impact of German emigration on American musical life. She is the author of Most German of the Arts: Musicology and Society from the Weimar Republic to the End of Hitler's Reich (Yale University Press, 1998), translated into German in 2000 and forthcoming in Portuguese, and co-editor with Celia Applegate of Music and German National Identity (University of Chicago Press, 2002). Her newest book, Art of Suppression: Confronting the Nazi Past in Histories of the Visual and Performing Arts (University of California Press, forthcoming), raises questions about the uniqueness of Nazi culture and aesthetics and traces the roots of these ideas in Anglophone cultural histories.


Friday, November 1, 2013 from 3:30-5:00 in Waterman Room 427

Lecture by Ayda Erbal, NYU - "A Crime With No Name, an Apology With No Agency: Armenian Genocide as Reconstructed by Turkish Intellectuals".

Thursday, October 24, 2013 from 4:30-6:00  p.m. in Billings North Lounge

Burack Lecture, "A Typical Latin American Country—the United States: The Connected Histories of the Americas in Global Perspective"

Saturday, October 26, from 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Memorial Lounge, Waterman 338

A symposium on "The Hispanic Americas in World History"

The renowned world historian, Felipe Fernández-Armesto, William P. Reynolds Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, will be visiting UVM in late October to deliver a Burack Lecture on Thursday, 24 October and to present the keynote address at the Fall symposium of the New England Regional World History Association (NERWHA) on Saturday, 26 October. The Burack Lecture is free and open to the public. The symposium is by registration only. A registration form is available at <>. For additional information, see flyer link.


Monday, October 14th, 4:15 - 5:30 with Q&A/Discussion, Waterman Memorial Lounge, Reception Following


We are in the middle of a documentary film renaissance. Film has extended its gaze into the world as never before: there have never been so many films, makers, viewers and distribution outlets. But something is lacking amidst this excitement: engagement with history. Perhaps wishing to escape being typed as historical specialists, perhaps worried about alleged short attention spans, filmmakers seem to be minimizing the role that history and historical images play in their works. Are documentaries moving into an eternal, ahistorical present? Has style overtaken rigor and substance? What is the prognosis for a genre that increasingly rejects coming to terms with the past? Filmmaker, archivist, writer and teacher Rick Prelinger will examine how this process has come to be and suggest ways that makers can employ history to intervene in the present and influence the future.

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Rick Prelinger, an archivist, writer and filmmaker, founded Prelinger Archives, whose collection of 60,000 advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur films was acquired by the Library of Congress in 2002 after 20 years' operation. Rick has partnered with the Internet Archive to make over 5,000 films from Prelinger Archives available online for free viewing, downloading and reuse. His feature-length film PANORAMA EPHEMERA (2004), depicting the conflicted landscapes of 20th-century America, played in venues around the world, and his new film NO MORE ROAD TRIPS? (2013) is currently in pre-release. His "Field Guide to Sponsored Films" was published in 2006 by the National Film Preservation Foundation.

Prelinger is Board President of the Internet Archive, has been a board member of the San Francisco Cinematheque, and sat on the National Film Preservation Board for five years as representative of the Association of Moving Image Archivists. He is co-founder of the Prelinger Library, an appropriation-friendly private research library that is open to the public, located in downtown San Francisco, and was appointed Associate Professor of Film and Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz in 2013.

Prelinger will also be at the Vermont International Film Festival on  October 12: LOST, FOUND & REMIXED: SURVIVING PLENTY: Archival Filmmaking in the age of Mass Production

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 from 4:30 p.m. in Billings North Lounge


Timothy Breen, The University of Vermont James Marsh Professor-At-Large, William Smith Mason Emeritus Professor of American History, Northwestern University; Founding Director of the Nicolas D. Chabraja Center for Historical Studies

Reception immediately following. For more information, call the President's Office: (802-656-3186) or visit See poster.

ADA: Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations, call Conference and Events as soon as possible at 656-5665.


Thursday, September 19, 2013, 4:30-6:30 pm, Waterman Building, Room 427

"UVM Faculty Panel on the Current Crisis in Syria"

Prof. Bogac Ergene (UVM, History)
Prof. Greg Gause (UVM, Political Science)
Prof. Mark Stoler (UVM, History, Emeritus)
Prof. Steve Viner (Middlebury College, Philosophy)
Prof. Melissa Willard-Foster (UVM, Political Science)

Sponsored by the UVM Middle East Studies Program.  Event is free and open to the public.
Call 802-656-4474 or email for more information. See poster.


SPRING 2013 Events

Thursday, May 2, 2013, at 2 p.m. in John Dewey Lounge, Old Mill

Denise Youngblood, Professor of History, 2013 Recipient of the Annual Robert V. Daniels Award

The award is sponsored by the Global and Regional Studies Program and celebrates the achievements of UVM's most distinguished scholars and teachers of international studies.

Previous recipients include Professor Robert V. Daniels (2004), Professor Emeritus William Metcalfe (2005), Professor Emeritus Abbas Alnasrawi (2006), Professor Emeritus Peter Seybolt (2007), Professor André Senécal (2008), Professor Kevin McKenna (2009), Professor George Moyser (2010), Professor Juefei Wang (2011) and Professor Wolfgang Mieder (2012). In conjunction with the Robert V. Daniels Award, Global and Regional Studies will induct 16 new graduating seniors into the Sigma Iota Rho Honor Society for International Studies at the event.

Information: (802) 656-1096,


Monday, April 29, 2013 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in Memorial Lounge, Waterman Bldg., Room 338

2013 Phi Alpha Theta Induction Ceremony & Reception

Faculty Advisor: Professor Denise J. Youngblood.  Appetizers and beverages available. For additional information, contact Kathy Truax at 802-656-3180 or email


April 23, 2013, 7 pm, Special Collections Reading Room, UVM, Bailey/Howe Library

Friends of Special Collections Lecture: Porches of North America: Thomas Visser, Associate Professor of Historic Preservation at the University of Vermont

Piazzas, verandahs, stoops and more: join Thomas Visser for a fascinating look at porches on April 23 in Special Collections. Visser, associate professor of Historic Preservation and director of the Historic Preservation at the University of Vermont, will discuss his latest book, Porches of North America. His slide presentation will explore how this well-loved building feature has evolved in the United States and Canada. He will also discuss his research into many curious social uses, traditions, customs, and special activities associated with porch life.

While porches have a long history and are a familiar feature of the landscape, Visser and his students discovered that there were relatively few real studies of porches. He has filled the gap with Porches of North America, a 304-page book that includes sections on the history of porches as well as their many forms and functions. The book is loaded with illustrations of porches of all kinds, many from UVM Special Collections.

The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, email or call 656-2138.


Monday, March 4, 2013 at St. Michael's College, Hoehl Welcome Ctr.

"Secretary of State George C. Marshall and the Creation of Israel: The Partition and Recognition Controversies of 1947-1948."

Saint Michael's College is pleased to present The Annual Rabbi Max B. Wall Lecture Series featuring Dr. Mark A. Stoler, Editor of the Papers of George C. Marshall, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Vermont

Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Edward Mahoney: EMAHONEY@SMCVT.EDU


Monday, February 25, 2013 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in UVM Billings Marsh Lounge

"Missionaries and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt"

by Beth Baron, Professor of History at the City College and Graduate Center of the City University of New York and Co-Director of the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center at the Graduate Center of CUNY. She is the author of Egypt as a Woman: Nationalism, Gender, and Politics (2007), The Women's Awakening in Egypt; Culture Society, and the Press (1994) and the coeditor of Women in Middle Eastern History: Shifting Boundaries in Sex and Gender (1991) and Iran and Beyond: Essays in Middle Eastern History: Shifting Boundaries in Sex and Gender (1991) and Iran and Beyond: Essays in Middle Eastern History in Honor of Nikki R. Keddie (2000). She is also the current editor of International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies.

Sponsored by the UVM Global & Regional Studies Program, Middle East Studies Program, and the Department of History. For more information, please call 802-656-1096, or email, Bogac Ergene, Associate Professor of History.


Fall 2012 Events

Thursday, November 29th, 2012, 2:30-3:45pm, Angell Lecture Center B112

The Obligatory Indian in Highland Guatemala:

How Indigenous People Fail to Live Up to Our Concept of Indigenous

Guest Lecture given by David Stoll, Professor of Anthropology, Middlebury College

Folk Catholic procession in Ixil Maya town of Nebaj

David Stoll’s books include El Norte or Bust!: How Migration Fever and Microcredit Produced a Financial Crash in a Latin American Town (2012); Rigoberta Menchu and the Story of All Poor Guatemalans (2007, 1999); Between Two Armies in the Ixil Towns of Guatemala (1994); Is Latin America Turning Protestant?: The Politics of Evangelical Growth (1991)

Sponsored by UVM's Department of History & Latin American & Caribbean Studies Program

Contact Person:


Wednesday, May 2, 2012, Wheeler House side porch off Main Street, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Want to celebrate the last day of classes listening to brilliant jazz music from the Patricia Julien Project playing from the newly renovated Wheeler House porch? Of course, you do!

Don't miss this opportunity to listen to some very talented jazz musicians lead by Patricia Julien, Associate Professor of Music, at the University of Vermont. Professor Julien teaches courses in music theory and jazz composition and arranging.  Members of the Patricia Julien Project have agreed to play at the first ever concert on Wheeler House porch, weather permitting (must be 65 degrees or warmer and not raining). 

Everyone is invited to bring lawn chairs, a blanket, or sit on the grass, and listen to 2 hours of jazz music to celebrate the end of the 2011-2012 school year on the last day of classes. Please check out our flyer.

For more information, please contact Professor Steve Zdatny at or call the History Dept. main office at 656-3180.  Professor Julien can be reached by email at

Wheeler House is located at the northwest corner of S. Prospect and Main Streets.


Monday, April 30, 2012 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in Memorial Lounge, Waterman Bldg., Room 338

2012 Phi Alpha Theta Induction Ceremony and Reception..  Appetizers and beverages available.  For additional information, contact Kathy Truax at 802-656-3180 or email


Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM - Billings Library -- North Lounge, University of Vermont

The Sixth Miller Symposium

The German People and the Persecution of the Jews

Download the complete schedule of the symposium here (pdf)


The Popularity of Antisemitism in Germany, 1890-1933
Richard S. Levy, University of Illinois at Chicago

German Responses to the Persecution of the Jews as Reflected in Three Collections of Secret Reports
Frank Bajohr, Forschungsstelle für Zeitgeschichte, Hamburg

Babi Yar, but not Auschwitz: What did Germans Know About the "Final Solution"?
Peter Fritzsche, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Indifference, Participation or Protest? Berliners and the Persecution of the Jews 1933-45
Wolf Gruner, University of Southern California

Where Did All "Our" Jews Go? Germans and Jews in Post-Nazi Germany
Atina Grossmann, Cooper Union

Comment and Concluding Discussion
Doris Bergen, University of Toronto

Oldenbourg 1938

Jewish men arrested after the "Kristallnacht" pogrom being paraded through the streets of Oldenbourg, Germany, November 10, 1938.

Photo: Yad Vashem

How Survivors Became Fashionable: Holocaust Survivors in the American Imagination

Holocaust survivors moved from relative obscurity to near celebrity status in American popular consciousness in the late 1970s. Various explanations have been offered. This talk will suggest that it is essential to consider a wider preoccupation with disaster and surviving extremity that emerged as central themes in American popular culture forty years ago (and which remains with us today). It will also be argued that survivors' new visibility has not meant that their recounting has been more thoughtfully engaged.

Thursday, April 19, 2012, 7:00 PM, Fleming Museum 101

Invisible Audiences: "Performing" a Play in Theresienstadt

Henry Greenspan will recall performing his play, "Remnants," in a theater space in Theresientadt that was used during the Holocaust itself. He will reflect on some not obvious ways "attendees" at Holocaust remembrances include both the dead and the living.

Sponsored by Temple Sinai, Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Ahavath Gerim Synagogue, UVM Hillel

Thursday, April 19, 2012, 4:00 PM, Waterman Memorial Lounge (Room 338)


REMNANTS is a voice play based on twenty years of the author’s conversations with Holocaust survivors. The piece was originally produced for radio and broadcast on National Public Radio stations across the United States. As a stage play, Greenspan has performed REMNANTS as a one-man presentation at more than two hundred venues throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe, including the Magdeburg Barracks Theatre in the former Theresienstadt camp--a space used for performances during the Holocaust itself. Both the radio and staged versions of REMNANTS have received more than a dozen awards. Professor Alvin Rosenfeld, Chair of the committee on academic programs at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, notes, ““REMNANTS says more about the Holocaust in fewer words than just about anything I know. Its lean, minimalist format is powerfully affecting. This is Holocaust theatre at its best.”

Henry Greenspan's visit is underwritten by the Ader/Konigsberg Endowment for Holocaust Studies at UVM

April 18-19, 2012

Yom HaShoah Observance

Three Events Featuring Henry Greenspan


Henry Greenspan is a psychologist and playwright at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, who has been interviewing, teaching, and writing about Holocaust survivors since the 1970s. He is the author of On Listening to Holocaust Survivors: Beyond Testimony, now in its second edition; with Agi Rubin, Reflections: Auschwitz, Memory, and a Life Recreated; along with numerous chapters and articles on Holocaust survivors and their retelling. His play, Remnants, also based on his extended conversations with survivors, was first produced for National Public Radio in the United States and has been staged at more than 200 venues worldwide. In 2011, he co-led the Hess Seminar for Professors of Holocaust Cources at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. He is currently the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair at Concordia University in Montreal.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 7:30 PM, Temple Sinai, 500 Swift Street, South Burlington

Community Yom HaShoah Memorial Service


April 4, 2012, 7:00 PM, Waterman Memorial Lounge (Room 338)

Grounds for Murder: The Local Participation of The German Army in the Holocaust

Waitman W. Beorn, Loyola University, New Orleans

This lecture will address the participation of the Wehrmacht in the Nazi genocidal project on the ground in Belarus. Rather than simply crediting the military with “complicity” in the Holocaust, this presentation will seek to concretely describe and explain how and why German soldiers became agents in the Holocaust in the Soviet Union. It will examine, among other questions: the connection between an imaginary anti-partisan war and military collusion in anti-Jewish killings; the incremental nature of the process of increasing participation in the murder operations; sexual violence against Jews; theft of Jewish property by German soldiers; and rare but instructive instances of Wehrmacht soldiers attempting to assist Jews.

Waitman Beorn

Waitman W. Beorn is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Loyola University in New Orleans. He is a 2000 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, a former Army officer, and a veteran of the war in Iraq. After leaving the military, he earned his PhD in German History in 2011 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill under the direction of Christopher R. Browning. Dr. Beorn has received Fulbright and Guggenheim fellowships. In addition to articles in scholarly journals, he has completed a book manuscript, tentatively titled Marching into Darkness: The Local Participation of the Wehrmacht in the Holocaust, 1941-42. Aside from his scholarly activities, Dr. Beorn consults with the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington, where he assists with its Civic and Defense Initiatives missions. He works with cadets and midshipmen from the military academies using the Holocaust to help teach ethical military decision-making.

Organized in cooperation with Army ROTC at UVM.

April 2, 2012, 4:00 PM, 413 Waterman

The Harry H. Kahn Memorial Lecture

Primo Levi, Tadeusz Borowski, and the Historical Auschwitz

Jonathan Huener, University of Vermont

Sponsored by the Department of German and Russian


October 10, 17, and 24, 2011Browning

Perpetrators and Victims:
Reassessing the "Final Solution"

Three lectures by

Christopher R. Browning

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

No historian has done more to enhance our understanding of the Holocaust than has Christopher R. Browning. In this series of lectures, Professor Browning will summarize the findings of three of his most influential books, explain how he sees them relating to the evolving historiography of the field, respond to some of his critics, and point to opportunities for future research on the Holocaust.

Please scroll down for information on each lecture.


Christopher R. Browning is the Frank Porter Graham Professor of History at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Before taking up this position in the fall of 1999, he taught for 25 years at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington.

Browning received his B.A. degree from Oberlin College in 1967 and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1968 and 1975 respectively. He is the author of eight books: The Final Solution and the German Foreign Office (1978), Fateful Months: Essays on the Emergence of the Final Solution (1985), Ordinary Men: Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland (1992), The Path to Genocide (1992), Nazi Policy, Jewish Workers, German Killers (2000), Collected Memories: Holocaust History and Postwar Testimony (2003), and The Origins of the Final Solution: The Evolution of Nazi Jewish Policy, September 1939-March 1942 (2004), and Remembering Survival. Inside a Nazi Slave Labor Camp (2010). He is also co-editor of Every Day Lasts a Year: A Jewish Family’s Correspondence from Poland (2007).

Browning has served as the J. B. and Maurice Shapiro Senior Scholar (1996) and Ina Levine Senior Scholar (2002-3) at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. He has been a fellow of the Institutes for Advanced Studies in Princeton, New Jersey, and on the campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has also received Fulbright, Alexander von Humboldt, DAAD, and Woodrow Wilson Foundation fellowships. He has delivered the George Macaulay Trevelyan Lectures at Cambridge University (1999) and the George L. Mosse Lectures at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2002), as well as the lectures of the Bertelsmann Visiting Professorship at Mansfield College, Oxford University (2007). He is a three-time recipient of the Jewish National Book Award—Holocaust Category, for Ordinary Men, The Origins of the Final Solution, and Remembering Survival.

Browning has served as an expert witness in “war crimes” trials in Australia, Canada, and Great Britain. He has also served as an expert witness in two “Holocaust denial” cases: the second Zündel trial in Toronto in 1988 and in David Irving’s libel suit against Deborah Lipstadt in London in 2000.

Lecture One

Monday, October 10, 2011, 7:00 PM, Old Mill, John Dewey Lounge

Adolf Hitler and the Decisions for the Final Solution

How and when the Nazi regime decided to solve its self-imposed “Jewish problem” through the systematic and total mass murder of every last Jew—man, woman, and child—within its grasp has been the subject of one of the most central and long-running debates among Holocaust historians. This lecture will seek to explain 1) why this issue has been important to historians; 2) what the course of the debate has been over both the timing of and Hitler’s role in the decision-making process; and 3) the reasons and evidence behind my position in this debate.

Underwritten by the Leonard and Carolyn Miller Distinguished Professorship in Holocaust Studies


Lecture 2

The Raul Hilberg Memorial Lecture

Monday, October 17, 2011, 7:00 PM, Old Mill, John Dewey Lounge

Revisiting the Holocaust Perpetrators: Why Did They Kill?

In this lecture Prof. Browning will look at a variety of Holocaust perpetrators, including ideologues (“true believers”), technocrats and bureaucrats (the “managers” of genocide), and rank-and-file executioners (“grass roots killers”). He will examine the variety of explanations that scholars have offered concerning motivation that culminated in the so-called “Goldhagen debate,” and then look at subsequent evidence and insights that have emerged.

The Raul Hilberg Memorial Lecture is made possible through a generous gift from Jerold D. Jacobson, Esquire, of New York City, UVM Class of 1962.


Lecture 3

Monday, October 24, 2011, 7:00 PM, Old Mill, John Dewey Lounge

Holocaust History and Survivor Testimony: The Case of the Starachowice Factory Slave Labor Camps

This lecture will examine two issues. First, what are the general methodological issues and concerns involved in using survivor testimony to write Holocaust history. Second, in a close examination of 292 survivors of the Starachowice factory slave labor camps, what can we learn about German policies and personnel on the one hand, and the survival strategies and internal dynamics of the Jewish prisoner community on the other.

Underwritten by the Leonard and Carolyn Miller Distinguished Professorship in Holocaust Studies


For more information, please contact Alan E. Steinweis Professor of History and Director The Carolyn and Leonard Miller Center for Holocaust Studies The University of Vermont Nolin House 589 Main Street Burlington, VT 05405 Phone: 802-656-1438 Visit the website of the Center for Holocaust Studies at UVM:


Thursday, April 28, 2011, 4:00 PM, Old Mill, John Dewey Lounge

Professor Ronald Berger of the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater will deliver the lecture "Surviving the Holocaust: One Family's Story," which will be based on his frecent book "Surviving the Holocaust: A Life Course Perspective". For more info.

Thursday, April 14, 2011, 7:00 PM, Waterman Building, Memorial Lounge (Room 338)

The celebrated author Lev Raphael will read from his recent book _My Germany: A Jewish Writer Returns to the World his Parents Escaped." For more info.

Monday, April 4, 2011 - 4:30-6:15 p.m. Waterman Bldg. Room 338, Memorial Lounge - Phi Alpha Theta Induction Ceremony and Reception

The ceremony/reception for the Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society Inductees will be held on Monday, April 4th, in Memorial Lounge at 338 Waterman Building, (corner of College St. and So. Prospect) 3rd Floor.  From I-89, take Exit 14W (Williston Rd./Main Street) toward Lake Champlain.  Turn Right at South Prospect Street, turn left at the first street, College Street, and the visitor parking lot is on the left across from the side entrance of the Waterman building.  If you come in the side entrance of Waterman, you would go to the center of the building and go up one floor of the staircase.  You will see a mahogany kiosk that says Student Services Center (Registrar’s Office).  Just beyond that desk is Memorial Lounge where the ceremony/reception will be held from 4:30-6:15.  Come in and get yourself something to drink or eat and then be seated for the festivities.  If you come in off South Prospect Street, you just go up the cement steps, in the door and straight back past the Student Services Center to Memorial Lounge. For More Information, contact Kathleen Truax at 802-656-3180.

Thursday, March 31, 2011, 4:00 PM, Waterman Building, Memorial Lounge (Room 338)

Professor Irene Kacandes of Dartmouth College, author of the acclaimed book _Daddy's War (Greek American Stories), will deliver the lecture "Truth and Consequences: Issues in Holocaust Family Memoir." For more info.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Professor Jaskot will also participate in a panel discussion on "Analyzing the Spaces and Buildings of Auschwitz," together with Prof. Jonathan Huener of UVM and Profs. Anne Knowles and Chester Harvey of Middlebury College.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Marsh Lounge, Billings Building - Agnès Sorel and the Invention of the Royal Mistress - A talk by Tracy Adams, Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Auckland (New Zealand) - Agnès Sorel (ca. 1415-1450) rose from obscurity to a position of the greatest influence, as the first official royal mistress at the French court.  Her rapid ascent and influence over Charles VII of France have been presented as unproblematic by historians over the past two centuries--the assumption that beauty functions as a commodity exchangeable for wealth and power so self-evident to modern ideologies of gender that the nature of her position has not been questioned.  This talk considers which social conditions might help to account for her rise, focusing especially on the political roles played by other women in Charles VII’s life. Like the role of female regency, the role of royal mistress is important to women’s history and deserves serious attention. Professor Adams is the author of numerous articles and several books, most recently The Life and Afterlife of Isabeau of Bavaria (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010).

March 17, 22, and 24, 2011

The Center for Holocaust Studies will present lectures by Prof. Paul Jaskot of DePaul University. The title of the lecture series is "The Long Shadow of the Nazi Perpetrator over 20th-Century German Art," and the individual lectures will deal with the art historian Heinrich Woelfflin, the artist Gerhard Richter, and the Berlin Jewish Museum

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Department of German and Russian and the European Studies Program will be hosting Prof. Cordula Grewe of Coumbia University, who will speak on "Avant-Garde and Anti-Judaism in the Romantic Age: The Case of Ferdinand Olivier’s 'Family Tree of Neo-German Art' (1823).

Thursday, February 17, 2011

4:00 p.m., Ira Allen Chapel - Gail Collins will speak at the University of Vermont under the Marsh professor program.She is a NY Times columnist and author of the recent book, "When Everything Changed," about the women's movement.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

7:30 p.m., Billings North Lounge - Peter Blackmer, "Working Men's Measures: Vermont Mechanics' Culture and the Constructions of Wage-Earning Masculinity in the Age of Jackson, 1815-1850". For more information, email Tom Helmstutler at or phone 656-4389 or visit

5:00 p.m., Memorial Lounge, Waterman - Professor Denise Youngblood, Americanitis: American Movies and Soviet Cinema - Please click on title to link to more information.

November 15, 2010

8:00-9:30 pm - Waterman Building, Memorial Lounge (Room 338) - The Memory of Child Survivors: Documents, Memoir, Auto-Fiction, Yehudi Lindeman, McGill University

Human memory is a marvelous but fallacious instrument, says Primo Levi. This lecture will address two questions. First, given the wild vagaries of memory, what should be the task of the Holocaust historian whose mandate it is to examine the sources? Is there a special discretion he or she should use in studying diaries, testimonies, memoirs, even auto-fictions, all the available ‘ego documents,’ to borrow a term introduced by Dutch historian Jacques Presser, author of The Destruction of the Dutch Jews (1965; English version 1969). Second, as a child survivor of the Holocaust, how does one draw an accurate picture of three years in hiding and on the run, given the perilous state of memory? To what degree is it proper to use ‘reconstruction and invention’ (Amos Oz) to help shape a narrative and convey perceptions and perspectives gained and retained during events that occurred sixty or more years ago?

Yehudi Lindeman, McGill University

Yehudi Lindeman, a child survivor of the Holocaust, was separated  from his family in the fall of 1942 and spent the next thirty months in hiding in about fifteen different locations in rural Holland. He holds degrees from the University of Amsterdam and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University. He is a retired Professor of English at McGill University and the founder and past Director of Living Testimonies, the Holocaust Video Archive at McGill. He has published on a wide range of subjects, from topics in Renaissance education, poetry and translation to issues surrounding resistance and rescue during the Shoah. His most recent book is ‘Shards of Memory: Narratives of Holocaust Survival’ (2007). He is also the author, with Irene Lilienheim Angelico, of the forthcoming ‘The Third Seder: A Haggadah for Yom Hashoah’ (2010).

Monday, November 8, 2010

5:00 p.m., Billings/North Lounge - Killing and Dying for God: Violence as Redemption in the Medieval and Modern World - Mark Pegg, Washington University

Mark G. Pegg is Professor of History at Washington University and one of America’s foremost historians of medieval heresy and religious violence.  In addition to numerous articles, his two highly regarded books, A Most Holy War: The Albigensian Crusade and the Battle for Christendom (Oxford, 2007) and The Corruption of Angels:  The Great Inquisition of 1245-1246 (Princeton, 2001), have made Professor Pegg one of the most talked about medievalists of his generation.  His visit to UVM comes on the eve of the publication of major new book, entitled Beatrice’s Last Smile: A History of the Medieval World, 300-1600 (Oxford, 2011).

Friday, November 5, 2010

11:45 am-12:35 pm, Williams Hall, Room 301 - Revising the Empire: What was new about“new Qing history”?, Pamela Kyle Crossley, Dartmouth College - One of the world’s foremost scholars of the Qing empire, Pamela Crossley has authored numerous books on issues related to the politics and culture of ethnicity in both China and other lands under Manchu control between the 17th and 19th centuries, including A Translucent Mirror: History and Identity in Qing Imperial Ideology (University of Califor-nia Press, 1999).

Professor Crossley’s lecture will critically explore the contours of recent historiography concerning the nature of Manchu rule in China during the early modern era, a topic of vital importance to anyone with an interest in modern Chinese history and society, as well as the global history of empire and modernity itself.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

4:00 PM, Sugar Maple Ballroom, Davis Center - Preoccupied by the Occupation: French Memories and Reactions to the Dark Years of the Nazi Presence, by John Flower, University of Kent at Canterbury. This lecture will trace various ways the French have reacted to the years of the Occupation by the Nazis, especially as this is exemplified in literature and film. From the idea of a nation of resisters promoted by De Gaulle, through the emergence in the late 1960s and 1970s of a more complex picture, it will turn to a growing preoccupation with the period in which guilt and the need to recognize  it appear to be increasing. The difficulties of evoking a period that is now over sixty years in the past will be considered as well as the ways in which the notions of resistance and occupation, and the question of national identity remain and have even grown in significance.

John Fowler photo

John Flower, Officier de Palmes académiques, has held the chair of French in the UK at the universities of Exeter and Kent, where he is now Emeritus Professor, and in France has been professeur invité at Paris-X Nanterre, Bordeaux and Avignon. He has published widely on the literature and culture of France in the 20th century, especially the work of writers of the Left and of François Mauriac. His recent publications include François Mauriac et Jean Paulhan; Correspondance 1925-1967 (2001), Autour de la ‘Lettre aux directeurs de la Résistance’ de Jean Paulhan (2003)and Joan of Arc: Icon of Modern Culture (2008). François Mauriac journaliste: les vingt premières années will appear in 2010. He is Editor of the Journal of European Studies.

Sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages and the Don and Carole Burack President's Distinguished Lecture Series

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

12:00-4:00 p.m.-Chittenden Room (413) Top floor-Davis Center on Main Street - 2010 UVM Historic Preservation Internship Presentations - Presentations are scheduled as follows:

12:00-12:15 Meghan O. Bezio, Philadelphia Historical Commission, Philadelphia, PA
12:15-12:30 Kate A. Dellas, Rice Design Alliance, Houston, TX and Nantucket Preservation Trust, Nantucket, MA
12:30-12:45 Emily A. Morgan, Planning and Zoning Department, City of South Burlington, VT
12:45-1:00 Brennan C. Gauthier, New Hampshire Department of Transportation, Concord, NH
1:15-1:30 Kristen M. Gillott, Queen City Soil & Stone, Burlington, VT
1:30-1:45 Lucas F. Harmon, Central Park Conservancy, New York, NY
1:45-2:00 Adam D. Krakowski, Preservation Unlimited, Montpelier, VT and Meeting House Furniture Restoration, Quechee, VT
2:15-2:30  Kathleen M. Miller, Cultural Landscape Inventory Program, Intermountain Regional Office, National Park Service, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2:30-2:45 Scott C. Derkacz, Citywide Monuments Conservation Program, Parks and Recreation Department, New York City, NY
2:45-3:00 Kaitlin J. O'Shea, Vermont Agency of Transportation Environmental Division, Montpelier, VT
3:00-3:15 Jennifer H. Parsons, Woodstock Trails Partnership, Woodstock, VT and photovoltaic installation reviews under supervision of Liz Pritchett Associates, Montpelier, VT
3:15-3:30 Sebastian Renfield, Pecos National Historical Park, Pecos, New Mexico
3:30-3:45 Mary Layne Tharp, Historic Windsor, Windsor, VT
3:45-4:00 Paul J. Wackrow, History Program, National Park Service, Boston, MA

The public is welcome to attend some or all of these graduate student presentations. For additional information, please contact, Prof. Thomas Visser, Director, Historic Preservation Program at

12:15-1:00 p.m.- Fleming Museum Noontime Café Lecture Series, "Samurai Imaginaries: Japanese Warriors in Popular Memory" by Erik W. Esselstrom, Associate Professor of History; Director, Asian Studies Program.

12:15-1:15 p.m. - John Dewey Lounge, Old Mill 325 - The Global and Regional Studies Program Fall 2010 Lecture Series Presents, “Internment and the Transnational Construction of Citizenship: Austrian and Hungarian Enemy Aliens in the United States, 1917-1921”, by Nicole Phelps, Assistant Professor of History

Please call 802-656-1096 or email for more information. ADA: Individuals requiring accommodations please contact Doreen Taylor at (802) 656-3166 as soon as possible. - Visit for a full listing of GRS events.

Monday, October 4, 2010

7:30 PM, Old Mill, John Dewey Lounge (Room 325) - "Inside Nazi Germany: Consular Reports on the Third Reich and the Persecution of the Jews", Frank Bajohr, Forschungsstelle für Zeitgeschichte, Hamburg. For more information see the Holocaust Studies Events web page.

Friday, October 1, 2010

1:55-2:45 p.m., John Dewey Lounge - "Soldiers, Suffragists & Sex Radicals: Women, Gender, and the Mexican Revolution", Dr. Jocelyn Olcott, Associate Professor, Department of History and Women's Studies, Duke University. Sponsored by The Political Science Department. For additional info, call 802-656-4325.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

12:30-1:30 p.m., Old Mill 225 -“Transnationalizing Women’s Studies”, by Dr. Jocelyn Olcott, Associate Professor, Department of History and Women's Studies, Duke University. Light lunch/refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by The Women's and Gender Studies Program. For additional info, call 802-656-4282.

September 15, 2010 - Cancelled due to family emergency

8:00-9:30 p.m., Waterman Building, Memorial Lounge (338) - Serge Klarsfeld: A Jewish Fighter for Memory - Henry Rousso, Centre national de la, recherché scientifique, France - Serge Klarsfeld is a figure associated with the “Vichy Syndrome,” France's continuing obsession with collaboration during the years of Nazi domination. With his wife Beate, Klarsfeld has become internationally renowned. He has been, simultaneously, a lawyer with only one interest, a historian with only one topic, and an activist for only one cause: recognition and reparation of the crimes committed against the Jews of France during the Holocaust. Thanks to Klarsfeld, several Nazi war criminals and French accomplices have been convicted in Germany and in France. Thanks to him, we have a better knowledge of the victims, their names, and their faces. Thanks to him, the French government has changed its official interpretation of the Vichy regime. How have such achievements been possible by a single person who never held a prominent position, and in a country where nothing can be done without a solid connection to the government? What have been his motives, his methods, and his strategies? To what extent has he been a representative of his times, and to what extent a catalyst for change in the way French society deals with its past? Free and Open to the Public

Henry Rousso is Senior Researcher at the Institut d'histoire du temps présent (CNRS, Paris) and professor at the University of Paris-Ouest Nanterre. He coordinates the European Network on Contemporary history (EURHISTXX). He has published: The Vichy Syndrome. History and Memory in France since 1944 (1987 & 1991); Vichy, An Ever-Present Past, with E. Conan (1994 & 1998); The Haunting Past. History, Memory, and Justice in France (1998 & 2002); Stalinism and Nazism (Ed.) (1999 & 2004); Vichy. L’Événement, la mémoire, l’histoire (2001); Le dossier Lyon III. Le racisme et le négationnisme à l’université Jean-Moulin (2004); Le Régime de Vichy (2007), Das Vichy-Regime in Geschichte, Erinnerung und Recht (Göttingen: 2010). He is currently writing a biography of Serge Klarsfeld.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

08:00 P.M. 10:30 P.M. Holding on to Humanity: The Terezin Performance of Verdi's Requiem and its Place in Postwar Memory. Anna Hájková, University of Toronto., Waterman Memorial Lounge 338

Lecture on Jewish life and culture in the Terezin ghetto and concentration camp.

Information: Alan Steinweis - 656-1438

ADA: Individuals requiring accommodation should contact Sally Knight at 802-656-3166 no later than one week before the relevant event.

Monday, April 19, 2010

4:00 P.M. The Annual Harry H. Kahn Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the Dept. of German and Russian. Speaker: Kathrin M. Bower, University of Richmond. Waterman Memorial Lounge 338

Information: Janet Sobieski - 656-3430

Thursday, April 15, 2010

04:00 PM 6:00 P.M. Phi Alpha Theta Induction Ceremony & Reception - Waterman Memorial Lounge 338

Information: Kathleen Truax, 656-3180

Sunday, March 28, 2010

1:00-5:00 P.M. Symposium-Breeding Better Germans and Vermonters, Nazi and American Eugenics in History and Memory - Waterman Memorial Lounge 338 - Program Participants & Additional Information - Free and Open to the Public

Information: Alan Steinweis, 656-1438

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

3:30-5:00 P.M. Writing as Freedom, Writing as Testimony: Judaism and Writing in the 20th Century Italy, Sergio Parussa, Wellesley College. Old Mill John Dewey Lounge 325

Information: Prof. Antonello Borra - 656-3576

Friday, February 19, 2010

3:30-5:00 PM Geographies of the Holocaust, Memorial Lounge-338 Waterman

Anne K. Knowles, Middlebury College

This presentation will describe a series of prototype projects that are assessing the potential for applying geographic methods to studying the Holocaust, particularly GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and geovisualization. Two projects will be highlighted: exploratory mapping of the Nazi concentration camp system, focusing on the historical geography of the system's creation and the deployment of labor at subcamps; and the use of visual analysis to interrogate the spaces of Auschwitz. These methodological experiments are laying the groundwork for what the participating scholars and students hope will be a new research agenda in Holocaust Studies, Geography, and the history of World War II.

Anne Kelly Knowles is Associate Professor of Geography at Middlebury College. Previous teaching positions include the University of Wales, Aberystwyth; Wellesley College; and George Washington University. She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As an historical geographer, Knowles has long advocated geographical approaches to historical research and teaching, including the use of geographic information systems (GIS) in historical scholarship. She has edited four volumes of essays on historical GIS, including theme issues of /Social Science History/ and /Historical Geography/ and two books, /Past Time, Past Place: GIS for History/ (2002) and /Placing History: How Maps, Spatial Data, and GIS Are Changing Historical Scholarship/ (2008), both with ESRI Press. In her own research she has applied GIS methods to studying the development of the American iron industry in the early nineteenth century and the battle of Gettysburg. She is currently working with an international group of scholars using GIS and geovisualization to study the geographies of the Holocaust.

Knowles' particular research specialty is nineteenth-century industrialization and immigration. Her first book, /Calvinists Incorporated: Welsh Immigrants on Ohio’s Industrial Frontier/ (University of Chicago, 1997), explored the influence of Welsh Calvinism on immigrants’ economic behavior. She is now completing her second major study, a book titled /Mastering Iron: The Struggle to Modernize an American Industry, 1800 – 1868/, under contract with University of Chicago Press. Her iron research has been supported by fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Prototype projects toward developing a Holocaust Historical GIS (2008-2010) have been funded by the National Science Foundation.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

8:00 AM-4:00 PM Sixth Annual Student Conference on Race, Gender, and Sexuality, Waterman 427

Keynote Speaker: Professor Dayo F. Gore, from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst: 10:45-11:45 a.m.
“A Hero(ine) Ain't Nothing but a Sandwich: Rethinking Leadership and "Victory" in the Histories of the Black Freedom Struggle”

Dr. Gore is the editor or author of two books on African-American women's radicalism in the United States. She will speak on the subject of black women, politics, and historical memory.

Sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies Program and ALANA U.S. Ethnic Studies Program

Information: Brian Gilley, 656-4144