PAST HISTORY DEPARTMENT RELATED EVENTS
Monday, October 13th, 4 pm, Billings North Lounge
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 http://www.tasveerghar.net/.
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
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
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 email@example.com 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
Presenter: Boğaç Ergene, Associate Professor, Department of History
Title: "Corruption, Ottoman Style"
Date: Tuesday, October 7
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building
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
2014 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 Kathleen.Truax@uvm.edu
Thursday, February 6, 2014 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at 109 State Street, Montpelier, VT
H. AMANI WHITFIELD - "MEET THE AUTHOR"
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)
RICHARD WAGNER IN THE THIRD REICH
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.
|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 <nerwha.org>. For additional information, see flyer link.
Monday, October 14th, 4:15 - 5:30 with Q&A/Discussion, Waterman Memorial Lounge, Reception Following
FILM: AN ETERNAL PRESENT?
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.Rick Prelinger: Archivist, Writer and Filmmaker, Founder of Prelinger Archives <mime-attachment.png>
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
"THE REVOLUTIONARY ORIGINS OF AMERICAN CIVIL SOCIETY: LAW, TOLERATION, AND THE LANGUAGE OF RIGHTS"
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.com.
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 Kathleen.Truax@uvm.edu
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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: Annette.Richie@uvm.edu
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.
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 Kathleen.Truax@uvm.edu
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
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 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, 2011
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.
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
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.
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 Alan.Steinweis@uvm.edu Phone: 802-656-1438 Visit the website of the Center for Holocaust Studies at UVM: http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmchs/
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 Olivierâ€™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 CRVT@uvm.edu or phone 656-4389 or visit http://www.uvm.edu/~crvt.
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, 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 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
2:00-2:15 REFRESHMENT BREAK
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. ADA: Individuals requiring accommodations please contact Doreen Taylor at (802) 656-3166 as soon as possible. - Visit www.uvm.edu/~global 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