Center for Historical Studies
MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
My first year as director of the Nathan and Jeannette Miller Center has been a real delight. I have been able to host distinguished scholars from around the world and to discuss their work and their ideas with them. At the same time, I have had the chance to interact with faculty and students in shaping our program and planning individual events. This year’s theme of “Empire Revisited” proved remarkably suggestive, leading for example to a day-long undergraduate symposium planned in conjunction with two other departments and bringing together students in three campus courses with an internationally known distinguished keynote speaker.
Much of the intellectual life of our campus happens, of course, in the classroom, and the Miller Center puts special effort into providing funds and coordination to help faculty members bring guest speakers into their classes. This lets students meet, and interact directly with, those who were personally involved in great historical events. And the chance to meet and debate with an author helps students better understand and internalize the books they are reading.
If the Center’s first task has been to bring scholars to the College Park campus, I have found that the Center can also make a significant contribution to the educational experience of both graduate and undergraduate students. Thus, we have hosted a regular meeting for Ph.D. candidates facing the rigors of writing a thesis, we have sponsored seminars on teaching and writing, and we have begun to explore how the Center can help improve undergraduate teaching in history under a special grant from the University. Through its prize program for undergraduate papers, the Center has recognized the excellent work done in our Department.
The Center aims also to provide an informal meeting place for faculty and students interested in history. Whether it is a group meeting to discuss a recent documentary movie about immigration into the US or a film about the philosopher Hannah Arendt, the aim always is to encourage communication and discussion of the serieous issues that shape the study of history.
I look forward to new initiatives in the 2014-15 academic year, and invite everyone to stop by and make use of the Center’s programs and services.
Bernard D. Cooperman
UPCOMING FALL 2014 EVENTS:
Monday, 9/11 12:30-2 pm. Taliaferro Hall, Room 2110
Lecture by Thai Jones, "Un-Athenian Affairs: I.F. Stone, M.I. Finley, and the Trial of Socrates"
Hosted by the Department of Classics with co-sponsorship from CHS. For more information, see: http://classics.umd.edu/events/un-athenian-affairs-if-stone-mi-finley-and-trial-socrates
Monday, 9/22 4-6 pm, Taliaferro Hall, Room 2110
The Nathan & Jeanette Miller Distinguished Lecture in History and Public Affairs: Donald Goldstein presents "History, Public Policy and Pearl Harbor"
Monday, 9/29 12-2 pm, Francis Scott Key Hall, Room 2120 (The Merrill Room)
Lunch Time Conversation with Katherine Unterman, "The Early Stages of an Academic Career" (Please RSVP)
Monday, 9/29 4-6 pm, Taliaferro Hall, Room 2110
Afternoon Talk: Katherine Unterman, "Detectives without Borders: The Supreme Court and the International Pursuit of Criminals"
Thursday, 10/2 4-6 pm, Francis Scott Key Hall, Room 0106
"Archaeology and History: At the Meeting Place of Two Disciplines," A Colloquium in Celebrating the Scholarly Career of Professor Kenneth Holum
Featuring Michael Maas (Rice Univeristy), S. Thomas Parker (North Carolina State University), and Jodi Magness (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill)
Wednesday, 10/15 12 pm-1:30 pm, Francis Scott Key Hall, Room 2120 (The Merrill Room)
Lunch Time Conversation with Jadwiga Biskupska, "Polish Elite Society under Nazi Occupation: Civil-Military Relations in a Land without a State" (Please RSVP)
Tuesday, 10/21 12-2 pm, Francis Scott Key Hall, Room 2120 (The Merrill Room)
Lunch Time Conversation with Kate Epstein, "The Borders of National-Security Information" (Please RSVP)
Wednesday, 10/29, Details TBA
Ukrainian Film Event
Tuesday, 11/11 4-6 pm, Taliaferro Hall, Room 2110
Discussion and Celebration of Professor Michael Ross' new book, The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case: Race, Law, and Justice in the Reconstruction Era
Monday, 11/17 4-6 pm, Francis Scott Key Hall, Room 0106
Joan Wallach Scott presents "Secularism and Gender Equality Between East and West," in Celebration of the Scholarly Career of Professor Gay Gullickson
Every year the Miller Center co-sponsors a research scholarship to fund research at Hornbake Libraries' Gordon Prange Collection. This year's application deadline is November 15, 2013.
The Twentieth Century Japan Research Award, 2014-2015
The Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies is proud to announce the winners of the History Department’s Best Undergraduate Paper Award for 2013. The award, sponsored by th
In December, the Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies and the University of Maryland Libraries awarded the 20th-Century Japan Research Award for 2013-2014 to three applicants.