Center for Historical Studies

Center for Historical Studies


This year I will be taking over as director of the Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies. Luckily for me, I can build on the impressive accomplishments of my predecessors, especially Professor Saverio Giovacchini who, over the last three years, has shaped the center's activities.


This spring's speakers and events include:



Peter Perdue of Yale University, Rebecca Kobrin of Columbia University, a film series showing of Hannah Arendt featuring comments by Professor Jeffery Herf, Annette Gordon-Reed of Harvard University, and Camille Robcis of Cornell University.



Professor Piotr Kosicki's Ukranian Unrest Panel, Professor Sonya Michel's workshop on "Histories of Humanitarianism" co-sponsored with the German Historical Institute, Professor Colleen Ho of the University of Maryland, Professor Art Eckstein's Sixties Radicalims, Black and White Panel co-sponsored by the Department of African American Studies, Professor Idesbald Goddeeris of the University of Leuven, Gideon Avni of the Israel Antiquities Authority, and Professor Claire Judde of the Universite de Toulouse.



Professor Jim Gilbert's Writing History Seminar, Professor Jon Sumida's event on Japanese Americans and World War II, Justin Jacobs of American University, Michele Lamprakos of the University of Maryland, a film series showing of Crossing Arizona featuring comments by Professor Chantel Rodriguez, Olivier Wieviorka of Professor at the Ecole normale supérieure at Cachan, and Carla Pestana of UCLA (as our Annual Rundell Lecture).



May includes talks by Professor Claire Judde of the Universite de Toulouse), Professor Aaron O'Connell (U.S. Naval Academy), and Professor Millington Bergeson-Lockwood (University of Maryland).


Last fall's speakers included John McNeill of Georgetown, Louis Galambos of Johns Hopkins, Sanjay Subrahmanyam of UCLA, Alon Confino of UVABarry Gilder with the Mapungubre Institute for Strategic Reflections, and Anthony Pagden of UCLA.


The theme for this year's workshop series is "Rethinking Empire" and we have already issued invitations to leading scholars from a broad range of geographic and disciplinary sub-specialties to help us think through current scholarly debates over the terminology of imperialisms and its usefulness as an analytic category. The workshops meet by custom on Monday afternoons, but whenever possible we hope to arrange for visiting speakers to meet with graduate students over lunch.  In addition to our main theme, the center helps faculty members organize conferences or individual talks. All project ideas are welcome.

Another new feature this coming year will be regular lunch-time workshops around broad themes. Each series will provide a not-too-heavy organizational framework for presentations of work-in-progress by our own faculty or brief talks by local scholars. The format is intended to encourage interaction among faculty and students across the campus.

One of our workshop series will be devoted to the practical and theoretical aspects of undergraduate teaching, with sessions devoted to hands-on training in technological tools for teaching; discussions of undergraduate writing; overall goals of the major; and other issues raised by faculty.

Please come back often to see what's coming up.

Bernard Cooperman


Japan Award

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. 


Campus Events and News

The Latin American Studies Center Spring Series of Events

DEBILITATING QUEERNESS, 6th Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium (April 5, 2014)

Classical Persian music concert (February 2, 2014)

Philosophy Department Public Lecture Series:  "Just Societies, A Just World" (Feb. 2 to April 15)

Area Events and News






Lunch will be in Francis Scott Key Hall, Room 2120 (The Merrill Room); 4 pm Lecture will be held in Taliaferro Hall, Room 2110
Monday, September 29, 2014 - 12:00 PM
Taliaferro Hall, Room 2110
Monday, September 22, 2014 - 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM