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Watch recordings of past IHS events, including talks and panel discussions. Special thanks to Not Even Past for posting the recordings on its YouTube channel.

“The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919: 100 Years Later”
Panel Discussion | March 13, 2019

The influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 was one of the deadliest natural disasters in history, causing the death of 50 to 100 million people worldwide. This panel is a wide-ranging discussion of the 1918-1919 outbreak and subsequent episodes from a historical, sociological, and medical perspective. Event Info.

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"Climate and Soil: An Environmental History of the Maya"
Talk by Timothy Beach, University of Texas | February 28, 2019

beachThe Late Holocene history of the ancient Maya world provides a microcosm of the Early Anthropocene. Much of the region today is tropical forest or recently deforested, but from 3,000 to 400 years ago Maya cities, farms, roads, reservoirs, and fields altered most of this region. Although a literate society, the written record provides little for environmental history; thus we can turn to climate and soil records. Climate played some role in periods of instability and stability and perhaps the Maya themselves caused some climate change. Read the event description and paper abstract here.

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“1968: A Year of Upheaval in Global Perspective”
Panel Discussion | April 4, 2018

CoffinWhy has the 50th anniversary of a year generated so much interest just now? The year was 1968, and it witnessed an extraordinary outburst of protest and upheaval - one that transcended international borders. While the protests were triggered by diverse events and conditions, they seemed linked by more general aims of combatting institutionalized injustice and government abuse. This panel will examine the specific background and dynamics of 1968 movements in France, Mexico, and the United States (including Austin, Texas). At the same time, it will ask why these movements surfaced at this particular juncture, across much of the globe. Event info.

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 “50 Years Since Prague Spring: Czechoslovak Dreams and Cold War Realities”
Panel Discussion | February 6, 2018

NeuburgerPanelists Dr. Mary Neuburger and Dr. Jeremi Suri offer a retrospective examination of the 1968 Czechoslovak “Prague Spring”, or what the LBJ administration labeled the “Czechoslovak crisis.” They discuss the 1968 reform movement and popular response in the context of internal Bloc transformation and the “global 1960s,” as well as the implications of the Soviet (or Warsaw Pact) Invasion of Czechoslovakia and the US decision not to intervene for East-West Cold War engagement. 50 years after the event, both panelists re-examine the regional and global importance of these events and their aftermath. Dr. Neuburger also introduces a new open-access digital archive of LBJ documents related to the Prague Spring, which offers the potential for increased scholarly engagement with these questions. Video recording by Eyal Weinberg. Event info.

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“DACA: Past, Present, and Future” Panel Discussion | October 2, 2017

daca panel photoWhat will be the fate of DACA - and of the Dreamers for whom it was issued? This panel will examine these topics: the history of DACA in the context of the debate on immigration reform; the constitutional and moral issues raised by the recent order for its termination; and the actions that can be pursued to achieve a just outcome. Video recording by Eyal Weinberg. Event info.

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"Beyond 'Crisis' and Headlines: The History of Humanity as a History of Migration"
Talk by José C. Moya, Barnard College | September 18, 2017

MoyaThis presentation treats migration not as a current concern or "crisis" but as an intrinsic element of the human condition, indeed the very origin of our species, of its "racial" and cultural diversity, its global dispersion, and an engine of opportunity, innovation, and socioeconomic growth but also a source of disparities, inequalities, and conflict at global and local scales. Dr. Moya is Professor of History and Director, Forum on Migration at Barnard College, Director, Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University, and Professor Emeritus, UCLA. Event info. Video recording by Eyal Weinberg.

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“The Confederate Statues at UT” Panel Discussion | August 31, 2017

confederate statue panelWhat do statues commemorating Confederate leaders mean? Why has the university decided to remove such statues? And why has the issue been so controversial? This panel discussion aims to address these questions, as well as others from the audience. Video recording by Eyal Weinberg. Event info.

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