Institute of Historical Studies
Institute of Historical Studies

2015-2016

Lynching in Texas: A Historical Retrospective
May 4, 2016

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the lynching of Jesse Washington in Waco, Texas, the IHS will bring together an interdisciplinary panel of scholars, community leaders, and legal experts to discuss the grim history and painful legacy of the reign of terror against African-Americans and Mexican-Americans in the Lone Star State. Read the event description.

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Mohocks on the Streets of London? Darkness, Whiteness, and the Early Enlightenment
April 21, 2016

Craig M. Koslofsky, Professor of History, Germanic Languages & Literatures, and Medieval Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, delivered the keynote address for the institute’s “Histories of Darkness and Light” conference.

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The Principle of Population: The Life And Legacy Of Thomas Robert Malthus
April 7, 2016

In “An Essay on the Principle of Population” (1798), Thomas Robert Malthus argued that increases in population would eventually outrun the world’s ability to feed itself. Malthus’s ideas have had an enduring influence on social thought and public policy, including Darwin’s theory of natural selection, environmentalism and food politics, family planning and immigration restrictions. With “Malthusian” warnings of the global depletion of natural resources suffusing contemporary political discourse, a panel of historians will mark the 250th anniversary of Malthus’s birth by reflecting on the historical context and impact of his writings. Featuring Bruce J. Hunt, Philippa Levine, Mark S. Micale, and James M. Vaughn. Read the event description.

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1976: Argentina’s Last Military Coup d’état
March 24, 2016

Forty years ago, the generals seized power and began a campaign of state terrorism that took the lives of an estimated 30,000 citizens and led to the torture of thousands more. This roundtable discussion will examine the origins and consequences of Argentina's “Dirty War.” Featuring UT faculty Jonathan Brown, Daniel Brinks, Ariel Dulitzky, Daniel Fridman, and from the New School for Social Research & Eugene Lang College, Federico Finchelstein. Read the event description.

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Applying for Fellowships at the Huntington Library

February 26, 2016

A discussion with Dr. Steve Hindle, W.M. Keck Foundation Director of Research at The Huntington Library. Read the fellowship program description and learn more about the Huntington Library, at www.huntington.org. View event description.

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The Vietnam War: Lessons and Legacies across a Half Century

November 12, 2015

U.S. combat troops arrived in Vietnam 50 years ago, turning a distant conflict into a major war that would leave lasting scars on American politics, society, culture, and foreign policy.  Indeed, the Vietnam War continues to reverberate powerfully in the United States today, as ongoing debates over U.S. policy in the Middle East attest.  This roundtable brings together scholars and veterans to consider some of the war's legacies and the ways in which Americans have tried to draw lessons from their nation's defeat. Featuring Nancy Bui, Janet Davis, Lynne Hudson, Mark Atwood Lawrence, Paul Woodruff. Read the event description.

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Christian Human Rights
October 12, 2015

A talk by by Samuel Moyn, Professor of Law and History, Harvard University. Generously co-sponsored by the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice. Read the event description.

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On the 70th Anniversary of the End of World War II
September 30, 2015

The deadliest war in history, World War II caused over twenty million military deaths and claimed the lives of an estimated fifty million civilians.  Its legacies are varied and far-reaching: inauguration of the nuclear age, expansion of state power, the acceleration of decolonization, the formation of the United Nations and the promotion of international co-operation.  A panel of historians will reflect on the termination of World War II on its seventieth anniversary. Featuring Paul Hirsch, Tatjana Lichtenstein, Michael Stoff, and Jeremi Suri. Read the event description.

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Keeping an Eye on the Present
September 28, 2015

A talk by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Weinberg, Josey Regental Professor of Science at the University of Texas at Austin. A revised version of his talk was subsequently printed in the New York Review of Books, on December 17, 2015. The recording includes Bruce J. Hunt's response, “The Whig Interpretation of the History of Science: A Cambridge Story.” Co-sponsored by the History and Philosophy of Science lecture series. Read the full event description.

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Massacre: Bloody Week and the Death of the Paris Commune, 1871
September 21, 2015

A talk by by John Merriman, Charles Seymour Prof History, Yale University. Read the event description.

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Darkness and Light in History
September 14, 2015

A roundtable discussion to open the institute's 2015-16 theme of "Histories of Darkness and Light.” Featuring Brian Levack on Christianity, Denise Spellberg on Islamic thought and religion, Ann Twinam, on race and ethnicity, Bruce J. Hunt, on science and technology, and Douglas Biow, on Renaissance art. Professor Biow kindly provided a copy of the images used in his presentation, viewable here. Read the event description here.

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