Institute of Historical Studies
Institute of Historical Studies

2016-2017

A Historical Divide: The Partition of India at 70
April 4, 2017

India's independence from Great Britain in August 1947 marked the beginning of the decolonization of European empires worldwide.  It also occasioned the division of the Indian subcontinent into two states, India and Pakistan, whose partition led to massive population displacement and loss of life.  On the seventieth anniversary of partition, a panel of experts will assess the significance of this milestone event and its evolving historiographical interpretations. Read the event description.

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Context and Controversy
February 28, 2017

Historians are charged with providing "context" to explain controversial events and actions. But how exactly is this achieved? How does the historian delineate what counts as "context"? How does the historian draw the line between nuance and apologia? Alternatively, when and why does a historical event or its historiographic treatment even become controversial? This panel, focused on some of the most prominent controversies of World War II, brings together historians with different geographic and thematic specializations to reflect on these questions. Read the event description.

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"Loving" After Fifty Years
February 21, 2017

The Supreme Court ruling in Loving v. Virginia held in 1967 that laws banning interracial marriage, which were on the books in sixteen southern states at the time, violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment in denying principles of racial equality and the fundamental right to marry. On the fiftieth anniversary of the landmark case, an interdisciplinary panel examines the historical origins of anti-miscegenation laws in the United States, the struggles to overturn them, and the paths to greater color blindness and marriage equality after Loving. Read the event description.

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The 60th Anniversary of the Suez Crisis
October 13, 2016

On October 29, 1956, Israeli forces backed by Britain and France invaded Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula in a carefully planned effort to restore Western control over the Suez Canal. The result was a brief but bitter war but also a major diplomatic controversy that would echo for years to come in the Middle East, Western Europe, the United States, and the non-aligned nations of Asia and Africa.  This panel will examine the crisis as well as the long-term implications of events that forever altered trans-Atlantic relations, the Arab-Israeli rivalry, Egyptian nationalism, and the relationship between the West and the developing world. Read the event description.

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On the 500th Anniversary of the Venice Ghetto
September 15, 2016
Established in 1516, the Venice ghetto was one of the first neighborhoods where Jews were forcibly segregated from Christians based on religious difference.  To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the establishment of the founding of the ghetto—whence the English-language term originates—a panel of historians will reflect on the political, cultural, and religious context of sixteenth-century Italy and the legacies of religious intolerance in European history. Read the event description.

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