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February 4, 2019 at 11:53 am

History Department Announces Spring 2019 Events

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As part of its efforts to compliment in-class education and serve as a resource to the Ohio University community, the History Department is pleased to present the following events during the Spring 2019 term.

All events are free and open to the public.

Film Screening: The Judge
Tuesday, Feb. 5 | 5–7 p.m. | Bentley 124

Description: This documentary tells the story of Kholoud al-Faqih, the first female Sharia (Islamic law) judge in Palestine. A faculty panel will follow the screening. This event is co-sponsored by Classics & World Religion, Islamic Studies Certificate Program, Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies, HistoryMiddle East and North Africa Studies, and the Center for Law, Justice, & Culture.

Lecture: Alexandra Guerson and Dana Wessel Lightfoot on “Jewish Women, Conversion, and Apostasy in Late Medieval Spain”
Wednesday, Feb. 27 | 7:30 p.m. | Baker Ballroom A

Description: Dr. Alexandra Guerson (New College, University of Toronto) and Dr. Dana Wessell Lightfoot (Department of History, University of Northern British Columbia) present the 22nd Annual Lazaroff Lecture in Jewish History. The joint lecture is titled “When Astruga Became Blanca: Understanding Jewish Women, Conversion, and Apostasy in Late Medieval Spain,” and will be followed by a reception. This event is sponsored by the History Department.

Book Talk: Josh Hill on “A History of Elections in Modern China”
Thursday, Mar. 7 | 4:30 p.m. | Baker 232

Description: Dr. Joshua Hill, Assistant Professor of History at Ohio University, will deliver a talk based on his recently published book with Harvard University Press: Voting as a Rite: A History of Elections in Modern China. Hill covers the period from the Opium War to the present (1840–2018). He shifts the focus of inquiry away from the democratic efficacy of elections to the assumptions, expectations, and evaluations of those who participated in them. This event is co-sponsored by Ohio University’s History Department and Contemporary History Institute.

Lecture: Ilana Feldman on “Humanitarian Predicaments and Palestinian Refugee Politics”
Friday, Mar. 22 | 7–9 p.m. | Baker Theater

Description: Dr. Ilana Feldman, Professor of Anthropology, History, and International Affairs at George Washington University,  will deliver the keynote lecture at the 2019 Ohio University History Graduate Conference. She is the author of Governing Gaza: Bureaucracy, Authority, and the Work of Rule, 1917-67 (Duke University Press, 2008) and Life Lived in Relief: Humanitarian Predicaments and Palestinian Refugee Politics (University of California Press, 2018), among several other works. This event is co-sponsored by the History Graduate Student Association (HGSA), History Department, Contemporary History Institute, Center for International Studies, War & Peace Theme, and Middle East and North Africa Studies.

Annual History Graduate Conference
Saturday, Mar. 23 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Location TBA

Description: The Ohio University History Graduate Student Association hosts its 14th Annual Graduate History Conference on March 22-23. Following a keynote address by Dr. Ilana Feldman on March 22, the conference will feature multiple panels of graduate student presentations. Presenters will include graduate students from across several departments at Ohio University and several from other universities. It will conclude with an awards ceremony announcing this year’s inductees into the Phi Alpha Theta honor society as well as the 2019 winners of the Randolph Stone Historical Writing Contest and a variety of departmental scholarships and fellowships. This event is co-sponsored by the History Graduate Student Association, History Department, Contemporary History Institute, Center for International Studies, War & Peace Theme, and Middle East and North Africa Studies.

Book Talk: Robert Ingram  on “Blasphemy, Law, and Religion in Post-Revolutionary England”
Thursday, Apr. 11 | 4:30 p.m. | Baker 232

Description: Dr. Robert Ingram, Professor of History at Ohio University, will deliver a talk based on his recently published book with Manchester University Press: Reformation without End: Religion, Politics and the Past in Post-Revolutionary England. Ingram offers a radical reinterpretation of the English Reformation, writing, “no one in 18th-century England thought that they lived during ‘the Enlightenment.’ Instead, they thought that they still faced the religious, intellectual and political problems unleashed by the Reformation, which began in the sixteenth century.” This event is sponsored by Ohio University’s History Department.

Annual History Undergraduate Conference
Tuesday, Apr. 16 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Baker 231

Description: The Ohio University History Department hosts its 13th Annual Undergraduate History Conference on Tuesday, April 16. The conference will feature three panels of student presentations. It will conclude with an awards ceremony announcing this year’s inductees into the Phi Alpha Theta honor society as well as the 2019 winners of the Randolph Stone Historical Writing Contest and a variety of departmental scholarships and fellowships. This conference is sponsored by Ohio University’s History Department.

Book Talk: Ingo Trauschweizer  on “Maxwell Taylor’s Cold War: From Berlin to Vietnam”
Thursday, Apr. 25 | 4:30 p.m. | Baker 242

Description: Dr. Ingo Trauschweizer, Associate Professor of History and Director of Contemporary History Institute at Ohio University, will deliver a talk based on his forthcoming book with Kentucky University Press, Maxwell Taylor’s Cold War: From Berlin to Vietnam. Trauschweizer traces the career of General Taylor, a Kennedy White House insider and architect of American strategy in Vietnam. The major themes of Taylor’s career, how to prepare the armed forces for global threats and localized conflicts and how to devise sound strategy and policy for a full spectrum of threats, remain timely and the concerns he raised about the nature of the national security apparatus have not been resolved. This event is co-sponsored by Ohio University’s History Department and Contemporary History Institute.

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