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Nancy F. Cott is the Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History, Harvard University. Her scholarly work focuses on questions of gender, sexuality, feminism, legal history, social movements, and citizenship in the U.S. from the early republic to the 20th century. Published in 2002, her seminal book, Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation, disavows us of the common notion that marriage in American history was a matter between two people. Marriage, she argues, has always been a public institution. From tenets of British Common law in the early Republic, to contestations with Native Americans and emancipated slaves, and to the policies of the New Deal, Cott demonstrates how the federal government, legislators, and jurists have excluded and encouraged certain forms of marriage to form particular notions of citizenship and nation.
This event is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor; the Department of Native American Studies; the Davis Humanities Institute; the American Studies Program; and the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program.
The documentary traces the history of Mexican-American military service from its origins to the rise of an anti-war movement during the Vietnam War. Its director describes Oropeza, an expert in the history of the Chicano movement, as "the most crucial resource I leaned on during the making of this film."
Look for the documentary on September 22nd at 10 PM; Sacramento-area views will find it on KVIE Channel 6.
For further details on the position and to apply, please see our recruitment portal.
The author of multiple books, most recently on the Tupac Amaru rebellion, Walker intends to embark on a new project, a global history of the Shining Path movement, in his new position.
More details on Walker's appointment and on the MacArthur chairs may be found here.
The award, based upon the nominations of students, professors, and research peers, recognizes Prof. Walker's outstanding service to the University, bringing a critical and dynamic perspective on the history of race relations to generations of UC Davis students.
Click here for more details on Prof. Walker's accomplishment, and on his distinguished record of research and teaching at UC Davis.
A lecture by University of California, Davis professor Eric Rauchway will air on C-SPAN3’s American History TV (AHTV) this Saturday, January 24, at 8:00 p.m. ET. In Davis, California, C-SPAN3 is available on channel 98.
In this class, Professor Rauchway talks about the role the British Royal Air Force played as part of the Allied strategy during World War II. He describes how proponents of air power -- still fairly new at the time -- had to compete with the army and navy for resources. One of the major air force campaigns was the British bombing of Cologne which was viewed as retaliation for the bombing of London by German forces.
Each Saturday at 8:00 p.m., a different college lecture is featured as part of the channel’s “Lectures in History” series.
Professor Rauchway’s class will available for online viewing in its entirety after it airs at http://www.c-span.org/video/?322561-1/discussion-allied-strategy-world-war-ii.
Created by the cable TV industry and now in 100 million TV households, C-SPAN programs three public affairs television networks in both SD and HD; C- SPAN Radio, heard in Washington DC and nationwide via XM Satellite Radio; and a video-rich website which hosts the C-SPAN Video Library. Visit http://www.c-span.org/.
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Susan Mann, professor of History, emerita, has been announced as one of three winners of the American Historical Association's 2014 Award for Scholarly Distinction. These annual awards "honor senior historians in the United States for lifetime achievement in the discipline."
The AHA's prize committee highlighted the distinguished contributions of two of Mann's prize-winning monographs, Precious Records: Women in China's Long Eighteenth Century (1997) and The Talented Women of the Zhang Family (2007). In sum, the committee concluded, Prof. Mann "is unquestionably the premier historian of women and gender in late imperial/early modern China."
Prof. Mann will be honored at a ceremony at the 129th Annual Meeting of the AHA in New York, NY, January 2-5, 2015.
The American Catholic Historical Association is pleased to announce that the 2014 Howard R. Marraro book prize has been awarded to Daniel Stolzenberg of the University of California, Davis forEgyptian Oedipus: Athanasius Kircher and the Secrets of Antiquity published by the University of Chicago Press. In announcing its decision, the Marraro Committee noted that “In this carefully researched and skillfully argued book, Stolzenberg provides both an in-depth analysis of Athanasius Kircher’s work on Egyptian hieroglyphics, and an explanation for the book’s popularity for over a century after its publication. By meticulously re-creating the intellectual milieu of 17th-century Europe, the author demonstrates how, even in its fundamental unreliability, Egyptian Oedipus reflected important intellectual trends, combining both the past and the future of European scholarship.” Professor Stolzenberg will be honored during the annual ACHA Presidential Luncheon to be held on Saturday, January 3, 2015, in New York City.
Charles Walker, Professor of History and Director of the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas, was declared an "Honorary Professor" by the History Department at the Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cuzco (Peru) on August 6. Professor Walker taught at the UNSAAC in 1989 and 1990 and has returned most summers since, offering a course in Cusco under UCD's Summer Sessions International program.
Members of the History Department and the UNSAAC administrators honored Professor Walker in a closing ceremony at a National History Conference in Cusco attended by more than 300 people. Chancellor Germán Zecenarro lauded Professor Walker's publications on Cusco and his close collaboration with students and faculty.
Congratulations to Alan Taylor, Professor of History, for winning the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in history for his book "The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia: 1771 - 1832" (WW.Norton)
Congratulations Ari Kelman, Professor of History, History Project Faculty Advisor, and associate vice provost of Undergraduate Education for Honors, for winning the Bancroft Prize for his monograph: A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling Over the Memory of Sand Creek (Harvard University Press, 2013).
Dr. Anjali Arondekar will present a lecture entitled "In the Absence of Reliable Ghosts: Sexuality, Historiography, South Asia”
Professor Arondekar is an associate professor in the Department of Feminist Studies at UC Santa Cruz and author of For the Record: On Sexuality and the Colonial Archive in India (Duke, 2009).
The lecture will take place on February 6th from 4:00 to 5:30 in the Andrews Room (2203 SSH).
Over the last decade, transnational and global history has transformed the field of US women’s history. Join US women's historians Ellen Hartigan-O'Connor and Lisa Materson on December 5 from 9:30-11:30 on the campus of the University of California at Davis for a lively discussion about this foundational shift in the field.
US women's historians Ellen Hartigan-O'Connor and Lisa Materson will discuss the roles of gender and sexual violence in the histories of slavery, emancipation, and the civil rights movement in the United States.
Part of the Campus Community Book Project, this presentation will take place on November 5, 2013 at noon in the DeCarli Room, Memorial Union.
The Eugene Lunn Memorial Lecture will take place on Tuesday, October 8 at 7:30 pm in the A.G.R. Room of the Buehler Alumni Center, with a reception to follow; it is free and open to the public.
This year's Lunn Lecturer is Jill Lepore, The David Woods Kemper '41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and staff writer at The New Yorker. Lepore will speak on "Jane Franklin's Spectacles: Or, the Education of Benjamin Franklin's Sister," based on her most recent book, Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin (2013).
Lepore’s lecture includes insight on Benjamin Franklin’s long-forgotten sister, who was not included in his now famous memoir. In this illustrated lecture, Lepore meditates on what it means to write history not from what can be found, but from what has been lost.
Professor Beverly Bossler won the Social Science Dean's Award for Innovation in Research. Professor Bossler also recently published a book entitled Courtesans, Concubines, and the Cult of Female Fidelity.
Professor Daniel Stolzenberg will receive the UC President's Faculty Fellowship in the Humanities for the 2013-2014 academic year. Professor Stolzenberg will use the fellowship to conduct archival research for a book project about the early modern origins of Orientalist scholarship, focusing on Rome as a Mediterranean entrepôt for the circulation of knowledge between Christian and Islamic societies.