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Digital Mapping

How Maps Convey Meaning; Using ArcGIS; Seeking Open Source Solutions

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Historians In the Workplace

o Who Are Historians? o Grad School, the Job Market, and Don’t Freak Out o Intellectual Self-Confidence

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"Puerto Rico’s Hurricanes: From Fiscal Crisis to 'Natural' Disaster"

Juan Giusti Cordero, a professor of history at the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras, gives a talk on Puerto Rico after Hurricane María.

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Guns and America after Parkland

The Campus Conversation: Guns and America after Parkland

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2017-18: Lorraine Daston

This year’s Lunn Lecturer will be Lorraine Daston, Director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, and Professor, Committee on Social Thought, at the University of Chicago.

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History Colloquium

"The Occupation of Havana in 1762: Slavery and the Modernization of the Spanish Empire" Elena Schneider, Assistant Professor of History, UC Berkeley

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Ask a Historian

A campus forum on topical national issues

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Euro-American Modern Dance and Anti-Colonial Nationalism in the 1920s

In the early twentieth century, everybody who was anybody had an identity. But identities were hard to find; it took hard work to become who one was. Fortunately, there were experts who could help: ethnographers, race scientists, psychoanalysts, historians, and so forth. This presentation examines the role of an important group of identity experts in and from the North Atlantic region. Modern dancers in Europe before World War I developed sophisticated techniques for discovering identity--often working in collaboration with psychoanalysts, ethnographers, Orientalists, graphic artists, ethno-musicologists, and actors. After the war, they were able to export their services to other parts of the world where those techniques were in demand among those in rebellion against colonialism and neo-colonialism. This presentation will look particularly at three cases: India, Peru, and the United States.

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Interpreting Kadizade: Ottoman Early Modernity and the Gradual Transformation of Islam into a Religion

Kadizade Mehmed (1582-1635) was a preacher who retrospectively came to be seen as the founding father of a Muslim revivalist movement that had a major impact in seventeenth-century Ottoman public life -- and, arguably, beyond. This presentation will introduce him as an early modern reformer of Islam and interpret him, as well as several other figures and socio-economic and intellectual developments of the period between 1580 and 1826, as constituents of an Ottoman early modernity that prepared the ground for the nineteenth-century transformation of Islam into the "religion" we came to know.

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