Loyola University Chicago

Department of History

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  • For the Love of History

    Inside Loyola features History postdoctoral fellow Elizabeth Matelski.
  • Dina Berger appointed new Program Director for Latin American Studies

    CAS welcomes Dr. Dina Berger as the new director of Latin American Studies. Dina Berger (Ph.D. and M.A., University of Arizona; B.A., Tulane University) is an Associate Professor in the Department of History where she teaches courses on Latin American history and U.S.-Latin American relations. She brings an especially strong academic and civic background to the position.
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    Kate Rousmaniere To Speak on the History of the Principal's Office

    Dr. Kate Rousmaniere (Miami University Ohio) will speak on "How I Got Sent to the Principal’s Office: Research in the History of Education and School Leadership" on Monday, February 17th, at 6 pm in Corboy Law Center, Room 105.
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    Introducing... Chicago Catholic Immigrants: The Italians

    Did you miss November's conference on Chicago Catholic Immigrants: The Italians? Check out the videos of the first in a series of conferences that focus on the role that Roman Catholicism played in the lives of immigrants who came to Chicago in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
  • Symposium Honoring Professor Barbara Rosenwein on Feb 28

    One-day symposium celebrates Rosenwein's four decades of work bringing the medieval past into dialogue with contemporary questions, mainly through her engagement with other social sciences.
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    The 2014 Jan Karski Memory and Responsibility Conference

    Loyola's Polish Studies Program will host an international conference on genocide and responsibility September 19-21, 2014. Join participants from the US, Canada, Poland, Great Britain, and Italy in a full program of presentations, food, cultural events and a concert on September 20.
  • Crossings and Dwellings closes with International Conference, Oct. 16-18

    Crossings and Dwellings closes with International Conference, Oct. 16-18

    Photo by Myles Ostrowski

    Loyola University Chicago will hold a conference marking the bicentennial of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus in 1814. The conference aims at locating works-of both restored Jesuits and their colleagues from women's religious orders-within the specific experiential context of building an American nation.    

    Jesuits and Women Religious, who came to America, and most especially to the Midwest and Great Lakes regions during a rapid surge in urban industrial expansion, found enthusiastic reception. In new urban centers, a surge in Catholic immigrant populations provided much-needed labor. Like the people they served, these first restored Jesuits and their women religious collaborators-for example, Arnold Damen, S.J. and Mary Agatha Hurley, B.V.M.-were also European immigrants. In rural areas, restored Jesuits and their women religious collaborators-for example, Pierre-Jean Smet, S.J. and Philippine Duchesne, R.S.C.J.-engaged in explorations of and settlements on ever-shifting frontier peripheries.  All were expected to lead the way even as they themselves underwent the process of becoming "Americans." They needed to create new identities, at once continuous with their European Catholic inheritance even as they accommodated themselves to a new world of democratic participation, scientific innovation, religious, ethnic, and cultural pluralism.

    This conference includes papers by established and new scholars as well as plenary talks by Carol Coburn (Avila University), Timothy Gilfoyle (Loyola), John McGreevy (Notre Dame), Rina Lunin Schultz (Independent Scholar), and Kathleen Sprows Cummings (Notre Dame).  Registration is free and open to the public.   

    For more information and to register, click here

    For more information about the exhibition, click here.


    Steven Pinker is coming to Loyola University to discuss his new book on writing

    Steven Pinker is coming to Loyola University to discuss his new book on writing

    Steven Pinker, two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and the Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, will discuss his new book, The Sense of Style, on Thursday, October 9 at 7 PM in the Crown Center. More information on Steven Pinker and his work can be found on the event announcement.

    Electrical Modernity and the Historical Roots of Coal-Fired Power

    Electrical Modernity and the Historical Roots of Coal-Fired Power

    What's behind your electrical outlet?  How did the sprawling power lines of suburban expansion lead back to exploited environments and marginalized people at the peripheries of this growth?  Andrew Needham, History Professor of New York University will discuss these important questions at the nexus of urban, environmental, and American Indian history in his talk: "Electrical Modernity and the Historical Roots of Coal-Fired Power."

    Special Collections and University Archives host open house

    Special Collections and University Archives host open house

    October is American Archives Month! In celebration, Special Collections and University Archives is hosting four open house events from 11 Am to 3 PM on October 13, 16, 22, and 31. Stop by to discover the rare books and unique historical artifacts held right here at Loyola University Chicago.

    Hit & Stay Screening and Panel Discussion

    Hit & Stay Screening and Panel Discussion

    The "Catonsville Nine" burning draft files on May 17, 1968

     On Tuesday, November 11 at 4:15 P.M. in the Damen Student Center Cinema, join filmmaker Joe Tropea for a screening of his award-winning documentary Hit & Stay (2013) about Vietnam-era raids on draft board offices by Catholic radicals protesting the war. The priests, nuns, students, parents, and workers became a movement known as the "Catholic Left".

    A panel discussion will follow the film featuring Tropea, Thom Clark, Loyola class of '72 and raider of the Evanston draft board, and Loyola history professor Michelle Nickerson.

    The screening is sponsored by the Carolyn Farrell, BVM, Professorship in Women and Leadership and the Department of History.


    11th Annual History Graduate Student Conference

    11th Annual History Graduate Student Conference

    Conference participants at last year's public history roundtable

     The eleventh annual History Graduate Student Conference is this Saturday, November 15 at the Corboy Law Center on the Water Tower Campus.

    The theme of this year’s conference is the silences of history. The conference lunch panel and afternoon public history roundtable will engage with this theme. The public history roundtable, Interpreting “Others” on Jekyll Island: A Voice for Workers, Women, and Children will feature a presentation from five graduate students from Middle Tennessee State University on exhibits they produced for the Jekyll Island National Historic Site and the challenges they faced in interpreting overlooked Jekyll Island inhabitants. After their presentation, conference participants will have the opportunity to discuss the challenges of interpreting underrepresented groups. The lunch panel, Changing Strategies for Collecting, Sharing, and (Re)telling LGBTQ Histories, will focus on the changes that occurred over the last thirty years in collecting, writing, and sharing LGBTQ histories. Panelists from the Chicago History Museum, the Leather Archives and Museum, Northwestern University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago will provide their perspectives and respond to audience questions.

    The conference also includes panels on a wide variety of topics, including race in urban America, nineteenth century American womanhood, turning points in legal history, postwar identity in Europe, and empire building in the Caribbean, to name only a few. For more information on the panels and paper presentations, check out the conference program on the conference blog.

    Registration for the conference begins at 8 AM in Kasbeer Hall, Corboy Law Center 15th Floor, and the presentations begin at 9 AM. We hope to see you there!