Loyola University Chicago

Department of History


Christopher Manning on the NOLA Oral History Project

Theodore Karamanski Reflects on the Lived Experience of the Odawa People

For much of U.S. history, the story of native people has been written by historians and anthropologists relying on the often biased accounts of European-American observers. Though we have become well acquainted with war chiefs like Pontiac and Crazy Horse, it has been at the expense of better knowing civic minded intellectuals like Andrew J. Blackbird, who sought in 1887 to give a voice to his people through his landmark book http://msupress.msu.edu/bookTemplate.php?bookID=4340. Blackbird chronicled the numerous ways in which these Great Lakes people fought to retain their land and culture, first with military resistance and later by claiming the tools of citizenship. This stirring account reflects on the lived experience of the Odawa people and the work of one of their greatest advocates.

Russian Historian Michael Khodarkovsky Reflects on His Scholarship

Professor of History Michael Khodarkovsky discusses his scholarship, which relates the history of the Russian Empire from the perspectives of non-Russian peoples, the frontier, and people straddling ethnic identities and situates Russia in the context of other empires.

David Dennis Explores Nazi Interpretations of Western Culture

The Loyola University Chicago Department of History proudly announces the publication of Inhumanities: Nazi Interpretations of Western Culture (Cambridge, 2012), the second monograph by Professor of History David B. Dennis.  Dennis received his PhD in 1991 from UCLA where he worked with Professors Robert Wohl, Eugen Weber, Saul Friedlaender, David Sabean, and Robert Winter.  Dennis specializes in Modern European Intellectual and Cultural History with special emphases in Modern German History, the History of Western Humanities, Music History, Beethoven Studies and the History of National Socialism.  He is the author of Beethoven and German Politics, 1870-1989 (Yale, 1996), “The Most German of all German Operas: Die Meistersinger Through the Lens of the Third Reich” in Nicholas Vazsonyi, ed. Wagner’s Meistersinger: Performance, History, Representation (University of Rochester Press 2003), “Beethoven At Large: Reception in Literature, the Arts, Philosophy, and Politics” in Glenn Stanley, ed. Cambridge Companion to Beethoven (Cambridge University Press, 2000), and “Brahms’s Requiem eines Unpolitischen” in Nicholas Vazsonyi, ed. Searching for Common Ground: Diskurse zur deutschen Identität 1750-1871 (Weimar and Wien, Böhlau, 2000).

Elliott Gorn talks Mother Jones, Dillinger, and Emmett Till

The Loyola University Chicago Department of History welcomes Elliott J. Gorn, an
internationally recognized scholar and an award-winning undergraduate teacher, as the Joseph
A. Gagliano Professor of American Urban History. Gorn studied with Lawrence Levine
at the University of California at Berkeley where he received a M.A. in Folklore and with
David Brion Davis at Yale where he completed his Ph.D. Before joining Loyola’s History
Department in Fall 2012, Gorn taught at Alabama, Miami of Ohio, Purdue and most recently
Brown University. Gorn strengthens Loyola’s course offerings in social, cultural and urban
history. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including those from the John Simon
Guggenheim Foundation, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for
the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the
Fulbright Chair in North American Studies in Finland, the Huntington Library, and the Newberry
Library. Gorn’s research focuses on 19th- and 20th-century America, popular culture, gender,
and working-class history. He is the author or editor of 12 books, most notably Dillinger’s Wild
Ride: The Year that Made America’s Public Enemy Number One (Oxford University Press,
2009), Mother Jones: The Most Dangerous Woman in America (Hill and Wang, 2001), The
Manly Art: Bare-Knuckle Prize Fighting in America (Cornell University Press, 1986), and (with
Warren Goldstein) A Brief History of American Sports (Hill and Wang, 1993). Gorn’s numerous
articles have appeared the American Historical Review, Journal of American History, American
Quarterly, Journal of Urban History, Harper’s Magazine, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Le
Monde Diplomatique and Slate.

Professor Michelle Nickerson on Mothers of Conservatism

Ninth Annual Graduate Student Conference Retrospective