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CCH Newsletter: 9/18/15

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CCH Newsletter: 9/11/15

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Upcoming Eighteenth Century Seminar: Every Revolution is a Civil War

Speaker: David Armitage, Harvard University

Date: September 16, 2015
Time: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: 211 Dickinson Hall

Fall Graduate Picnic

Thursday, September 24 4:30-6:30 pm Dickinson Courtyard

Course Video: HIS 372 with Professor Alec Dun

Check out this course if you're interested in understanding the causes, consequences, and meaning of American independence.

Film Screening - "Bombay Velvet"

This is the Princeton premiere of Bombay Velvet, a film co-written by Gyan Prakash, which is adapted from Prakash's book Mumbai Fables.

Why History?

Students discuss what drew them to study history and what paths they plan to pursue after Princeton.

Kotkin Crafts Comprehensive Portrait of Stalin's Place in the World

The first course historian Stephen Kotkin taught as a member of Princeton's faculty, "Seminar in the History of Soviet Russia," met for the first time 26 years ago, on Thursday, Sept. 21, 1989.

Kruse Discusses New Book, "One Nation Under God," on NPR's Fresh Air

How 'One Nation' Didn't Become 'Under God' Until The '50s Religious Revival

Hepler-Smith Examines Origins of Chemical Names

Evan Hepler-Smith, a doctoral student in Princeton's Program in History of Science, is examining the history and impact of the International Commission on Chemical Nomenclature, which established the framework for naming chemical compounds.

Zelizer Discusses His New Book, "The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress and the Battle for the Great Society"

The intersection of religion and politics has touched many issues from the early twentieth century to present. From divorce to civil rights to domestic policy, this connection has have played a significant role in shaping American political development across decades.

This dynamic is examined in detail in a new volume, "Faithful…

Creager Named First Siebel Professor as Part of the Newly Created Thomas M. Siebel Professorship in the History of Science

A $4 million gift from technology entrepreneur and philanthropist Thomas M. Siebel has created the Thomas M. Siebel Professorship in the History of Science. Read more.

Brown among Two Awarded Dan David Prize for 'Retrieving the Past'

Peter Brown, the Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History Emeritus and senior historian, and Alessandro Portelli, a lecturer in sociology, have been awarded the 2015 Dan David Prize, which recognizes achievements having an outstanding scientific, technological, cultural or social impact. Read more.

Thompson's "Roaring 'Twenties" Website Listed among RUSA's Best Historical Materials

CHICAGO—The annual list of Best Historical materials was announced by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) Book and Media Awards Ceremony at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting.…

Decoding Alchemy: Rampling's Freshman Seminar Offers Recipe for New Perspectives

Before Daniel Liu began the freshman seminar "Alchemy, Art and Science," he dismissed the subject as a "pseudoscience characterized by fraud and fruitless endeavors." But he was curious.

His views began to evolve as he explored the course, taught by Jennifer Rampling, an assistant professor of history in her first year at Princeton who is working on two books on alchemy and edits an academic journal on the topic. Read more.

Departmental Newsletter: Fall 2014

With five tenure decisions, five reappointments, three searches, and several appointments and a promotion on the staff of the Papers of Thomas Jefferson, faculty members in the History Department were fully occupied with personnel matters during the last academic year. The current year promises or seems to promise to be easy in comparison…

Departmental Newsletter: Fall 2013

In the past year, the Department has been pleased at the successful tenure and promotion of three wonderful colleagues: Janet Chen (modern Chinese history), Ekaterina Pravilova (Russian Imperial History), and Bhavani Raman (Colonial India). We celebrate also the joint appointment of Thomas Conlan, a specialist in early and medieval Japan, to a…

Departmental Newsletter: Fall 2012

The Department successfully hired four assistant professors last year: Matthew Karp, Rosina Lozano, Teresa Shawcross, and Jack Tannous. Because a number of them have chosen to accept postdoctoral fellowships, they will become active members of the faculty at different times within the next year or so. The first to arrive is Jack Tannous,…

Departmental Newsletter: Fall 2011

The year since the appearance of the last Newsletter was quite full. In this edition the reader will find information on the accomplishments of many individuals, which together have helped maintain the reputation of the Department within the University and in the academic world more generally.

We welcome several new members to the…

Departmental Newsletter: Fall 2010

We have just begun a new academic year, and I am happy to share with you some of our accomplishments over the last twelve months and our hopes for the future.

We have several new faculty members. Alison Isenberg has accepted a position as a professor of United States urban history, and Keith Wailoo joins us in the History of Science…