Modern History Colloquium

Modern History Colloquium is an occasional lecture series hosted at the Department of History. Speakers are usually visitors from other institutions who are invited to address any aspect of research in the Modern period (loosely defined, but usually comprising the period after ca. 1500 CE). Former speakers in this series have included:

David Blackbourn, Cornelius Vanderbilt Distinguished Professor of History at Vanderbilt University
Clayton Koppes, Oberlin College
Walter Johnson, Harvard University
Mark Mazower, Columbia University
Pieter Judson, formerly at Swarthmore College (now at European University, Florence)
Caroline Winterer, Stanford University
Celia Applegate, Vanderbilt University
Carl Caldwell, Rice University
David Laven, University of Nottingham
Peter Coclanis, University of North Carolina  

Colloquium presentations are free and open to the University community, and to the public at large.  


2015-2016 Modern History Colloquium Presentations 

Professor Brian Levack, UT-Austin

“Making Sense of Demonic Possession in Early Modern Europe”

Friday, October 9, 2015 at 3:30 PM

Hill Memorial Library

In this Colloquium, Levack will offer a cultural interpretation of the pathological behavior of people believed to have been possessed by the Devil in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Levack takes issue with the claims of physicians who have attributed the symptoms of demonic possession to mental illness. He argues that demoniacs were engaged in theatrical performances in which they followed scripts encoded in their religious cultures.

Brian Levack is the John E. Green Regents Professor in History at UT-Austin. The winner of several teaching awards, Levack offers a wide variety of courses on early modern British and European history, legal history, and the history of witchcraft. His books include The Civil Lawyers in England, 1603-1641:A Political StudyThe Formation of the British State: England, Scotland and the Union, 1603-1707; The Witch-Hunt in Early Modern EuropeWitch-Hunting in Scotland: Law, Politics, and Religion; and The Devil Within: Possession and Exorcism in the Christian West (2013).


2014-2015 Modern History Colloquium Presentations

“Constitution Burning: The Radical Agitation of American Abolitionists in Transatlantic Context”

Dr. Caleb McDaniel

Rice University

Friday, October 10, 2014 3:00 PM

Hill Memorial Library


“Tired Feet, Empty Pockets, Rested Souls: Bus Boycotts in the United States and South Africa in the 1940s and 1950s”

Professor Derek Catsam (UT-Permian Basin)

 Friday, October 31st at 3:00 PM

Hill Memorial Library


“New Boundaries for the World: The Postwar Visions of Eight World War II Leaders”

Gerhard Weinberg

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (emeritus)

December 3, 2014  4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Hill Memorial Library


“Heritage Tourism, Museums of Horror, and the Commerce of Memory”

Professor Jonathan Holloway, Yale University

Friday, January 30th, 3:30 p.m.

Himes Hall 241


“A Very Short Introduction to an Alternative History (and Wishtory) of the American West”

Stephen Aron, Professor of History, UCLA

Friday, March 13, 3:30 p.m.

Hill Memorial Library