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).

For upcoming Colloquium events and other events sponsored by the Department, see:

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.  

Recent Modern History Colloquium Presentations:

"Is There a Women's History of Vatican I?"

Prof. Carol Harrison, University of Southern Carolina, March 9, 2022

"Facts and Narratives in the 1619 Project: The Ghosts of David Abraham"

Ruben Flores, University of Rochester, March 4, 2022 

"The Transformation of the World: The Napoleonic Wars in Global Perspective"

 Prof. Alexander Mikaberidze, LSU-Shreveport, Jan. 29, 2021

"Kant's Hottentots"

Martin Alexander Ruehl, University of Cambridge, Sept. 20, 2019

“Visualizing Fascism: Japan’s War without Pictures”

Julia Adeney Thomas, University of Notre Dame, Sept. 6, 2019

“Same-sex love in 1930s China”

Prof. Peter Carroll, Northwestern University, April 5, 2019

“Jubilant Empire: Festivals, Fireworks and Fealty in the Seventeenth-Century Spanish World”

Rachael Ball, University of Alaska-Anchorage, March 15, 2019

Earlier Presentations:


“Making Sense of Demonic Possession in Early Modern Europe”

Professor Brian Levack, UT-Austin, October 9, 2015 

 "Divorced Parenting and Remarriage in the Nuclear Family Age”

 Prof. Kristin Celello, Queens College, CUNY, Oct. 12, 2018


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

Dr. Caleb McDaniel, Rice University, October 10, 2014 

“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, October 31, 2014

“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  

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

Professor Jonathan Holloway, Yale University, January 30, 2015

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

Stephen Aron, Professor of History, UCLA, March 13, 2015