Upcoming Events

Tue Oct 25, 2016

Frank Wolff: "Illusions of Border Control: The Unexpected History of German-German Mass Migration 1961-1989"


Location: 119 DeBartolo

Walls, in the conventional wisdom, control populations. In a prime example, East Germany sealed its border with the Berlin Wall. Yet, between 1961 and 1989 almost 600.000 persons left GDR. Despite criminalization of emigration and even applying for permission to emigrate, prospective emigrants forced the state to let them go. Migration policy, it turned out, could not be practiced at the border, but as a long process of negotiation between the state, migrants, and international contacts. In the end, the Berlin Wall provided an illusion of control, an illusion that eventually lead to the state's collapse.…

Fri Oct 28, 2016

Fabian Hilfrich: "Of Traitors and Patriots: Discussing the Legitimacy of Dissent in America's Limited Wars"


Location: 242 O'Shaughnessy

Fabian Hilfrich is a senior lecturer (Associate Professor) in American History at the University of Edinburgh. Previously, he worked as a researcher at the Foreign Office branch of the Institute for Contemporary History in Berlin, Germany, and as a Bosch lecturer at the Latvian Academy of Culture in Riga. He has received his PhD from the Free University, Berlin, his M.A. from Washington University, St. Louis, and his B.A. from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet in Munich.…

Tue Nov 15, 2016

Randolph Ford, Moreau Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Notre Dame: “Barbarians, Historians, and the Transformation of Empire: Classicizing Historiography in Roman Late Antiquity and Early Medieval China”


Location: 117 O'Shaughnessy

In the early centuries of our era, the empires of Rome and China experienced unprecedented foreign invasion and political fragmentation, a period that saw the loss of the western Roman empire and all of northern China to the "barbarians."  In examining the ways historians in both traditions represented the unprecedented situation of foreign peoples claiming to rule legitimately within the former bounds of the empire, this lecture will address the historical question of the first "great divergence" between China and the West: while the various kingdoms of Europe were never again to be reunited under Rome, a Chinese empire was eventually restored by the Sui and Tang dynasties, which would go on to rule a united China for centuries to come.…