History Department News

Michael McCormick featured in the Harvard Gazette

McCormick, the Francis Goelet Professor of Medieval History and chair of the Initiative for the Science of the Human Past at Harvard, will lead a project aimed at constructing the most detailed historical record yet of European climate. Read the full story here.

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Posted on April 22nd, 2014

Professors Ann Blair and Dan Smail 2014 Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award Winners

The History Department would like to congratulate Professors Ann Blair and Dan Smail who were among six recipients of the 2014 Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award. The Graduate Student Council which administers the award received 30 nominations this year and six of them were historians. Peter Bol, Nancy Cott, Jill Lepore, and Andrew Gordon were also nominated for the award this year.

Harvard’s Graduate Student Council founded this award in 1998. Every year graduate students submit nominations and a student-run committee makes the final selection. The 2014 Everett Mendelsohn Mentoring Awards Selection Committee was chaired by Shelley Liu, Vice President, Harvard GSC.

Please join us in celebrating this wonderful achievement, for the winners and nominees, a testament to the dedication of our faculty to the task of teaching.

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Posted on April 15th, 2014

Danny Orbach Named 2014 Horizon Scholar

Danny Orbach was one of eight students named as 2014 Horizon Scholars, selected to present their research at the second-annual Harvard Horizons Symposium in April. Read more Here.

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Posted on April 9th, 2014

Peter E. Gordon Reviews the New Biography of Walter Benjamin in The New Republic

www.newrepublic.com/article/116787/walter-benjamin-critical-life-reviewed-peter-e-gordon

Posted on March 24th, 2014

From A Historical Perspective, This Is Why Crimea Matters

Associate Professor Kelly O’Neill lends some very cogent observations about the current crisis between Ukraine and Russia in a recent article published on the local wbur.org website “Cognoscenti.”

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Posted on March 20th, 2014

Celebrating the Life of Pauline Maier at MIT

The history faculty at Massachusetts Institute of Technology will host a memorial service for Pauline R. Maier, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of American History (1938-2013). Professor Maier received her Ph.D. from Harvard in 1968 and was an acclaimed scholar of early American history. Her book publications include From Resistance to Revolution: Colonial Radicals and the Development of American Opposition to Britain, 1765-1776 (1972), The Old Revolutionaries: Political Lives in the Age of Samuel Adams (1980), and The American People: A History (1986).

The service will be held at 4pm on Tuesday, October 29th in Kresge Auditorium of Building W16 at MIT. Colleagues, students, and friends of the Maier family are invited to attend.

Posted on October 17th, 2013

“Everything is History” highlights diverse pursuits in historical studies

On Wednesday, October 9th, a panel of leading Harvard historians spoke about their research and the value of historical work. Professors Tamar Herzog, Andrew Gordon, Annette Gordon-Reed, and Chair David Armitage aimed to demonstrate the myriad careers that begin with a history concentration.

For more, see the Crimson write-up.

Posted on October 10th, 2013

PhD candidate Asher Orkaby discusses parallels between Syria and Yemen

Asher Orkaby, PhD candidate in History and Middle Eastern Studies and Fellow in the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs’ Program on Global Society and Security, has published a piece in Bloomberg discussing the similarities between recent chemical attacks in Syria and the forgotten gas attacks in Yemen during the 1960s.

Posted on September 27th, 2013

Jill Lepore’s “Book of Ages” makes the National Book Awards Longlist

Professor Jill Lepore has made the 2013 National Book Award Longlist for Nonfiction with her recent work Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House, Inc. ) Lepore’s book tells the story of Benjamin Franklin’s youngest sister, Jane Franklin. Like her more famous brother, Jane Franklin was a prolific writer and an avid political commentator. For more on Book of Ages and other books by Jill Lepore, please visit her webpage.

Posted on September 27th, 2013

Recent PhD graduate tracks cultural heritage preservation in Istanbul

Clare Morgana Gillis (PhD ‘10) discusses the fight to preserve Ottoman archaeological sites in Istanbul in a recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Reacting to large-scale construction projects which threaten significant sites, archaeologists and academics have argued that the current need for such projects does not justify the potential destruction of important sites such as the Ottoman shipyard Tersane, which dates back to mid-15th century.

Posted on September 17th, 2013