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March 15, 2019

Celebrate Earth Day with a Pub Talk

historic photo of large trash piles along riverbank

In celebration of Earth Day, the Department of History and Lane County History Museum are teaming up with the Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah for a special History Pub/Pints for Pisgah collaboration:

“Speaking for the River: A History of Citizen Involvement in Willamette River Protection” featuring Willamette River historian James Hillegas-Elting

Monday, April 22, 2019
Viking Braggot, 2940 Willamette Street
6:00–7:00 p.m., social and music by Meadow Rue
7:00–8:30 p.m., talk and Q&A

This event is a Pints for Pisgah Fundraiser for the Friends of Buford Park and Mt. Pisgah, to support their ongoing habitat and restoration work along the Willamette River.

A History of Citizen Involvement

This talk connects nationally-recognized river cleanup work in Portland, Oregon to the habitat and restoration conservation efforts of organizations along the mainstream and tributaries in overall river health. James Hillegas-Elting will discuss the history of citizen involvement in conversation of the Willamette River, with opening remarks by the Lane County History Museum.

In addition, the Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah will briefly discuss their 30 years of work protecting and enhancing native ecosystems, river and water quality, and compatible recreation of the great Mount Pisgah. Their efforts include restoring former landfills and gravel mines, replacing invasive plants with native plants, enhancing habitat for native species like western pond turtles and waterfowl, and improving trails throughout the park.

About the Speaker

James V. Hillegas-Elting is an environmental historian from Portland with an extensive body of work on Willamette River conservation. His book, Speaking for the River: Confronting Pollution on the Willamette, 1920s–1970s, gives a historical analysis of the pollution of the Willamette River and contentions surrounding cleanup efforts.

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This event is cosponsored by the UO Department of History, Lane County History Museum, and the Friends of Buford Park & Mount Pisgah.

March 11, 2019

History Workshop: Medical Confidentiality with Miles Wilkinson

X-ray scan of a hand making the OK sign

Don’t miss the last History Workshop of winter quarter, presented by Miles Wilkinson:

Creating Confidentiality: Physician-Patient Privilege and Medical Confidentiality in the United States, 1776–1975

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
3:30–5:00 p.m.
375 McKenzie Hall

This event is free and open to all.


Tracing the origins and evolution of physician-patient privilege in America, Miles Wilkinson shows that the laws regulating medical testimony in the courtroom were cobbled together in response to a variety of disparate medical and legal developments—many predating the modern notions of privacy and patients’ rights often associated with the privilege today.

In doing so, Wilkinson explains how physician-patient privilege became a widely accepted legal doctrine and explain why the privilege remains such an unevenly applied rule in American courts.

About the Speaker

Miles Wilkinson is a graduate employee with the Department of History. His research focuses on the history of medicine in the United States. He is also a 2018-19 Oregon Humanities Center Teaching Fellow.

February 28, 2019

History Pub presents Desperate Mothers, Anxious Lawyers

Venezuelan woman

History Pub presents:

“Desperate Mothers, Anxious Lawyers: Infanticide in Venezuela after Independence, 1810-1860”

featuring Reuben Zahler
Monday, March 11, 2019
7:00 p.m. at the Hop Valley Tasting Room (Barrel Room)
990 W. 1st Avenue

Food and beer will be available.

This event is cosponsored by the Department of History and the Lane County History Museum.

About the Speaker

Reuben Zahler is an associate professor of History and director of the General Social Sciences Program at the University of Oregon. His research focuses on the history of Latin American from colonial through modern periods. His book, Ambitious Rebels: Remaking Honor, Law, and Liberalism in Venezuela, 1780-1850 (University of Arizona Press, 2013), examines the changes in political culture as Venezuela developed from a Spanish colony into a modern republic with particular emphasis on gender and class.


February 27, 2019

Event Cancellations

Due to inclement weather, the UO campus is closed today, February 27. Unfortunately, this means the events we had scheduled today with Sophie White and Lidia Gómez García are cancelled. Our regrets to everyone that was looking forward to attending. We hope to see you at future History events—after the snow has cleared!

February 22, 2019

Launch of Red Thread

Celebrate the launch of the Red Thread digital project and traveling scriptorium with an open reception:

Thursday, March 7, 2019
4:00–5:30 p.m.
Knight Library DREAM Lab

medieval painting

March 7, Knight Library DREAM Lab

About the Exhibition

Red Thread is a digital exhibition that explores the history of red pigments and the varied use of the color in material culture throughout civilizations. Featured objects in this exhibition come from the Museum of Natural and Cultural History, the Jordan Schnitzer Art Museum, and Knight Library’s Special Collections and University Archives. The exhibition is co-curated by Vera Keller, historian of science with the UO Department of History, with contributions of student research from Keller’s course Global History of Color, 1400-1900.

Accompanying the digital exhibition is a traveling scriptorium of rare books and manuscripts from Special Collections.

This project is supported by the UO Libraries Digital Scholarship Center Faculty Grants Program; Oregon Humanities Center’s Endowment for Public Outreach in the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities; and the Department of History.

portrait of Vera Keller

About Vera Keller

Vera Keller is an associate professor of history, specializing in the history of science in early modern Europe. Her first book, Knowledge and the Public Interest, 1575-1725 (Cambridge, 2015), explored the once novel idea, now a truism, that knowledge should “serve the public interest.” She has also authored or co-authored numerous articles, most recently, “Deprogramming Baconianism: The meaning of desiderata in the eighteenth century” for Notes and Records: the Royal Society Journal of the History of Science.

Filming Screen and QA with Mae Ngai

The Department of History invites you to this special film screening event with Mae Ngai:

Thursday, March 7, 2019
6:00–9:00 p.m.
Lillis Complex, Room 182

We will be screening the The Chinese Exclusion Act, an acclaimed documentary film by Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu, followed by a Q&A session with Mae Ngai. Refreshments provided after.

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About the Film

The Chinese Exclusion Act is a 2017 documentary about the history of the 1882 law that prohibited Chinese immigration into the United States and declared Chinese people as ineligible for naturalization. This film, directed by Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu, is part of the PBS American Experience collection, an award-winning series that explores key elements of America’s history and present-day society.

Meet Mae Ngai

Mae Ngai is a professor of history at Columbia University and the 2019 Wayne Morse Chair of Law and Politics here at the University of Oregon. She is also the author of Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America, a book about the history of illegal migration to the United States and the effects of immigration policy on the development of American society.

February 18, 2019

Rejuvenating Nahuatl Scholarship in the 21st Century

Rejuvenating Nahuatl Scholarship in the 21st Century
presented by Lidia E. Gómez García

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
4:00–6:00 p.m.
375 McKenzie Hall

Mexican Ethnohistorian linguist Lidia E. Gómez García, who teaches at the Benem​érita Universidad de Puebla, will speak about colonial manuscript production (alphabetic and pictorial) by Nahuas—the ethnic group that included the Aztecs—mention how writing and reading in the Nahuatl language faded after Independence, and then pick up with the efforts of the Mexico-based Luis Reyes García seminar (Luis was one of the most important Nahuatl scholars of the later 20th and early 21st centuries) to revive interest in and the study of this important indigenous language, as well as her own contributions toward keeping the seminar going after his death.

This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Departments of History and Romance Languages, and the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies.

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February 15, 2019

Voices of the Enslaved

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The Department of History presents guest speaker Sophie White with her talk, “Voices of the Enslaved: Tales of Love and Longing”

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Noon–1:30 p.m.
EMU 230 (Swindells Room)

This event is free and open to the public.

Sophie White is Associate Professor of American Studies, Concurrent Associate Professor in the Departments of Africana Studies, History, and Gender Studies, and Fellow of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

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February 6, 2019

History Workshop: Danger River with Marsha Weisiger

historic photo of people on an expedition boat

Please join us for the next History Workshop featuring Marsha Weisiger:

“Danger River: Narrating Adventure Down the Great River of the Southwest”

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
3:30–5:00 p.m.
375 McKenzie Hall

Danger River explores the ways that men and women experienced adventure down the Green and Colorado Rivers, from John Wesley Powell’s pioneering trip through unmapped territory in through Edward Abbey’s trip in for Playboy magazine roughly a century later. Drawing on the journals and stories written by more than 150 men and women who boated these rivers between 1869 and 1977, this paper explores how adventure narratives shaped the ways in which subsequent adventurers experienced the river and imagined themselves as pioneers in a landscape they claimed as their own. These adventurers structured stories that pitted the landscape as a formidable opponent in a heroic struggle for survival. This study also examines these adventures through the lens of gender and tourism studies.

Marsha Weisiger is an associate professor with the University of Oregon Department of History and the Julie and Rocky Dixon Chair of Western History. Her work focuses on conservation policy and environmental and social justice in an effort to create usable histories that foster more sustainable places. Her most recent book, Dreaming of Sheep in Navajo Country (University of Washington Press) is now available in paperback.

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February 4, 2019

The Known Citizen: Exploring Privacy in Modern America

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All are welcome to attend this free public event featuring Sarah E. Igo:

February 27, 2019
6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
175 Knight Law Center

This event is part of the Wayne Morse Center’s 2018-19 Public Affairs Speaker Series. This series brings prominent scholars and activists to the University of Oregon to discuss significant political and policy issues in the United States at the national, state, and local levels, as well as global affairs.

Sarah E. Igo teaches history and directs the Program in American Studies at Vanderbilt University. She researches modern American cultural and intellectual history, the history of the human sciences, the sociology of knowledge, and the history of the public sphere. Igo’s most recent book is The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America (Harvard University Press, 2018).

Sponsored by the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics in partnership with the UO History Department and the UO New Media and Culture Certificate program.

The Known Citizen (printable poster)

Impermanent: Migrant Tales from the Ancient Mediterranean

Ancient mosaic art depicted Nile River

Join us for the next History Pub talk, featuring Lindsey A. Mazurek with “Impermanent: Migrant Tales from the Ancient Mediterranean”

Monday, February 11, 2019
7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:00)
WOW Hall, 291 W. 8th Avenue

Beer and wine will be available.

Lindsey A. Mazurek is a specialist in ancient history with a focus on the eastern Mediterranean under the Roman Empire. She previously held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Memorial University of Newfoundland and taught in the Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies at Bucknell University. Her research focuses on questions of ethnicity, migration, materiality, and identification in antiquity.

History Pub events are cosponsored by the UO Department of History and the Lane County History Museum.



January 25, 2019

“The Cradle of Hope:” African Americans, Haitian Sovereignty, and the Birth of Black Internationalism

Join the Department of History’s own Leslie Alexander for this OHC Work-in-Progress talk:

“The Cradle of Hope:” African Americans, Haitian Sovereignty, and the Birth of Black Internationalism

Friday, February 15, 2019
Noon–1:30 p.m.
OHC Conference Room (159 PLC)

The Works-in-Progress series features talks by humanities faculty and graduate students on their current research or recently published books. All talks take place on Fridays at noon in the OHC Conference Room, 159 PLC. These are free and open to the public. Brown-bag lunches are welcome. Seating is limited, so early arrival is recommended.

Leslie Alexander is a specialist in early African American and African Diaspora history. Her research focuses on late eighteenth and early nineteenth century Black culture, political consciousness, and resistance movements. A scholar of enslaved and free Black communities, her first monograph, entitled African or American?: Black Identity and Political Activism in New York City, 1784-1861, explores Black culture, identity, and political activism during the early national and antebellum eras.

Dr. Alexander’s current research project, “The Cradle of Hope: African American Internationalism in the Nineteenth Century,” is an exploration of early African American foreign policy. In particular, it examines how Black activists became involved in international movements for racial and social justice and lobbied the United States government for changes in its policies towards African and African diasporic nations. Using Haiti as an illustrative example of early African American internationalism, this project charts the changing views Black leaders held about Haiti over the course of the nineteenth century and into the early twentieth century. More specifically, it examines how and why the Haitian Revolution inspired Black activists, why Black leaders in the United States fought relentlessly to protect and defend Haitian independence, and how they pressured the U.S. government to grant Haiti diplomatic recognition.

January 15, 2019

History Workshop: Allies and Adversaries with Gabe Paquette

Join us for the next History Workshop event:

Allies and Adversaries: Anglo-Portuguese Relations in the Nineteenth Century

presented by Gabe Paquette, Dean of the Robert D. Clark Honors College
Thursday, January 24, 2019
3:30–5:00 p.m., EMU 230

Flags of Portugal and Great Britain

This paper examines Anglo-Portuguese relations in the middle of the nineteenth century, particularly conflicts over territorial claims outside of Europe. It examines how those conflicts were de-escalated and did not tear asunder the long-standing alliance between the two countries. After briefly surveying Anglo-Portuguese relations in the early modern period and first half of the nineteenth century, the paper concentrates on the way conflicts were resolved in the 1850s–1870s through third-party arbitration. Drawing on archival research in Portugal and Britain, the paper contributes to the rich historiographies on “informal empire”, the “partition” of Africa, and the emergence of codified international legal system.​

Gabe Paquette is a Professor of History, with a secondary appointment in International Studies. His research focuses on aspects of European, Latin American, and International History. He has co-edited a new special issue of the Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies (vol. 24, no. 2), entitled “New directions in the political history of the Spanish-Atlantic world, c. 1750–1850.”

January 8, 2019

Nation of Immigrants: A Short History of An Idea

The history community is invited to attend this free public talk presented by the 2018-19 Wayne Morse Chair, Mae Ngai:

“Nation of Immigrants: A Short History of An Idea”
6:30–8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
175 Knight Law Center, 1515 Agate St.
Free and open to the public

This event is part of the Theme of Inquiry program, sponsored by the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, focused on a two-year theme of Borders, Migration, and Belonging. This program explores the human experience of migration in Oregon, the United States, and the wider world by featuring presentations by esteemed guest speakers and residents scholars.

Mae Ngai is a professor of Asian American Studies and history at Columbia University. Her research focuses on the history of immigration, citizenship, and nationalism.

Ngai is the author of Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (2004), which won six major book awards; and The Lucky Ones: One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America (2010). Ngai has written on immigration history and policy for The Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Nation, and the Boston Review. Before becoming a historian, she was a labor-union organizer and educator in New York City, working for District 65-UAW and the Consortium for Worker Education. Her upcoming book is Yellow and Gold: The Chinese Mining Diaspora, 1848-1908, a study of Chinese gold miners and racial politics in nineteenth-century California, the Australian colony of Victoria, and the South African Transvaal.

For more information about Mae Ngai and the Wayne Morse Center, visit

Monumental Mobility with Jean O’Brien

The Department of History presents Jean O’Brien and “Monumental Mobility: The Memory Work of Massasoit”

Thursday, January 17, 2019
3:30–5:00 p.m., 375 McKenzie Hall

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Jean O’Brien is a historian at the University of Minnesota, specializing in American Indian history, Indigenous Studies. Her book Monumental Mobility The Memory Work of Massasoit, coauthored with historian Lisa Blee, reveals the story of Indigenous history, art fraud, and memorial culture that surrounds a 1921 statue of a Pokanoket Massasoit (leader) who served as a welcoming diplomat to the Pilgrims and a participant in the mythical first Thanksgiving.

Join us on January 17 in exploring this unexpected chapter of Indigenous historical memory. This lecture event is free and open to the public.

January 7, 2019

History Pub: The History of Innovation

What is New is Old Again!

History Pub presents Vera Keller and “The History of Innovation”:

Monday, January 14, 2019
7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
WOW Hall, 291 W. 8th Avenue
Drinks by WOW Hall (no food truck for this event)

Co-sponsored by the UO Department of History and the Lane County History Museum.

Vera Keller is a historian of science of early modern Europe and a professor with the University of Oregon’s Department of History. Her book, Knowledge and the Public Interest, 1575-1725 (Cambridge, 2015), looks at the simultaneous rise of the reason of state – the precursor to ideas of private and public interest – and experimental reasoning, arguing that each shaped the other. Keller’s current book project looks at how late 17th-century German academics sought to reign in, winnow, connect and re-order three previous epistemic cultures: the court culture explored in my first book, mercantile and medical collecting networks, and pansophic erudition.

historical drawings of scientific inventions

November 26, 2018

OHC Work-in-Progress Series, “Creating Confidentiality”

Miles Wilkinson, PhD candidate, History, and 2018-19 Oregon Humanities Center Dissertation Fellow will give a Work-in-Progress talk:

“Creating Confidentiality: Physician-Patient Privilege and Medical Confidentiality in the United States, 1776–1975”

Friday, November 30
Noon–1:30 p.m.
OHC Conference Room (159 PLC)

This presentation is open to the public. Early arrival suggested due to limited seating. Brown bag lunches welcome. Please direct disability accommodation requests to the Oregon Humanities Center at 541-346-3934. For more information, visit

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November 19, 2018

History Pub talk: “Red Spouts: How the Soviet Union Nearly Destroyed the World’s Whales”

Monday, December 3, 2018
The talk starts at 7:00 p.m. with doors opening at 6:00 p.m.
Located at the WOW Hall (291 W. 8th Avenue)

The History Pub speaker series presents “Red Spouts: How the Soviet Union Nearly Destroyed the World’s Whales” featuring Ryan Tucker Jones, associate professor of the University of Oregon Department of History.

Food will be available from Vinnie’s Smokin’ BBQ in back of the venue; drinks by WOW Hall.

Co-sponsored by the University of Oregon Department of History and the Lane County History Museum.

historical photo of captured whale

Join us for a History Pub talk, December 3


November 5, 2018

History Pub talk: “Five Million Secrets: The Hidden History of Native American Slavery”

This hard-hitting topic comes from Dr. Brett Rushforth, a scholar of the early modern Atlantic world whose research focuses on comparative slavery, Native North America, and French colonialism and empire. He has written Colonial North America and the Atlantic World: A History in Documents, and Bonds of Alliance: Indigenous and Atlantic Slaveries in New France.

Monday, November 12, 2018
The talk starts at 7:00 p.m. with doors opening at 6:00 p.m.
Located at the WOW Hall (291 W. 8th Avenue)

Co-sponsored by the University of Oregon Department of History and the Lane County History Museum.

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History Workshop: Rebounding Malaria and the Ethics of Eradication: the WHO Campaign in Zanzibar, c. 1968 and Contemporary Implications

Join us for the next History Workshop featuring Melissa Graboyes, Clark Honors College

woman standing in front of trees

Thursday, November 8, 3:30 p.m.
McKenzie Hall, Room 375

This paper chronicles the history of malaria elimination attempts in Zanzibar, taking a close look at the World Health Organization’s failed elimination attempt between 1958-1968, and the epidemic of rebound malaria that struck the island afterwards. The paper argues that the WHO scientists recognized from the very beginning that Zanzibar’s elimination attempt was unlikely to succeed but publicly blamed Zanzibari workers, institutions and community members for the many problems that arose. Drawing on internal and confidential WHO documents, the paper also shows that scientists recognized the risks of rebound malaria early on, yet did not responsible plan for measures to lessen the epidemiological burden to local people. A particular focus is on the ethical questions emerging around the loss of acquired immunity, how local communities understand the potential risks, and how international global health groups plan responsible exit strategies. The historical case study is framed in light of Zanzibar’s current malaria elimination activities, led by the Gates Foundation. The paper is based on extensive work in the Zanzibar National Archives and the WHO archives in addition to interviews and observations in Zanzibar.

October 1, 2018

History Pub talk: “Bully! Teddy Roosevelt Rides Again!”

Joe Wiegand,
Wednesday, October 17.
Doors at 6:00 pm, talk at 7:00 pm.
Ninkasi Administration Building, 155 Blair Blvd., Eugene, OR 97402.


September 24, 2018

Lecture: “Indian and Slave Royalists in the Revolutionary Age.”

Dr. Marcela Echeverri,
Assistant Professor of History,
Yale University.
Thursday, September 27,
12:00-1:30 pm.
McKenzie Hall, Room 375.

September 20, 2018

Lecture: “Environmental Change and Migration in Historical Perspective.”

Uwe Lübken, LMU Munich,
Friday, September 28, 4:00 pm,
McKenzie Hall, Room 375. (more…)

August 24, 2018

History Pub talk: “Old Poop and the Peopling of the Americas”

Dr. Dennis Jenkins,
Senior Research Archaeologist,
UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History.
Monday, September 24.
Doors at 6:00 pm, talk at 7:00 pm.
WOW Hall, 291 W 8th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401. (more…)

May 30, 2018

History Workshop: “Justice and Fair Play for the American Indian: Harry Lane, Robert Hamilton, and a Vision of Native American Modernity.”

Marc Carpenter, UO History,
Thursday, June 7, 3:30 – 5:00 pm,
McKenzie Hall, Room 375.


May 29, 2018

Lecture: “Embracing the ‘Killers’: The Origins of our Love Affair with Orcas.”

Jason Colby, University of Victoria,
Friday, June 8, 12:00 pm,
McKenzie Hall, Room 375. (more…)

May 25, 2018

2018 History Graduate Student Conference

May 16, 2018

History Workshop: “The Compilers: The Production and Presentation of Knowledge in African Colonial Contexts, 1830–1900.”

Dr. Lindsay Frederick Braun, UO History,
Friday, May 25, 10:00-11:30 am,
McKenzie Hall, Room 375. (more…)

April 23, 2018

Pierson Lecture 2018: Dr. Geoff Eley, “Fascism and Antifascism, 1920-2020: Slogan, Impulse, Theory, Strategy.”

Dr. Geoff Eley,
Professor of History, University of Michigan.
Thursday, May 10.
3:30-5:00 pm, Gerlinger Lounge.


Lecture: “Making Religious Peace: A Historical Interpretation.”

Dr. Wayne P. Te Brake,
Professor Emeritus of History, SUNY Purchase College.
Wednesday, May 2.
3:30-5:00 pm, EMU 230, Swindells Room. (more…)

History Workshop: “Please Do Clean this Town: U.S. West Mining Town Environments and Postwar Urban Development, 1940 – 1970.”

Nichelle Frank, UO History,
Friday, April 27, 10:00-12:00 pm,
McKenzie Hall, Room 375. (more…)

April 6, 2018

Lecture: “Memory As Medicine: Reflections on History.”

Dr. Brett Walker,
Regents Professor of History, Montana State University, Bozeman.
Thursday, April 19.
3:30-5:00 pm, Jaqua Center Auditorium.


March 14, 2018

History Pub talk: “Why are there so many Mexican immigrants in the United States?”

Dr. Julie Weise,
Associate Professor, UO Department of History.
Tuesday, March 20.
Doors at 6:00 pm, talk at 7:00 pm.
Sprout Regional Food Hub,
418 A Street, Springfield, Oregon 97477.

Why are there so many Mexican immigrants in the United States, and why are so many of them undocumented? In this History Pub talk, Julie M. Weise, an Associate Professor of History at the University of Oregon, will help us answer this question. Her presentation will discuss the history of Mexican immigration to the United States, the “push” and “pull” factors that have brought so many here, and legal changes that have left so many vulnerable to deportation. She will also be happy to engage in conversation about the Trump administration’s policies towards Mexico and Mexican immigration.

February 14, 2018

History Pub talk: “The Greatest Threat: The Black Panther Party and Revolution in America.”

Dr. Curtis Austin,
Associate Professor, UO Department of History.
Tuesday, February 27.
Doors at 6:00 pm, talk at 7:00 pm.
Sprout Regional Food Hub,
418 A Street, Springfield, Oregon 97477.

January 19, 2018

History Pub talk: “Kalapuya Archaeology: The Cultural Record of the Willamette Valley before 1850.”

Dr. Tom Connolly,
Director of Archaeological Research, UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History.
Tuesday, January 30, 6:00 pm,
Ninkasi Administration Building, 155 Blair Blvd., Eugene, OR 97402. (more…)

November 22, 2017

History Pub talk: “Spotted Owls Won’t Feed My Family: Loggers, Environmentalists, and the Battle for Oregon Timber Country”

Dr. Steve Beda,
Associate Professor of History, University of Oregon,
Tuesday, December 5, 6:00 pm,
Noble Estate Urban Tasting Room,
560 Commercial Street, Eugene, OR 97402.


November 21, 2017

Talk: “So You Want to Publish in a History Journal…”

Dr. Joshua Piker,
Editor, William and Mary Quarterly,
Monday, November 27, 12:00-1:30 pm,
McKenzie 375 (more…)

November 8, 2017

History Pub talk: “The Question of Genocide in American History”

Dr. Jeff Ostler,
Beekman Professor of Northwest and Pacific History,
Tuesday, November 7, 6:00 pm,
Hop Valley Brewing,
990 W. 1st Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401

October 26, 2017

History Workshop: “Why did you kill your baby?”

Dr. Reuben Zahler, UO History,
Friday, October 27, 10:00-11:30 am,
McKenzie Hall 375 (more…)

October 19, 2017

Workshop on African American Intellectual History

In connection with the new program in Black Studies, the Departments of Ethnic Studies, History, Political Science, and Women’s and Gender Studies are collaborating with the College of Arts and Sciences and the Division of Equity and Inclusion to host a “mini-conference” focused on Black intellectual history, to be held on October 21, 2017. (more…)

October 18, 2017

History Pub talk: “A Global History of the Cascade Hop”

Dr. Peter A. Kopp,
University of New Mexico,
Tuesday, October 24, 6:00 pm,
Ninkasi Administration Building,
155 Blair Blvd., Eugene, OR 97402 (more…)

October 10, 2017

Lecture: “Makah Voices and the Sea”

Dr. Joshua Reid,
University of Washington,
Monday, October 16,
1:30-3:00 pm,
McKenzie Hall 375


October 1, 2017

Lecture: “The East is Red”

Artist Hung Liu from Oakland, CA,
Saturday, October 7, 2:00 pm,
Ford Lecture Hall,
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art


September 28, 2017

Lecture: “The Lawful Empire: Legal Change and Cultural Diversity in Late Imperial Russia”

Dr. Stefan Kirmse,
Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO),
Humboldt University of Berlin,

Tuesday, October 3, 4:00 pm,
Erb Memorial Union, Room 023 (more…)

September 27, 2017

Lecture: “The Place and Process of Public Lands”

Dr. Kevin Marsh,
Professor of History at Idaho State University,
Thursday, October 5, 3:30 pm,
McKenzie Hall 375 (more…)

September 26, 2017

History Workshop: “Rethinking the U.S. Policy of Indian Removal”

Dr. Jeffrey Ostler, UO History,
Friday, October 6, 10:00-11:30 am,
McKenzie Hall 375


May 15, 2017

History Workshop: “The Other Juan and the Cult of Castillanxochitl: Rose Rituals, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and How to Die in Sixteenth-Century New Spain”

Josh Fitzgerald, History
Friday, May 19, 10:00-11:30 am,
McKenzie 375
Light refreshments will be served.

What can a barebones list of the dead from the sixteenth century tell us about colonial education and the practice of indigenous Christianity under Spain? Surprisingly, a lot, especially when we study the dead within their local and regional context. For his work-in-progress talk, PhD candidate Josh Fitzgerald presents his research on the Difuntos (death records) of Huejotzingo, early-colonial Nahuatl documents from New Spain. Registries of the dead are often culled for statistical data, but Fitzgerald’s investigation of a simple naming convention, the use of the Spanish-Nahuatl combined term Castillanxochitl (“Spanish Flower,” commonly “Rose”) uncovers the cultural significance of roses, death, local religiosity, and the astonishing link between Huejotzingo’s dead and the Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico’s patron saint. The talk will cover portions of his dissertation “Unholy Pedagogy: Local Knowledge, Indigenous Intermediaries, and the Lessons from the Colonial Learningcscape,” but the core evidence will be part of a standalone article planned to be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal.





February 16, 2017

Lecture: “Tuna and Post-War Pacific Policy”

Carmel Finley,
Historian of Science at Oregon State University,
Wednesday, February 22, 12:00-1:20 pm,
Willamette 112

February 6, 2017

Lecture: “Bloodsport in the Pacific Whaling Fleet”

Lissa Wadewitz,
Professor of History and Environmental Studies, Linfield College,
Monday, February 13, 1:30-2:30 pm,
McKenzie Hall 375































January 4, 2017

Lecture: “Taytu’s Feast:  Nation, Food and History in Ethiopia”

African Studies Lecture Series

James McCann
History, Boston University

Tuesday, January 17, 12:00 pm
Redwood Auditorium, 214 EMU

Please note new location!


November 6, 2016

Gender and Material Culture: The Female Artisan Gu Erniang and the Craft of Inkstone-Making in Early Modern China

Lecture by Dorothy Ko, Colombia University

While we celebrate the sumptuous material culture of Chinese empires–the terra cotta soldiers, the silk brocades, or the blue-and-white porcelains–we know almost nothing about the artisans who made them. In this talk, we present a new view of Chinese history and society by retrieving the career of Gu Erniang (fl. 1700- 1722), an extraordinary woman who was one of the most famous and innovative inkstone carvers of her time.

Thursday, November 10, 2016
3:00 pm
Ford Lecture Hall, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

Dorothy Ko is a native of Hong Kong. Her latest book, The Social Life of Inkstones: Artisans and Scholars in Early Qing China, will be published in Dec. 2016.

Presented by the UO Confucius Institute for Global China Studies and cosponsored by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, the Asian Studies Program, and the Department of Art History.

Dorothy Ko


November 5, 2016

Civil Procedure Reform in Republican China and Prewar Japan: Before the “Ma Xiwu Trial Method”

Lecture by Dongsheng Zang, University of Washington

The official narrative in China about modern mediation is that it originated in Mao’s revolutionary base in Shan-gan-ning Border Regions by a judge named Ma Xiwu in the early 1940s. Today, this is celebrated as the “Ma Xiwu trial method,” which again became popular in the last ten years. This presentation claims that Ma Xiwu inheirited, rather than invented, the modern civil mediation. Zang locates the origin for modern mediation in Republican China during the 1930s and in prewar Japan of the same period.

Monday, November 14, 2016
Knight Library Browsing Room

Dongsheng Zang is an associate professor of law and the director of the Asian Law Center and Chinese Legal Studes at the University of Washington.

Presented by the UO Confucius Institute for Global China Studies and cosponsored by the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, the Asian Studies Program, and the History Department.

Dongsheng Zang





































October 26, 2016

UO African Studies Lecture Series

All talks will be held in the Knight Library Browsing Room at 12:00


October 19, 2016

Of Forests and Fields: Mexican Labor in the Pacific Northwest

A Talk by Mario Sifuentez, UC-Merced


mario-sifuentezMario Sifuentez is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Merced. The son of immigrant farm workers from Mexico, Dr. Sifuentez grew up in rural Oregon, and earned both a BA and MA from UO. One of the first graduates with an Ethnic Studies major at the UO, he was also a longtime student activist. This lecture, based off Sifentez’s new book of the same title, shows how ethnic Mexican workers responded to white communities that only welcomed them when they were economically useful, then quickly shunned them.

Sponsored by the Department of Ethnic Studies, the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, Labor Education Research Center (LERC), Environmental Studies Program, Beekman Fund, Department of History, and the Department of Political Science.of-forests-and-fields