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January 7, 2019

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August 28, 2018

The Department of History is hiring!

We are seeking a fabulous Accounting & Communications Coordinator. Click here to apply.

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 26, 2018

Major Collection of Historic, Rare Books Donated to UO Libraries

Gift from Eugene residents Gordon and Sherry Paine will significantly enrich UO’s holdings of rare books.


January 4, 2017

How did we get here?

Educate Yourself with the UO Department of History’s #Trumpsyllabus Winter 2017

Are you wondering about…

the first Populists?  Take HIST 202: Building the US (Ostler)

the Mexico-U.S. border? Take HIST 248: Latinos in the Americas (Weise)

social inequalities? Take HIST 457: Gilded Age (Ostler)

celebrity-politicians? Take HIST 399: U.S. Cinema (Beda)

Occupy Wall Street?  Take HIST 351: American Radicalism (Pope)#Trumpsyllabus

December 7, 2016

Remembering Pearl Harbor

“75 years after Pearl Harbor: ‘Real-life heroes’ from Lane County are not forgotten”

Article in the Register-Guard, December 7, 2016 by Rob Romig

October 17, 2016

China Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections


Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 4 pm — 110 Knight Law Center

The National Committee on US-China Relations presents a national simulcast and live talk.

China Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections

Henry A. Kissinger is the national simulcast speaker for the 10th annual China Town Hall. While national security advisor, Kissinger played a crucial role in arranging President Nixon’s 1972 visit to China, which opened the door to the re-establishment of US-China relations. Following Kissinger’s simulcast presentation, Kristen McDonald, China program director of Pacific Environment (PE), will give a live talk on the environmental sharing of planet Earth with China. She leads the efforts of PE, which is focused on protecting the living environment of the Pacific Rim, to address pollution and build strong and effective grassroots environmental organizations in China. McDonald received her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in Environmental Science, Policy and Management, and is the founder and former director of the China Rivers Project, which works to expand river ecotourism and conservation in China. China Town Hall is a national day of programming presented by the National Committee on US-China Relations, designed to provide Americans across the US the opportunity to discuss issues with leading experts. For more information, please contact the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies at 541-346-5068.


October 13, 2016

China Now: Independent Visions Film Festival


Ford Lecture Hall, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Presented with the support of CAPS (Jeremiah/NRC), Academic Affairs, EALL, Asian Studies and Oregon Humanities Center’s Endowment for Public Outreach in the Arts, Sciences and Humanities.

Films will be introduced by China film curator, Shelly Kraicer.


Thursday, October 20

2:30 pm Female Directors 女导演Directed by Yang Mingming (43 min) Two brilliant young women, art school graduates with deliciously profane vocabularies and supreme confidence, talk sex, cinema, and power, as they wield their shared video camera like a scalpel. Yang Mingming’s superb debut is hilarious, moving, and subversive: is it documentary or fiction, or something new that violates both modes with gleeful abandon?


3:30 pm The Emperor Visits the Hell唐皇游地府Directed by Li Luo (67 min) Winner of Vancouver International Film Festival’s Dragons & Tigers Prize, a quietly astonishing tour de force that hinges on a lovely

conceit: relocating to the present the famous story of the Tang dynasty Emperor Taizong’s visit to the underworld. Shot in elegant, black-and-white long takes, the film spins a tale of the local Dragon King river god. Feuding with a fortune teller, he alters the weather without authorization and is condemned to death. When the Emperor fails to commute the god’s sentence, otherworldly retribution is swift: he is summoned to Hell. Li’s audacious use of multiple levels of storytelling and filmmaking craftily subverts every authority.


7:15-9:00 pm  Four Ways to  Die in My Hometown我故乡的四种死亡方式 Directed by Chai Chunya (90 mn) A four-part fiction film that’s as much poetry as it is narrative, Chai Chunya’s gorgeous work, evokes four characters – a poet, a searcher, a puppet master, and a shaman – each with intense spiritual links to the land (the film was shot in and around Gansu province) mediated by four elemental symbols: earth, water, fire, and wind. The film’s logic is dreamlike; Chai builds up a series of striking, pictorially spectacular tableaux. Shot in and around Gansu province. Two young women lose a camel, then a father. A retired puppeteer meets a gun-toting tree thief.

Shamans and storytellers evoke a lost spiritual world that Chai films back to life.


Friday, October 21

2pm-3:50pm Egg and Stone鸡蛋和石头, directed by Huang Ji (100 min) Winner, International Film Festival Rotterdam’s Tiger Award, Huang Ji’s brave film is one of the most auspicious debuts in recent Chinese cinema. Set in her home village in Hunan, Egg and Stone creates a powerful autobiographical portrait of a young girl’s attempts to grapple with a terrifying world of sexual danger. Since her parents moved to the city to work, she has been forced to live with her uncle and aunt. Huang Ji’s visual sophistication, narrative fluency, and technical polish belie her youth. Cinematographer Ryuji Otsuka (also the film’s producer and editor) contributes beautifully crafted cinematic images, fearfully intimate, softly pulsing with light, saturated with complex emotional power.


4pm-6pm River of Life生命的河流 Directed by Yang Pingdao (101 min) One of China’s most exciting emerging filmmakers, Yang Pingdao’s creative camera brings unexpected beauty. Using innovation to conjure the distinctive texture of family memory through space and time, Yang invents something poised between fiction and documentary to crystallize moments in his family history, recreating its emotional weight and variety in cinematic form. Combining extended family chronicle, implicit national history, and soul-bearing autobiography, Yang employs gentle formal experimentation to invent new cinematic pathways.  Opening film and prize winner of BIFF 2014.

October 12, 2016

Indigenous London: Native Travelers at the Heart of Empire

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Coll Thrush, Associate Professor of History at the University of British Columbia


Reza Aslan examines the crisis of identity in America at UO


“An Evening with Reza Aslan: Religion, Identity, and the Future of America”


Reza Aslan is a best-selling author, public intellectual, scholar of religions, producer, and television host. Through the lens of his own experience—his family fled Iran during the Revolution in 1979 and settled in the U.S. when Reza was seven—and the conflicts he faced as an immigrant growing up, Aslan will examine the crisis of identity that is currently gripping the U.S., and suggest some possible ways in which we should think differently about race, religion, and identity in order to abolish the hatred and discrimination that has led to this crisis. As Aslan points out, America has, from the beginning, been a diverse nation, built on immigration and ethnic diversity.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)
156 Straub Hall

Aslan is the author of the international bestsellers No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam (2005), and Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth (2013).

The lecture is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a book sale and signing. It will be live-streamed at:  Seating is limited to 500; no tickets or reservations. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

For more information or for disability accommodations (which must be made by Oct. 11th) please call (541) 346-3934 or


September 22, 2016

History Prepared Nayeon Kim for Immigrant Advocacy Work

Nayeon Kim 2I am working as a legal assistant in a non-profit called Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center in El Paso, TX through Border Servant Corps. I do asylum casework, so I am constantly traveling between the detention center, court, and the office. My favorite thing about my job is that in a way, I get to be a writer, a detective, a researcher, a journalist, and an activist all at once. My experience studying history definitely strengthens my capacities for critical thinking, strategic investigation, and conscientiousness in my tasks. I concentrated on the Latin American region for most of my four years, so the knowledge I gained in college allows me to contextualize the multi-ethnic and globally reaching interactions I have every day and listen to our clients’ narratives with cultural sensitivity. My least favorite thing about my job is having to turn asylum seekers down, since non-profit work entails limited resources, and sadly there are too many people in need. As a result, I have been learning about immigration through a systemic framework, and am consequently learning a lot about politics and policy in conjunction with law.What’s unique about this place is that it is situated right on the Mexican border, so I can see into Ciudad Juarez from Mexico. On my daily bicycle commute, I observe the juxtaposition of developed streets and extensive poverty on either side of the fence, which serves as a regular reminder of the oppression upon which many foundations of Mexican society were built. At the same time, there is a distinct beauty about the fluidity of the two cultures, which borrow from each other, intermingle, and adapt. Fronteriza culture is vivid, poetic, resilient, and enchanting. I am looking forward to allthat I will learn throughout the rest of this service year, and I hope to attend law school in the future.

History Major, Intelligence Officer, Teacher

Clair Wiles

As a naval intelligence officer in Iraq in 2006, Clair Wiles applied the skills she learned as a history major to discern patterns and understand cultures. The result? “Hundreds of lives saved.”

I graduated from the University of Oregon with a BA in History in 1998. Wanting to dive headlong into the profession, I completed an Honors thesis in the Department of History. That simple commitment transformed my senior year into a seemingly never ending treasure hunt through historical journals, publishing records and religious history. I sifted through thousands of documents and in the end was able to bring order to the chaos and deliver a coherent argument. These skills served me well as I became a high school history teacher, determined to help students understand the cause and effect cycles of history.

In 2006 I was recalled to active duty as a Navy intelligence officer in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. I was stationed at Camp Victory in Baghdad where I served on the briefing team for the Corps and Theater commanders. Our daily battlefield updates were a seeming blur of attacks and at one point I felt like I was doomed to spend a year just reporting how many people were killed in action every day. After a particularly brutal day, I assembled my team and asked them to bring order to the chaos of reporting — to find patterns, to predict attacks, to understand the religious and tribal culture of each area of operations and produce a daily brief that we could share with convoys to prevent attacks. The result? Hundreds of lives saved. Yes, the skills I learned from the University of Oregon History Department literally saved lives.