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Remembering scholar John Waters, a ‘proto-digital historian’

September 20, 2018

Fellow historians, faculty, staff, and students are remembering John Waters, a professor emeritus of history, for his inspired teaching, energetic enthusiasm, and trailblazing approach to the history of ordinary folks. Waters, an expert on American colonial history, the American Revolution, and the Civil War and Reconstruction, died September 14, at the age of 83.


Lessons of October: The Fate of Democracy and Socialism in the Age of Revolution and Counter-Revolution

April 26, 2018

Ronald Grigor Suny, one of today’s preeminent historians of the Soviet Union, ethnic conflict and nationalism, will be speaking on Thursday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. on the University of Rochester campus, in Dewey Hall, Room 1101.  Dr. Suny’s talk, which is part of the university Russian Studies Programs’ commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, is titled “Lessons of October: The Fate of Democracy and Socialism in the Age of Revolution and Counter-Revolution.”  In it he will reflect on what the Russian Revolution can teach us about democracy and socialism in the past, present and future. The lecture is open to the public.


History Undergraduate named Fulbright Semifinalist

March 8, 2018

Congratulations to Amelia Kelly, Anthropology/History Class of 2018, and 12 other members of the Rochester community for being named Fulbright semifinalists. Find the full story here.


The Parallel Empires - A Talk by Dr. Ruben Flores

February 8, 2018


Professor Pablo Sierra Silva Awarded NEH Grant

December 14, 2017

Congratulations to Professor Pablo Sierra Silva! He was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant for his research on colonial Mexico's transatlantic connections. 


Russia's October Revolution not what Marx had in mind

November 6, 2017

Matt Lenoe, Associate Professor of History and Department Chair, authored an op-ed for the Rochester Newcenter about Russia's October Revolution. Go here to read the full text.


Professor Dahpon Ho Named Teaching Innovator

October 22, 2017

Professor Dahpon Ho has been named a Teaching Innovator by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Read more here.


History Student Careers Panel with Alumni

October 15, 2017

Join Department of History alumni as they discuss career options and opportunities with undergraduate history students.


Salted & Cured: Savoring the Culture, Heritage, and Flavor of America's Preserved

October 11, 2017

Jeffrey Roberts BA'68 recently published a new book: Salted & Cured: Savoring the Culture, Heritage, and Flavor of America's Preserved. Read more about this book here.


Debating Modern-Day Japan

September 11, 2017

Students in HIS145: Modern Japan, taught by assistant professor Elya Zhang,
competed in teams against each other to debate hot button issues facing modern-day
Japan such as whether the country should restart its nuclear power plants that had
been switched off in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami,
after a massive radioactive fallout at the damaged nuclear power facility Fukushima Dai-


A new way to teach history in the 21st century

April 10, 2017

Learn about Professor Jarvis's 3D mapping techiques in this article from Newcenter.


History Department Blog

September 1, 2016