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Digital history project will create virtual visits to an African slave fort

Wed, 29 Sep 2021

Funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, “Black Past Lives Matter: Digital Kormantin” builds on history professor Michael Jarvis’s work as part of the Ghana summer field school.


Yearlong research project explores social and political nuances of migration in the Americas

Tue, 07 Sep 2021

Rochester scholars in the humanities and social sciences will study human migration as part of a “temporary research center” supported by a Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar grant.


2021 honorary degrees, medals, and teaching awards announced

Wed, 12 May 2021

Distinguished leaders, educators, and humanitarians will be honored during this spring’s commencement ceremonies.


100 years on: The partition of Ireland explained

Mon, 10 May 2021

Stewart Weaver, a professor of history whose teaching interests include Great Britain, Ireland, India, exploration, and the environment, offers an explainer on the partition of Ireland, which took place a century ago.


Current COVID spike in Bermuda a ‘precedented’ battle against pandemics

Fri, 30 Apr 2021

Stuck indoors on a tiny island in Bermuda during a COVID lockdown, Rochester historian Michael Jarvis dug into his files to learn more about Bermuda’s previous experiences with imported epidemics.


Is it time for a universal wage for housework?

Thu, 08 Apr 2021

In an essay in the Washington Post, history PhD student Kevin Sapere argues the pandemic has made it “all the more relevant” to compensate housework.


History project tells a more complete story of Frances Seward

Thu, 11 Mar 2021

Three women in the history PhD program have completed a video project showing the wife of Lincoln’s secretary of state as more influential than typically depicted.


Rochester Himalayan project receives environmental history award

Wed, 03 Mar 2021

Work to preserve testimonies of a people and their culture is recognized as an “outstanding model of applied environmental history scholarship.”


Mary Young remembered as a trailblazer in the field of Native American history

Fri, 19 Feb 2021

At the University for more than 25 years, she was among the first scholars of her generation to see Native Americans as major, rather than secondary characters, in the American story.


The Jupiter and Saturn conjunction, through medieval and Renaissance eyes

Fri, 18 Dec 2020

In medieval and Renaissance Europe and in the Arab world, it was widely believed that "when Saturn and Jupiter are found in the same area of the zodiac—in other words when they are in conjunction—there are profound effects on Earth," says historian Laura Ackerman Smoller.