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Contemporary History | Berlin and the Cold War, Oct. 1 and 2

Ingo Trauschweizer, portraitThe Ohio University Contemporary History Institute hosts a virtual international symposium on “Berlin and the Cold War” on Oct. 1 and 2. The symposium will address questions of strategies and alliances and is free and open to the general public. The conveners are Dr. Ingo Trauschweizer, professor of History and […]

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Posted on 06/28/2021

Shawn Liming Wins FLAS Fellowship to Study Russian

Shawn Liming, portraitFirst-year doctoral student Shawn Liming recently won a prestigious FLAS fellowship and admission to the summer language seminar in advanced Russian at the University of Pittsburgh. Liming, an army veteran and southern Ohio native, joined the History Department after earning an MA in Eastern European History from the University of […]

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Posted on 04/18/2021

CHI Director’s Message: Publishing New Books, Postponing Baker Peace Conference

Ingo Trauschweizer, portraitSpring 2020 Dear Alumni and Friends, The past 12 months have posed great challenges for us. Our seminars, lunchtime conversations, and talks as well as the Elizabeth Evans Baker Lecture moved online, and our students have been industrious and found ways to pursue their research in digital and published source […]

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Posted on 03/22/2021

Contemporary History | Patient Zero: Seeking Epidemic Origins from AIDS to COVID-19, April 15

Dr. Richard A. McKayThe Contemporary History Institute hosts Dr. Richard McKay discussing “Patient Zero: Seeking Epidemic Origins from AIDS to COVID-19” on April 15 from noon to 1 p.m. His book, Patient Zero and the Making of the AIDS Epidemic, published in 2017 by the University of Chicago Press, was named by CHOICE […]

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Posted on 03/02/2021

Alumni News | Mike Rattanasengchanh Helps Students Connect Past and Present

Ohio University alumnus Mike Rattanasengchanh, who earned a Ph.D. in History and a Contemporary History Certificate in May 2019, accepted a position as Assistant Professor of History at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, just weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in closures across the nation. Despite the unprecedented […]

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Posted on 03/01/2021

Alumni News | Hurtado-Torres Wins Acclaim for Book on Chile’s Cold War

Sebastián Hurtado-Torres, portrait  Foreign Affairs, published by the Council on Foreign Relations and one of the world’s leading forums for the discussion of international relations, announced Ohio University alumnus Dr. Sebastián Hurtado-Torres’s The Gathering Storm: Eduardo Frei’s Revolution in Liberty and Chile’s Cold War as one of its Best Books of 2020. […]

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Posted on 12/29/2020

George Washington Forum | Income Inequality, Dec. 3

Anne Rathbone Bradley, portraitThe Menard Family George Washington Forum hosts Dr. Anne Rathbone Bradley discussing “Income Inequality” on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. Register for this webinar. Bradley is the George and Sally Mayer Fellow for Economic Education and the academic director at The Fund for American Studies. Previously, Bradley served as […]

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Posted on 12/01/2020

2020 Graduate | Lovelace Earns Doctorate, Keeps Writing During Pandemic

Alexander Lovelace, portraitA prolific writer, Alexander Lovelace earns his doctorate in history with a host of peer-reviewed articles behind him—and a book project and more in his near future. Lovelace earned a Ph.D. in History and a Certificate in Contemporary History from Ohio University, graduating in August 2020. His focus was on American […]

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Posted on 12/01/2020

Howard Learning Urdu Virtually for Dissertation Research

Andrew Howard at the Qutab Minar complex in Delhi.Ohio University graduate student Andrew Howard is learning Urdu from home this semester. While Howard, a History doctoral student, had applied for and was accepted by the U.S. State Department’s highly competitive Critical Language Scholarship program (CLS), the emergence of COVID-19 forced the cancellation of regular programming, which places participants […]

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Posted on 10/19/2020

Contemporary History | Case of Cold War Chile, Oct. 15

Sebastian Hurtado Torres, portraitThe Contemporary History Institute presents Dr. Sebastian Hurtado Torres discussing “The endless relevance of diplomatic history: the case of Cold War Chile” on  Oct. 15 at 4:30 p.m. A Teams link will be provided. Hurtado Torres is an Assistant Professor at the Instituto de Historia, at the Universidad San Sebastian […]

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Posted on 10/02/2020