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Contemporary History Institute Events & Speakers

Contemporary History Institute Speaker Series

The Contemporary History Institute sponsors an active program of events, not only to increase the breadth of the program but also to providing opportunities for students to interact with prominent specialists from a wide variety of fields.

The Institute regularly brings distinguished speakers to Athens to conduct seminars and deliver public lectures.

The CHI Speakers Series welcomes between three and five people each quarter to lecture on a variety of ideas, contemporary research, and prominent issues. Students may make suggestions about the speakers they would be interested in hearing and often the Institute is able to fulfill those requests.

The Baker Peace Conference, usually held in the spring, draws participants from the highest echelons of academia and public affairs to discuss an issue of national, and oftentimes international, significance. Students and the public benefit from this serious, non-polemic examination of these important issues.

Recent Speaker Series Events

CHI and GWF | Brexit in Historical Perspective, Nov. 4

Jeremy Black, portraitThe Contemporary History Institute and the George Washington Forum present Dr. Jeremy Black discussing “Brexit in Historical Perspective” on Monday, Nov. 4, at 6 p.m. in Baker Theater at Ohio University. Black is Professor of History at the University of Exeter. He studied at Queens’ College Cambridge, St John’s College […]

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Posted on 11/01/2019

Contemporary History | The Dam that Would Not Die: Yamba, Nov. 14

Philip Brown, portraitThe Ohio University Contemporary History Institute presents Dr. Philip C. Brown discussing “The Dam that would not Die: Yamba” on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 4:30 p.m. in Baker 231. In the present environmentally conscious era—one that is witnessing sustained and successful efforts to decommission dams—Japan continues to build new dams. […]

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GWF and CHI | America in the Asian Pacific, Nov. 19

Michael J. Green, portraitThe George Washington Forum and Contemporary History Institute present Dr. Michael J. Green discussing “America in the Asian Pacific” on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Galbreath Chapel at Ohio University. Green is Director of Asian Studies and Chair in Modern and Contemporary Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy at […]

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Posted on 11/01/2019

Contemporary History | Doing History in Post-Soviet Russia, Oct. 3

Susan Smith-Peter, portraitOhio University alum Dr. Susan Smith-Peter discusses “Doing History in Post-Soviet Russia” on Oct. 3 at 4:30 p.m. in Baker Center’s Multicultural Center, room 219. Smith-Peter is Professor of History at City University of New York–College of Staten Island. Her research focuses on Russian history beyond the two capitals of Moscow […]

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Posted on 10/01/2019

Contemporary History | When the World Went South, Oct. 17

Mark Philip Bradley, portraitThe Contemporary History Institute at Ohio University presents Mark Philip Bradley discussing “When the World Went South” on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 4:30 p.m. in the Baker Multicultural Center 219. Bradley offers the first major history of the transformative rise of the Global South in the late 20th century and […]

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Posted on 10/01/2019

Elizabeth Evans Baker Lecture | Ambassador Mary Ann Peters, Oct. 24

Mary Ann Peters, portraitThe Contemporary History Institute announces Elizabeth Evans Baker Lecture featuring Ambassador (ret.) Mary Ann Peters on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Baker 240. “Peters joined The Carter Center as its chief executive officer Sept. 2, 2014. As CEO, Ambassador Peters provides vision and leadership for The Carter Center […]

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Posted on 10/01/2019

Contemporary History Panel | Legacy of Jeane Kirkpatrick’s ‘Dictatorships and Double Standards,’ Oct. 31

Dictatorships and double standards: Rationalism and reason in politics book coverThe Contemporary History Institute announces a panel a panel discussion of the impact and legacy of Jeane Kirkpatrick’s 1979 thesis on “Dictatorships and Double Standards” on Thursday, Oct. 31, at 5 p.m. in Baker 242. The panel features: Dr. Paul Milazzo, Associate Professor of History at Ohio University, introduction Dr. […]

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Contemporary History | Haberski on U.S. Intellectual History, Sept. 12

Raymond Haberski, portrait outdoorsThe Contemporary History Institute hosts a talk by Ohio University alum Raymond Haberski Jr. on U.S. intellectual history on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 4:30 p.m. in Bentley 227. Haberski is Professor of History, Director of American Studies, and Director of the Institute for American Thought at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). […]

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Posted on 09/01/2019

Contemporary History | “Breaking news in Washington and with the Trump administration,” Sept. 24

The Contemporary History Institute hosts a talk by Ohio University alum Ray Locker on “Breaking news in Washington and with the Trump administration,” on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 4:30 p.m. in Baker 242. This event is co-hosted by the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. No administration in recent memory has […]

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Contemporary History Announces Fall 2019 Speakers

The Contemporary History Institute has a full slate of public talks and discussions on offer this fall semester. The institute welcomes back two alumni (one History Ph.D. and one History B.A.) and brings a host of renowned scholars and authors to the Ohio University campus. Thursday, Sept. 12: CHI talk […]

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Posted on 08/13/2019