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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

CANCELED | Reporting World War II: American Correspondents at the Front-Lines, April 23-24

Photo of war correspondent, journalist, editor and author Cornelius Ryan from the Cornelius Ryan Collection at the Ohio University's Alden Library.NOTE: This event has been canceled. The Contemporary History Institute (Ohio University), The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience (Florida State University), and Stars and Stripes are pleased to announce a symposium on “Reporting World War II: American Correspondents at the Front-Lines” at the Intrepid Sea, Air […]

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Posted on 03/02/2020

Contemporary History | Moving Men: Labor Mobilizations To and From Africa During World War I, March 5

Michelle R. Moyd, portraitThe Contemporary History Institute welcomes Dr. Michelle R. Moyd discussing “Moving Men: Labor Mobilizations To and From Africa During World War I” on March 5 in Bentley 124 at 4:30 p.m. The talk is free and open to the public. Moyd is an Associate Professor in the Department of History; […]

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Posted on 03/01/2020

Interview with Dr. Sandal on the Baker Peace Conference

Next week (February 20-21) will be the annual Baker Peace Conference. This year’s focus is on “Religion and Peace: Global Perspectives and Possibilities” and will be held at Ohio University. For speakers, times, and more information (including the keynote by Dr. Peter Mandaville) see the attached link: https://www.ohio-forum.com/2020/01/baker-peace-conference-religion-and-peace-global-perspectives-and-possibilities-feb-20-21/ This year’s […]

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Posted on 02/11/2020

Contemporary History | Libel Law and Press Freedom, Feb. 6

Aimee Edmondson, portraitJoint the Contemporary History Institute on Feb. 6 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Baker 231 for the first speaker of the Spring Semester,when Dr. Aimee Edmondson, Associate Professor of Journalism at Ohio University, speaks on “Libel Law as a Cudgel: Historical and Present day Threats to Press Freedom.” Edmondson’s […]

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Posted on 02/01/2020

Baker Peace Conference | Religion and Peace: Global Perspectives and Possibilities, Feb. 20-21

Peter Mandaville, portraitOhio University’s Contemporary History Institute announces the theme of “Religion and Peace: Global Perspectives and Possibilities” for the 2020 Baker Peace Conference on Feb. 20-21 at the Athens campus. The Keynote will be held in Baker Center, Ballroom A. Subsequent panels will be in Walter Hall Rotunda. “Our speakers include […]

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Posted on 01/02/2020

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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Posted on 11/01/2019

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