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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

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

Contemporary History | The Dangers of QAnon and the Culture of Paranoia: A Conversation, Feb. 18

The Contemporary History Institute hosts “The Dangers of QAnon and the Culture of Paranoia: A Conversation” on Thursday, Feb. 18, from noon to 1 p.m. on Teams. Please request a link to the conversation from Ingo Trauschweizer at trauschw@ohio.edu. The Contemporary History Institute invites Ohio University students, faculty members, and […]

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Posted on 01/02/2021

Contemporary History | Saigon at War: South Vietnam and the Global Sixties, Feb. 25

Heather Marie Stur, portraitThe Contemporary History Institute hosts Heather Marie Stur discussing her recently released book Saigon at War: South Vietnam and the Global Sixties on Feb. 25 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Please request a link to the conversation from Ingo Trauschweizer at trauschw@ohio.edu. Stur is a professor of history at the […]

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Posted on 01/02/2021

Contemporary History | Sebastián Hurtado-Torres on His Book about Cold War in Chile, Jan. 28

Sebastián Hurtado-Torres, portraitOhio University alumnus Dr. Sebastián Hurtado-Torres talks about continued importance of diplomatic history and his book The Gathering Storm: Eduardo Frei’s Revolution in Liberty and Chile’s Cold War on Thursday, Jan. 28. Join the Teams meeting on your computer or mobile app. Contact CHI director Ingo Trauschweizer (trauschw@ohio.edu) for additional […]

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Posted on 01/02/2021

Contemporary History | Pulp Vietnam: War and Gender in Cold War Men’s Adventure Magazines, March 25

Gregory Daddis, portraitThe Contemporary History Institute hosts Gregory Daddis discussing his fourth book, Pulp Vietnam: War and Gender in Cold War Men’s Adventure Magazines, on March 25 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Join on Teams. Daddis is professor of history at San Diego State University, where he holds the USS Midway Chair in […]

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Posted on 01/02/2021

Elizabeth Evans Baker Endowed Lecture by Fati Abubakar, Dec. 3

Fati Abubakar, portraitThe Contemporary History Institute hosts the Elizabeth Evans Baker Endowed Lecture featuring Fati Abubakar on Thursday, Dec. 3, at noon. Join on Teams. Abubakar is a documentary photographer, photojournalist, and public health worker from Nigeria. She was born and raised in Maiduguri, Borno State. She has a bachelor’s degree in […]

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Posted on 12/01/2020

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

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

Contemporary History | From the Black Panther Party to Black Lives Matter: Tracing the Contours of Social Protest in America, Oct. 22

Robyn C. Spencer, portraitOhio University’s Contemporary History Institute presents Dr. Robyn C. Spencer discussing “From the Black Panther Party to Black Lives Matter: Tracing the Contours of Social Protest in America” on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. Join on Teams. Spencer is a historian whose research centers on social protest after World […]

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Posted on 10/02/2020

75th Anniversary of WWII | Shigeko Sasamori Talks about Surviving Hiroshima, Oct. 30

Shigeko Sasamori, portraitTo help commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, Ohio University hosts a talk by Shigeko Sasamori (age 88), survivor of the atomic bomb dropped on the city of Hiroshima, Japan, on Friday, Oct. 30, from 3 to 4 p.m. Her talk is titled “August 6th, […]

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Posted on 10/02/2020