The Department of History
UPCOMING EVENTS, RECENT NEWS, AND FACULTY PUBLICATIONS
NEW YORK TIMES FEATURE STORY ON BARUCH'S HISTORY
The newspaper featured an article about a cell block now used by the School of Public Affairs. LINK.
PROF. BRIAN MURPHY'S NEW BOOK IN PRINT
Baruch College Prof. Brian Murphy's book, Building the Empire State: Political Economy in Early America has been published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.
Building the Empire State examines the origins of American capitalism by tracing how and why business corporations were first introduced into the economy of the early republic. Murphy follows the collaborations between political leaders and a group of unelected political entrepreneurs, including Alexander Hamilton and Robert R. Livingston, who persuaded legislators to use monopolies and corporate charters to build New York's financial and transportation infrastructure.
Through sustained attention to the Bank of New York, the Manhattan Company, Robert Fulton and Robert Livingston's steamboat monopoly, the Erie Canal, and the New York & Erie Railroad, Murphy traces the ways political entrepreneurs marshaled political and financial capital within an economy of influence to win support for their private plans and interests. The political, economic, and legal consequences organizing the marketplace in this way continue to be felt in the vast influence and privileged position held by corporations in the present day.
PROF. ANNA BOOZER PODCAST ON ISLAMIC STATE LOOTING OF ANTIQUITIES
In this podcast, Baruch College archaeology professor Anna Boozer and John Jay College of Criminal Justice art crime professor Erin Thompson discuss the damage that looting will have on the cultural heritage for future generations.
PROF. VEENA ODENBURG WINS FULBRIGHT AWARD
Baruch College Professor Veena Oldenburg has earned a Fulbright Senior Award for Scholarly Excellence, which she will use to work on a research project in India.
BARUCH HISTORY CLUB - SCAVENGER HUNT!
This year's theme is "Radicals, Revolutionaries, and Riots (oh my!)"
FRIENDS - FUN - FABULOUS PRIZES!
INFORMATION SESSION FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO PARTICIPATE WILL BE:
DATE: Thursday, April 23
PLACE: VC 5-263
PROF. CHARLOTTE BROOKS'S NEW BOOK IN PRINT
Baruch History Prof. Charlotte Brooks is out with a new book, Between Mao and McCarthy: Chinese American Politics in the Cold War Years.
During the Cold War, Chinese Americans struggled to gain political influence in the United States. Considered potentially sympathetic to communism, their communities attracted substantial public and government scrutiny, particularly in San Francisco and New York.
Between Mao and McCarthy looks at the divergent ways that Chinese Americans in these two cities balanced domestic and international pressures during the tense Cold War era. On both coasts, Chinese Americans sought to gain political power and defend their civil rights, yet only the San Franciscans succeeded. Forging multiracial coalitions and encouraging voting and moderate activism, they avoided the deep divisions and factionalism that consumed their counterparts in New York. Drawing on extensive research in both Chinese- and English-language sources, Charlotte Brooks uncovers the complex, diverse, and surprisingly vibrant politics of an ethnic group trying to find its voice and flex its political muscle in Cold War America.
Upcoming Friedman Symposium to feature talk by Jeanne Theoharis, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Brooklyn College. Prof. Theoharis will be speaking on her new book, The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks.
DATE: Tuesday, March 3
PLACE: VC 10-150
The Robert Friedman Symposium is sponsored by Robert Friedman and the History Department, Baruch College
Baruch History Prof. Elizabeth Heath's new book,
Wine, Sugar, and the Making of Modern France
Global Economic Crisis and the Racialization of French Citizenship, 1870–1910, is now in print from Cambridge University Press.
"Looting the Past, Destroying the Future: Revolution, Terrorism, and Archeology in Egypt and Syria" Brown-bag seminar with a discussion
Teach-in Panel Discussion featuring Profs. Anna L. Boozer (Assistant Professor of Ancient History and Archaeology, Baruch College) and Erin Thompson (Assistant Professor of Art History, John Jay College of Criminal Justice); moderated by Mark Rice (Assistant Professor of Latin American History, Baruch College)
Topic: "Looting the Past, Destroying the Future: Revolution, Terrorism, and Archeology in Egypt and Syria" Brown-bag seminar with a discussion
Location: NVC 8-210
Date: Thursday, December 11, 2014
Description: This discussion will focus on the connection between politics in places like Egypt and Syria and the destruction or looting of ancient artifacts and artwork. What happens to these ancient treasures when wars break out? These experts in art history, archaeology, and heritage will give presentations and lead a discussion.
“The Contingency of History: When is a Republic No Longer a “Republic”?”
MORTON GLOBUS LECTURE SERIES
Speaker: Christopher Mackay (University of Alberta)
Topic: Lecture on the end of the Roman Republic, entitled “The Contingency of History: When is a Republic No Longer a “Republic”?”
Location: NVC Room 14-285
Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Description: Christopher Mackay is Professor of Classical Language and History at the University of Alberta in Canada. He received his PhD from Harvard University. He has written numerous books on Ancient Rome, including, most recently, Breakdown of the Roman Republic: From Oligarchy to Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2012). His lecture, open to the public, addresses questions related to the fall of the Roman Republic.
TALKING TURKEY WITH PROF. ELIZABETH HEATH
Prof. Elizabeth Heath will present a talk about food history at the Thursday Nov. 20th meeting of the History Club in Room VC 5-263 at 1:00 - 2:30.
UPCOMING BLACK MALE INITIATIVE CONFERENCE TO FOCUS ON DIVERSITY AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
On October 3, 2014 Baruch will 9th Annual CUNY Black Male Initiative Conference, which will feature keynote speakers, panel discussions, and a film screening.
The flyer can be found at this link.
ANNUAL BERKIN-FRIEDMAN FORUM TO FOCUS ON CLIMATE CHANGE ON OCTOBER 16, 6 PM AT BPAC
History students and faculty are encouraged to attend the annual Berkin Friedman Forum on October 16th, at 6pm, in the Performing Arts Center. The program focuses on the climate crisis and the controversy over U.S. government policies on the environment, and will feature prominent guest speakers who shape climate policy.
BARUCH COLLEGE TO PARTICIPATE IN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
Baruch College is proud to participate for the first time in an International Conference on Undergraduate Research (ICUR) organized through an alliance of Monash University in Australia and the University of Warwick in the UK. This conference brings together students on panels linked up via teleconferencing. Students will be presenting their own original research papers to audiences around the globe. We have two Baruch students presenting papers this year in a pilot program and their panels will be linked with the University of Warwick. A Warwick student, in residence this year at MIT in Boston, will also be presenting at Baruch. The other participating universities are Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Management University, the University of Washington, and the University of Western Australia.
Baruch students will be participating in two sessions on September 23, Session 10A from 9:40-10:40 and Session 11A from 10:50-11:50 in room H-620 on the 6th floor of the Library Building.
You are welcome to attend the conference at see fellow students in England present their original research along with Baruch students. You can listen and ask questions via teleconferencing!
Please RSVP by September 22 to Katherine.Pence@baruch.cuny.edu and feel free to email with questions.
PROF. MARK RICE'S ARTICLE PUBLISHED
Professor Mark Rice's research on the history of tourism at Machu Picchu was featured in Peru's prominent weekly news magazine, Caretas. The article, �Machu Picchu: Historia de la Calater�a,� appeared in Caretas volume 2328 published on April 3, 2014. The article was a somewhat tongue-in-cheek response to the recent increase of nudist tourism at Machu Picchu by noting previous run-ins between Peruvian authorities and quirky tourists since the 1950s. However, Mark Rice's larger conclusions that unwanted nudist travelers stemmed from efforts to falsely package Machu Picchu as an exotic or spiritual locale generated debate in Peru's historical community.
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR BRIAN MURPHY SHARES REPORTING, POLITICAL INSIGHT WITH MSNBC
Assistant Professor of History Brian Murphy has been contributing original reporting and analysis to recent events in New Jersey, including the September 2013 "Bridgegate" lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, and controversy over the linkage of Hurricane Sandy relief funds to a redevelopment project in Hoboken.
Professor Murphy has been regularly appearing on MSNBC's "Up with Steve Kornacki" and writing for TalkingPointsMemo.com, combining his expertise in the history of American political economy and infrastructure development with his past experience in New Jersey politics. Professor Murphy is presently finishing a book on early American political economy, titled "Building the Empire State," to be published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.
You can find Professor Murphy's reporting and analysis on MSNBC and TalkingPointsMemo.com at the following links.
1/26/14 Port Authority segment