History in the Headlines

The key events you read about in your morning twitter feed or on your favorite news sites are usually not unique in world affairs. They have a background, a context, that makes them more understandable and often more interesting. History is about everything that happened before you started reading this course description. And thinking historically means trying to make sense of the new in the context of what human beings have done before.

In this lecture series, historians and scholars employing a historical perspective in their work will take you on a behind the scenes tour of current events you thought you knew, with the goal of making you a better observer and analyst of the world around you.

This is a two-credit course designed to show students how thinking historically can help them understand better the key issues in the world around them. The weekly 75-minute meeting begins with a lecture by a specialist with the remaining portion of the session devoted to Q&A and discussion.

For additional information or to RSVP for/watch individual talks, please contact Nisha Julie Zacharia, at njz228@nyu.edu.

History in the Headlines (HIST-UH 2117)

Martin Klimke Spring 2022 / Tuesday, 4:05-5:20pm

January 24, 2022

Introduction / Theoretical Approaches

January 31, 2022

Who Are the People? Democracy and the Rights of Outsiders
Kanchan Chandra

February 7, 2022

The Arabian Peninsula’s “Forgotten War” (Yemen)
Nathalie Peutz

February 14, 2022

Conspiracy Theories and Contemporary Russia
Eliot Borenstein

February 21, 2022

China's Early Modern Rise
Mark Swislocki

February 28, 2022

Back to the geopolitics of the Steppe empires: Central Asia between Turkey, China, and Russia
Georgi Derluguian

March 7, 2022

Our Pandemic Age
David Ludden

March 29, 2022

‘Normal People’ remembering an authoritarian regime: Histories and Memories of East Germany
Shaalan Farouk

April 5, 2022

Fascism back in Fashion? The Contemporary Radical Right in Historical Perspective
Timothy Scott Brown

April 11, 2022

Plagues and Paranoia:  Rumors and Misinformation in Early Modern Times
Duane Corpis

April 19, 2022

Ahmadiyya Islam and the Muslim Diaspora
Marzia Balzani

April 26, 2022

Living Images: Repatriation and afterlife of Museum Objects
Salila Kulshreshtha

May 3, 2022

Conflict and Intervention in the Sahel
Amy Niang

May 10, 2022

Culture, Institutions and Economic Growth: Evidence from China
Melanie Meng Xue

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