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 / David Ludden Fall 2020 / Tuesday, 4:05-5:20pm:

September 8, 2020

Globalization under Threat
Kevin O’Rourke
Professor of Economics, New York University of Abu Dhabi

September 15, 2020

The Current Political Situation in Brazil under Bolsonaro
Barbara Weinstein
Silver Professor; Professor of History, New York University

September 22, 2020

Epidemics in China: A History of Capitalism, Colonialism, and Globalization
Yijun Wang
Assistant Professor of History, New York University  

September 29, 2020

The Black Lives Matter Movement in Historical Perspective
Michael Gomez
Silver Professor; Professor of History and Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies and Founder, Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD), New York University

October 6, 2020

Russia under Putin: Current Domestic and International Perspectives
Masha Kirasirova
Assistant Professor of History, New York University Abu Dhabi

October 13, 2020

Environmental Change in the Arabian Gulf
John Burt`
Program Head, Environmental Studies; Associate Professor of Biology,  New York University Abu Dhabi

October 20, 2020

Brexit: Nationalism in an International Context
Guy Ortolano
Professor of History & MA Director of Graduate Studies, New York University

October 27, 2020

The 2020 US Presidential Election in Historical Perspective
Timothy Naftali
Clinical Associate Professor of Public Service, New York University Wagner

November 3, 2020

Leopold Must Fall: Coming to Terms Belgium’s Colonial Past in the Age of Black Lives Matter
Pedro Monaville
 Assistant Professor of History, New York University Abu Dhabi

November 10, 2020

Atrocity and International Justice: Prosecuting International Crimes
Rosemary Byrne
 Professor of Legal Studies, New York University of Abu Dhabi

November 17, 2020

What Went Wrong in Mali?
Erin Pettigrew
Assistant Professor of History and Arab Crossroads Studies, New York University Abu Dhabi

November 24, 2020

Oil, Socialism, and the Crisis in Venezuela
Alejandro Velasco
Associate Professor, Arts & Sciences/Gallatin, New York University

December 8, 2020

Rebecca Anne Goetz
Associate Professor of History, New York University