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 Spring 2021 / Tuesday, 4:05-5:20pm:

January 26, 2021

Cape Town’s ‘Day-Zero’ Crisis
Julie Livingston
Silver Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History, New York University

February 2, 2021

Immigration: An American History
Hasia R. Diner
Paul And Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History, New York University 


February 9, 2021

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


February 16, 2021

Farmers’ Strike in India
Neeladri Bhattacharya
Professor of History, Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi


February 23, 2021

Black Lives Matter in Global and Financial Context
Michael Ralph
Associate Professor,  New York University

March 2, 2021

The Rohingya Crisis Continues
David Ludden
Professor of History, New York University


March 16, 2021

Lockdown in Kashmir
Hafsa Kanjwal
Assistant Professor, Lafayette College


March 23, 2021

Hagia Sophia, Past and Present
Ayşe Baltacıoğlu-Brammer
Assistant Professor of History and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies & Director of Ottoman and Turkish Studies Initiative (OTS-NYU), New York University

March 30, 2021

Strongmen: From Mussolini to the Present
Ruth Ben-Ghiat
Professor of Italian and History, New York University

April 6, 2021

Rent, Strikes and Evictions
Anne O'Donnell
Assistant Professor, New York University


April 13, 2021

The End of Neoliberalism? Social Conflict and Chile’s Current Constitutional Process
Martin Bowen-Silva
Assistant Professor of History, New York University Abu Dhabi

April 20, 2021

What Happens in the American West Does Not Stay in the American West
Maria Montoya
Dean of Arts and Science, Global Network Associate Professor of History, NYU Shanghai; Associate Professor of History, New York University


April 27, 2021

Global Images, Global Politics
Fiona Kidd
Assistant Professor of History and Art and Art History, New York University Abu Dhabi

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