History Book Club
The History Book Club is a monthly event series that brings together alumni, faculty, students, and friends of the Department of History to engage virtually with our faculty and graduates, and learn about their recently published books.
History Book Club gatherings are designed to be enjoyed by any history lover, whether or not you’ve read the featured book.
The format of each gathering varies as we learn and try new things.
May 26, 2021—Benjamin Wiggins and Caley Horan
Join us May 26 to hear Benjamin Wiggins (PhD '13), Digital Arts, Sciences, & Humanities Program Director, University of Minnesota Libraries on Calculating Race: Racial Discrimination in Risk Assessment AND Caley Horan (PhD '11), Associate Professor of History, MIT
June 30, 2021—Katherine French
Join us June 30 to hear Katherine French (PhD '93), J. Frederick Hoffman Professor of History, the University of Michigan on Household Goods and Good Households in Late Medieval London
July 28, 2021—Koni Benson
Join us July 28 to hear Koni Benson (PhD '09), Lecturer, University of the Western Cape, South Africa (author), and Andre Trantraal (illustrator) on Crossroads: I Live Where I Like: A Graphic History
Learn about past events in this series. Recordings are available for some of the sessions.
March 2021—Kirsten Fischer
Kirsten Fischer, associate professor of history, will discuss her book American Freethinker: Elihu Palmer and the Struggle for Religious Freedom in the New Nation with Jon Butler, research professor of history.
February 2021—Joe Trotter
Joe Trotter (PhD ‘80), Giant Eagle Professor of History at Carnegie Mellon University, discussed his book Workers on Arrival with moderator William Jones, Professor of History at the University of Minnesota.
January 2021—Jon Butler
A conversation on God in Gotham: The Miracle of Religion in Modern Manhattan by Jon Butler (BA ‘64, PhD ‘72), Research Professor of History, University of Minnesota and Howard R Lamar Emeritus Professor of American Studies, History & Religious Studies, Yale University.
October 2020—Katharine Gerbner
Katharine Gerbner, professor of history at the University of Minnesota, discusses her book Christian Slavery: Conversion and Race in the Protestant Atlantic World.
September 2020—Eric Weitz
A conversation on A World Divided: The Global Struggle for Human Rights in the Age of Nation-States between author Eric D. Weitz, Distinguished Professor of History at The City College of New York, and Barbara Frey, Director of the Human Rights Program at the University of Minnesota.
August 2020—Erika Lee
A discussion on America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States Erika Lee, Regents Professor, Director of the Immigration History Research Center, and Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History.
July 2020—Jean O'Brien and Lisa Blee
A book talk on Monumental Mobility: The Memory Work of Massasoit was given by co-authors Jean M. O’Brien, professor, University of Minnesota and Lisa Blee, associate professor, Wake Forest University.