Interpreting American History 2017-18
Interpreting American History Graduate Workshop and Lecture Series
Department of History
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
"The Scars of the Past: Violence in American History and Memory"
2017-2018 Academic Year
Jerrad P. Pacatte (Graduate Student, Department of History)
Center for Race and Ethnicity
Department of American Studies
Department of History
Graduate Student Association
School of Arts and Sciences
The legacies of American violence confront us not only in the archives in which we work, but also within the society in which we live. As we grapple with the economic violence wrought by the neoliberal turn, the legal injustices saturating the American criminal justice system, or the exclusionary practices of the American state, we are constantly reminded of the ubiquity of violence in both the past and the present.
During the 2017-18 academic year, our series will host six outside scholars whose research and writing engages with the subject of violence writ large. The scholars will lead small workshop luncheons with graduate students, a forum designed to give students representing a range of fields the chance to discuss how these scholars of American violence: chose to martial their evidence; the methodologies they mobilize; questions of theory usage; and the process of academic publishing. Evening lectures are open to the entire Rutgers community and give the distinguished visiting scholar the chance to spotlight his/her/their research projects.
Afternoon luncheons typically take place from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m., followed by evening lectures lasting from 4:30 until approximately 6 p.m. on the date of the events. All events (unless otherwise specified) will be held in 301 Van Dyck Hall, College Avenue Campus.
FALL 2017 SERIES SCHEDULE
Thursday, September 28, 2017
“The Surprising Career of the Term Working Class in U.S. Political Culture, 1932-1984”
Robyn Leigh Muncy, Ph.D.
Professor of History, University of Maryland – College Park
Thursday, October 26, 2017 and Friday, October 27, 2017
“Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America”
Kathleen Belew, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History and the College
Founding Member, Histories of Violence Collective
The University of Chicago
Public Lecture: Thursday, October 26, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Workshop Luncheon: Friday, October 27, 1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
Thursday, December 7, 2017
“The Uprooting: Transnational Violence and the Politics of Displacement in Modern US Immigration History”
Paul Kramer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History