College of Arts & Sciences

Department of History

Events and Notices


The Annual David H. Burton Lecture

“Beyond "East vs. West": Networks, Exchange, and Cohesion in the Modern Mediterranean”

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 4 p.m. in the Presidents’ Lounge presented by Dr. Leslie Rogne Schumacher, David H. Burton Fellow & Visiting Assistant Professor at Saint Joseph’s University

The Annual Francis X Gerrity Lecture

“Monuments Men and the American Restitution of Looted Books” 

Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 4 p.m. in the Presidents’ Lounge presented by Dr. Kathy Peiss, Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History, University of Pennsylvania.


Dulling or Sharpening the Horn:  Global Security, Justice and the UN in the Horn of Africa

Thursda, April 21, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. in the Science Center room 300.  Panel includes Prof. Brian Yates, Ethiopia, The Leauge of Nations, Justice and Security in the Early 20th Centery, Prof. Jennifer Riggan, Arcadia University, Long Memories and Shifting Targes:  The Role of UN Sanctions in the Mida War Over Representations of Eritrea, Prof. Michael Woldemariam, Boston University, African solutions to African problems: the UN and the African Union in conflict management/ resoltion in the Horn and Prof. Lee Cassanelli, University of Pennsylvania, From Trusteeship to UNSOM 2015: 65 YEars of UN Missions in Somalia.

The Annual David H. Burton Lecture

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. in the Presdients' Lounge, Campion Student Center.  Dr. Erik G. Huneke, the 2013 - 2016 David H. Burton Fellow talks about rethinging German attitudes towards marriage since 1933.

The Annual Francis X Gerrity Lecture

Thursday, March 3, 2016 from 4 p.m. in the Presidents’ Lounge in the Campion Student Center.  Renowned policy analyst, historian, and journalist Gary Bass shows how Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger’s involvement in the 1971 atrocities in Bangladesh led to war between India and Pakistan, shaped the fate of Asia, and left in its wake a host of major strategic consequences for the world today.

Sharon Musher Lecture “Democratic Art”

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the Presidents’ Lounge in the Campion Student Center.  Throughout the Great Recession American artists and public art endowments have had to fight for government support to keep them afloat.  It wasn’t always this way. 

EASTERN EUROPE, RUSSIA AND RELATIONS WITH THE WEST: attraction, repulsion, and alliance

Student panel (Kathleen O’Meara, Bailey McIntrye, and Max Barrile) present their research on Russia and Eastern Europe.


History Sponsored Lecture

A Man with a Water Jar?  Rethinking the gendered roles of ancient Greek vases.  Reexamining our own assumptions about genderroles in ancient Greece.  Dr. Amy Sowder Koch, PhD. Assistant Professor, Department of Art & Design, Art History, and Art Education, Towson University.  October 6 ,2015 - 11:00 a.m. Presidents' Lounge, Campion Canter.

The United Nations at 70: A History of Politics and Cooperation
Panel discussion with Dr. Amber Abbas, Dr. Lisa Baglione and Dr. Rick Gioioso
October 15, 2015, 11 a.m., Barbelin 265

Survival of the Fittest: Folk Song Traditions in Changing Mongolia   Lecture and presentation by Dr. Sunmin Yoon
In 2005 UNESCO proclaimed the Mongolian Long Song as a UNESCO Masterpiece, and later, in 2008, listed it as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Now, as a result, more Mongolians are taking pride in this tradition as a representative aspect of their national culture. Dr. Sunmin Yoon discusses the Mongolian Long Song and efforts in the past and present to promote and preserve it.
November 3, 2015, 11:00 a.m., The President’s Lounge, Campion Center

Yalta and the Cold War Culture of Secrecy  Lecture by Dr. Joshua Botts, Historian’s Office, U.S. Department of State
In February 1945, Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin met at Yalta and confronted an expansive agenda that straddled the demands of finishing a war and building peace. The deals struck and the compromises reached; over representation and veto power at the United Nations, Soviet entrance into the war against Japan, and the composition of “liberated” governments in Europe grew increasingly divisive within the United States as the wartime “grand alliance” fractured and the Cold War erupted over the ensuing years.
November 10, 2015, 11 a.m.,North Lounge, Campion Student Center

Crisis in Syria, Crisis in Europe: The Human and Political Dimensions of the Current Refugee Emergency
SJU faculty panel featuring Dr. Richard Gioioso, Dr. Paola Giuli, Dr. Konstantinos Nikoloutsos, Dr. Susan Clampet-Lundquist, and Dr. Erik Huneke
November 12th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Barbelin 265

Why Church Councils Matter: Fourth Lateran, Constance, and Conciliarism in the Catholic Church 
Panel discussion commemorating the 800th anniversary of Fourth Lateran, the 600th of Constance, and reflections on Vatican II and contemporary conciliarism.  Panel featuring Dr. Chirstopher Close, Dr. Alison Williams Lewin and Dr. William Madges.
November 17, 2015, 11 a.m., Presidents' Lounge, Campion Student Center


The Annual Francis X. Gerrity Lecture

Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 4 p.m. in the Presidents’ Lounge in the Campion Student Center. This year’s lecture will be delivered by James Brewer Stewart, the James Wallace Professor of History (Emeritus) at Macalester College. Dr. Stewart has written a dozen books on the history of the American antislavery movement, including Holy Warriors: The Abolitionists and American Slavery (rev. 1997) and Abolitionist Politics and the Coming of the Civil War (2008).

 The 2015 David H. Burton lecture

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 3 p.m. in the North Lounge in the Campion Student Center.  Dr. Erik Huneke, the Burton Post-Doctoral Fellow,  will speak on the topic of "Growing Up Black in Nazi Germany."  Hans Massaquoi, the subject of Dr. Huneke’s talk, grew up as an Afro-German at a time when that identity label did not yet exist.  His story reveals the intricacies and contradictions of less frequently discussed aspects of racial ideology and everyday life in Nazi Germany.

 The 2015 Raymond S. Schmandt Lecture

Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 2 p.m. in the Presidents’ Lounge in the Campion Student Center.  This year’s lecture will be delivered by Elly, R. Truitt, Assistant Professor of Medieval History at Bryn Mawr College.   The title of the talk is "Natural Philosophy and Magic in the Latin Middle Ages." Philosophers, theologians, clerical writers, and practitioners--of all sorts--debated and defined the scope of human inquiry, the nature of Nature, and whether it was possible, let alone permissible, to go beyond the divinely ordained limits of the human intellect.

 Phi Alpha Theta Ceremony (invitation only)

Sunday, May 3, 2015, 1 p.m. 


Saturday, May 16 2015


Panel "The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Fifty Year Assessment"
Professors Randall Miller, Katherine Sibley, Francis Graham Lee, Robert Moore, Laura Crispin
Wednesday, September 10 at 4 p.m. in the Foley Center

Lecture "Chew on This: Faculty Scholarship Series"
Melissa Chakars will discuss her recent book, The Socialist Way of Life in Siberia: Transformation in Buryatia
Wednesday, September 17 at 12:30 in the Wachterhauser Seminar Room in the Post Learning Commons
Panel "WWI 100 Years Later: Art, Empire, and Ideology"
Panel by professors Amber Abbas, Emily Hage, and Melissa Chakars
Thursday, October 23 at 11:00 in the President's Lounge in the Campion Student's Center

Movie "Enemies of War"
Dr. Warren
Tuesday, November 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Forum in Campion Student's Center

Testimonial "Surviving the Holocaust and Defeating Nazi Germany: Two Men's Testimonials."
Guest speakers: Don Greenbaum & Ernie Gross
Friday, November 7 at 4:00 p.m. in the North Lounge in Campion Student's Center

Panel "The Fall of the Berlin Wall: 1989 in Historical and Contemporary Perspective"
Panel by professors Lisa Baglione, Erik Huneke, and Melissa Chakars
Thursday, November 13 at 11:00 in the President's Lounge in the Campion Student's Center