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Welcome to the Cornell University Department of History


Welcome to the history department at Cornell. The department is committed to pursuing excellence in historical scholarship and teaching across many different time-periods and research interests. Our outstanding faculty and students also specialize in a wide array of historical issues and themes that transcend particular regions and periods. Courses connect students with the excitement of historical discovery, and provide a rigorous training in researching and analyzing the human past.

The history department joins with diverse historians from other Cornell departments to form the graduate field of history, providing expert training for graduate students. Our department thrives on its close relationship with many other departments, centers and area-studies programs in the humanities and social sciences at Cornell.

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Dept. of History Spring 2014 Newsletter

The Cornell Historical Society

Upcoming events...

(POSTPONED until Tuesday, March 17, 5:00pm, room 2B48 Kroch Library) Tuesday, March 3, Douglas Egerton (2014-15 Merrill Family Visiting Professor at Cornell), "Lincoln, Slavery and the End of the Civil War: 150 Years Later," 5:00pm, room 2B48, Kroch Library.

Wednesday, March 4, Tamara Chaplin, "Lesbian Utopias: Toulouse's Bagdam Cafee, 1976-2009," 4:30pm, 366 McGraw Hall.

Thursday, March 5, Sarah Kinkel, "The British Royal Navy and the Crisis of Empire, 1763-76," 4:30pm, 366 McGraw Hall.

Wednesday, March 11, Chats in the Stacks Book Talk by Barry Strauss, "The Death of Caesar: The Story of History's Most Famous Assassination," 4:30pm, Olin Library, Room 107.

Monday, March 16, Holly Case, "The Jewish Question in the Era of Questions," 4:30pm, 106 White Hall.

News (see all news...)

Visiting historian to teach course on Civil War this spring......

Cornell's president-elect, Elizabeth Garrett, is reading books by Cornell historians...."On my bedside table right now is [Cornell Vice Provost] Fred Logevall’s book Embers of War that won the Pulitzer Prize; and I also have here [Cornell professor] Mary Beth Norton’s Founding Mothers and Fathers, which is a book I have always wanted to read."

Student Awards and Job Announcements

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