Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to announce our 2016 Michaelmas term Cambridge American History Seminar schedule. The details (including which seminars have pre-circulated papers) are included below, and in an attached pdf document. They can also be found on the CAHS webpage.

Sincerely yours,

Gary Gerstle

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Michaelmas Term

Tuesday 4 October (Room G.04, English Faculty West Road), 4:30pm:

Mark Greif, Associate Professor of Literary Studies, The New School, New York City

Book Launch: Against Everything: Essays (Penguin Random House, 2016)

Hosted by the Cambridge American Literature Research Seminar

10 October:

Thomas A. Foster, Professor of History, DePaul University

Queering Enslaved Men’s Experiences: Same-Gender Intimacy and Sexual Vulnerability

17 October:

Pekka Hämäläinen, Rhodes Professor of American History, University of Oxford

Iktómi’s Children: The Rise and Fall of the Lakota Empire

Discussion will be based on a pre-circulated paper

Thursday 20 October (Trinity Hall, Room TBC), 6:00pm:

Manisha Sinha, Draper Chair in American History, University of Connecticut

Book Launch: The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition (Yale University Press, 2016)

Hosted by the Trinity Hall History Society

24 October:

Nick Witham, Lecturer in US Political History, University College London

Remembering 1968: Life Writing, Politics and Protest

31 October:

Bronwen Everill, Lecturer in History, Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge

Free Produce, Free Labour, and the Africa Question

Discussion will be based on a pre-circulated paper

7 November (Room TBC):

Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History, Columbia University, and Michael O’Brien Distinguished Historian, University of Cambridge

Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad

Tuesday 8 November (Knox Shaw Room), 5pm:

Workshop with Professor Foner to discuss his work and career (further details forthcoming)

14 November

Darren Dochuk, Professor of History, University of Notre Dame

Blood on the Earth: Wildcat Religion and Oil in America’s Age of Civil War

Discussion will be based on a pre-circulated paper

Thursday 17 November (Room TBC):

Seth Fein, Historian and Filmmaker, Seven Local Film

Film Screening: Between Neighborhoods

Seth Fein’s new film is a history of Queens (New York City) as a transnational hub for people and commerce from the 1964 New York World’s Fair until today.

21 November:

Seth Archer, Mellon Fellow in American History, University of Cambridge

Throwing Away the Gods: Hawai‘i, 1818-1825

Discussion will be based on a pre-circulated paper

28 November:

Loïc Wacquant, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, and 2016-17 Pitt Professor, University of Cambridge

Peculiar Institutions: Four Centuries of Race-Making in the United States

Discussion will be based on a pre-circulated paper