First SHW Session of 2015-2016!

Please join us this Thursday, October 1st for our first meeting of the 2015-2016 academic year!

Amy Dru Stanley, Associate Professor of History and the College, will present her chapter: “Slave Emancipation and the Revolutionizing of Human Rights,” from The World the Civil War Made, edited by Gregory P. Downs and Kate Masur (forthcoming, University of North Carolina Press)

Discussant: Thomas C. Holt, James Westfall Thompson Professor of American and African American History and the College


Location: John Hope Franklin Room,

2nd Floor, Social Sciences Building

Please email the workshop coordinators for a copy of the paper. (Mariana Brandman: and Daina Coffey:

Autumn Quarter 2015

Welcome to the Social History Workshop, 2015-2016! Your new co-coordinators are Daina Coffey ( and Mariana Brandman (, fourth-year students in American History. You can learn more about our workshop on the site’s “About” page. Please direct any inquiries about the workshop — attendance, submissions, assistance, etc. — to us and we will be happy to help. And please join us for what looks to be a promising year of discussion and critique of our colleagues’ intriguing work!

Autumn Quarter Schedule:

** All sessions meet in the John Hope Franklin Room (SSRB 225) from 4:30 – 6 pm, unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Amy Dru Stanley, Associate Professor of History and the College

“Slave Emancipation and the Revolutionizing of Human Rights”

Discussant: Thomas C. Holt, James Westfall Thompson Professor of American and African American History and the College

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Ashley Finigan, Doctoral Student

Dissertation proposal: “‘There is no such thing as just being local when you’re part of a national movement’: The National Council of Negro Women and the Creation of an International Black Women’s Movement, 1935-1975”

Discussant: Allison Robinson, Doctoral Student

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Brendon O’Connor, Associate Professor of American Politics, University of Sydney

“The Ideology of American Exceptionalism”

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Sven Beckert, Laird Bell Professor of History, Harvard University

Lecture – Presented in partnership with The Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 (note different day)

Nicholas Kryczka, Doctoral Student

Dissertation proposal: “Selective Renewal: Education Markets and Urban Renaissance in Post-Civil Rights Chicago”

Thursday, December 3, 2015 (located in the Social Sciences Tea Room)

Paul Kramer, Associate Professor of History, Vanderbilt University

Paper title TBA.