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Errol Morris, a UW-Madison alumnus and a distinguished documentary film maker, delivered a lecture in the Union Theater on the topic of "Elusive Truths: Filmmaking & Politics," that was the culmination of a month-long retrospective of his work, October 21, 2010.

Jennifer Guglielmo, Associate Professor of U.S. History at Smith College gave a talk based on her book Living the Revolution: Italian Women’s Resistance and Radicalism in New York City, 1880-1945 (released in March 2010) entitled “Living the Revolution: Italian Immigrant Women’s Labor Radicalism and Transnational Feminism,” April 19, 2010.

Fred Ho, writer-activist-musician, participated in three days of events at UW-Madison, including a panel on “Wicked Theory/Naked Practice: The Subversive Legacy of Asian American Composer Fred Ho,” and two lecture-demonstration entitled “Jazz and the Revolutionary Imagination: Afro/Asian Identities, New Sounds and a New World” and “Big Green Monster Concert: Tomorrow is Now!” November, 4-6, 2009.

Jeffrey Perry, independent scholar and working-class activist, presented his recent biography "Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918," October 29, 2009.

Heraldo Munoz, Chilean Ambassador to the United Nations, presented a talk entitled “From Dictatorship to the Security Council: A Political Memoir,” October 26, 2009.

Andrew J. Bacevich, Professor of History and International Studies at Boston University, gave two lectures on “Sacred Trinity: US National Security Policy during the American Century,” and "The Enduring Relevance of the Wisconsin School: What William A. Williams Got Right and Where He Went Wrong," October, 10, 2009.

Martin Espada, Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, gave a poetry reading entitled "Colonialism and the Poetry of Rebellion," April 30- May 1, 2009.

Noam Chomsky, Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, spoke to a combined history class on human rights, U.S. policy, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  He also held a public lecture on “Israel-Palestine from Bush to Obama: Assessing the role of US Foreign Policy, Israeli Security Concerns and Human Rights in the OPTs,” April 7, 2009.

Robert W. Whitney of the University of New Brunswick, St. John lectured on “British Subjects and ‘Pichones’ in Cuba: The British West Indian Diaspora and Cuban Nationalism, 1920-1960" April 3, 2009.

Marceline Kongolo-Bice, founder of SOS Femmes en Dangers, an NGO dedicated to supporting the recovery of victims of sexual violence in the Congo, lectured on "Gender and Violence in the Eastern DRC" and "SOS: Women at Risk in Congo Wars," March 30-31, 2009.

Ana Mariella Bacigalupo, Associate Professor of Anthropology from the University at Buffalo, spoke on “The Gendered Shamanization of Mapuche Politics: Resistance and Negotiation with the Chilean State” December 1-3, 2009.

Micheline Ishay, Professor and Director of the International Human Rights Program at the University of Denver, lectured on “Back to the Future? The 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” October 27, 2008.

Dorothea Browder, Professor of History at Western Kentucky University, gave a talk entitled “From Uplift to Agitation: Working Women, Race, and Coalition in the YWCA Industrial Program, 1908-1950,” May 6, 2008.

George Lipsitz, Professor of Black Studies at UC-Santa Barbara, spoke on "Why American Studies Matters: Speaking Truth to Power in the Midnight Hour," September 20, 2007.

Nikhil Pal Singh, Professor of History at the University of Washington spoke on his recent influential book, Black is a Country: Race and the Unfinished Struggle for Democracy, April 26, 2007.

Greg Grandin, Professor of History at New York University, gave the keynote address to the Wisconsin Labor History Society's 26th Annual Conference, April 28, 2007.

Saul Landau, Director of the Digital Media Programs at California State Polytechnic University, lectured on “US Policy In The 21st Century: From Wilsonian Alliances To The Culture of Naked Power,” February 25, 2005.

Laura Hein, Professor of History at Northwestern University, spoke on modern Japanese history, fall 2005.

David Emmons, Professor of History at the University of Montana, spoke on the Irish in the nineteenth-century American West, fall 2005.

Alfred W. McCoy, Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, delivered the 1st Annual Harvey Goldberg Lecture on “Torture and US Foreign Policy” at the dedication of the Harvey Goldberg classroom at the Brecht Forum in New York City. September 30, 2005.

Tom Hayden, radical political activist and author, lectured on “Saving Democracy from Globalization and the War on Terror” and in an event discussing the relationships between the history of Irish America and the conflict in Northern Ireland since the late 1960s, October 3- 4, 2002.

Anna Clark, Professor of History at the University of Minnesota, lectured on "A Theory of Scandal: The Sexual Politics of the British Constitution," March 6, 2002.

Marilyn Young, Professor of History at New York University, gave a lecture entitled "Remembering to Forget: Thoughts on the Atrocity at No Gun RI." April 26, 2000.


Past Major Conferences

Eclipse of Empires: Colonial Resistance, Metropolitan Decline, and Imperial Crises in the XIX and XX Centuries”  In June 2010, the U.S. Empire Project working group has convened another three-day international conference at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain.  This conference brought together 30 leading scholars from Australia, America, Asia and Europe to interrogate the dynamics of decline among five global empires – British, French, Portuguese Spanish, and American.  A compilation volume of conference papers will be published in 2012 under the title “Endless Empires: Europe’s Eclipse, America’s Ascent, and the Decline of U.S. Global Power.”

For more information on the conference click here: http://statebglat.upf.edu/spip.php?article89

“Reflections on History and Contemporary Change in China Before and After Tiananmen” This major international conference honoring the long-serving China historian Maurice Meisner, Harvey Goldberg Professor of History (emeritus), was held on June 4-7, 2009 at UW-Madison.  More than a dozen of Dr. Meisner’s former students, all now faculty and several holders of distinguish university chairs, presented papers to celebrate his scholarship and career and furthermore reflect on the 20th anniversary of Tiananmen Square.

“Transitions and Transformations in U.S. Imperial State” In November 2006, the Harvey Goldberg Center hosted a groundbreaking three-day conference titled, “Transitions and Transformations in the U.S. Imperial State.”  Conference participants subsequently published a compilation volume in 2009 edited by Alfred W. McCoy and Francisco A. Scarano entitled “Colonial Crucible: Empire in the Making of the Modern American State.”

For the edited volume “Colonial Crucible: Empire in the Making of the Modern American State” Click Here

For more information on the conference click here:  http://history.wisc.edu/goldberg/conference91106/conference91106.htm

“Community Power: First International Conference on Local Democracy”  This conference, held on November 15-17, 2002 brought speakers from Brazil, Uruguay, the United Kingdom, and cities across the United States to discuss local communities' strategies for democratic rule.  The conference was attended by approximately 225 people with strong representation from the campus community, including faculty and students.

“Headwaters: The Past and Future of Women's History”  On 28 September 2002, Headwaters brought leading scholars in Women's History to the University of Wisconsin, Madison campus for a day-long conference organized by the Graduate Program in Women's History followed by a banquet in honor of Professor Gerda Lerner.  The event took place on September 28, 2002 at the Pyle Center on the University of Wisconsin campus.  Over 110 people attended the conference, which featured six renowned speakers engaging in cutting edge work in the field of women's and gender history. 


Other Past Events

The Elusive Truth: The Cinema of Errol Morris:  From September 4 to October 22, 2010, the Goldberg Center co-sponsored the very successful ‘A Year of the Arts’ Marque Event which highlighted the films and other works by a well-known American documentary filmmaker and UW-Madison’s History Department alumnus – Mr. Errol Morris.  This month-long event included series of film screenings and two public lectures by Mr. Morris entitled “Elusive Truths: Filmmaking & Politics” (21 October 2010) and “Photography & Truth” (22 October 2010).  In addition, during his brief visit to Madison and his alma mater, Mr. Morris had TV interviews (Click Here) and a classroom visit where he addressed History Prof. Jeremi Suri’s undergraduate class to talk about his time in UW-Madison as a history student (Click Here).

The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi: On June 23-24, 2007 the Goldberg Center was extremely pleased to provide transportation and lodging assistance enabling graduate students at UW-Madison to attend 43rd Annual memorial service and conference for the victims of the "Freedom Summer" murders, Philadelphia, Mississippi. The conference was titled: “The 43rd Annual Mississippi Civil Rights Martyrs Service and Caravan for Justice.”

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 at 40: From April 10 to April 14, 2005, the Center and Chadbourne Residential College co-sponsored a weeklong series entitled “The U.S. Voting Rights Act of 1965 at 40: Civil Rights, Voting Rights, Human Rights--Then and Now” which featured civil rights luminaries Anne Braden, Dolores Huerta, Mary Liuzzo Lilleboe, and Diane Nash, as well as Ms. Braden's biographer, Catherine Fosl. The events included public lectures, public conversations, roundtables, and classroom visits.

The Internationalizing History Seminar Series: From 2003-2004 the Harvey Goldberg Center launched a new multiyear initiative to internationalize the study and teaching of history. Sponsored by the Harvey Goldberg Center and the George L. Mosse Program in History, this endeavor sought to stimulate a cross-fertilization of ideas across traditional geographic and methodological boundaries.  Speakers included Steve Stern of University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dipesh Chakrabarty of the University of Chicago, John Lewis Gaddis of Yale University, Thomas Bender of New York University, John R. McNeill of Georgetown University, Cathy Ceniza Choy of the University of Minnesota, and Piero Gleijeses of John Hopkins University.

For more information please visit: http://history.wisc.edu/goldberg/seminar.htm

Civil Rights Legends Visit Madison: On October 28-29, 2002 the Goldberg Center co-sponsored a conference that brought leaders from Milwaukee, WI and Selma, AL to Madison to discuss their roles in the Civil Rights Movement.  Among the featured speakers were Rev. James Orange, Joe McClaine, and Vel Phillips. The lecture series was entitled “Voting Rights and the Road to Freedom.”

CREECA Colloquium: In 2002 the Goldberg Center helped fund a colloquium for graduate students and faculty members interested in the history of Eastern Europe, Russia and the Soviet Union.  This colloquium served as a forum for students and faculty to present and get feedback on works in progress (from dissertation chapters to conference papers to articles for publication).  These participants also benefited from guest presentations made by preeminent scholars of Soviet history, Amir Weiner and Steven Kotkin, two of the most respected and renowned
Historians in the field. 

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