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    Kathryn Ciancia publishes new book

    Kathryn Ciancia’s new book, On Civilization’s Edge: A Polish Borderland in the Interwar World (Oxford University Press, 2020) is now available in e-book format.  Physical copies will be available in early December. Description: As a …

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    Professor Aaron Rock-Singer Publishes Article on Islamic Religious & Social Movements

    Professor Aaron Rock-Singer has a new article in the journal Religions, titled “Practices of Piety: An Alternative Approach to the Study of Islamic Movements.” “This article challenges the dominant organization-centered focus of the study of …

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    Professor Mou Banerjee Writes About Teaching Colonialism in History

    For a roundtable on Teaching Colonialism in History, Professor Mou Banerjee has written an introduction focused on “Decolonizing Pedagogy: History as a Reckoning with the Past.” Of her own teaching, Professor Banerjee states: “When I …

  • Edward Coffman

    Edward Coffman (1931-2020)

    Edward McKenzie Coffman, distinguished military historian and revered teacher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, died on September 16, 2020, at Thomson-Hood Veteran Center in Wilmore, Kentucky.  He was 91. “Mac” Coffman was born in Hopkinsville, …

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    Welcome New Faculty

    Brandon Bloch – Faculty Page I am a historian of modern Europe, with an emphasis on Germany and its global entanglements. My research and teaching foreground questions of democracy, citizenship, and human rights. I am …

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    Professor Francine Hirsch Publishes New Book

    Physical copies of the book are now available! Organized in the immediate aftermath of World War II to try the former Nazi leaders for war crimes, the Nuremberg trials, known as the International Military Tribunal …

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November 26 - November 27
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