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    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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    André Wink publishes new book.

    In a new accessible narrative, André Wink presents his major reinterpretation of the long-term history of India and the Indian Ocean region from the perspective of world history and geography. Situating the history of the …

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    Professor Gloria Whiting Publishes Article in William and Mary Quarterly

    Professor Gloria Whiting recently published an article in the early American history journal, William and Mary Quarterly. Titled “Race, Slavery, and the Problem of Numbers in Early New England: A View from Probate Court,” the …

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    Richard Sewell (1931-2020)

    On Tuesday, August 4, 2020 Richard Herbert Sewell, aged 89, passed away peacefully at Agrace Hospice. Richard was born April 11, 1931, in Ann Arbor, Mich. to Herbert and Anna (Broene) Sewell. Like them, he …

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History Club Virtual Trivia Night

September 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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