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In Honor of Francisco Scarano

“Caribbean Pasts, Presents and Futures: An Interdisciplinary Conference in Honor of Francisco Scarano.”  April 12-13, 2019.  More here…

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Department News

  • David Blight

    Alumnus David Blight Wins Pulitzer Prize in History

    Congratulations to alumnus David Blight (Ph.D. 1985), who has just won the Pulitzer Prize in History! Blight, Professor of History at Yale, was recognized for his most recent book, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (Simon & Schuster, …

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    Alumnus Ryan Quintana Featured on Ben Franklin’s World Podcast

    History alumnus Ryan Quintana (Ph.D. 2010) was recently featured in an episode of the podcast Ben Franklin’s World! In the episode, he discusses the creation and development of early republic South Carolina through concepts of …

  • John Sharpless

    Professor Emeritus John Sharpless Featured in Article Discussing His Teaching

    Recently retired, Professor Emeritus John Sharpless was featured in an article from the Isthmus, discussing his time teaching at UW-Madison. “’I think it’s more about how I treated students generally,’ says Sharpless, 73, who gave his …

  • Kemal Karpat

    Kemal Karpat (1923-2019)

    The Department of History will mourn the loss of Turkish historian and Professor Emeritus Kemal Karpat. Professor Karpat passed away on February 20th, 2019, at the age of 96. Professor Karpat taught in our department …

  • John Rowe

    History Alumnus John Rowe Featured in L&S Newsletter

    History alumnus John Rowe (B.S. 1967 and J.D. 1970) was featured last month in Sift & Winnow, the e-newsletter of the College of Letters & Science at UW-Madison. The article was titled “Knowledge is Power,” …

  • Norman K. Risjord (1931-2019)

    Norman K. Risjord, age 87, died on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. Norman was born in Manitowoc on Nov. 25, 1931, and grew up in Kansas City. He attended the College of William and Mary, 1949 …

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Fri 26

History of Science Brown Bag

April 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Lecture: Patrick Iber

April 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Department Council Meetings

April 29 @ 11:50 am - 1:20 pm
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Lecture: Paul-Alexis Mellet

April 29 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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