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Our department explores world history from the medieval through the present period, stressing a diverse, student-oriented education. Our outstanding faculty challenges students of all academic levels to scrutinize the past, to question mainstream ideas, and to become experienced orators and writers. These analytical and rhetorical skills transfer to all kinds of professions, so our current and former students can be found in fields as varied as teaching, museum curating, editing, lobbying, and journalism.Our undergraduate courses cover a range of global cultures, events, and themes—from medieval warfare to the war in Vietnam, from early monasticism to sexual revolutions, from technology to food. Our rigorous and selective graduate program centers on two major areas: medieval and modern (1485–Present) history.
O'Connell Initative Talk
Please join us at the Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus, South Lounge, for an O'Connell Initiative Event with Dr. Victoria Smolkin (Wesleyan University) on Thursday, February 27th at 5pm, when she will be speaking on her recent book A Sacred Space Is Never Empty: A History of Soviet Atheism (Princeton UP, 2019) which is the first history of Soviet atheism from the 1917 revolution to the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. Drawing on a wealth of archival material and in-depth interviews with those who were on the front lines of Communist ideological campaigns, Dr. Smolkin argues that to understand the Soviet experiment, we must make sense of Soviet atheism. Smolkin shows how atheism was reimagined as an alternative cosmology with its own set of positive beliefs, practices, and spiritual commitments. A Sacred Space is Never Empty explores the meaning of atheism for religious life, for Communist ideology, and for Soviet politics.
New History Faculty for 2019/20
Dr. Nana Osei-Opare joins Fordham's Department of History this fall. He was born in Ghana and grew up in apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa. During his adolescence, he moved to Newark, New Jersey, and attended St. Benedict’s Prep. From there he went on to receive his A.B. with honors and Master’s degrees in history from Stanford University. He received his C.Phil and Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Los Angeles. Under the guidance of Andrew Apter (Chair), Robin D.G. Kelley, Stephan Miescher, and William H. Worger, he wrote a dissertation entitled, “The Red Star State: State-Capitalism, Socialism, and Black Internationalism in Ghana, 1957-1966.” He is broadly interested in charting a new history of global capitalism and socialism in relation to Ghana and Ghana’s first postcolonial leader, Kwame Nkrumah, by tracing how Soviet connections shaped Ghana’s post-colonial economic ideologies, its Pan-African program, and its modalities of citizenship. He is also interested in debates about decolonizing the university and re-linking and re-imagining the relationship between and amongst Africans and the African diaspora. In the fall of 2019, he is teaching two UHC-Africa courses.
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