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Upcoming Events

Our department holds many events throughout the academic year, and there are numerous other events held around Fordham campuses which may be of interest. We update our list regularly to advertise new events.

For more information about the events hosted by the Center of Medieval Studies and the Jewish Studies department, please view their webpages.


Fall 2022 Events

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

A Ritual Geology: Gold and Subterranean Knowledge in Savanna West AfricaRobyn d'Avignon
Robyn d’Avignon (New York University) Book Launch
140W Gabelli Conference 460
Email [email protected] for more information.








 Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.Alessandro Iandolo

 Arrested Development: The Soviet Union in Ghana, Guinea, and Mali, 1955-1968
 Alessandro Iandolo (University College London) Book Launch
 140W Gabelli Conference 460
 Email [email protected] for more information.





Spring 2021 Events

Tuesday, February 9, at 5:30 p.m.

As part of the O'Connell Initiative event series, Shennette Garrett-Scott (University of Mississippi), author of Banking on Freedom: Black Women in U.S. Finance Before the New Deal (Columbia University Press, 2019) will speak. Dr. Shennette Garrett-Scott,  Associate Professor of History and African American Studies, University of Mississippi, will talk about the St. Luke Bank, the first bank founded and run by Black women, and how it turned to its own institutions and practices as models for navigating the early 20th-century consumer credit market. Register for Zoom link here.

Friday, February 12, at 10:00 a.m. 

“An Asylum for Mankind” to “An Empire of Liberty:” Reversing the Sails of Black Emigration in the Revolutionary Atlantic

Fordham History Department's Wes Alcenat will lead a discussion as part of the Freedom and Slavery Working Group series. Register in advance for this meeting here.

Tuesday, February 23, at 4:00 p.m.

As part of the O'Connell Initiative event series, there will be a discussion, "Reinserting Gender and Social Reproduction into the History of Capitalism" at 4:00 pm.

Keynote Speaker, Dr. Nancy Folbre of University of Massachusetts at Amherst, will speak along with respondents Dr. Eileen Boris (of University of California, Santa Barbara), Dr. Pilar Gonalons-Pons (of University of Pennsylvania), and Dr. Naomi R. Williams (of Rutgers University). Register for the event with the Zoom link here.  The discussion on the state of the field on the study of gender, social reproduction, and the history of capitalism, will be hosted by Kirsten Swinth (Fordham University), author of Feminism’s Forgotten Fight: The Unfinished Struggle for Work and Family (Harvard University Press, 2018). 

Friday, March 5th, at 9:00 a.m. 

On Friday March 5th, there will be an all-day workshop, “Retracing Power: Authority, Conflict, and Resistance in History,” that is open to all graduate students, faculty and senior undergraduates. The workshop will start at 9 am. 

The Keynote Speaker, Dr. Elizabeth Otto, Professor of Art History and Visual Studies at the University at Buffalo, will give a talk entitled, "Retracing Power, Refiguring History: Haunted Bauhaus and a New History of Modernism," and discuss her most recent book, Haunted Bauhaus: Occult Spirituality Gender Fluidity, Queer Identities, and Radical Politics (The MIT Press, 2019). Participants will present and workshop papers on diverse global topics related to power, conflict, authority and resistance from mid-century China, modern Europe, the Middle East, and elsewhere around the world.

Register here for Zoom link. For more details email: [email protected]

Friday, March 5th, at 12:00 p.m.

Blackening Britain: Caribbean Radicalism from Windrush to Decolonisation

Professor James Cantres (Hunter College, CUNY)  will lead a discussion as part of the Freedom and Slavery Working Group series. Register in advance for this meeting here.

Tuesday, March 9th, at 5:30 p.m. 

As part of the O'Connell Initiative event series, Nan Enstad (University of Wisconsin-Madison): author of Cigarettes, Inc.: An Intimate History of Corporate Imperialism (University of Chicago Press, 2018) will lead a discussion. Speaker Dr. Nan Enstad, Professor of Community and Environmental Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, will give a talk that engages with the current battle over the future of farming between corporate agriculture advocates and indigenous and agroecological smallholder advocates.

Tuesday, April 13th, at 5:30 p.m.

As part of the O'Connell Initiative event series, Dr. Caitlin Rosenthal, Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley, will talk about how slaveholders in the American south and the Caribbean used early versions of some of the same data and accounting practices we now associate with the rise of big business. How did these management practices develop and what can they tell us about the history of American Capitalism more broadly? Topics will include the valuation of enslaved lives and the emergence analysis similar to what would later be called scientific management.  Register for the Zoom link here.


Fall 2020 Events

Tuesday, August 18 at 4 p.m.

Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin, a conversation between the artist Siona Benjamin and art historian Ori Soltes. Watch Blue Like Me.

Wednesday, September 9 at 4 p.m.

A Lens onto the Jewish Past: How do Prints of Eastern European Jewish Life Speak to Us Today? A lecture by Susan Chevlowe, the Director and Chief Curator of Derfner Judaica and The Art Collection. Watch "A Lens onto the Jewish Past."

Thursday, September 10
Unmaking the Nation of Immigrants
A presentation with Carly Goodman, Made by History, Washington Post

Monday, September 21
Must America Be an Endless Warmaker?
A presentation with Stephen Wertheim, Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft

Thursday, September 24 at 4 p.m.

Fordham and NYPL Lecture Series in Jewish Studies: Feminine Power in the History of American Jewish Museums

A lecture by Ariel Cohen, University of Virginia with Susan Chewlove as a respondent. Co-presented with the NYPL and the Jewish Museum.

Tuesday, September 29 at 5:30 p.m.

The Impostor Sea: Fraud in the Medieval Mediterranean
Hussein Fancy (University of Michigan) via Zoom

Monday, October 5 at 1 p.m.
The Rise and Fall of Presidential Liberalism
A presentation with Aziz Rana of Cornell Law School. Students, faculty, and administrators should register for this lecture on Zoom in advance. Registrants will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the meeting. This event and series is made possible by cosponsorship from the Arts & Sciences Deans, the Office of the Chief Diversity Officer, the Center for Ethics Education, and a number of academic departments and programs, including Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, African and African-American Studies, Theology, Communications and Media Studies, LALSI, History, Political Science, English, Comparative Literature, and Sociology/Anthropology.

Tuesday, October 6

Utopian New Towns Around the World: Past and Present
A talk by Rosemary Wakeman via Zoom at the School of Architecture, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

Wednesday, October 7 at  3:20 p.m.

From Resettlement to Revolution: The Comuneros of Colonial Peru

Fordham  Professor of History, Sarah Elizabeth Penry, will be presenting in a Rutgers University virtual event on October 7. Professor Penry is the author of The People Are King: The Making of an Indigenous Andean Politics. This presentation examines the community-based democracy that played a central role in the Age of Atlantic Revolutions and continues to galvanize indigenous movements in Bolivia today. Please join the Zoom meeting here. Meeting ID: 920 8032 8066. Password: 977163. Join by SIP [email protected] 

Thursday, October 8 at 1 p.m.

Reading and Driving under Popular Education: Tracing Salvadoran-Inspired Activism in Maryland with Fordham University Professor Stephanie Huezo. Her paper is part of UMass Boston’s celebrations for Hispanic Heritage Month.

Wednesday, October 14 at 12 p.m.

The Genesis of Jewish Gender: From the Bible to the Baal Shem Tov
With a response by Sarit Kattan Gribetz, Fordham University.

Wednesday, October 14

Designing Utopias 

A talk and seminar by Rosemary Wakeman at New York University's Urban Research Seminar. The event will be held via Zoom. 

Wednesday, October 21 at 12 p.m.

Women and Wills in Medieval London: A Master Class
Caroline Barron (University of London) via Zoom

Thursday, October 22 at 1 p.m.
"Go Forth and Learn”: The Artist Joel ben Simeon and a Newly Discovered Hebrew Manuscript. A joint program between Fordham's Center for Jewish Studies and Les Enluminures, featuring Sandra Hindman, Sharon Liberman Mintz, Nina Rowe, with a keynote by Katrin Kogman-Appel. Presented via Zoom.

Thursday, October 22
America First: Evangelicalism and "God's Own Party" from Richard Nixon to Donald Trump
A presentation with Darren Dochuk, Notre Dame University

Monday, October 26 at 6 p.m.

Book Talk: Comrade Sister: Caribbean Feminist Revisions of the Grenadian Revolution
Yuko Miki and Laurie Lambert's Freedom & Slavery Working Group will be presenting a book talk. Dr. Laurie Lambert (Fordham AAAS) will be in conversation with Ronald Cummings (Brock University). The event is presented via Zoom. Contact Dr. Yuko Miki ([email protected]) or Dr. Laurie Lambert ([email protected]) for more information.

Wednesday, October 28 at 12 p.m.
Jewish Gender Expressed: The Synagogue and Other Institutions
With a response by Debra Kaplan, Bar Ilan University.

Thursday, October 29
Criminalization, Inequality and the Stakes of 2020
A presentation with Elizabeth Hinton, Yale University

Wednesday, November 4 at 12 p.m.
Jewish Gender under Review: Early Modern Ambivalence
With a response by Elisheva Carlebach, Columbia University

Wednesday, November 11 at 12 p.m.
Well-Behaved Women Undermining Jewish Gender Part I: Leah Horowitz as the Jewish Mary Wollstonecraft?
With a response by Elisheva Baumgarten, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Friday, November 13 at 10 a.m.

Seminar and Workshop: Pandemics through Time: The Renaissance Experience and Modern Pedagogy
Co-sponsored with the Renaissance Society of America. Presented via Zoom.

Wednesday, November 18 at 12 p.m.
Well-Behaved Women Undermining Jewish Gender, Part II: Glickl Hamel as a Model Jewish Grandmother?
With a response by Ruth von Bernuth, University of North Carolina

Friday, November 20

Imagining Cities in the Global Age  

A graduate Global Studies seminar by Professor Rosemary Wakeman. It will be held via Zoom at the University of Macerata in Italy.

Sunday, November 22 at 1 p.m.

The Illuminated World Chronicle: Tales from the Late Medieval City. Nina Rowe in conversation with Ephraim Shoham-Steiner

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