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O'Connell Initiative Events




November 12, 2020:

Lunch Seminar at 12:00 pm with past recipients of the O’Connell Initiative Grants 
Speakers:  Claire Gherini (Assistant Prof.), Giulia Crisanti (Ph.D Candidate) and Amanda Racine (Ph.D Candidate)

Affiliation: Fordham University, Department of History

Title: Informal discussion on their Research & Writing that was supported by the O’Connell Initiative 

Location: via Zoom

December 3, 2020:

Paul Ramirez (Northwestern University), author of Enlightened Immunity: Mexico’s Experiments with Disease Prevention in the Age of Reason (Stanford University Press, 2018)

Dr. Paul Ramírez, Associate Professor of History and Religious Studies at Northwestern, will offer a historian’s reflections on the impact and significance of past epidemics in light of the current COVID crisis.

How have communities in Latin America overcome outbreaks? Does the past have lessons for us now? In undertaking these inquiries, we will address medical science, the role of religious communities, and history, or the act of storytelling. His book Enlightened Immunity: Mexico's Experiments with Disease Prevention in the Age of Reason (Stanford University Press, 2018) examines the rituals, genres, and technologies that accompanied the adoption of a public health policy in late-colonial Mexico.  Register here

February 9, 2021:

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)

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.

February 23, 2021:

On February 23rd, 2021, 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

March 5, 2021:

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 the Zoom link. For more details email:

March 9, 2021:

Nan Enstad, author of Cigarettes, Inc.: An Intimate History of Corporate Imperialism (University of Chicago Press, 2018) will lead a virtual discussion on March 9th. Speaker Dr. Enstad is the Professor of Community and Environmental Sociology at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Enstad offers a talk that engages with the current battle over the future of farming between corporate agriculture advocates and indigenous and agroecological smallholder advocates.

Register for the Zoom link here.