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Recent Content

A HISTORY OF PENAL REGIMES IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE, 1800-2014 (Harvard University, March 5-7, 2015)


Thursday March 5th -

Penal Knowledge, Reform and Comparative Regimes, 4:00-6:00pm

Chair: Caroline Elkins, Professor, Department of History and African and African American Studies

“Lemos Britto and Prison Reform in Brazil” Marcos Bretas, Professor, Federal University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Alaska, the Arctic and the US Imagination

Symposium: Alaska, the Arctic and the US Imagination

Monday 16 March 2015, 09:30-17:30 

British Library Conference Centre 

£10 full/£5 student Register via Eventbrite

Looking at the history of American interest in the Arctic, as well as its contemporary relationship with the area, this symposium asks what the roots of this enchantment are as well as how the Arctic influences the US view of itself and the rest of the world.

CFP: American Material Culture: Nineteenth-Century New York, NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers

American Material Culture: Nineteenth-Century New York

NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers at the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, New York City, July 6-31, 2015

Objects matter. Material culture scholars use artifactual evidence such as consumer goods, architecture, clothing, landscape, decorative arts, and many other types of material.