Jo Guldi, Hans Rothfels Assistant Professor of History, has a new book out this month, The History Manifesto, co-authored with Professor David Armitage of Harvard University. The book calls for historians to take back the their rightful place in public debates on topics ranging from climate change to economic inequality by asking big questions and understanding events and developments within a longer context. Published with Cambridge University Press, The History Manifesto has already been widely featured and reviewed in prestigious newspapers and magazines. You can check out the interview with the authors in the Times Higher Education supplement here. Aeon Magazine also has a new article on the book, titled How History Forgot its Role in the Public Debate.
On October 17-18, Brown will be hosting the symposium "Globalizing Chinese Medicine in the 17th Century: Translation at Work." John F. Nickoll Professor of History and Director of Renaissance and Early Modern Studies Harold Cook organized the event, which will bring together scholars from all over the globe to discuss the dissemination of Chinese medical knowledge in the early modern world.
The concept of translation will be central to the symposium on multiple levels. As participants discuss the globalization of Chinese medical knowledge in the seventeenth century, they will be sharing some of the latest research on the ways that knowledge is communicated and modified as it is exchanged between languages and cultures. By bringing together scholars with different linguistic skills and geographical specialties, the event will also showcase collaborative efforts that cross the boundaries of discipline and regional specialization.
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Professor Tara Nummedal has just published "The Alchemist in His Laboratory" in the catalog for Goldenes Wissen: Die Alchemie – Substanzen, Syntheses, Symbolik, an exhibition at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, Germany. This international research center houses a renowned collection of medieval and early modern European printed books and manuscripts. The exhibition is on from Aug. 31-Feb. 22, 2015. You can read more about the exhibition (in German) here.
Gabriel Rosenberg, presently Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Program in Women's Studies at Duke University, has written a compelling essay for Notches, a scholarly blog devoted to the history of sexuality. Exploring the technologies of pig breeding in the twentieth-century US, Rosenberg argues, "that the very normal practice of agriculture contains within it an extraordinary fluidity, promiscuity, and complexity of pleasures and bodies that remain curiously excluded from the history of sexuality." Rosenberg's book Breeding the Future: 4-H and the Roots of the Modern Rural World is forthcoming in 2015 with the University of Pennsylvania Press. He tweets @gnrosenberg.
Oriana Shulevitz-Rosado, a junior History concentrator from Humacao, Puerto Rico, held a prestigious Karen T Romer Undergraduate Teaching and Research Assistantship (UTRA) from the Dean of the College Office this summer to collaborate with Professor Nancy Jacobs in developing a new undergraduate seminar HIST 1970G: "The Recent History of Life on Earth: The Anthropocene." As Shulevitz-Rosado explains, "The Anthropocene is a human-driven geological age, which started around the nineteenth century and is characterized by rising green-house gases."
In addition to compiling a bibliography of recent scholarship and reviewing books and articles for possible inclusion on the syllabus, Shulevitz-Rosado prepared a research poster which she presented at the Undergraduate Research Fair on August 16. "The UTRA symposium was a great experience where I got to see and learn about a number of student projects from a variety of fields, as well as get the wonderful opportunity to describe my work to a group of students, professors, and friends," said Shulevitz-Rosado summing up her summer research experience. "Working so closely with Professor Jacobs allowed me to see firsthand the work and thought that goes into creating a class and the importance of primary source work. This summer has helped me gain a greater understanding of both the research and teaching side of history, which will be a great aid for when I begin my efforts to write an Honors thesis." Professor Jacobs concurred regarding the successful of the summer's collaboration: "Oriana brought an invaluable perspective and contributed a lot to the course design by recommending how to arrange the reading assignments. Additionally, I had been playing with some out-of-the-ordinary ideas for the research project and Oriana worked the kinks out of the system by preparing a model. A new syllabus can be a challenging project and it was great fun having a partner."