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History Lectures & Videos

Can It Happen Here: Law and (Dis)Order, Executive Power, and Deploying Federal Officers (2020)

A panel of two history faculty and one faculty member from the School of Law discuss the legal boundaries of executive power in its comparative historical context in light of the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests and the election season.

History Behind The Headlines: COVID-19 (2020)

A panel of History faculty provide various historical contexts around the COVID-19 pandemic - from the history of the AIDS crisis to the Great Depression - to show how the past can inform our present and future.

Nancy Bristow: Pandemic Then (and Now): COVID-19 through the Lens of the 1918 Influenza Crisis (2020)

Professor Nancy Bristow (University of Puget Sound) explores Americans’ differential experiences with the 1918 pandemic, highlighting insights this history offers as we face the complex challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Stephanie M.H. Camp Lecture with Sharla Fett: Recaptive African Women and the Body Politics of Survival in the Era of the ‘Last Slave Ships’ (2020)

Professor Sharla Fett (Occidental College) discusses the final decade of the transatlantic slave trade, and the experiences of recaptive African women seized by U.S. patrols from illegal slave ships who found themselves embarked on new and deadly journeys of forced migration to Liberia. 

50th Anniversary of Earth Day, Jennifer Thomson: Gaia Has A Fever (2020)

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Professor Jennifer Thomson (Bucknell University) gave a talk untangling the history of oil corporations, climate justice, and environmental governance.

The 2019 UW Faculty Lecture from Quintard Taylor: From the Pages of Blackpast: Six African American Women Who Changed the West (and the World)

Bullitt Chair of American History and Professor Emeritus Quintard Taylor’s lecture explores the role of technology in changing the narrative of African American history. His extensive online database, BlackPast, introduces a global audience to significant people, places and events that challenge and broaden our assumptions about the black historical experience. The narrative of African American history has typically focused on major figures such as Martin Luther King Jr., Frederick Douglass and Rosa Parks. While these individuals and their stories are important, we get a much richer understanding of black life and history by also delving into the less well-known stories of others. BlackPast was designed to facilitate this exploration. In his lecture, Taylor presents six little-known black women profiled on his website whose experiences can help us redefine the historical narrative of African Americans in the West and the world.

2012 History Lecture Series, Margaret O'Mara: Pivotal Tuesdays

  • 1912: Bull Moosers, Socialists, and the Election that Changed America
  • 1932: Hoover, FDR, and the New Deal Campaign
  • 1968: The Fracturing of America
  • 1992: New Economy, New Media, and the New World Order

Quintard Taylor: African American West, 1528-2000

  • Part 1: Antebellum Slavery and Freedom, 1528-1865, Race and Liberty
  • Part 2: To the Frontier, 1866-1900, Homesteaders, Cowboys and Buffalo
  • Part 3: The Urban Frontier, 1875-1940, African Americans in Cities
  • Part 4: World War II Era, 1941-1950, Migration and Transformation
  • Part 5: Into the 21st Century, 1951-2000, The Black West in the Modern Era

2012 Alumni Lecture Series, George Behlmer: Interview

2011 Alumni Lecture Series, Bob Stacey: Interview

2010 Alumni Lecture Series, Carol Thomas: Interview

Jon Bridgman

  • Understanding History

Margaret O'Mara

  • Media Space: Episode 3

  • With Partnerships: Closing Remarks

  • Now Urbanism Sawyer Seminar

  • film+music+interaction

  • Geek Wire: Margaret O'Mara and the Impact of the Tech Industry (Radio)

Quintard Taylor

John Toews:

  • Thinking Historically about Thinking Historically: Identity Politics to Ethical Action:

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