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  • 10/15/2020 - Congratulations to History Professor Leslie Reagan who has been named as one of the four LAS recipients of the Public Voices Fellowship.  The Public Voices Fellowship pairs up faculty members from largely unrepresented groups in the news media with veteran journalists, as a way to amplify voices of expertise on pressing issues. 

  • 10/12/2020 - The role of baseball in Latino life in the U.S. is the focus of "¡Pleibol!," an artifact collection project organized by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Adrian Burgos, Professor of History, was recruited as the lead consultant for this project. Four years of research has culminated in his most recent book, "¡Pleibol! In the Barrios and the Big Leagues." Co-authored with Margaret Salazar-Porzio, a curator of Latina/o history and culture at the Smithsonian, "¡Pleibol!" is written in both English and Spanish.

  • 10/09/2020 - Maria Todorova, Gutgsell Professor of History, explores the lives and ideas of early socialists in her new book, "The Lost World of Socialists at Europe's Margins:  Imagining Utopia, 1870s-1920s."  Todorova says that her book "seeks to illustrate the lives of those who pursued the socialist idology and the utopia implicit in it." 

  • 10/05/2020 - Teresa Barnes, Professor of History and Gender and Women’s Studies and the Director of the Center for African Studies, has written a recent article featured in the George Washingt

  • 09/10/2020 - Marc Hertzman, Professor of History, believes that a more diverse selection of public monuments will help societies become more equal and inclusive.  Please go

  • 09/03/2020 - Evan Neilson is a junior studying history. As a campus COVID Wellness Ambassador, he believes in the importance of students coming together to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • 09/01/2020 - Sundiata Keita Cha-Jua, Professor of History and African-American Studies, is sought by news agencies and other groups to share his expertise about the revolutionary roots of Black August, its significance, and what recent protests against systemic racism and police brutality might mean for its future. 

  • 09/01/2020 - Adrian Burgos, Jr., Professor of History, who specializes in the history of minority participation in sports, speaks about the current, unprecedented time in sports.  Professor Burgos has written extensively on the history of Latinos in professional baseball, including the Negro Leagues, and was the inaugural editor-in-chief of La Vida Baseball.  Burgos spoke with News Bureau social sciences editor Craig Chamberlain.  

  • 07/20/2020 - Daniel A. Gilbert, Professor of History and author of the 2013 book “Expanding the Strike Zone: Baseball in the Age of Free Agency,”  is interviewed by News Bureau business and law editor Phil Ciciora about the labor challenges facing Major League Baseball as it restarts its 2020 season. 

  • 07/15/2020 - Congratulations to History Professor Claudia Brosseder who has been honored for her contributions to the field of colonial Latin American History by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  Professor Brosseder has been named as one of the 2020 Conrad Humanities Scholars.  The Conrad Humanities Scholar Award recognizes mid-career scholars with the highest potential for continued achievement in humanities. 

  • 06/22/2020 - History professor, Mauro Nobili, who specializes in pre-colonial and early-colonial West Africa, is interviewed by New Books Network about his recent publication Sultan, Caliph, and the Renewer of the Faith.

  • 06/04/2020 - The following statement was composed by Department of History faculty and the officers of the History Graduate Student Association (HGSA). We recognize that words are necessary but not sufficient. We look forward to working together to change our department and our campus for the better. It is our hope that if you forward or post this statement, you will include this message.

  • 05/29/2020 - Congratulations to Adrian Burgos, Professor of History, who has made the MLB (Major League Baseball) list of all-time favorite baseball books.  Professor Burgos book "Playing America's Game:  Baseball, Latinos and the Color Line," is reviewed by Maria Guardado, MLB.com journalist.

  • 05/19/2020 - Kenneth Cuno, professor of the modern Middle East, received the Illinois Student Government Teaching Excellence Award.  This award is given by students to recognize and thank excellent instructors at the University of Illinois.  We enthusiastically join his students in honoring and congratulating him!

  • 05/08/2020 - History professor, Carol Symes, who specializes in medieval studies, along with professors in anthropology and French and Italian, compare past plagues with the current COVID-19 health crisis.