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IHR American History Seminar Series: Of Principals and Principles: Confederate Substitution, Civic Responsibility, and the Issue of Citizenship

Start: Nov 27, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Nov 27, 2014 7:00:00 PM

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Patrick Doyle (Royal Holloway) - The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) and UCL-Institute of the Americas would like to invite you to this event, part of the IHR's American History Series. For further information, registration and queries, please contact the IHR directly.

Book Launch: Black Power in the Caribbean, edited by Kate Quinn (UCL-IA)

Start: Nov 27, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Nov 27, 2014 7:30:00 PM

Black Power in the Caribbean
Kate Quinn (UCL-IA), Richard Drayton (KCL) and David Scott (Columbia) - Black Power studies have been dominated by the North American story, but after decades of scholarly neglect, the growth of 'New Black Power Studies' has revitalized the field. Central to the current agenda are a critique of the narrow domestic lens through which U.S. Black Power has been viewed and a call for greater attention to international and transnational dimensions of the movement.

Panel discussion: Colombian Human Rights Defenders Visiting the UK

Start: Nov 28, 2014 5:00:00 PM
End: Nov 28, 2014 7:00:00 PM

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UCL-Institute of the Americas and ABColombia are pleased to host three human rights defenders from the Colombian regions of Antioquia and Cordoba, who have been working on a range of issues regarding the complex human rights situation in a Colombia. Last month we had the opportunity of listening to the experiences of exiled community leaders Enrique Cabezas and Yomaira Mendoza, who are currently involved in difficult and complex land restitution processes regarding their community of Curvaradó in the Department of Chocó. Their accounts detailed some of the grave human rights abuses and the dangers that many have had to, and continue to face in Colombia.

Seminar: Haunted by Empire: William Seward and Narratives of American Imperialism

Start: Dec 4, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Dec 4, 2014 7:30:00 PM

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Dr David Sim (UCL-History) -William Seward, the US Secretary of State 1861-1869, is best remembered today for his leading role in the purchase of Alaska from Russia, a transaction much criticized at the time as a waste of public money for a frozen territory but today regarded as one of the most astute real estate deals in American history. Seward's significance extended far beyond that land purchase, however. In a political career spanning the 1840s through the 1860s, he was arguably the central figure in the development of America's nineteenth century empire in both its territorial and commercial manifestations.

Seminar: The Battle of London: Trudeau, Thatcher and the Fight for Canada’s Constitution, 1980-82

Start: Dec 8, 2014 6:00:00 PM
End: Dec 8, 2014 7:30:00 PM

The Battle of London by F Bastien
Dr Frédéric Bastien (Dawson College, Montreal) - After the narrow defeat of the Quebec referendum in 1980, Pierre Elliott Trudeau turned his sights on repatriating the Constitution in an effort to make Canada fully independent from Britain. This involved converting the British North America Act of 1867 into a Canadian Constitution and transferring sovereignty from London to Ottawa. But René Lévesque, the Premier of Quebec, thought that the prerogatives of the province would be threatened if the Constitution was repatriated and he mounted a charm offensive to influence key British MPs against the change. Canada's native leaders also entered the fray, concerned that the rights of the indigenous peoples of Canada would be threatened. Meanwhile, the British Labour Party saw an opportunity to embarrass Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. As a result, the maverick Trudeau and the uncompromising Thatcher entered into an unlikely marriage of convenience in order to repatriate the Canadian Constitution.

IHR Latin American History Seminar Series: A Tale of Country and City: Normalistas and the Struggle for Rural Education in Twentieth-Century Mexico

Start: Dec 9, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Dec 9, 2014 7:00:00 PM

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Tanalis Padilla (Dartmouth) - The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) and UCL-Institute of the Americas would like to invite you to attend this event, part of the IHR's Latin American History Series. For further information, registration and queries, please contact the IHR directly.

Seminar: Michelle Bachelet’s presidencies: gender, politics and institutional change in Chile

Start: Dec 10, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Dec 10, 2014 7:30:00 PM

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Georgina Waylen (Manchester) - Michelle Bachelet, Chile’s first female president, was elected in 2006 with an explicit gender agenda, promising to appoint new faces (including women) and implement some positive gender change. After a period heading UN Women, she was subsequently reelected for a second term in 2013 with a decisive majority.

Seminar: Reparations, Recognition, Reconciliation: Competing Scenarios for Slavery Remembrance in the Caribbean

Start: Jan 21, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Jan 21, 2015 7:30:00 PM

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Fabienne Viala (Warwick) - Since 2013, and the creation of a regional Committee for the Reparations for Slavery within the CARICOM, many Caribbean islands have joined the movement by setting up national commissions. This includes the Anglophone archipelagos, the Dutch territories of Surinam and Curaçao, and the French Département of Guadeloupe. Cuba has given full support to the movement while in Puerto Rico, some interest for reparative justice for Black Afro-Descended Puertorriqueños has slowly been developing.

IHR American History Seminar Series: Problems of Modern Democracy: Henry James and the Genteel Tradition

Start: Jan 22, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Jan 22, 2015 7:00:00 PM

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Emily Coit (Oxford) - The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) and UCL-Institute of the Americas would like to invite you to this event, part of the IHR's American History Series. For further information, registration and queries, please contact the IHR directly.

Book Launch: 'The Great Depression in Latin America', edited by Paulo Drinot and Alan Knight

Start: Jan 28, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Jan 28, 2015 7:30:00 PM

The Great Depression in Latin America
Paulo Drinot (UCL-IA) and Alan Knight (Oxford) - Although Latin America weathered the Great Depression better than the United States and Europe, the global economic collapse of the 1930s had a deep and lasting impact on the region. The contributors to this book examine the consequences of the Depression in terms of the role of the state, party-political competition, and the formation of working-class and other social and political movements. Going beyond economic history, they chart the repercussions and policy responses in different countries, while noting common cross-regional trends, in particular, a mounting critique of economic orthodoxy and greater state intervention in the economic, social and cultural spheres, both trends crucial to the region's subsequent development. The book also examines how regional transformations interacted with and differed from global processes. Taken together, these essays deepen our understanding of the Great Depression as a formative experience in Latin America and provide a timely comparative perspective on the recent global economic crisis.

The Eleanor Roosevelt Annual Lecture: Prof Jeanne Theoharis on 'The Rebellious Life of Mrs Rosa Parks'

Start: Jan 29, 2015 6:00:00 PM
End: Jan 29, 2015 8:00:00 PM

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Prof Jeanne Theoharis (Brooklyn College, CUNY) - Rosa Parks is best known as the woman whose refusal to get off a segregated bus sparked the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott of 1955-56, a key event in the development of the Civil Rights Revolution.  However her political activism on behalf of black freedom extended well beyond this seminal act of resistance. Distinguished historian Jeanne Theoharis explores how her life was dedicated to rebellion against racism. All are welcome to attend a talk that will illuminate the black freedom struggle, the question for civil rights, and the problem of race in modern America.

IHR American History Seminar Series: Privacy and Community: Urban Panning for Mental Health in the American Metropolis, c. 1940-60

Start: Feb 19, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Feb 19, 2015 7:00:00 PM

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Ed Ramsden (QMUL) - The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) and UCL-Institute of the Americas would like to invite you to this event, part of the IHR's American History Series. For further information, registration and queries, please contact the IHR directly.

IHR American History Seminar Series: The Ideological Origins of the 20th-Century American Peace Movement

Start: Mar 5, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Mar 5, 2015 7:00:00 PM

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Mark Palen (Exeter) - The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) and UCL-Institute of the Americas would like to invite you to this event, part of the IHR's American History Series. For further information, registration and queries, please contact the IHR directly.

IHR American History Seminar Series: The Popular Historians: Writing and Reading the American Past, 1947-1980

Start: Mar 19, 2015 5:30:00 PM
End: Mar 19, 2015 7:00:00 PM

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Nick Witham (Canterbury Christ Church) - The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) and UCL-Institute of the Americas would like to invite you to this event, part of the IHR's American History Series. For further information, registration and queries, please contact the IHR directly.

1st Postgraduate Americas Conference: Power and Change in the Americas in the Modern Era

Start: Apr 30, 2015 9:00:00 AM
End: May 1, 2015 6:00:00 PM

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The UCL Americas Research Network at UCL-Institute of the Americas is pleased to invite doctoral students and early career researchers of the Americas (Central, South, and North America, as well as the Caribbean) from across the humanities and the social sciences to submit proposals on the theme Power and Change in the Americas in the Modern Era. The deadline for paper submission is November 15, 2014, and the conference will take place at University College London from April 30 to May 1, 2015.