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Seminar: Barbra Streisand vs. Richard Nixon: How Hollywood turned Left: 1968-74

Start: Jan 15, 2015 6:00:00 PM
End: Jan 15, 2015 8:00:00 PM

Tim Stanley (The Daily Telegraph/UCL-IA Fellow) - Until the early 1960s, Hollywood was institutionally somewhat conservative: the Republican-leaning studio chiefs tightly controlled their stars’ politics. But in the late 1960s something happened to turn the movie-makers into congenital liberals. Paul Newman stumped for Eugene McCarthy, The Man From UNCLE went for Bobby Kennedy and Barbra Streisand sang her heart out for George McGovern. In this paper, Tim Stanley looks at the leftward turn in Hollywood during the Nixon presidency and examines how it laid roots that still show today.

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

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

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

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.
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