Shryock Lectures in American History Archive


April 1, 2014 
4:30pm | 209 College Hall

"The Differences Digital Mapping Made: Thinking Spatially about Race and Sexuality in 1920s Harlem"

Dr. Stephen Robertson, Professor and Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University

Digital Mapping, like the use of other digital tools, raises questions rather than provides answers. In the case of Digital Harlem, some of those questions concern the character of the neighborhood's nightlife and residences, and where individuals spent their time. The answers to those questions reveal that homes provided more privacy than reformers recognized, allowing residents to engage in a wide range of sexualities. At the same time, outside the home, black residents regularly encountered whites, whose presence throughout the neighborhood made interracial encounters and conflicts an everyday feature of life in the nation's most famous 'black metropolis.'

Stephen Robertson is Professor of History and Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. He is one of the creators of the acclaimed digital history project, Digital Harlem. His publications include Crimes against Children: Sexual Violence and Legal Culture in New York City, 1880-1960 (2005) and the co-authored Playing the Numbers: Gambling in Harlem Between the Wars (2010).



May 7, 2012 
9:30am–6:00pm | McNeil Center for Early American Studies

A Trans-Atlantic Conference 

Fractures: Defining and Redefining the Twentieth-Century United States 

This event is free and open to the public. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

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9:30 AM
Thomas J. Sugrue, University of Pennsylvania

9:45-11:45 AM
Chair: Amy Offner, Columbia University/University of Pennsylvania
Nathan Connolly, Johns Hopkins University
Property Rights and the Black Political Imagination
Andrew Diamond, Sciences Po/ Université de Lille-3
Producing the "City of Neighborhoods:" Race, Community, and the New Logic of Class Struggle in the Neoliberal City
Donna Murch, Rutgers University
Towards A Social History of Crack: Drugs, Informal Economy, and Youth Culture in an Age of Neoliberalism
Comment: Rachel Guberman, University of Pennsylvania

12:00-1:30 PM
KEYNOTE Introduction: Thomas J. Sugrue, University of Pennsylvania
Daniel Rodgers, Princeton University
The Age of Fracture

1:45-3:45 PM
Chair: Bryant Simon, Temple University
Steven Tuck, University of Oxford

The Evening Malcolm X Spoke at the Oxford Union, England, and the "Special Relationship" for Civil Rights
Caroline Rolland-Diamond, Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre
Beyond Vietnam: Local Student Activism and Political Repression in 1960s Chicago
Jonathan Bell, University of Reading
Queer Liberalism, Health Care, and the State in Reagan's America
Comment: Merlin Chowkwanyun, University of Pennsylvania

4:00-6:00 PM
Chair: Michael B. Katz, University of Pennsylvania
Paul Schor, Université de Paris-7-Diderot
What U.S. Census-Taking Reveals about Social Representations of Race and Citizenship, 1870-1930
Adam Goodman, University of Pennsylvania
Forced to Leave: Defining and Historicizing Deportation in Postwar America
John David Skrentny, University of California, San Diego
After Civil Rights: Law and the Meaning of Race in the American Workplace
Comment: Sarah Igo, Vanderbilt University


April 21, 2011
1:00pm | College Hall 209

Jefferson Cowie, Cornell University
A Nation without Class: The 1970s and the Origins of Our Own Time



October 26, 2010
4:30pm | McNeil Center for Early American Studies

Barbara Clark Smith, Curator in the Division of Political History, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Declarations of Interdependence and the Patriot Economy: Rethinking the Revolution

Barbara Clark Smith is Curator in the Division of Political History, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, and author of After the Revolution and the forthcoming The Freedoms We Lost.


January 20, 2010
4:30pm | McNeil Center for Early American Studies

Margot Canaday, Assistant Professor of History, Princeton University
The Straight State: Sexuality and Citizenship in Twentieth Century America

Dr. Canaday is a legal and political historian who studies gender and sexuality in modern America . Her talk will be based on her recently published book, The Straight State: Sexuality and Citizenship in Twentieth Century America (Princeton University Press, 2009). The Straight State examines military, immigration, and welfare policy to ask how homosexuality came to be a meaningful category for the federal state over the early- to mid-twentieth century.

Co-sponsored by the Women's Studies Program

November 10, 2009
4:30pm | College Hall 209

Susan M. Reverby, Marion Butler McLean Professor of History and Women's and Gender Studies, Wellesley College
"Examining the 'Tuskegee' Syphilis Study: What More Can an Historian Say?"

Susan M. Reverby has been a pioneer in U.S. women's history, and has written extensively on the history of nursing, health care, and medical ethics. Her publications include Ordered to Care: The Dilemma of American Nursing (l987), Gendered Domains: Beyond the Public and Private in Women's History (1992), Health Care in America : Essays in Social History (1979), and America 's Working Women: a Documentary History (1976). An edited collection of articles and documents entitled Tuskegee 's Truths: Rethinking the Tuskegee Syphilis Study appeared in 2000. Her latest book is Examining Tuskegee: The Infamous Syphilis Study and Legacy, published this fall by the University of North Carolina Press.


April 6, 2009

Michael Bernstein, Provost and Professor of History, Tulane University
"The Great Depression: Causes and Effects, 1929-1939: With an Overview of the Causes of the Great Crash of 2008"

Bernstein, author of "The Great Depression: Delayed Recovery and Economic Change in America , 1929-1930," will offer a more historical perspective of the crisis by drawing parallels between it and the Great Depression. Provost and Professor of History at Tulane University , Bernstein is an emincent economic historian whose work examines the interactions between politics, the economy, and expert knowledge in modern American history. He is also the author of "A Perilous Progress: Economists and Public Purpose in Twentieth Century America," a history of economics as a discipline and its shortcomings, and has co-edited a number of volumes, including "Understanding Economic Decline" and “The Cold War and Expert Knowledge: New Essays on the History of the National Security State ."