Category Archives: Human Rights

Understanding the Ukraine War

Many historians are closely observing the Ukraine War and commenting on different historical dynamics and patterns that are potentially shaping the conflict. At my university, Northern Illinois University, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is currently organizing a Teach-In … Continue reading

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The History of Black History Month

As Black History Month is celebrated in the United States, it seems like a good time to revisit its history. “In his red-brick rowhouse in the heart of D.C., the man who would become known as the ‘father of Black … Continue reading

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Postdoctoral Scholars in RaceB4Race Studies

The Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies is hiring two Postdoctoral Research Scholars in RaceB4Race Studies. These postdoctoral fellowship positions will provide great opportunities for recent Ph.D.s in History and the humanities who work on premodern race studies. Here … Continue reading

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Historical Action Figures

This Martin Luther King Day, a new historical action figure is being released. Mattel is launching a Barbie doll portraying Ida B. Wells. The Washington Post reports that “Black American journalist, suffragist and anti-lynching crusader Ida B. Wells will have … Continue reading

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Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

We are remembering Martin Luther King, Jr., and his powerful leadership of the Civil Rights Movement today on MLK Day 2022. WBEZ in Chicago provides Studs Terkel’s famous recordings of the 1963 Train Ride to Washington, focusing on interviews with … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King, Jr., Commenting on the Filibuster

Martin Luther King, Jr., commenting in 1963 on the “minority of misguided senators” who would use the filibuster to block voting rights legislation: The Washington Post provides a brief analysis of King’s comments, which were given in a television interview … Continue reading

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Refugees File Lawsuit against Facebook over Genocide

Rohingya refugees recently filed a class-action lawsuit against Meta, the parent company of Facebook, alleging that the social media company has assisted in perpetrating genocidal violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar. The Washington Post reports that “Facebook failed to quickly … Continue reading

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Lael Weinberger review of Samuel Moyn’s Humane

I am pleased to see that Lael Weinberger has published a review of Samuel Moyn’s Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War (2021)! Lael earned a MA in History at Northern Illinois University and then went on … Continue reading

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Historians Respond to Critical Race Theory Controversy

Historians and educators across the United States are responding to the current political attacks on Critical Race Theory and politicians’ attempts to dictate the ways in which professional historians teach about race and racism in American history. Many historians and … Continue reading

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¡ Viva la Libertad !

The Newberry Library is currently showing an exhibition on ¡ Viva la Libertad ! Latin American and the Age of Revolutions. ¡ Viva la Libertad ! explores Latin American revolutions in the nineteenth century and their legacies for Central and … Continue reading

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