History Department

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Round-Up: Fellowships, Scholarships Take Students Far Into Studies

This year, many Bowdoin seniors and alumni were awarded some of the country’s most prestigious national fellowships and grants, helping them launch careers in academia, public service, medicine and more.


2015 Honorand Jill Lepore: Historian, Educator, Writer

Honorary degree recipient Jill Lepore, a writer and historian, gave the keynote address at this year’s baccalaureate ceremony on May 22.

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You Lie: Prof. Denery on The Deceit in Our Lives

Professor of History Dallas Denery yesterday joined a Duke University professor to discuss lying on the program On Point with Tom Ashbrook, which is carried on NPR stations across the country. The show was prompted by the release of a new documentary called (Dis)Honesty – The Truth About Lies. Denery has just published a book, The […]


Anthony Doerr ’95, David Kertzer Win Pulitzer Prizes

This year’s crop of Pulitzer Prize-winning authors includes an alumnus and a former faculty member.

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Patrick Rael on Joshua Chamberlain and Appomattox

Upon the 150th anniversary of the surrender at Appomattox Court House and the end of the Civil War, Professor of History Patrick Rael writes of what Joshua Chamberlain’s salute to southern foes portended for the difficult period that followed.


In the Studio: Professor Denery Discusses the History of Lying

Associate Professor of History Dallas Denery recently sat down in Bowdoin’s studio with his colleague, Steve Perkinson, to chat about Denery’s new book on the history of lying, “The Devil Wins.”


Five Faculty Promoted to Full Professor

Five faculty members have been promoted from associate to full professor based on their scholarly output and teaching credentials. Oceanographer Collin Roesler, religion scholar Robert Morrison and historians Dallas Denery, David Gordon and Susan Tananbaum will all be promoted on July 1.


Historian Craig Wilder Delivers Annual John Brown Russwurm Lecture and Book Talk

Craig Steven Wilder, a professor of history at MIT and a leading historian of race in America, delivered the annual John Brown Russwurm Lecture March 31, 2015, in Main Lounge, Moulton Union. The following evening, he participated in a live-streamed book talk on his book, Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery and the Troubled History of America’s Universities.


Shedding Light on Writer Anthony Doerr ’95

Bestselling author Anthony Doerr ’95 recently caught up with his former professor, Allen Wells, to talk about writing historical fiction, the challenges of writing about a subject that has been so thoroughly documented, his time at Bowdoin, and how majoring in history has shaped him as a writer.


Historian Andrew Robarts ’90 Gives Bowdoin Talk: ‘Merchants, Migrants and Microbes’

Using excerpts from his book, Andrew Robarts offered a balanced understanding of the relationship between the Ottoman and Russian empires by going beyond an examination of the geopolitical and ideological tensions often highlighted in history.

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Prof. Dallas Denery: How We Learned to Live With Lies

In his Jan. 30 Common Hour talk, history professor Dallas Denery spoke about falsehood and deceit and how we learned to live with lies.


A Bowdoin Reading List

Somehow, in the midst of all of their teaching and research, professors at Bowdoin also find time to write books. Check out these recent and upcoming titles by faculty members.


Bowdoin Professors on Sabbatical, All Over the Map

This year, more than three dozen Bowdoin faculty members have dispersed to all corners of the map for sabbatical projects. See where they’ve gone.


How the Warburg Institute Brought Antiquity to the Masses

In the mid-20th century, London’s Warburg Institute was educating the public about the roots of Western civilization. But how?

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Hong Kong In the News: An Explainer

Professors Sarah Mak and Leah Zuo recently sat down with Bowdoin’s Director of News Doug Cook in Bowdoin’s studio to offer some political and historical context for the current unrest in Hong Kong.


Nyhus Grants Open Up World to History Students

Since the Nyhus grant program was founded in 2006, the department has disbursed $33,450 to students working on a wide range of independent studies and honors projects.

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Teach-In: Faculty Offer Background to Hong Kong Protests

To broaden students’ understanding of Hong Kong’s current Umbrella Revolution, Bowdoin professors organized a “teach-in” last week.

Bowdoin Dedicates New Classroom to Ambassador Pickering ’53, H’84

This summer, with a gift from the Class of 1953 and a grant from the George I. Alden Trust, Bowdoin renovated the former reading room in Hubbard Hall to make it suitable for 21st pedagogy.

Democracy at the Roots

Alfred E Golz Memorial Lecture to be streamed live

Professor Dubois’s upcoming Golz lecture, “Democracy at the Roots: Understanding Haiti’s Political Culture,” will be one of the select events that Bowdoin College will stream live to the world. The lecture explores the intertwined legacies of the Haitian Revolution on political thought and practice in the country.

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Studying the Many-Sided Civil War

In one sense, there were only two sides in the Civil War – but there are many sides to the story of this pivotal era in American history. Bowdoin’s Civil War course cluster is bringing together a whole array of disciplines, including the historical, the literary, the visual, and the digital.