History Department

Prof. Allen Wells Discusses Changing US-Cuba Relations on Maine Public Radio

The changing nature of US-Cuba relations was up for discussion recently on Maine Public Radio’s daily call-in program Maine Calling, Among the guests was Roger Howell, Jr., Professor of History Allen Wells, a Latin American specialist who has visited Cuba.

No Longer a Trivial Pursuit: Using Games to Teach History

Can games teach history? This fall, a new, innovative course is investigating that question. History professor and lifelong gamer Patrick Rael is helping sixteen upper-level students examine American history, from the era of exploration through the Civil War, through the medium of tabletop games.

Middle East Film Series Examines History’s Upheavals Through Human Stories

This fall, a 12-part film series on the Middle East is part of Idriss Jebari’s plan to bring thought-provoking discussions about the Middle East and its history to campus.

Prof. David Thomson ’08: History Shows the Dangers of a US Debt Default (Washington Post)

Events from the 1840s “offer a clear warning that default ought to be avoided at all costs, lest the United States trigger a global recession entirely of its own making.”

Professor Purnell Looks at NYC’s Racist Past (Washington Post)

“When racism is portrayed only through spitting and screaming, tiki torches and vigilante violence, many people rest easy, believing they share little responsibility for its maintenance,” they write.

Patrick Rael: Washington-Lee Slave Comparison Unfair (Washington Post)

Rael said the two men differed “in one critical respect: They stood at opposite ends of the history of slavery’s long demise.”

Tanisha Francis ’18 Looks Into the Legacy of Black Women in Prison

The disproportionate number of black women in prisons has spurred Tanisha Francis ’18, an Africana studies and history major, to investigate the legacy of US prisons.

Six Professors Appointed to Named Chairs

Six members of the Bowdoin faculty have been appointed to named chairs at the College. The appointees come from a variety of academic fields, including visual arts, Asian studies, religion and modern languages.