Current Events in Historical Perspective


“Rethinking US Immigration History”





Professional Development Lectures


“Good Seminar Citizenship (and Bad)”

This 50-minute lecture presents some ways to approach and participate in graduate and departmental seminars, including how to prepare for them, when and how to jump in, and approaches to asking questions.



“What is Your Problem?: Dissertations, Bonfires and Wonder-Cabinets”

This 70-minute talk to graduate students suggests ways to go about selecting a problem to work on for one’s dissertation, including tools for identifying one’s interests, questions to ask (and not ask) of a potential topic, negotiating professional pressures, the proper role of advisors and the function of the prospectus.



“Publishing Academic Articles: Who, What, When, Where, How and Why?”

This 45-minute talk explores the basics of academic journal publishing in history: the reasons why one publishes journal articles; deciding what to submit; selecting a journal; preparing a manuscript for submission; navigating peer review; and making the best use of criticism.



“Reading and Note-taking”

This 25-minute lecture covers the varieties of reasons and ways one reads in graduate school, and techniques and functions of note-taking.



“Thinking about Thinking”

The 35-minute lecture presents some habits of mind useful for cultivating rich, complex, dynamic thinking in history, and the broader humanities and social sciences.



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