Northeastern University Department of History

Global History Seminar Series

Since 2008, the Northeastern University History Department has been hosting the Global History Seminar Series.  The Seminar invites prominent scholars from around the world whose research employs cutting edge methods and focuses on issues of global reach. These scholars discuss their work with faculty and students. Highlights from past years include such topics as genealogies of civil war (David Armitage), world empires in comparison (Jane Burbank and Fred Cooper), the African-American civil rights struggle in Europe (Martin Klimke), and eroticism and colonial power (Philippa Levine).  A list of past speakers and topics is available on our website by academic calendar year.  This year, Heather Streets-Salter, our Director of World History Program, is coordinating the series. Leading scholars will speak to themes ranging from global trade and networks of empire to emerging trends in migration studies and the new political landscape after the Arab Spring.


Valentine Moghadam, Professor of Sociology and Director of International Affairs, Northeastern University
“Revolutions, Democratic Transitions and Women After the Arab Spring.”
Thursday, October 18, 12:00 p.m., 206 Meserve Hall


Kerry Ward, Associate Professor of History, Rice University
“Transitional Networks of Empire: From Slave Trading to Anti-Slave Trading at the Cape of Good Hope in the Early Nineteenth Century.”
Thursday, November 29, 4:00 p.m., 206 Egan Science Center


Eric Tagliacozzo, Associate Professor of History, Cornell University
“The Spice Trade as Asian History and as Global History.”
Thursday, February 21, 2013, 4:30 p.m., 440 Egan Science Center


Donna Gabaccia, Professor of History, University of Minnesota
“From Immigration History to Mobility Studies.”
Saturday, March 16, 2013, 5:15 p.m., 102 West Village G
Keynote Lecture for Annual Graduate Student World History Conference


Sponsored by: The History Department, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, the History Graduate Student Association, the Humanities Center, the International Affairs Program, and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Northeastern.

All events are free and open to the public.