Past Events

Flier for Recording Cincinnati exhibit.

2023 Von Rosenstiel Lecture: Thinking Locally, Acting Globally: A German Quest to Save the Serengeti 

Wed. March 1, 2023 3:30-5:00 pm
Langsam Library 462

Thomas M. Lekan holds a joint appointment in the Department of History and the School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment at the University of South Carolina. An award-winning scholar, Professor Lekan’s lecture will address the German effort to raise international awareness about the ecological threats to East Africa’s large mammal populations. This lecture is offered with generous support from the Taft Research Center, the UC Programs in German Studies and Environmental Studies, and the Werner E. Von Rosenstiel Fund.

Flier for Recording Cincinnati exhibit.


The Center for the City is collaborating with undergraduate planning student, Jack Hall, to coordinate an exhibition for the Fotofocus Biennial this fall. 

The exhibition, entitled, Recording Cincinnati: The Queen City in the Eyes of Alice Cusson, features ordinary yet deeply compelling photographs of Cincinnati locations taken on slide film by amateur photographer Alice Cusson in the 1950s and 1960s. After decades in storage, Jack Hall uncovered these images and has curated a complex set of thirty images to highlight change over time in Cincinnati's built environment. Hall has also collected audio "memory clips" to accompany and animate each image available through a QR codes in the show. 

The photos and audio clips will be on view on the East McMicken Street exterior of Somerset in Over-the-Rhine from September 30- November 2. The show will also include two public events:

Opening Reception - Sunday, October 2, 6-8 pm

Curator's Talk featuring Jack Hall - Saturday, October 15, 2-3 pm 

Please come out and see the show when you can or join us for one of these exciting events (and have a few drinks at Somerset!). 

This project is a collaboration between the Center for the City and Action Tank and is funded by a grant from FotoFocus. The Center for the City is grateful to work with these two great partners.

For more information about the show visit FotoFocus' website here:

Or Jack Hall's project page here:

Poster for film screening America's Truth: Cincinnati


Please join us for the Center for the City's upcoming film screening of America's Truth: Cincinnati.

America's Truth: Cincinnati is a documentary made by Cincinnati native Dr. Wendy Ellis, Director of the Center for Community Resilience at George Washington University, to document the evidence of structural racism within Cincinnati's built and natural environment. The film uses four Cincinnati neighborhoods to explore the impacts of racism over time and focuses on truth-telling about the past as the path to racial reconciliation and healing. The film premiered last year on Cincinnati's Day of Racial Healing. 

The screening will take place Wednesday October 19 at 4:30 pm in the TUC Cinema in the Lower Level of Tangeman University Hall on main campus. 

Popcorn and drinks will be provided!

The films is a little under two hours long and will be followed by a talkback with the film maker, Wendy Ellis, and two people featured in the film, Carlton Collins of The Heights Movement in Lincoln Heights, and historian Anne Delano Steinert. 

The Center for the City is grateful to our partners in this presentation. They are: DAAP School of Planning, the Department of Geography, and the Department of Africana Studies. Partial funding for this program was provided by a UC Forward Faculty Award for  Collaborative Experiential Learning.

Click here to learn more about American's Truth: Cincinnati:

A flier for the event The University and Its Neighbors


Thursday October 6 in Probasco Auditorium. Doors will open at 6 pm for refreshments and the talk will begin at 7. Dr. Baldwin will give a short keynote highlighting findings from his most recent book, In the Shadow of the Ivory Tower, which will be followed by a panel discussion focused on UC's relationship with our neighbors in Avondale. Panelists will be David Stradling, Ozie Davis, Beth Robinson, and Russell Hairston. 

Dr. Baldwin will also be appearing on WVXU's Cincinnati Edition with David Stradling at noon the same day. 

The Center for the City and the Department of History are grateful to our partners in this event. They are: the DAAP School of Planning, the Department of Geography, and funders Charles and Ginny Casey-Leininger and Mike Schmidt and Judith Spraul-Schmidt. Also, the Center for the City is grateful to an initial grant from the Community Change Collaborative of the UC Office of Research for our Avondale Neighborhood History Initiative. 

Davarian L. Baldwin is an urbanist, historian, and cultural critic. His work largely examines the landscape of global cities through the lens of the African Diasporic experience. Baldwin’s related interests include universities and urban development, the racial foundations of academic thought, intellectual and mass culture, Black radical thought and transnational social movements, the politics of heritage tourism, and 20th and 21st Century art, architecture, and urban design. 

Baldwin is the author of In the Shadow of the Ivory Tower: How Universities are Plundering Our Cities (Bold Type Books, 2021), Chicago’s New Negroes: Modernity, the Great Migration, and Black Urban Life (UNC, 2007) and co-editor, with Minkah Makalani, of the essay collection Escape From New York! The New Negro Renaissance beyond Harlem (Minnesota, 2013). He is currently finishing Land of Darkness: Chicago and the Making of Race in Modern America (Oxford University Press). 

You can read more about Dr. Baldwin in his faculty profile on the Trinity College website here:


History Departmental Awards 2022

Date: Thursday, April 28, 2022, 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Location: the Taft Brewpourium, 4831 Spring Grove, 45232

See the awardees, visit History Department Awards 2022 page. 

participants in the history departmental awards

The Zane Miller Symposium, Thursday, April 7, 7pm, Pinecroft Garden Pavilion 

Dr. Kenneth Jackson sitting on the chair

Ken Jackson answering the questions from audiences.

The Zane Miller Symposium is a part of the UC History in the City Initiative, which publicizes and energizes the long-standing outreach by History Department faculty members and graduate students across all three UC campuses to bring urban history to the general public, as well as their efforts to bring history to life for twenty-first century city residents. 

The 2022 Zane Miller Symposium was held on April 7, 2022, Thursday, at 7pm at Pinecroft Garden Pavilion featuring urban historian, Dr. Kenneth T. Jackson, Professor Emeritus, Columbia University speaking on The Future of Cities. 

The Werner E. Von Rosenstiel Lecture, March 31, 3:30pm - 5pm, TUC 427

The Werner E. Von Rosenstiel Lecture, "When Was Nationalism?: A Reflection on the Chronology of a Destructive Ideology"
Thursday, March 31, 2022, at 3:30 - 5pm
Tangeman University Center 427

Helmut Walser Smith (Ph.D. Yale, 1992) is the Martha Rivers Ingram Professor of History at Vanderbilt University. He is a foremost authority of modern German cultural and political history, who has made pathbreaking contributions to a number of related subfields. This lecture discusses conclusions central to his latest book, Germany. A Nation in Its Time: Before, During, and After Nationalism, 1500-2000 (Norton, 2020). In particular, it challenges common perceptions of Germany as an aggressively nationalistic land, offering a more nuanced interpretation of its conflicted past. The lecture is co-sponsored by the History and Political Science Departments, German Studies, and the Taft Research Center.

18th Annual Queen City Colloquium Graduate Conference, Thursday, March 24, 9:15am - 6pm

UC graduate student presenting his research in QCC

Trevor Johnson ('22) presenting his primary-based research in the morning panel session.

The eighteenth annual Queen City Colloquium Graduate Student Conference was held in person on Thursday, March 24th, 2022, 9:15 am - 6:00 pm at the Faculty Enrichment Center in Langsam Library.

Panel 1: "The Challenges of Modern America: Insanity, Masculinity, and Wartime Culpability"

  • Chris Ellingwood, “Instituting Institutionalization: The Reconstruction Era Development of State Funded Mental Hospitals in Ohio"
  • Trevor Johnson, “The ‘Terrible Turks’ Come to America”
  • Theresa Whitely, “The London Charter and Wartime Culpability: The American and French Struggle to Define Aggression”

Panel 2: "Mentalities of the Renaissance: Music and Religion"

  • Felicity Moran, “Chaste and Famous: Female Behavior and the Development of Professional Musicians in Renaissance Italy”
  • Shepherd Aaron Ellis, “Heavenly Queen, Catholic Empire: Marian Devotion and Imperial Identity in Hapsburg Spain and Mexico"
History faculty listening graduate student's talk

Faculty and students listening the student's research topic.

First-year Roundtable Session in the afternoon

  • Nicholas Short, “Politics and the Press in Queen Anne’s England, 1702-1714”
  • Delaney White, “’Your Most Humble Servant’: A Case Study of the American Revolution through the Correspondence of Abigail Adams”
  • Harper Lee, “’And She Being Present in the Body’: Gender, Mysticism, and SelfFashioning among the Early Shakers”
  • Christian O’Cull, “’Damn the Dutch’: Nativists, German Immigrants, and the Cincinnati and Louisville Riots of 1855”
  • Anna Sensel, “In the Belly of the Beast: An Internal Conflict Regarding Slavery in a Presbyterian Church in the 1830s-1840s”
  • Sage Turner, “The National Detective Bureau and the Creation of the Secret Service”
  • Brittney Smith, “William Henry Hunt, Clifton Reginald Wharton Sr., and William James Yerby: An Intellectual History of Black U.S. Diplomacy Across the Niagara and New Negro Movements 1899 – 1930”
  • Kyle McDaniel, “The Rise of Black Neo-Conservatism: A Contribution to Black Solidarity or a Hindrance?"
  • Wil Morriss, “Popular Propaganda: The New Deal Social Documentaries of Pare Lorentz”
  • Sophie Ospital, “German Exiles and the Anti-Hitler Press in Mexico City, 1941-1946”

Keynote lecture: Jamie Goodall: "The Golden Age of Piracy: From the Caribbean to the Chesapeake"
Jamie Goodall (Ph.D. Ohio State. 2016) is a staff historian at the U.S. Army Center of Military History in Washington, D.C. and the author of the author of Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay: From the Colonial Era to the Oyster Wars (The History Press, 2020) and National Geographic’s Pirates: Shipwrecks, Conquests, and their Lasting Legacy (Summer 2021). She is currently under contract with The History Press to produce a monograph on piracy in the mid-Atlantic due out in 2022, and contracted with The History Press to produce a biographical account of the pirate Black Sam Bellamy due out in 2023.

Avondale History Lecture Series: Radical Change in Avondale, Saturday, March 12, 12pm - 1pm

Avondale History Series, Radical change in avondale talk

UC's Center for the City and the Avondale Branch of Cincinnati Hamilton County Public Library presented "Avondale Lecture Series: Radical Change in Avondale" by Dr. Charles F. Casey-Leininger, Emeritus Faculty, University of Cincinnati on Saturday, March 12, at 12pm - 1pm at Avondale Branch library (3566 Reading Road, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45229). 

This talk explored the many reasons that Avondale changed from a majority White neighborhood to a majority Black onebetween 1940 and 1970. Factors included an intensely racially segregated housing market in Cincinnati that severely limitedBlack housing choices; the desire of African American families to move to better housing and less crowded neighborhoods; thelong-time existence of a small African American community in Avondale; the racist fears of Avondale Whites about having Blackneighbors and their ability to move to new post-war suburbs that barred Blacks; urban renewal and interstate highwayconstruction that displaced thousands of Black families from the old West End, home to the majority of the city’s Blackpopulation; the belief among many city officials that Avondale and neighboring Evanston and Walnut Hills were appropriate placesfor displaced Black families; and the efforts of some real estate agents and landlords to take advantage of the desperate needfor housing among Cincinnati’s Black population. It will also explore the efforts of community leaders and activists to fight racialhousing discrimination, protect Avondale as a good place to live for a diverse population, and to open up all of Greater Cincinnati to evryone regardless of race. 

Every Negro in the United States of America is an Untouchable: Ambedkar, MLK, and the Dialectic of the Caste/Race Analogy, Wednesday, March 9, 3:30pm

Taft Research Center presented “Every Negro in the United States of America is an Untouchable: Ambedkar, MLK and the Dialectic of the Caste/Race Analogy” by Dr. Demetrius Eudell, Wesleyan University on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 3:30 PM.  

The influence of Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi (1869-1948) on the political ideas and activism of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) is well known and frequently invoked, and was done so, by none other than King himself, who in several instances, made clear his intellectual debt to Gandhi. This presentation will, however, attempt to redirect discussions that places race and caste in conversation by comparing King’s ideas to another seminal Indian thinker, Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar. Ambedkar and King shared significant intellectual and political preoccupations, including the role of constitutionality and civil law as avenues to mitigate issues of hierarchy and alterity. This talk will outline some of the similarities utilized in their approaches to address the structures of race and caste domination, but doing so, while remaining attentive to the specificity and internal logic of each respective form of cultural hierarchy. 

Evan Johnson Dissertation Defense

 “Cities in Crisis: Altstadt and Neustadt Brandenburg During the Thirty Years’ War, 1618-1648”

In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the University of Cincinnati College of Arts and Sciences

  Friday, March 3rd, 2022 at 10:00 AM                                                                                      Langsam FEC Room 540D.Open to the Public

Committee Members: Sigrun Haude, PhD (Chair) Willard Sunderland, PhD Robert J Haug, PhD Mary Lindemann, PhD, University of Miami

Teach-In Panel on the Ukraine Crisis, Tuesday, March 1, 2022, 11am - 12:20pm, TUC 400B

 Teach-in Panel on the Ukraine Crisis was held on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, 11am - 12:20pm, TUC 400 BPanelists were from History and School of Public & International Affairs, Dr. Ivan Ivanov in SPIA, Dr. Stephen Porter in History, Dr. Rebecca Sanders in SPIA, and Dr. William Sanderland in History.

Black History Month 2022

Join ​​Dr. Holly McGee's courses (virtually) for a host of events during Black History Month 2022! Use the Zoom link to meet her classes online.

Online Church Services, Every Sunday
Join Dr. McGee's class Every Sunday in February to visit historically Black churches in Cincinnati to enjoy remotely “visiting” these important religious (and social) institutions in Black America.

Union Baptist Church Cemetery Tour, Saturday, February 26, 2022, 1pm - 3pm
Join virtual visit in Union Baptist Church Cemetery for a 2-hour guided tour. UBC is the oldest, continually run black Baptist congregation in Cincinnati, OH. From its founding in 1831 to today, it has been a vital center of the black community, providing critical social, political, and educational opportunities to its congregants and beyond.  Click the link to join the tour to learn more about the church and the exciting new historical records preservation efforts underway! *due to weather this event is cancelled and will be re-scheduled for later in the month. updates soon to come*

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (Virtual) Tour, Saturday, February 26, 2022, 3pm - 3:30pm  
Join Dr. McGee's classes as they (virtually) tour the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, featuring a visit to the John Parker Genealogy Room.

Drink'N Think: Listen and Learn with Libations

This ain't your grandma's Black History Month Lecture Series! Every Wednesday in February at 6pmLudlow Wines will host Dr. Holly McGee every Wednesday in Black History Month 2022 for a 4 -part lecture series on everything you've ever wanted to know about African American History but were hesitant to ask. Are you ready to drink, laugh, learn, and grow? Of course you are!

"The African Diaspora and Liberation" February 2, Learn more about Africa, the people/culture of West Africa, the Transatlantic Slave Trade and its first contact with the so-called New World.

"Universities and Slave Benefactors" February 9, Understand the connection between the slave trade and the history of financing/endowment of institutions of higher learning and their contemporary fourtunes.

"A History of Violence" February 16, Join us in understanding the mechanics of lynching, race riots, forced migration, and the genecide of Black communities in the early twentieth century. 

"Race & Films" February 23, Kick back and relax while we survey the history of Black artistry in film, and the ground-breaking projects that used art as a backdoor to civil rights activism.

To Save Lake Erie: Engineers in the Age of Ecology with David Stradling

David Stradling, Department of History wrote a book about the history of NY.

July 7th, 2021, 10 - 11am
Dr. David Stradling describes the city of Cleveland’s late 1960s and early 1970s efforts to improve water quality in Lake Erie. Engineers proposed a variety of solutions, some of them remarkably fanciful, even as the persistence of combined sewers ensured lasting – and ongoing – pollution problems.

This event is part of "Landscapes, Rivers, and Lakes: Ohio’s Natural Environment and a Changing Climate," a series of three Ohio Humanities Speakers Bureau events examining the connections between the public humanities and the environment. This talk is hosted by Ohio Humanities.

17th Virtual Queen City Colloquium

Join us (virtually) this Thursday and Friday, 4/8 & 9 for our annual graduate student conference, the Queen City Colloquium. See the schedule below for details.
Thursday 4/8- Click the Zoom Link and enter the password History1 
9:00-9:30-Opening, Diamond Crowder, Dr. O’Connor, Dr. Sunderland
9:30-11:30-Regional History with Chris Ellingwood, Amanda Lehew, Lucius Seger & Adrian Burnes
11:30-1:00- Lunch 
1:00-2:30-Modern American Jewish History with Lewis Dembitz Alayna Gould Austin Hall
3:00-5:00- Keynote Speaker Bradley Hart, California State University-Fresno

Friday 4/9-  Click the Zoom Link and enter the password History1 
9:30-10:30-Early Modern Germany with Grant Gilmore & Timothy Anthony
10:30-11:30- Public History with Erena Nakashima & Kathleen Bailey
11:30-1:00- Lunch 
1:00-2:30-War, Race, and Technology with Caitlin Borst, Michael Burchett & Alysha Federkeil
3:00-5:00 Keynote Speaker Christopher Miller, The Underground Railroad Freedom Center

UC Research and Innovation Week

Thursday, March 30, 7 pm
In partnership with the Mercantile Library, the University of Cincinnati Press will feature Dr. Rebecca Wingo’s co-edited volume during UC’s Research & Innovation Week. Her co-editors Jason Heppler (University of Nebraska-Omaha) and Paul Schadewald (Macalester College) will join the free virtual event. Digital Community Engagement: Partnering Communities with the Academy is an open-access volume published with UC Press in 2020. The volume won the 2021 Book Award from the National Council on Public History. Visit the R&I site for more information about the week’s events.

Black Women Speaking Truth to Power: Lessons from a 19th Century Female Seminary

 Women with black hair

On March 25 from 6:00- 7:30 pm, we invite you to learn from Kabria Baumgartner as she discusses her research on African American women's education in the U.S. 
This event is sponsored by the A&S Office of Inclusive Excellence and Sister Outsiders, the UC Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department, the UC History Department, and the UC Women's Center to celebrate Women's History Month.

Register for Black Women Speaking Truth to Power: Lessons from a 19th Century Female

An Evening with Samantha Power: Discussing “The Education of an Idealist”

picture of a women with blonde hair and the ocean is behind her

Thursday, March 18, 2021 | 7:00 PM | Zoom
Join the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center for a virtual conversation with Samantha Power, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former United States Ambassador to the United Nations. In this intimate and thought-provoking dialogue, Samantha Power will discuss her New York Times-bestselling memoir, The Education of an Idealist, and offer insight on a range of pressing global issues. 
Themes discussed in the memoir are aligned with social issues explored in the Humanity Gallery within the Holocaust & Humanity Center’s museum at historic Union Terminal. In 
The Education of an Idealist, Power explains how she coined the term “upstander,” and how we all have the opportunity to be upstanders in unique ways. Upstanders are individuals who stand up for others and their rights. They fight against injustice and unfairness, and they use their character strengths to inspire action and become the best of humanity today.
Special Admission Package ($30), you receive: Admission, a copy of 
The Education of an Idealist, Exclusive access to HHC’s Book Club and a chance to win Cincy Upstander shirts, posters, masks, and museum tickets during HHC’s March giveaway event
General Admission, without a copy of the book, is $10.

Register for An Evening with Samantha Power: Discussing “The Education of an Idealist”

History Taft Lecture Series

picture of a women with glasses and black hair smiling

UC’s Department of History invites you to attend these two talks given by Dr. Eve Troutt Powell, University of Pennsylvania Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of History and Africana Studies, MacArthur Fellow, and paradigm shifter extraordinaire. On Tuesday, 16 March from 3:30 to 5:00 EST, she will discuss her first book, A Different Shade of Colonialism (2003) which opened discussions of African slaves in the Middle East and North Africa. Most scholarly discussions of slavery in the region to that point had been of the white European military slaves who became the terrors of Europe in the early centuries of the Ottoman Empire. The history of darker-skinned slaves, including domestic slaves, was barely discussed and in popular culture in Egypt, had been whitewashed from national memory, while the word for slave, ‘abd, now has racist meanings in slang in Arabic. On Thursday, 18 March from 12:00 to 1:30 EST, she will discuss her current research, “The Visual Culture of Slavery in the Middle East,” examining differing portrayals of slaves of different regional and ethnic origins. These talks are supported by the Taft Research Center and co-sponsored by the National Underground Railroad Museum and Freedom Center, and UC’s Department of Africana Studies.

Zach Garrison published his first book, based on his UC dissertation

Book cover titled German Americans on the Middle Border from antislavely to reconcilation, 1830-1877 and a picture of a group of men standing close together

Zachary Stuart Garrison (PhD 2016) published his first book, based on his UC dissertation, entitled "German Americans on the Middle Border: From Antislavery to Reconciliation, 1830-1877" (Southern Illinois University Press 2020).  

Book review for "German Americans on the Middle Border: From Antislavery to Reconciliation, 1830-1877"

Kate Sorrels interviewed by Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies on the origins of the Camphill Movement

Picture of women smiling at camera with door behind her

Kate Sorrels was recently interviewed by the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies on the Camphill Movement, a global network of intentional communities for abled and intellectually disabled people founded by Dr. Karl Koenig, his wife Tilla, and a group of volunteers who fled Nazi occupied Vienna in 1938. This two part podcast discusses the Camphill Movement both at its founding and as it exists today. You can listen to both parts at the Botstiber Institute's website or wherever you download podcasts.

Rebecca Wingo's book Digital Community Engagement: Partnering Communities with the Academy Officially Launched

Book cover that is purple and says Digital Community Engagment

Rebecca Wingo's book Digital Community Engagement: Partnering Communities with the Academy officially launched. Her book is published with the University of Cincinnati and edited by Jason Heppler and Paul Schadewald. 

Jeff Zalar receives the 2020 George A. and Jean S. DeLong Book History Prize

Man holding book smiling at camera

Jeff Zalar received the 2020 George A. and Jean S. DeLong Book History Book Prize for his 2019 book, Reading and Rebellion in Catholic Germany, 1770-1914 (Cambridge University Press). Conferred by the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing (SHARP), the prize recognizes “the best book on any aspect of the creation, dissemination, or uses of script or print published in the previous year.” Jeff’s book was the unanimous selection from a pool of fifty-eight international nominees. In announcing the Prize at SHARP’s virtual conference, judge Michael Hanscher (University of Minnesota) commented: "Richly informed by archival research and set out in a detailed and compelling narrative, this book illuminates how a major reading community actually functioned during the efflorescence of popular print culture. Conventional notions of clerical control over the reading habits of the lower-class Catholic population in Germany are dissolved by the facts discovered here, which reveal readers' prolonged and far-reaching engagement, sometimes hesitant, sometimes confident, with all kinds of forbidden books. The drive for communal discipline epitomized by the Index Liborum Prohibitorum could not withstand the pervasive appeal of books as such, nor of magazines and newspapers, all of them mass-produced commodities that at once enlarged the field of discussable ideas, established a ground for private subjectivity, and advertised the allures of commodity culture. Professor Zalar's stimulating account of German Catholic readers demonstrates why the history of reading and of lower-class cultures cannot be told solely in terms of the intentions of the elite, and how we should appreciate the agency of readers. It is a major contribution to book history and a model for future research."

Women's Suffrage: Myth & Reality

Black and white photo of women suffragettes in a line with signs

4pm, Sunday March 8
Harriet Beecher Stowe House
2950 Gilbert Ave

Professor Emerita Hilda Smith will give a lecture titled "Women's Suffrage: Myth & Realty."

'Living in the City': Housing Affordability in Cincinnati

Friday, March 6 
8:30am-2:30pm at the African American Cultural & Resource Center
University of Cincinnati, 60 West Charlton St., Cincinnati, OH
Join the Cincinnati Project's symposium by registering here
Link includes schedule of events.  History Professor Rebecca Wingo will speak in Session 2: “How to Do Community Good In Spaces Not Intended To Be Apart Of The Community?"  

Black History Month Events 2020

Curator's Walk and Talk at "Finding Kenyon Barr: Exploring Images of Cincinnati's Lost Lower West End"

4 pm, Wednesday, February 12: Mount Auburn Presbyterian Church 103 William Howard Taft (rear entrance) To walk over with a group meet at 358 McMicken at 3:30 pm

The Finding Kenyon Barr exhibit features photographs taken in 1959 as the city prepared to demolish nearly 4000 buildings causing the displacement of nearly 25,000 residents from Cincinnati's West End--a neighborhood which was 97% African American. Join curator and UC PhD candidate, Anne Delano Steinert, to explore the exhibition and learn more about this act of institutional racism which has forever reshaped Cincinnati's urban landscape. 

Charles McMicken and the African American Community in West Feliciana Parish, Louisana

Annie Laws Room, Teachers College 407, CECH
Tuesday, February 18, 4:30 pm 

Speaker: Evelyn L. Wilson
Wilson earned her JD from Louisiana State University.  She taught law at  the Southern University Law Center for nearly thirty years and has a long list of publications in legal history, with a  focus on social justice. She is now ABD in the History doctoral program at LSU. Her dissertation focuses on the free black population in  antebellum St. Francisville, Louisiana, which was one of the homes of Charles McMicken, the primary donor to the University of Cincinnati. Wilson has been studying the population of free people of color in the Mississippi River port of Bayou Sarah and neighboring St. Francisville. Understanding this community will facilitate understanding McMickenʹs relationship to his African‐American family, free people of color in the parish, and people he held in slavery.

More Details:
Charles McMicken lived seasonally in St. Francisville from 1808 to 1858. McMicken owned and traded slaves while in residence in Louisiana. He was also the father of an unknown number of children with enslaved women. McMicken's relationship with these enslaved people is of special interest at UC, and particularly in the College of Arts and Sciences as the institution attempts to more fully understand its relationship to slavery. UC's research to date has focused on St. Francisville, the site of some of McMicken's many properties in the south and his primary residence as he made his fortune in commerce. 

Open format Q&A with Evelyn L. Wilson

2 pm, Wednesday, February 19: At the African American Cultural Resource Center 

History Club Movie Night

In honor of Black History Month, The History Club will be watching the movie "The Butler" on Tuesday, February 25th at 6:30 pm in McMicken 354.  Movie snacks provided and welcome!

Universities Studying Slavery Symposium

On October 9-12th, 2019 UC History co-hosted with Xavier University the Universities Studying Slavery (USS) Symposium, entitled the Academy's Original Sin. This symposium addressed the historical and contemporary issues dealing with race and inequality in higher education and university communities, and the complicated legacies of slavery in both modern American society and the Queen City. Specifically, this symposium is part of the initative to discuss UC's past ties with slave-owner Charlies McMicken and reflect on the University's present engagement and service to the African American community, which has always constituted a much larger percentage of the city's population than the University's student body or faculty.   

This symposium was a national, multi-institutional, collaborative effort that encompassed forty-nine campuses. A full itinerary of the Symposium's events can be read here.     


Dis/Ability in Germany, Yesterday and Today

On September 26-27, Prof. Kate Sorrels co-hosted a conference on dis/ability in German literature, culture, and history, held at UC and the Holocaust and Humanity Center (Cincinnati Museum Center).

Conference Program

Thursday, September 26, 2019

9:00 – 9:30       Coffee and Registration

9:30 – 10:00    Welcome and Introduction

10:00-12:00     Panel I: Framing and Frames of  Dis/Ability
Location: University of Cincinnati, Max Kade Center, Old Chem Building, 7th floor; 2855 Campus Way, Cincinnati

Christiane Vogel (Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Institute of History and Ethics of Medicine): “Protagonists overcoming the human condition”

Markus Dederich (University of Cologne, Department of Curative Education and Rehabilitation): “Inclusion, emotion and disability”

Caroline Weist (University of Richmond, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures): “Crip as Folk: Disability and Temporality in Else Lasker-Schüler’s Die Wupper

12:00-3:00       Lunch Break followed by change of location

3:00-5:00          Panel II: Dis/Ability in Nazi Germany
Location: Cincinnati Museum Center's Reakirt Auditorium; 1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati

Thomas Foth (University of Ottawa, Faculty of Health Sciences): “Nurses as accomplices to murder in German psychiatric asylums before, during, and after the Nazi regime”

Patricia Heberer-Rice (US Holocaust Memorial Museum, The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies): “Nameless Victims, Silenced Voices: A Profile of Victims of the ‘Euthanasia’ Program”

Lutz Kaelber (University of Vermont, Department of Sociology): “Disability in Nazi Germany in the Context of ‘Euthanasia’ Crimes”

5:00-6:00          Self-guided tour of the Holocaust and Humanity Center

2 October 2017, Mandel Center Fellows stand for their portraits.

At 6:00 p.m., Dr. Warren Rosenblum (Webster University), will deliver the University of Cincinnati History Department’s annual Von Rosenstiel lecture, "No Place for Disability: The Origins of Mass Murder in Fantasies of Perfection."  This lecture will take place at the Reakirt Auditorium in the Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati. 

Friday, September 27, 2019

9:00-11:30       Panel III: Perception and Influences on the Concept of Dis/ability
Location: University of Cincinnati, Max Kade Center, Old Chem Building, 7th floor; 2855 Campus Way, Cincinnati

Tim Allen (University of Cincinnati, Department of Philosophy): “Depths of Exclusion”

Ruth von Bernuth (Duke University, Department of Germanic & Slavic Languages & Literatures): “Il Callotto resuscitato: A Mirror of Humankind”

Heather Perry (University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Department of History): “Making "Taxpayers out of Charity Cases": Medical Innovation and National Regeneration in WWI Germany”

Anja Werner (Martin-Luther-University of Halle-Wittenberg, Department for the History and Ethics of Medicine): “American Influences on the Establishment of Academic Sign Language Research in the divided Germany during the Cold War”

11:30-12:30     Closing discussion


Uwe Lubken Lecture on Environmental History

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Uwe Lubken of the Amerika-Institut, Ludwig Maximillian University in Munich will be coming to UC to give a lecture titled "Environmental Change Migration: Historical Perspectives."  Lecture starts at 6:00 pm at the Taft Research Center.  


Sixth Annual Conway Lecture

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Presenting the Sixth Annual Conway Lecture in Catholic Studies:

"Catholic Democracy as an Antidote to Liberalism: What Newman, Chesterton, and Tocquevile Teach Us Today"

Why Liberalism Failed

This year's Conway Lecture in Catholic Studies will be delivered by Patrick Deneen, the David A. Potenziani Memorial College Chair and Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame.  His book, Why Liberalism Failed, was one of 2018's most talked-about analyses of contemporary politics.  In this lecture, Profesor Deneen discusses key authorities at the center of his account and how their ideas can renew America's promise and refresh its political community.  

"Why Liberalism Failed offers cogent insights into the loss of meaning and community that many in the West feel, issues that liberal democracies ignore at their own peril."- Former President Barack Obama.

When: Easter Monday, 22 April 2019
Where: McMicken Hall 127 (iconic building on Clifton Ave) UC Main Campus, Clifton
Time: 7:00-8:30 PM
Park: Street parking on Clifton Avenue & neighborhood
POC: Dr. Jeff Zalar, 

Maestro Lucas Richman Lecture Series

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Presenting a series of public presentations by distinguished conductor and composer:

Lucas Richman
Bangor Symphony Orchestra

April 14-17,  2019

GRAMMY award-winning conductor/composer Lucas Richman has served as Music Director for the Bangor Symphony Orchestra since 2010 and held the position as Music Director for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra from 2003-2015. Resident/Assistant Conductor for the Pittsburgh Symphony from 1998-2004, he has also appeared as guest conductor with numerous orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Oslo Philharmonic, and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Richman’s numerous collaborations with film composers as their conductor has yielded recorded scores for such films as the Academy Award-nominated The Village (with violinist, Hilary Hahn), As Good As It Gets, Face/ Off, Se7en, Breakdown, The Manchurian Candidate, Kit Kittredge: An American Girl and The House with a Clock in its Walls; in 2010, John Williams invited him to lead the three-month national summer tour of Star Wars in Concert. As a composer, Mr. Richman’s music has been performed by over two hundred orchestras across the United States and has been recorded by organizations such as the San Diego Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Debussy Trio. 

For more information, contact the Department of History at (513) 556-2144.

The lectures are free and open to the public. Sponsored by The University of Cincinnati College of Arts and Sciences Department of History, Center for Studies in Jewish Education and Culture, CCM Composition, Musicology, and Theory Division, The Taft Research Center, and The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives.  

Sun, Apr 14 @ 7:00 PM
American Jewish Archives, 3101 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45220
“Symphony:  This Will Be Our Reply -- A Tribute to Leonard Bernstein”
Lucas Richman’s new symphony is inspired by Leonard Bernstein’s tribute “An Artist’s Response to Violence” (November 25, 1963) which was delivered following JFK’s assassination. Bernstein stated: “This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly, than ever before.”

Mon, Apr 15 @ 12:15-1:15 PM
University of Cincinnati, Dyer Hall 350
“‘Change the World’: Broadway’s Assassins, Gun Violence, and American Society” PART 1
This 2-part presentation examines Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's award- winning Broadway musical Assassins (1990).

Mon, Apr 15 @ 3:30-5:00 PM
University of Cincinnati, Taft Research Center
“‘Taking the F#%&ing High Road’ and Other Essays About Music, Leadership, and Life”

Wed, Apr 17 @ 12:15-1:15 PM
University of Cincinnati, Dyer Hall 350
“‘Change the World’: Broadway’s Assassins (1990), Gun Violence, and American Society” PART 2

QCC 2019

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16th Annual Queen City Colloquium & Interdisciplinary History Conference, 9 AM- 5 PM, April 5

Oceans of Skin in the Early Modern World

Craig Koslofsky
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
1 PM, April 5th
Taft Center
Edwards I, 1110



Schedule for the 16th Annual Queen City Colloquium and Interdisciplinary History Conference  
8:45am to 9:15am - Registration and Light Breakfast (Taft Research Center) 
9:15am to 10:15am - Session I 
Panel 1A: “The State, Media, and Culture in the 20th Century” (Taft 1110)

  •  Kadriye Donmez (University of Cincinnati), “Visuality of Motherhood: Experience through Na(rra)tion and (Re)imagination in an Early Turkish Periodical Magazine, 1923 – 1945” 
  • Evan R. Ash (Miami University), “Cincinnati Censors the Comics! The Cincinnati Committee for the Evaluation of Comics and Cold War Cultural Censorship” 
  • Corey Swearingen (University of Cincinnati), “Laughing at the Madness: Soviet Caricature and Economic Reform in the Late Soviet Union” 

Panel 1B: “Gender and Medicine in the 18th Century Atlantic World” (Edwards 6120) 

  • Katie Ranum (University of Cincinnati), “Not Cutting Covenant: Circumcision, Rhetoric and Non-Conformity in the Early Modern Atlantic World” 
  • Conor Howard (University of Cincinnati), “Handmaidens of the Patriarchy?: Young Women and Patriarchal Masculinity in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World” 
  • Alyssa Peterson (University of Texas, Austin), “‘Quinquina’: Obtaining, Importing, and Using the French Miracle Drug”

Panel 1C: “Forgotten Stories of the Long Civil Rights Movement” (Edwards 6126) 

  • Nick Brown (University of Cincinnati), “The Ladies Auxiliary: Their Own Fight for Equal Rights in the Union and Modern Civil Rights Movement” 
  • Alysha Federkeil (University of Cincinnati), “A Live Wire: The Life and Work of Daisy Lampkin 1883-1965” 
  • Alexandra Pasqualone (University of Cincinnati), “Leading the Charge: Youth Voices of the 1967 High School Walkout of Philadelphia”

10:30am to 11:30am - Session II 
Panel 2A: “Imagining Nation and State During the U.S. Civil War” (Taft 1110) 

  • Kevin McPartland (University of Cincinnati), “Birthing a Nation: The Southern Press in the Secession Crisis” 
  • Stefanie Haire (Middle Tennessee State University), “An Impetus for Fighting: Cherokees in the Nineteenth Century” 
  • Daniel Farrell (University of Cincinnati), “Sustaining Martial Law in Missouri: Rethinking Abraham Lincoln’s Rebuke of John C. Fremont, 1861” 

Panel 2B: “Making Sense of the World in Early Modern Europe” (Edwards 6120) 

  • Kathleen Johnson (University of Cincinnati), “Women, Customary Law, and Canon Law: the French Female’s Fight for Freedom” 
  • Eric Wilson (Baylor University), “‘My fleshe is verely meate, and my bloud is verelye drynke’: The Eucharist as portrayed in John Mirk’s Festial and Edmund Bonner’s A Necessary Doctrine” 
  • Tanner Moore (Purdue), “‘Them Filthy Rodents are still Coming for Your Souls’: Analyzing the Theology of the Plague in Restoration England” 

Panel 2C: “Reimagining Empires and Their People” (Edwards 6126) 

  • Madeline Abanto (University of Cincinnati), “Agency and Indigeneity: Indigenous Women Before the Law in Colonial Latin America, 1500s-1800s” 
  • Tyson Sadlier (University of Cincinnati), “‘Our Jews’: Imperial Russia's Jewish Question in Georgian Society”  
  • Li Fuwei (University of Cincinnati), “Becoming Mulan and Fatimah: The Spread of Women’s Mosques in Republican Northwestern China” 

11:45am to 12:45pm - Lunch (Taft 1110) 

1:00pm to 2:30pm – Keynote Speaker (Taft 1110) 
Craig M. Koslofsky, “Oceans of Skin in the Early Modern World” 
Craig M. Koslofsky is a professor of history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  His current work focuses on human skin in the early modern world.  He is the author of Evening’s Empire: A History of the Night in Early Modern Europe. 

2:45pm to 3:45pm - Session III  
Panel 3A: “Cincinnati: An American City” (Edwards 6120) 

  • Anne Delano Steinart (University of Cincinnati), “Cast in Iron: Cincinnati's Nineteenth Century Cast Iron Facades” 
  • Robert Due (University of Cincinnati), “Home is Where Their Hope Was: A Comparative Study of New Deal Housing Programs” 
  • Kevin Rigsbee (University of Cincinnati), “Regionalism in the Federal Writers' Project Works”    

Panel 3B: War, Gender, and Trauma in the Americas (Edwards 6126) 

  • Kristin Miller (University of Cincinnati), “Living in Fear: The Impact of the American Revolution on the Daily Lives of Women” 
  • Crystal Whetsone (University of Cincinnati), “Who Counts as a ‘Worthy’ Activist?: Investigating the Politics of Memory of Women’s Maternal Peace Activism”
  • Gracia Silva (University of Cincinnati), “Understanding Social Trauma and Social Suffering as a Sociopolitical Event: The Experience of Nicaraguan Political Refugees in Costa Rica” 

3:45pm to 4:00pm - Afternoon Coffee 
4:00pm to 5:00pm - Session IV 
Panel 4A: “Race and Persecution in 19th Century America” (Edwards 6120) 

  • Diamond Crowder (University of Cincinnati), “A Heavy Burden: The Sexual Exploitation of Slave Women in Nineteenth Century America” 
  • Tony Russomanno (University of Cincinnati), “‘They Monopolize the fruit, oyster and fish trades and are nearly all peddlers’: The Racialization of Italian Immigrants in Gilded Age New Orleans” 
  • Keegan Sims (Loyola University, Chicago), “The Appalachian Mirage: Presbyterian Home Missions in Appalachia in the Late 19th and Early     20th Centuries” 

 Panel 4B: Resistance is Never Futile (Edwards 6126) 

  • Seth Cebula (University of Cincinnati), “‘A Time to Resist?’: An Examination of French Political Treatises After the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre” 
  • Matthew Crooker (Wright  State University), “Cool Notes in an Invisible War: The Use of Radio and Music in the Cold War from 1953 to 1968” 
  • Isabella Branco (University of Cincinnati), “A History of Opinions: Middle Class Attitudes towards the 1964-1985 Military Dictatorship of Brazil” 

****Reception for Presenters and University of Cincinnati graduate students at the home of Professor Willard Sunderland at 6pm. 

Prof Kambiz GhaneaBassiri visits Cincinnati

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Presenting a series of public lectures by distinguished scholar and author:

Kambiz GhaneaBassiri
Reed College

March 30th --- April 1st

Dr. Kambiz GhaneaBassiri is Professor of Religion and Humanities at Reed College. His scholarship and teaching stands at the intersection of American religious history and Islamic history in the classical (8th-11th centuries) and modern (19th-20th centuries) periods. GhaneaBassiri is the author of A History of Islam in America: From the New World to the New World Order (Cambridge University Press, 2010). He is also founding co-editor of the book series Islam of the Global West (Bloomsbury Academic). He has been named a Guggenheim Fellow and a Carnegie Scholar. He is currently working on a book project titled “The Mosque in Islamic History.”

For more information contact:
U.C. History Department, (513) 556-2144
Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati, (513) 755-3280

The lectures are free and open to the public. 

Sponsored by the Center for Studies in Jewish Education and Culture, UC Middle East Studies Program, UC Department of History, and the Catholic Studies Program, Taft Research Center, and The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives.

Sat, March 30th, 6:30-8:00 PM
Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati
8092 Plantation Drive, West Chester, OH
“Islam and the Arc of Justice in America”

Mon, Apr 1st, 12:15-1:15 PM
University of Cincinnati,
Dyer Hall 350
“Muslims and American Religion Post-World War II

Mon, Apr 1st, 3:00-5:00 PM,
University of Cincinnati,
Taft Research Center
“The American Mosque and Its Controversies”

OAH Distinguished Lecturer Anne Hyde visits UC History

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Professor Anne Hyde, of the University of Oklahoma, will give a lecture, sponsored by the UC History Department and Taft Research Center. 

Creating “Half-Breed:” A History of Mixed Blood North America, 1600-1940

Wednesday, February 27
5-6:30 PM
People’s Liberty, 1805 Elm St.

Lecture is free and open to the public.

Speaker: Anne Hyde, The University of Oklahoma, OAH Distinguished Lecturer


Black History Month Activities in the History Department

Join the History Department for a film festival, church tour, or cook-off for Black History Month. 

Black History Month Film Festival

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Film series dedicated to the recognition and appreciation of the acheivements & advances of black people. 

When? Showings on every Monday, Wednesday & Friday starting at 8pm. 

Where? The Department of History on the 3rd Floor of the College of Arts & Sciences(McMicken Hall)

Admission, pizza, & poporn free of charge

Films to expect: More than a Month, Selma, The Help, Black Dynamite, Coming to America, Black Panther, 42, School Daze, & More

Hosted by Student Government & Department of History 

Black History Month Film Festival: All Films in the V/R Room from 8-10 PM.

Feb 4: Selma
Feb 11: Imitation of Life
Feb 18: Black Panther
Feb 25: The Color Purple

Feb 6: Purple Rain
Feb 13: Black Dynamite
Feb 20: School Daze
Feb 27: Confederate States of America (CSA)

*We've designated Fridays as "Family-Friendly Film Night," and invite members of the UC community to bring their children, family, and friends; all Friday movies are PG-13*
Feb 8: The Help
Feb 15: Coming to America
Feb 22: 42

Historical Black Church Tours

Every Sunday in February, the Department of History will lead a tour of historical black churches in Cincinnati. This year, we will exclusively feature churches from the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) denomination, in celebration of it being the first, independent Protestant denomination founded specifically for blacks in the United States. Our tour will include:

  • Feb 3: Allen Temple AME (7030 Reading Rd...service 9:50am)
  • Feb 10: Bethel AME Church (700 Mulberry St....service 11am)
  • Feb 17: Grace AME Church (1627 Fairfax Ave..service 10:30am
  • Feb 24: Quinn Chapel AME (10998 Southland Rd...service 9:30am)

If you can give a ride or need a ride to church, meet our caravan in front of McMicken Hall approximately 45 minutes ahead of each church service. Our caravan will leave McMicken Hall approximately 30 minutes prior to each service, so don't be late! And don't forget to bring $1 for the collection plate!

The "Put Yo’ Foot In It" Campus-Wide Soul Food Cook-Off

Working in conjunction with the AACRC and the SGA, the Department of History will host a campus-wide soul-food cook-off featuring an array of down-home dishes in ten (10) categories. Think you've got what it takes to win the Golden Foot Award? Registration spaces are LIMITED, so sign up now by contacting Dr. Holly McGee .

Zane L. Miller Symposium: Conversations in the City

Postcard showing McMicken Hall at the University of Cincinnati College of Arts and Sciences

UC History Department’s third annual Zane L. Miller Symposium focuses this year on concerns about the prominence of Charles McMicken, his known slave holding past, and his relationship to the College of Arts and Sciences and elsewhere at UC. The Student Senate voted recently to remove McMicken’s name from the College of Arts and Sciences, and UC President Neville Pinto has created a university-wide commission to examine this issue. This is an opportune time for a broader community conversation about this crucial concern.

We invite you to join us in conversations designed to offer information and opportunities to listen to various perspectives on the question of removing McMicken’s name from the College, McMicken’s legacy, and finding ways to open a safe dialogue regarding the University’s stated commitment to an environment of “equity and inclusion in 2019 and beyond.”

Date:  Thursday, February 28, 2019
Place:  First Unitarian Church
            536 Linton St, Cincinnati, OH 45219

5:30 p.m. Opening Reception
6:00-7:30 p.m. Panel & Discussion
7:30 p.m. Closing Reception

Free and Open to the Public

  • David Stradling, Welcome & Introductions, Moderator
    (Associate Dean for Humanities, Zane L. Miller Professor of Urban History)
  • Sinna Habteselassie (UC Student Body President)
  • Ashley Nkadi (UC alum, Co-founder Irate8, Writer and Social Justice Activist)
  • Greg Hand (UC Associate Vice President for Public Relations, retired)
  • Charles Jones (Head, UC Department of Africana Studies)

UC History in the City thanks our co-sponsors and donors:

  • UC African American Cultural & Resource Center
  • Research Panel on University-City Relations, UC Affiliate of Universities Studying Slavery
  • Judith Spraul-Schmidt and Michael Schmidt
  • Charles and Virginia Casey-Leininger
  • The Niehoff Fund
  • UC College of Arts and Sciences
  • UC Department of Africana Studies

View the event flyer here

Unlocking UC’s History

On Wednesday, December 5th, students of our HIST2064 Public History class put their knowledge and dedication to the test by hosting a pop-up exhibit on the third floor of McMicken Hall.  They cleverly designed their exhibits into the lockers that still line the halls.  Their hard work was rewarded as spectators were caught by the curious displays and toured the hall.  In celebration of UC’s Bicentennial, each locker had a topic of UC History: including College Consolidation, Racism on Campus, Extracurricular Activities, UC Athletics, Band Uniforms, and more.