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American University's Department of History encourages interdisciplinary study, individually designed programs, and close contact between faculty and students. Our outstanding faculty is dedicated to teaching, scholarship, and helping students use the matchless resources of Washington, D.C. page for Public History Program, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Public-History-at-American-University/232258756789693 page for Initiative for Russian Culture, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Initiative-for-Russian-Culture-at-American-University/122758957829349

https://www.washingtonpost.com/magazine/2019/10/14/anti-racist-revelations-ibram-x-kendi/?arc404=trueThe Washington Post...
12/11/2019
Historian Ibram X. Kendi has daring, novel ideas about the nature of racism — and how to fight it

https://www.washingtonpost.com/magazine/2019/10/14/anti-racist-revelations-ibram-x-kendi/?arc404=true
The Washington Post Magazine published a deep dive on the work and ideas of AU professor Ibram Kendi. The Post writes, "After a precocious scholarly career spent demonstrating the depressing pervasiveness of racism, he stands uncommonly hopeful, inviting us onto a path forward."

“The heartbeat of antiracism is confession.”

Check out this show that WAMU posted! It's sure to get you in the mood for all the food.
11/26/2019
WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

Check out this show that WAMU posted! It's sure to get you in the mood for all the food.

A special Thanksgiving episode of Dish City is here just in time for the holidays featuring recipes for distinctive D.C. meals.

One presidential historian who correctly predicted President Trump's election now has a few things to say about his impe...
11/20/2019
This historian predicted the impeachment, so what does he think will happen next?

One presidential historian who correctly predicted President Trump's election now has a few things to say about his impeachment. Presidential Historian Allan Lichtman joins Craig Melvin to discuss why this week's public testimony could be a game-changer.

One presidential historian who correctly predicted President Trump's election now has a few things to say about his impeachment. Presidential Historian Allan Lichtman joins Craig Melvin to discuss why this week's public testimony could be a game-changer.

Allan Lichtman's recent interview with MSNBC on Impeachment.
11/20/2019
Historian who predicted Trump’s election also predicted his impeachment

Allan Lichtman's recent interview with MSNBC on Impeachment.

Allan Lichtman has correctly predicted every presidential election since Ronald Reagan in 1984. But in his same 2016 prediction that Donald Trump would win, Lichtman also predicted he’d be just the third president ever to be impeached. The historian joins Alex Witt to discuss his prediction model ...

Today C-SPAN is re-airing a Q&A with Alan Kraut from last summer.  https://www.c-span.org/person/?alankrautPresident Tru...
10/21/2019
Q&A with Alan Kraut

Today C-SPAN is re-airing a Q&A with Alan Kraut from last summer.
https://www.c-span.org/person/?alankraut

President Trump’s focus on U.S. immigration has resurrected questions as old as the republic: Who is allowed to cross our borders and under what circumstances? American University Distinguished Professor of History Alan Kraut looked back at our politics and policies over the past two plus centuries to see how they transformed the laws designed to manage immigration. He’s a non-resident fellow of the Migration Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. and chairs the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation history advisory committee.

American University Distinguished Professor of History Alan Kraut looks back at our politics and policies over the past two plus centuries to see how they transformed the laws designed to manage…

Ibram X. Kendi Discusses Racism, Hope, and How to Be an Antiracist
10/02/2019
Ibram X. Kendi Discusses Racism, Hope, and How to Be an Antiracist

Ibram X. Kendi Discusses Racism, Hope, and How to Be an Antiracist

Before a packed audience last Monday evening, Professor Ibram X. Kendi, one of the most influential historians and antiracist thinkers of our time, had a conversation about racism with a seemingly unlikely moderator—former white supremacist Derek Black.

A recent article by PhD student, Jonah Estess in TheConversation.Com.
08/29/2019
Curious Kids: Why is money green?

A recent article by PhD student, Jonah Estess in TheConversation.Com.

The color of American money goes back to the British colonies.

College of Arts and Sciences at American University
08/20/2019
College of Arts and Sciences at American University

College of Arts and Sciences at American University

Prof. Ibram X. Kendi's book “How to Be an Antiracist" hailed as "the most courageous book to date on the problem of race" in The New York Times.

Laura Beers' article on healthcare for CNN opinion : "I've lived the difference between US and UK health care. Here's wh...
08/13/2019
Why single-payer healthcare won't happen in US any time soon

Laura Beers' article on healthcare for CNN opinion : "I've lived the difference between US and UK health care. Here's what I learned"

Laura Beers has been sick and needed care in both the UK and the US, and she says while the British National Health Service isn't perfect, it's far superior. As a historian of modern British politics, Beers also offers a history of how the NHS came to be to help explain why it's unlikely the US will...

The Statue of Liberty Museum has been attracting large crowds since its opening in May 2019. Much of this is thanks to A...
08/05/2019

The Statue of Liberty Museum has been attracting large crowds since its opening in May 2019.

Much of this is thanks to American University History Professor Alan Kraut. As chair of the 14-member Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island History Advisory Committee, he played a critical role in creating the museum’s vision, which celebrates the statue’s history, influence, and legacy. The museum also explores the concept of liberty and its complex role in our nation’s history, including slavery, racism, immigration, and women’s rights.

Alan Kraut was seven when his father—on a weeklong vacation from his job at a Manhattan factory—took the family to see the Statue of Liberty. In May, Kraut was back on Liberty Island with Oprah Winfrey, Tony Bennett, and Hillary Clinton to celebrate the opening of the $100 million Statue of Liberty Museum—a 26,000-square-foot space that represents years of work for AU’s distinguished professor of history.

The exhibit includes the statue’s original glowing torch, an immersive theater, soaring windows looking out on the statue and Manhattan skyline and three interactive galleries representing the great history of Lady Liberty.

Read the full story online: American University Magazine
https://www.american.edu/magazine/torch-bearer.cfm

07/28/2019
Democracy Now!

Democracy Now!

At a campaign rally in North Carolina on Wednesday, Trump supporters chanted "send her back" in response to the president's attack against Rep. Ilhan Omar. As President Trump doubles down on his recent racist remarks about Rep. Omar and the other progressive congresswomen of color, we speak with Professor Ibram X. Kendi about what it means when people of color are told to "go back" to their countries and who decides what it means to be an American.

AU Alumnus Lonnie Bunch III Named 14th Secretary of Smithsonian
05/28/2019
AU Alumnus Lonnie Bunch III Named 14th Secretary of Smithsonian

AU Alumnus Lonnie Bunch III Named 14th Secretary of Smithsonian

College of Arts and Sciences alumnus Lonnie G. Bunch III (BA history ’74 and MA history ’76) has been appointed the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, effective June 16. In this position, he will lead the world’s largest museum, education and research complex, comprising 19 museums...

Congratulations to American University History Alumnus, Lonnie G. Bunch III.
05/28/2019
Lonnie G. Bunch III named Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution

Congratulations to American University History Alumnus, Lonnie G. Bunch III.

Lonnie G. Bunch III was today named the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. As Secretary, Bunch will oversee 19 museums, 21 libraries, the National Zoo, nine research centers, and several education units and centers. Bunch is 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian in its 173-year history.

Alan Kraut’s Vision Become Reality in New Statue of Liberty Museum
05/28/2019
Alan Kraut’s Vision Become Reality in New Statue of Liberty Museum

Alan Kraut’s Vision Become Reality in New Statue of Liberty Museum

Last week, our nation’s new Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island opened its doors to the public for the first time. Much of this is thanks to American University History Professor Alan Kraut. As chair of the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island History Advisory Committee, he played a critical role...

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/15/arts/design/statue-of-liberty-museum.htmlNew York Times talks to Dr. Alan Kraut about...
05/22/2019
New Statue of Liberty Museum Illuminates a Forgotten History

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/15/arts/design/statue-of-liberty-museum.html
New York Times talks to Dr. Alan Kraut about his work on the New Statue of Liberty Museum "While the museum is intended to celebrate the concept of liberty, Professor Kraut said, it also pokes holes in it." [...]“It’s an incomplete message in a lot of ways,” he said. “Liberty was denied to many, many people when the statue was first being conceived.”
Now open on Liberty Island. Access to the museum is free with the purchase of a ferry ticket to Liberty and Ellis Islands, with ferries departing from Battery Park in Manhattan and Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J.

The museum, opening Thursday on Liberty Island, reminds visitors of the vague and often dubious ideal of “liberty for all.”

National Antiracist Book Festival
04/26/2019
National Antiracist Book Festival

National Antiracist Book Festival

On Saturday, April 27, 2019, The Antiracist Research and Policy Center will host the 1st Annual National Antiracist Book Festival at American University in Washington, DC. It will take place on AU’s Law School campus near the Tenleytown-AU metro station on the red line. Nearby Politics and Prose B...

Ibram X. Kendi Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship
04/23/2019
Ibram X. Kendi Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

Ibram X. Kendi Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

Ibram X. Kendi, Professor of History and International Relations and Founding Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University, has been awarded a prestigious 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Professor Michael Brenner's timely online article on Theodor Herzl and Israel's Election!
04/10/2019
What would Herzl do?

Professor Michael Brenner's timely online article on Theodor Herzl and Israel's Election!

We can't know who the Zionist leader would vote for, but we can guess who it would not be

Adjunct faculty, Erica Munkwitz, is featured in the April issue of Smithsonian Magazine!
03/25/2019
A Journey to St. Helena, Home of Napoleon's Last Days

Adjunct faculty, Erica Munkwitz, is featured in the April issue of Smithsonian Magazine!

We crossed the globe to the tiny, remote island to sample the splendid desolation of the emperor's exile under a scornful British governor

Challenging Western Misconceptions through Fashion Research
03/21/2019
Challenging Western Misconceptions through Fashion Research

Challenging Western Misconceptions through Fashion Research

In the American imagination, Soviet fashion reflects the widespread deprivation and lack of modishness under socialism. While such perceptions thrived during the Cold War, the Soviet collapse ensured their continued existence. However, Ruth Gabor, a Ph.D. student in History, is challenging the Weste...

Kate Haulman's "All Work and No Pay" featured in the Guardian as one of the best exhibitions for Women's History Month!
03/19/2019
Women's History Month: the best exhibitions across the US

Kate Haulman's "All Work and No Pay" featured in the Guardian as one of the best exhibitions for Women's History Month!

A range of exhibits this March highlight both the work of female artists and of items and documents that track the progress of women’s rights

Dr. Kate Haulman is the guest-curator of this wonderful new exhibit at the National Museum of American History.
03/18/2019
Do Women Still Do the Housework?

Dr. Kate Haulman is the guest-curator of this wonderful new exhibit at the National Museum of American History.

If you are a woman, and you do the bulk of the housework, you are not alone. And now there is a new Smithsonian exhibition for you—All Work, No Pay: A History of Women's Invisible Labor, guest-curated by Kate Haulman associate professor in AU’s Department of History. The exhibit, which opened on...

On March 4th, Kathleen Franz and Kate Haulman opened their exhibit, "All Work, No Pay: A History of Women's Invisible La...
03/12/2019
Women’s ‘All Work, No Pay’ Exhibit New at Smithsonian

On March 4th, Kathleen Franz and Kate Haulman opened their exhibit, "All Work, No Pay: A History of Women's Invisible Labor", at the National Museum of American History.

Check out this exhibit which is part of the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative. "On occasion, curators plan to staff the conversation table in order to enter into a dialogue about the topic and to record and preserve oral histories about housework for the museum’s permanent collection."

The National Museum of American History is located on Constitution Avenue N.W., between 12th and 14th streets, and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). Admission is free. For Smithsonian information, the public may call (202) 633-1000.

Opening, Monday, March 4, the National Museum of American History’s new exhibit, “All Work, No Pay: A History of Women’s Invisible Labor” examines the implied expectation th…

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