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Liz Varon's Washington Post Op-Ed on the parallels between Presidents Andrew Johnson and Donald Trump

Liz Varon's Washington Post Op-Ed on the parallels between Presidents Andrew Johnson and Donald Trump

Professor Liz Varon wrote for the Washington Post's "Made By History" series about the parallels between Presidents Andrew Johnson and Donald Trump. To read, click here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2021/01/15/senate-conviction-might-stop-trump-it-wont-stop-trumpism/#click=https://t.co/4Y9mSFj46H

Professor Liz Varon wrote for the Washington Post's "Made By History" series about the parallels between Presidents Andrew Johnson and Donald Trump.

Carrie Janney on the Evolution of the post-Civil War Lost Cause Mythology

Carrie Janney on the Evolution of the post-Civil War Lost Cause Mythology

Professor Carrie Janney was recently featured on the radio program, On the Media. Inan interview with Bob Garfield, Carrie explains how President Donald Trump and his followers are using the tactics and symbols of the Lost Cause to establish influence indefeat: https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/dark-familiarity-trumps-lost-cause-on-the-media

Carrie also co-authored an op-ed, "In a Civil War, accountability must precede healing" with Melody Barnes of UVa's Democracy Initiative for the Washington Post. To read, click here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/in-a-civil-war-accountability-must-precede-healing/2021/01/15/8a8004de-5769-11eb-a817-e5e7f8a406d6_story.html#click=https://t.co/5uOa3uEzsb

Professor Carrie Janney was recently featured on the radio program, On the Media. Inan interview with Bob Garfield, Carrie explains how President Donald Trump and his followers are using t

Will Hitchcock's and Siva Vaidhyanathan's Democracy in Danger Podcast Reflects on the Capitol Hill Riot of January 6th

Will Hitchcock's and Siva Vaidhyanathan's Democracy in Danger Podcast Reflects on the Capitol Hill Riot of January 6th

In the January 9th episode of their podcast, Democracy in Danger, hosts Will Hitchcock and Siva Vaidhyanathan reflect on the Capitol Hill riot of January 6th and how these events were not unprecedented or unpredictable. You can listen here: https://listen.sdpb.org/post/how-world-reacted-insurrection-us-capitol

Professor Hitchcock was also recently featured in a UVa Today article about his course, "Democracy in Danger." Co-taught with Siva Vaidhyanathan during J-Term, the course attracted over 300 students. To read the article, click here: https://news.virginia.edu/content/j-term-course-democracy-attracts-more-300-students-and-president-ryan?utm_source=DailyReport&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=news

In the January 9th episode of their podcast, Democracy in Danger, hosts Will Hitchcock and Siva Vaidhyanathan reflect on the Capitol Hill riot of January 6th and how these events were not

Department News Wrap-Up

Department News Wrap-Up

Prof. Will Hitchcock’s and Siva Vaidhyanathan’s Democracy in Danger podcast hosted a special live broadcast that featured Carol Anderson, Melody Barnes, Leah Wright-Rigueur, and Ian Solomon. The broadcast, “Aftermath: Democracy in the Wake of 2020,” examined the challenges facing Democracy in the wake of the election.  More post-election analysis can also be found on the podcast’s November 11th episode with guest commentators Jamelle Bouie and Dahlia Lithwick.

“What can Charlottesville’s forgotten Jewish past teach us about the American struggle for freedom?” This is a question Prof. James Loeffler explores in a recent essay, “The Jewish Grandchildren of Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson.” Prof. Loeffler's essay is featured on The Thoughts From the Lawn (TFTL) blog, which is published by Lifetime Learning at the University of Virginia’s Office of Engagement.  

Prof. Carrie Janney delivered the Tracy W. and Katherine W. McGregor Distinguished Lecture in American History. In her lecture, "When the Monuments Went Up,” Carrie explored “the ways in which the Civil War generation, Unionists and Confederates, men and women, white and Black, crafted and protected their memories of the nation’s greatest conflict.”

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Publications

La Philanthropie En Amerique

La Philanthropie en Amérique

Freedom has a Face

Freedom Has a Face

Race, Identity, and Community in Jefferson's Virginia

The Inscriptions of Dodona and a New hisotry of Molossia

The Inscriptions of Dodona and a New History of Molossia

The History of a Founding Ideal

Merit

The History of a Founding Ideal from the American Revolution to the Twenty-First Century

Alexis de Tocqueville

Alexis de Tocqueville

Democracy in America: Volumes One and Two

Madison

The Papers of James Madison, Presidential Series, Volume 7

War of 1812

The War of 1812

Conflict for a Continent

The Human Rights Revolution

The Human Rights Revolution

An International History

The Long 1989

Decades of Global Revolution

African-American History

African-American History

Cool Town

How Athens, Georgia Launched the Alternative Scene and Changed American Culture

Remembering the Civil War

Remembering the Civil War

Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation

The Cigarette

A Political History

Petersburg to Appomattox

Petersburg to Appomattox

The End of the War in Virginia

To the End of Revolution

The Chinese Communist Party and Tibet, 1949–1959

For the Soul of Mankind

For the Soul of Mankind

The United States, the Soviet Union, and the Cold War (Chinese translation)

Tesla

Tesla

Inventor of the Electrical Age

Becoming Confederates

Becoming Confederates

Paths to a New National Loyalty

Black Leaders on Leadership

Black Leaders on Leadership

Conversations with Julian Bond

Burying the Dead But Not the Past

Burying the Dead But Not The Past

Ladies' Memorial Associations & the Lost Cause

Taming the Unknown

Taming the Unknown

A History of Algebra from Antiquity to the Early Twentieth Century

The Chile Reader

The Chile Reader

History, Culture, Politics

La Frontera

La Frontera

Forests and Ecological Conflict in Chile’s Frontier Territory

Tosaka Jun

Tosaka Jun

A Critical Reader

Bad Water

Bad Water

Nature, Pollution, and Politics in Japan, 1870–1950

The Punitive Turn

The Punitive Turn

New Approaches to Race and Incarceration

Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability in Transatlantic Perspective

The King's Bishop

The King's Bishops

The Politics of Patronage in England and Normandy, 1066-1216

Appomattox

Appomattox

Victory, Defeat, and Freedom at the End of the Civil War

Lens of War

Lens of War

Exploring Iconic Photographs of the Civil War

The Associational State

The Associational State

American Governance in the Twentieth Century

Discovering Tuberculosis

Discovering Tuberculosis

A Global History, 1900 to the Present

Enlightenment Underground

Enlightenment Underground

Radical Germany, 1680-1720

Cold Harbor

Cold Harbor to the Crater The End of the Overland Campaign

Ruling Minds

Ruling Minds

Psychology in the British Empire

Causes Won and Lost

Causes Won and Lost

The End of the Civil War

The American War

The American War

A History of the Civil War Era

Shaper Nations

Shaper Nations

Strategies for a Changing World

When Sunday Comes

Gospel Music in the Soul and Hip-Hop Eras

Charlotteville 2017

Charlottesville 2017

The Legacy of Race and Inequity

The Age of Eisenhower

The Age of Eisenhower

America and the World in the 1950s

Performing Filial Piety in Northern Song China

Family, State, and Native Place

La Nacion Sentida

La nación sentida

Rooted Cosmopolitans

Rooted Cosmopolitans

Jews and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century

Piracy and Law

Piracy and Law in the Ottoman Mediterranean

Singing the Resurrection

Singing the Resurrection

Body, Community, and Belief in Reformation Europe

Sea of Debt

A Sea of Debt

Law and Economic Life in the Western Indian Ocean, 1780-1950

Armies of Deliverance

A New History of the Civil War

The Law of Strangers

Jewish Lawyers and International Law in the Twentieth Century

To Build a Better World

Choices to End the Cold War and Create a Global Commonwealth

Corcoran Department of History

The University of Virginia's Corcoran Department of History has long been one of the anchors for liberal and humane education in the College of Arts & Sciences. Members of the Department are nationally and internationally recognized for their scholarship and teaching. As scholars, the faculty specialize in a wide range of disciplines — cultural, diplomatic, economic, environmental history, history of science & technology, intellectual, legal, military, political, public history, and social history.  Areas of interest span the globe from Africa, to East Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, South Asia, and the United States. As teachers, our faculty seek above all to lead students to reflect more deeply on the role historical forces and processes play in the human condition. Offering over 100 courses a year, the faculty teach introductory surveys as well as seminars and colloquia to undergraduates and graduate students. The Department's intellectual breadth is enhanced by its close relationship with the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American & African Studies, the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES), the Classics Department, an emerging Law & History nexus between the Department and the School of Law,  the Miller Center for Study of the American Presidency, and the Committee on the History of Environment, Science, and Technology (CHEST). Members of the Department are also closely involved with several interdisciplinary programs in the College of Arts & Sciences such as, American Studies, Latin American Studies, Middle-Eastern Studies, Medieval Studies Program, and Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies.  Others work at the convergence of humanities and digital technology, both in research and in novel approaches to historical pedagogy.