Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Professor James Loeffler recently published a new piece in the Jewish Quarterly Review. Entitled "The First Genocide: Antisemitism and Universalism in Raphael Lemkin's Thought," Loeffler discusses Raphael Lemkin's confrontation with antisemitism in interwar Poland and how it shaped his origin-story for genocide. 

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When did the first genocide take place in history? In theory, a universal crime transcends time and space. In practice, the moral imagination demands a specific origin story. In this article, I explain how and why Raphael Lemkin chose to locate genocide’s archetypal origins in the early Christian martyrdom at the hands of the ancient Romans. That choice emerged from a dramatic public confrontation with Catholic antisemitism in interwar Poland. Haunted by the charge of Jewish moral parochialism, after the war Lemkin fashioned a cosmopolitan narrative for his discovery of genocide. Today, scholars are consumed by debates about the historical and conceptual relationship between the Holocaust and other genocides. Yet we cannot move forward in that endeavor until we retrieve Lemkin’s Polish Jewish past.


Monday, March 7, 2022

The Holsinger Portrait Project (co-directed by Professor John Mason) a partnership between the University of Virginia and the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, presents a pop-up exhibition, The New Negro in Charlottesville and Albemarle: Portraits from a Century Ago, at the Northside Library branch of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library throughout the month of March. The exhibition is free and can be seen during the library's regular opening hours. The pop-up show is a preview of much larger exhibitions that will open at the University of Virginia, in September 2022, and at the Jefferson School, in early 2023. 

Monday, March 7, 2022

Congratulations to Professor J.E. Lendon on the publication of his new book: That Tyrant Persuasion:  How Rhetoric Shaped the Roman World (Princeton:  Princeton University Press, 2022).

The assassins of Julius Caesar cried out that they had killed a tyrant, and days later their colleagues in the Senate proposed rewards for this act of tyrannicide. The killers and their supporters spoke as if they were following a well-known script. They were. Their education was chiefly in rhetoric and as boys they would all have heard and given speeches on a ubiquitous set of themes—including one asserting that “he who kills a tyrant shall receive a reward from the city.” In That Tyrant, Persuasion, J. E. Lendon explores how rhetorical education in the Roman world influenced not only the words of literature but also momentous deeds: the killing of Julius Caesar, what civic buildings and monuments were built, what laws were made, and, ultimately, how the empire itself should be run.

Presenting a new account of Roman rhetorical education and its surprising practical consequences, That Tyrant, Persuasion shows how rhetoric created a grandiose imaginary world for the Roman ruling elite—and how they struggled to force the real world to conform to it. Without rhetorical education, the Roman world would have been unimaginably different.

“This is an original and significant book with a seemingly effortless combination of knowledge and readability. Arguing that the rhetorical education of the ancient Roman elite had a pervasive influence on their actions, That Tyrant, Persuasion treats readers to thought-provoking accounts of Roman monuments, Roman law, and even the murder of Julius Caesar.”―Henriette van der Blom, University of Birmingham

“Lendon guides us once again into the deepest recesses of the Roman elite mind, revealing a set of springs and gears that caused the real world to tick; but this was a movement that had been flawlessly regulated by the professor of rhetoric. No wonder, then, that a flesh-and-blood dictator, Julius Caesar, was handled just like all the fantastical tyrants whom Brutus and his companions had spent their school days dutifully and heroically eliminating. This book is a must-read for all who want to understand why a Roman aristocrat thought, said, and, ultimately, did what he did.”Michael Peachin, New York University


Monday, February 28, 2022

UVA Today spoke with Kyrill Kunakhovich about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  For more on Kyrill’s insightful analysis, click here:

Thursday, February 24, 2022

History Ph.D Candidate Olivia Paschal  wrote a column for The Washington Post's "Made by History" blog about the more effective track record historically of Black newspapers in the coverage of racist massacres and other racial violence: The Black press provides a model for how mainstream news can better cover racism.

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Thursday, February 24, 2022

Professor Emeritus Michael Holt was interviewed by CBS Sunday Morning for a feature segment on the 14th President of the United States entitled, "Franklin Pierce: America's Handsomest President?"

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Tuesday, February 22, 2022

In Professor Karen Parshall's newest book, The New Era in American Mathematics, 1920–1950, she discusses the development of American mathematics in the 30 years following World War I.

Monday, February 21, 2022

Professor Karen Parshall was featured in an article titled, "Celebrating Karen Parshall as an Advisor" in the most recent issue of Notices of the American Mathematical Society (AMS). Five of Karen's former graduate students reflected on her dedication to and excellence in mentoring.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Professor Caroline Janney's award-winning book, "Ends of War: The Unfinished Fight of Lee's Army after Appomattox," has been recognized as a "work that enhances the general public's understanding of the Civil War Era," and thus awarded the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize.






Monday, February 14, 2022

The University of Virginia Lifetime Learning Program’s most recent podcast featured Professor Justene Hill Edwards, who discussed her book Unfree Markets: The Slaves' Economy and the Rise of Capitalism in South Carolina.

Monday, February 14, 2022

Professor Philip Zelikow was featured in a New York Times article discussing a bipartisan push to create a Congressional-appointed, high-level independent commission with broad powers to investigate the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.


Monday, February 14, 2022

Professor Sarah Milov was a guest on the podcast, "This Day in Esoteric Political History." The episode focused on the 35th anniversary of General Services Administration regulations limiting where federal employees could smoke at work.

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Professor John Mason, who also serves as the co-director of the Holsinger Portrait Project, has been awarded a Jefferson Trust grant. The grant of $73,000 was awarded for the Project's proposal "Centering African American Life in Central Virginia: Community Engagement & The Holsinger Portrait Project." The grant will support the The Holsinger Portrait Project’s upcoming exhibitions at the Small Special Collections Library and the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, as well as community engagement programming, publications, and a website. The UVA exhibition opens in September 2022 and the JSAAHC exhibition will open in early 2023.

Monday, February 7, 2022

Graduate Student Allison Mitchell's article, "For Jobs and Freedom: How Histories of the Civil Rights Movement Resurrected Black Folks' Economic Demands," was published in Medium as part of the New Ideas in American History project.


Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Graduate Student Ian Iverson and UVA alum Joshua Morrison highlight the history of slavery at UVA in the new Pavilion X exhibit.

Friday, February 4, 2022

Graduate student Meghan Herwig's op-ed in the Washington Post's "Made by History" series, discusses whether the diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics will push China on human rights.

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Professor Sarah Milov was interviewed by the BBC radio program, The Long View, about parallels between tobacco whistleblowing and social media whistleblowing.


Friday, January 28, 2022

The history department congratulates Professor Thomas Klubock on the publication of his new book, Ránquil: Rural Rebellion, Political Violence, and Historical Memory in Chile. Below, is the description for his book:

The first major history of Chile’s most significant peasant rebellion and the violent repression that followed
"In 1934, peasants turned to revolution to overturn Chile’s oligarchic political order and the profound social inequalities in the Chilean countryside. The brutal military counterinsurgency that followed was one of the worst acts of state terror in Chile until the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973–1990). Using untapped archival sources, award-winning scholar Thomas Miller Klubock exposes Chile’s long history of political violence and authoritarianism and chronicles peasants’ movements to build a more just and freer society. Klubock further explores how an amnesty law that erased both the rebellion and the military atrocities lay the foundation for the political stability that characterized Chile’s multi-party democracy. This historical amnesia or olvido, Klubock argues, was a precondition of national reconciliation and democratic rule, which endured until 1973, when conflict in the countryside ended once again with violent repression during the Pinochet dictatorship."



Thursday, January 27, 2022

Published as an Op Ed in The Washington Post, Justin McBrien speaks about how disaster films such as 'Don't Look Up'  will not spur action in regard to climate change.

Friday, January 21, 2022

Professor Neeti Nair spoke on the latest incident of Anti-Muslim hate speech in India, and the lack of response from political leadership on NPR's All Things Considered.

India’s Supreme Court steps in after Hindu leaders call for violence against Muslims.