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2014-2015 History Series

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Roman Cybriwsky


Ian Worthington


David Gellman


Carla Kaplan

Evenings begin with a 6:45 Reception.  Talks begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Salisbury House & Garden Common Room.

Kyiv, Ukraine: The City of Domes and Demons from the Collapse of Socialism to the Mass Uprising of 2013-2014.
Roman Cybriwsky,
Professor of Geography & Urban Studies at Temple University
Thursday, October 2nd

Kyiv, Ukraine: The City of Domes and Demons is a pioneering case study of urban change from socialism to the hard edge of a market economy after the fall of the Soviet Union. It looks in detail at the historic capital of Ukraine - Europe's seventh-largest city - with emphasis on the changing social geography of the city, on urban development, and on critical problems such as official corruption, social inequality, sex tourism, and destruction of historical ambience. A beautiful city that has been known for its great river, the Dnipro, and for so many spectacular churches capped with golden domes that it was once called a New Jerusalem, is today being devoured by demons of capitalist greed and corruption.


By the Spear: Phillip II, Alexander the Great, and the Rise and Fall of the Macedonian Empire. 
Ian Worthington, Curators’ Professor, University of Missouri
Thursday, November 6th

For the first time, By the Spear offers an exhilarating military narrative of the reigns of Philip II and Alexander the Great. Ian Worthington gives full breadth to the careers of father and son, showing how Philip was the architect of the Macedonian empire, which reached its zenith under Alexander, only to disintegrate upon his death. By the Spear also explores the impact of Greek culture in the East, as Macedonian armies became avatars of social and cultural change in lands far removed from the traditional sphere of Greek influence. In addition, the book discusses the problems Alexander faced in dealing with a diverse subject population and the strategies he took to what might be called nation building, all of which shed light on contemporary events in culturally dissimilar regions of the world. The result is a gripping and unparalleled account of the role these kings played in creating a vast empire and the enduring legacy they left behind.


Emancipating New York: The Politics of Slavery and Freedom, 1777-1827. 
David Gellman, Professor of History, DePauw University
Thursday, April 23rd | 2015                                     

In an innovative blend of cultural and political history, David N. Gellman has written the most complete study to date of the abolition of slavery in New York State. Focusing on public opinion, he shows New Yorkers engaged in vigorous debates and determined activism during the final decades of the eighteenth century as they grappled with the possibility of freeing the state's black population. The first book on its subject, "Emancipating New York" provides a fascinating narrative of a citizenry addressing longstanding injustices central to some of the greatest traumas of American history. The debate within the New York public sphere over abolition proved a pivotal contest in the unraveling of worldwide slavery, Gellman shows, and set the stage for intense political conflicts in the nineteenth century.

Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance
Carla Kaplan,
Distinguished Professor of American Literature, Northeastern University
Thursday, May 7th | 2015

Celebrated scholar Carla Kaplan’s cultural biography, Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance, focuses on white women, collectively called “Miss Anne,” who became Harlem Renaissance insiders. The 1920s in New York City was a time of freedom, experimentation, and passion—with Harlem at the epicenter. White men could go uptown to see jazz and modern dance, but women who embraced black culture too enthusiastically could be ostracized. Miss Anne in Harlem focuses on six of the unconventional, free-thinking women, some from Manhattan high society, many Jewish, who crossed race lines and defied social conventions to become a part of the culture and heartbeat of Harlem. Ethnic and gender studies professor Carla Kaplan brings the interracial history of the Harlem Renaissance to life with vivid prose, extensive research, and period photographs.


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