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All seminars are held on Mondays at 5:00 PM in the Knox Shaw Room, Sidney Sussex College, unless otherwise indicated.

All inquiries should be directed to Jonathan Goodwin,, 01223 335317. 

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Lent Term


16 January:

Thomas Sugrue, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, and History, New York University

Obama’s Urban Policy: A First Appraisal 

Discussion will be based on a pre-circulated paper


Friday 20 January (Graham Storey Room, Trinity Hall College), 4:00pm:

Jill Lepore, David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History, Harvard University and staff writer for The New Yorker

The Rise and Fall of the Fact


Saturday 21 January (Stanley Library, Girton College), 10:00am

Societies and Social Movements: A conference in Honour of Betty Wood and Alastair Reid


23 January:

Simon Newman

Sir Denis Brogan Professor of American Studies, Department of History and the Andrew Hook Centre for American Studies, University of Glasgow

Hidden in Plain Sight: Escaped Slaves in Jamaica

Discussion will be based on a pre-circulated paper


30 January:

The Trump Presidency and its Implications for the United States

Discussion with David Runciman, Professor of Politics, Head of the Department of Politics and International Studies and a Fellow of Trinity Hall College, University of Cambridge.  


6 February:

Alan Taylor, Thomas Jefferson Foundation Chair, University of Virginia and 2016-17 Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Professor, University of Oxford

Premature Independence: College Violence in Virginia, 1750-1826


13 February:

Emily Charnock, Lecturer in History and Keasbey Research Fellow in American Studies, University of Cambridge

More Than A Score: Interest Group Ratings and Polarized Politics


20 February:

Kate Dossett, Senior Lecturer in US History, University of Leeds

“I Fear I Have No Papers of Historical Interest”: Women’s History and Feminist Archives Since the New Deal


27 February:

David Lubin, Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art, Wake Forest University, and Visiting Professor, Terra Foundation for American Art, University of Oxford

Behind the Mask: WWI, Plastic Surgery, and the Modern Beauty Revolution


6 March:

George Chauncey, Samuel Knight Professor of History and American Studies, Yale University

Rethinking the Post-war History of Gay Life and Politics in the US

Gay New York - Book excerpt (Raven protected)

Lent Term 2017 programme



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Easter term 2016 programme 

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Easter Term 2015 programme 

Lent term 2015 programme

Michaelmas term 2014 programme

Easter term 2014 programme

Lent term 2014 programme

Michaelmas term 2013 programme

Easter term 2013 programme

Lent term 2013 programme

Michaelmas term 2012 revised programme

Michaelmas term 2012 programme





New joint degrees start October 2017