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Cambridge American History Seminar Michaelmas Term 2021

We are pleased to announce the schedule of seminars and events for Michaelmas Term 2021. This term we are continuing with the digital (zoom), bi-weekly format that we adopted last year.  This seems the prudent way forward.  In Lent 2022, we hope to return to weekly and in-person seminars.  This term we shall:

  • Meet bi-weekly on Mondays.
  • Begin at 5:00 PM. Because Zoom can be fatiguing, we have shortened the seminars from 120 to 90 minutes. Thus, we will finish each seminar by 6:30 PM. The Zoom login details for each seminar will be made available via email to the Cambridge Americanist email list a week before each event. If you wish to be added to the list please email a request to Jonathan Goodwin at
  • Pre-circulate the paper for each seminar a week before the event occurs.   Participants are asked to read the paper before the seminar.  At the seminar itself, the presenter will give only the briefest introduction to their paper and will then be followed by a commentator offering a more extended set of reflections. Then we will open the seminar to general discussion.  We hope to generate exchanges that are robust and draw in lots of participants.  

We will continue to miss the regularity, intensity, and intimacy of our weekly, in-person, Knox-Shaw seminars.  And the wine too.  But we are excited about the schedule we have assembled for Michaelmas 2021, and the interchanges that we think the seminars will generate.

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

For a copy of Rachel Herrmann's paper please click here (Raven protected).





“The Cold War is Over: Germany and Japan Won:" Clinton Intellectuals and the “Varieties of Capitalism” Idea

Nelson Lichtenstein, Distinguished Professor of History and Director of the Center for the Study of Work, Labor and Democracy, University of California, Santa Barbara
Please note that this is a pre-circulated paper.

Panel Discussion of Eugenio F. Biagini and Gary Gerstle, eds., A Cultural History of Democracy in the Modern Age (London: Bloomsbury, 2021)

Paul Cartledge, Emeritus A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture, and A.G Leventis Research Fellow, Clare College, University of Cambridge
Niraja Gopal Jayal, Centennial Professor at the LSE Department of Gender Studies and Professor at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Ira Katznelson, Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History and Deputy Director of the Columbia World Projects, Columbia University
Fintan O’Toole, Writer, Columnist for the Irish Times, and Leonard L. Milberg ’53 Visiting Lecturer in Irish Letters, Princeton University

Settler Colonialism and the Problem with Water in North America

Rachel Herrmann, Senior Lecturer in Modern American History, Cardiff University
Please note that this is a pre-circulated paper.

Undoing Slavery: A History of Abolitionist Body Politics

Kathleen M. Brown, David Boies Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania, and 2021-22 Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions, University of Cambridge
Please note that this is a pre-circulated paper.

Battle Against the Neighborhood: Latinx New Yorkers and Urban Redevelopment, 1937-1964

Pedro A. Regalado, Society of Fellows, Harvard University and (from July 2022) Assistant Professor of History, Stanford University
Please note that this is a pre-circulated paper.

At a glance

Michaelmas Term
Mondays at 5:00pm
Online: Zoom
Jonathan Goodwin
01223 335317