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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. 



Easter Term


30 April:

Lizabeth Cohen, Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, and Dean, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

Biography as History: How Far Can a Life Take You?


7 May:

Nathan D.B. Connolly, Herbert Baxter Adams Associate Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University

What’s Yours is Mine: Family and Property in an Age of Landgrabbing


14 May:

Ira Katznelson, 2017-18 Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions, University of Cambridge, and Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History, Columbia University

Fear and Democracy: Responding to Carl Schmitt


Tuesday 15 May, (The Old Library, Pembroke College), 5:30-7:00pm:

Book Launch:

Anthony G. Hopkins, Emeritus Smuts Professor of Commonwealth History, and Fellow of Pembroke College, University of Cambridge

American Empire: A Global History

This event is jointly sponsored by Pembroke College and Princeton University Press


Thursday 24 May, (Cripps Court Auditorium, Magdalene College), 5:00pm:

Roundtable on American Empire: A Global History


Anthony G. Hopkins, Emeritus Smuts Professor of Commonwealth History, and Fellow of Pembroke College, University of Cambridge

Richard Drayton, Rhodes Professor of Imperial History, King's College London

Gary Gerstle, Paul Mellon professor of American History, and Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge

Bronwen Everill, College Lecturer in History, Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge

This event is jointly sponsored by the Cambridge World History Seminar and the Cambridge American History Seminar


23-24 July:


Democracy: A Global Twentieth Century History, A workshop co-organised by Prof. Eugenio Biagini and Gary Gerstle, University of Cambridge




2017-2018 programme - print version


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