Featured Events


"Aurangzeb: A Gujarati Badshah?"
A Lecture by Samira Sheikh (Vanderbilt)
Thursday, September 28 | 5–7 p.m. | 10 Stephens Hall

Ever since an early stint as governor of Gujarat and throughout his long career, Aurangzeb kept a close watch on Gujarat’s politics. Its Muslim minority groups, especially those who demonstrated Shi`i tendencies, were scrutinized with particular attention. Did his anti-Shi`a position arise out of primordial Sunni antipathy or were there “political reasons” for his initiatives? Some clues may lie in the histories of his closest advisers as well as in the hagiographies and devotional literatures of religious groups from seventeenth century. This paper will revisit the revisionist take on Aurangzeb by viewing the Mughal empire from its edges.


"Violent Passions: Polygamy and Power in Early America"
A Guest Lecture by Sarah Pearsall
Wednesday, October 4 | 4–6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

Sarah Pearsall is University Senior Lecturer in the History of Early America and the Atlantic World at Cambridge University. Her scholarship probes the intersections of gender, households, and sexuality with the development, maintenance, and end of colonies in a North Atlantic world. Her articles have appeared in Gender & History, the William & Mary Quarterly, the American Historical Review, and many other venues. She is the author of Atlantic Families: Lives and Letters in the Later Eighteenth Century (Oxford, 2008). Her lecture will be drawn from the book she's currently finishing for Yale University Press, about controversies surrounding plural unions in early North America.


Panel Discussion of David Hollinger's Protestants Abroad
Wednesday, November 1 | 5–7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

Between the 1890s and the Vietnam era, many thousands of American Protestant missionaries were sent to live throughout the non-European world. They expected to change the people they encountered, but those foreign people ended up transforming the missionaries. Their experience abroad made many of these missionaries and their children critical of racism, imperialism, and religious orthodoxy. When they returned home, they brought new liberal values back to their own society. Protestants Abroad reveals the untold story of how these missionary-connected individuals left an enduring mark on American public life as writers, diplomats, academics, church officials, publishers, foundation executives, and social activists.