Upcoming Events

Recognition Ceremony for History and Documentary Studies Majors

Date: Saturday, May 16

Time: 3:00 p.m. (ceremony lasts approximately one hour)
(participants need to be there by 2:30 to sign in)

Location: UAlbany Campus Center Ballroom

Attire: Cap and gown or business attire.

Seating: While we do not require tickets, we ask that students limit their number of guests to 5.

Invitations: Once you have been approved for graduation by the Registrar's office you are automatically added to the department’s invitation list for the Recognition Ceremony. Formal letters of invitation will be mailed to students and family shortly. Please R.S.V.P. by April 24th!

Students who will complete their degree requirements during the summer 2015 term, and who wish to participate in the May 2015 Recognition Ceremony, must contact the office by April 24th so we know who to include in our event program.


2015 History Department Undergraduate Research Symposium

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2015 from 9:30am-1:30pm

Location: Business Building-Rooms 213, 217, and the Standish Living Room

Click Here for details about the event and the 16 students who will display posters and present their original research.

If you have ever been curious about the past, love hearing good stories, or want to learn something new, please join us! Free and Open to the public.

The Annual Janice D. and Theodore H. Fossieck Lecture

Planting Slavery in Nova Scotia’s Promised Land, 1759-1783
Karolyn Smardz Frost

12:30 PM ~ Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Standish Room ~ 3rd floor Science Library ~ UAlbany Uptown Campus
This event is free and open to the public.


Between 1759 and 1783, 2,000 New England Planter families migrated to Nova Scotia and what is now New Brunswick. Many were closely related to families who migrated to Upstate New York in the same period. The New England Planters brought with them enslaved African Americans to help restore farms, fisheries and orchards left behind after the displacement of the French Acadians. Their skills, talents and creativity were important to the building of Maritime Canada. Yet even their names have been forgotten. This lecture highlights the multiple contributions made by African Americans who became African Canadians in the years immediately before the Revolutionary War.

Karolyn Smardz HudsonProfessor Frost is an archaeologist, historian, educator and award-winning author who specializes in the study of African American/Canadian transnationalism. She holds a BA in Archaeology, a Master’s in Classical Studies and a PhD in the History of Race, Slavery and Imperialism. She is the Senior Research Fellow for York University’s Harriet Tubman Institute. She was appointed the Canadian Bicentennial Visiting Professor at Yale University for the 2012-2013 academic year, and currently holds a Harrison McCain Visiting Professorship at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada (2013-2014).

Her wide-ranging publications include The Archaeology Education Handbook: Sharing the Past With Kids (2000), in use on four continents; she also co-edited the first book on Toronto’s African Canadian history, The Underground Railroad: Next Stop, Toronto! (2002) and more recently Ontario’s African Canadian Past: Collected writings by Fred Landon, 1918-1967 (2009). Her landmark biography of fugitive slaves Thornton and Lucie Blackburn, I’ve Got a Home in Glory Land: A Lost Tale of the Underground Railroad (2007), won numerous prizes, including Canada’s top literary prize, the Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction. She is presently co-editing a new volume, A Fluid Frontier: Slavery, Resistance and the Underground Railroad along the Detroit River (Wayne State University Press & the Dundurn Group). She is also completing a dual biography of a fugitive slave woman and her former Kentucky mistress. Entitled Steal Away Home: Letters to a Fugitive Slave ( HarperCollins Canada, 2015), It traces the lives and travels of the two women—who shared a lifelong, if unequal, friendship—through Niagara, Toronto, Rochester, Washington DC, Europe, and Kentucky.


Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society
34th Annual Lecture & New Member Initiation

How a "Serious" Economic Historian Turned to "Drugs"
(and Loves it)

Paul Gootenberg

2:00 PM ~ Friday, May 2, 2014
University Hall ~ Meeting Room 110 ~ UAlbany Uptown Campus
This event is free and open to the public.


A Rhodes Scholar and University of Chicago Ph.D., Paul Gootenberg is a SUNY Distinguished Professor of History and Sociology at Stony Brook University. He is an internationally-recognized authority on Latin American history, global commodities studies, and a pioneer scholar in the history of drugs. His book, Andean Cocaine: the Making of a Global Drug (University of North Carolinia Press, 2009) is essential reading on the drug. He chairs the Drugs, Democracy and Security Program at the SSRC, which fosters innovative approaches to hemispheric drug dilemmas.



Past Events

The Fossieck Lecture

“The Dutch Influence on American Colonial History”
3:15pm on Friday, May 3, 2013
Assembly Hall Campus Center, UAlbany Uptown Campus

Speaker: Russell Shorto, historian, bestselling author and the New Netherland Research Center’s Senior Scholar for 2013. Author of The Island at the Center of the World (2005), a bestselling history of life in Dutch colonial New York, and Descartes’ Bones (2008), and currently conduction research at the New York State Archives and New York State Library for a new history of the American Revolution. This event is open to the public and co-hosted by the New Netherland’s Project and the New York State Writers Institute.


India and the Indian Diaspora

Thursday, April 18 and Friday, April 19, 2013
Standish Room, 3rd floor, Science Library, UAlbany Uptown Campus
This event is sponsored by Office of International Education, Department of Women’s Studies, and the Department of History.

Thursday 18th April, 3:45-6:15 pm

Sumita Mukherjee, University of Glasgow
Masters, Sadhus, Swamis and Yogis: ‘Western’ perceptions of travelling Indian preachers before 1945

Mark Blum, University at Albany
How Buddhism changed as Indic texts were put into Chinese

Ravi Kalia, City College of CUNY
Jinnah and the Rhetoric of Pakistan

Asmita Tiwari, University at Albany
Social Capital for Disaster Recovery & Resilience: Learning from Post 2001 Earthquake Reconstruction in Gujarat

Ray Bromley, University at Albany
India’s bovine battles: Development debates and the sacred cow

Friday 19th April, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Eliza Kent, Colgate University
The Shivalingam of Golden Gate Park: Hinduism encounters the counterculture

Himika Bhattacharya, Syracuse University
"How can love be divided?": Polyandry, Marriage Practice and Sexuality in Lahaul, India

Sunita Bose, SUNY College at New Paltz
Son preference in India: Causes and consequences

Rajani Bhatia, Georgetown University
Raising the Age of Marriage in 1970s India: Demographers, Despots, and Feminists

Omar Nagi and Jane Holbrook, College of Mount Saint Vincent
Transforming the Lives of Street Girls in Kolkata

Sumita Mukherjee, University of Glasgow
The international networks of campaigners for Indian female suffrage in the early twentieth century 


33rd Annual Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society Annual Lecture & New Member Initiation

3:00pm on Friday, April 19, 2013

University Hall, Room 110, UAlbany Uptown Campus Speaker: Professor Fredrick Logevall

John S. Knight Professor of International Studies and director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University. His latest book Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam has received critical acclaim for its impressive and comprehensive analysis of the origins and consequences of the French and U.S. involvement in Vietnam. His articles, lectures, and books have won top prizes from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

After Professor Logevall’s talk, there will be a short induction in which the new members of Phi Alpha Theta will receive their certificates. The induction ceremony will be followed by a reception in the University Hall atrium. This event is open to the public.




Saturday, April 27, 2013
New York State Museum – Albany
9:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.


This one day conference celebration will commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the University at Albany's Public History Program with networking and a wide variety of session presentations by the program’s outstanding alumni. Among the topics being explored are: American Women in the Early Automotive Era, Historical Perspectives on the Early Automobile Industry, New York State in the Great Migration, Voices for Freedom and Change in the Nursing Profession, Reinterpreting the Roles of Museums in the 21st Century and the Artistic & Historic Legacy of an Albany Landmark. A luncheon keynote address will offer reflections and discussion on the first thirty years of Public History Program.

Public Historians, museum, archive, library and cultural agency professionals, as well as supporters of New York State and local history, are encouraged to attend.

The conference fee is $30.00 and includes registration, coffee break, lunch and commemorative program. For full conference details and to register, please go to: http://www.caphill.com/associations/7597/files/PH30%20Conference%20Registration%20Packet.pdf

Questions? Please contact Dr. Ivan D. Steen