Professor Jennifer Koslow was featured on the American Historical Association's blog AHA Today on April 1. She tells us about her early experiences with public history, her current research, and her current favorite film. Remarkably, Prof. Koslow holds off until the third sentence of the profile before mentioning Tenafly, NJ. Read the full spotlight here.

FSU History invites you to its first annual James P. Jones Lecture in American History. Brian Delay(UC Berkeley) will speak on "Dambreaking: Mercantilism, Armaments, and the Demolition of Europe's America." Delay is author of War of a Thousand Deserts: Indian Raids and the U.S.-Mexican War (2008). The lecture will take place on Thursday, April 2, 2015, 5-7 PM at the FSU Alumni Center Ballroom, 1030 West Tennessee Street, Tallahassee.

Annika Culver has won the 2015 Book Prize of the Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies for her book Glorify the Empire : Japanese Avant-garde Propaganda in Manchukuo (University of British Columbia Press, 2013; University of Washington Press, 2014). More details here. Congratulations, Annika!

On Monday, March 2nd, Professor Patrice Gueniffey is going to give a talk on "Napoleon Hero." Professor Gueniffey is a student of Francois Furet and Furet's successor as director of the Centre Raymond Aron at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. The talk is based on Bonaparte (1769-1802), his new biography of Napoleon, which has already sold more than 30,000 copies in France in less than a year, and is on the point of appearing in English translation with Harvard. Sponsored by the Institute on Napoleon and the French Revolution, his talk will take place 5:30-7:00 PM at the Globe (Center for Global Engagement) in the main auditorium on the Florida State University campus.

Prof. Charles Upchurch has been invited to deliver the inaugural Allan Horsfall Lecture at the British National Conference of LGBT History, which will be held in Manchester on February 14, 2015. He will lecture on his recent research on "Human Rights in the 1820s," arguing that that attempts to decriminalise inter-male sex in Britain began more than 100 years before current estimates.

Michael Bryant will deliver the World War Two Institute's Third Annual Fall Lecture, "Speaking the Name of the Unspeakable: the West German Treblinka Trial, 1964-65.” Dr. Bryant, legal scholar and German historian, will speak about his recent book, Eyewitness to Genocide: The Operation Reinhard Death Camp Trials, 1955-1966, in which he evaluates the West German courts’ sentencing of defendants who had been officers and guards at three major death camps, during the Nazis’ deadly “Operation Reinhard”. Bryant gives a detailed history of the trials, and successfully evaluates the cause of the trials' unusual results. The lecture will take place October 21st at Miller’s Hall, University Center C, Room 3300, 296 Champions Way, Tallahassee, FL at 5:30 with a reception to follow. 

Edward E. Baptist (Cornell) will speak on his book The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism on Monday, Oct. 6 at 1:00 PM in Strozier Library. In this pathbreaking book, Baptist reveals how the expansion of slavery drove the evolution and modernization of the United States. Until the Civil War, Baptist explains, the most important American economic innovations were ways to make slavery ever more profitable. Through forced migration and torture, slave owners extracted continual increases in efficiency from enslaved African Americans. Thus the United States seized control of the world market for cotton, the key raw material of the Industrial Revolution, and became a wealthy nation with global influence. The book has received a great deal of attention, not least in the aftermath of a controversial review (subsequently withdrawn) in the Economist.

Last month, Oxford University Press released Prof. Alex Aviña's book Specters of Revolution: Peasant Guerrillas in the Cold War Mexican Countryside. "Specters of Revolution offers a penetrating account of guerrilla struggles in modern Mexico. Alexander Aviña captures how peasant longings, political repression, and the violence of poverty created a daring movement for justice. The state's response-a dirty war-evokes the darkest moments of Latin America's military regimes. At times hopeful, at times tragic, Aviña provides a profoundly moving Cold War drama." --Tanalís Padilla. Get it at your local bookstore, or online. Congratulations Alex!