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Upcoming Events

Important Dates

  • Monday, April 1 - Wednesday, April 24: Fall registration for continuing students
  • Wednesday, April 3: Enstad Lecture, see details below
  • Thursday, April 4: 60s "Resistance" Panel, see details below
  • Friday, April 5: M.A. comprehensive exams
  • Thursday, April 11: Kriger Research Talk, see details below
  • Friday, April 19: Spring holiday. Classes dismissed; offices closed.
  • Wednesday, May 1: Last day of spring semester classes
  • Thursday, May 2: Reading Day; History Graduate Student Conference
  • May 3-4, 6-9: Final exams
  • Thursday, May 9: May Doctoral Hooding Ceremony
  • Friday, May 10: University Commencement
  • Wednesday, May 15: First summer session classes begin.
  • Monday, May 20: Deadline for graduate students to apply to graduate in summer.
  • Thursday, June 20: Second summer session classes begin.

"The Jim Crow Cigarette in China: How North Carolina Tobacco Shaped Corporate Imperialism"
Lecture by Dr. Nan Enstad
Wednesday, April 3rd, 6:00-7:00 p.m. (Reception: 5:30-6:00 p.m.)
Faculty Center, UNCG

This talk explores how a single tobacco variety, bright leaf tobacco, became an agricultural commodity in nineteenth century North Carolina and Virginia and eventually became the essential tobacco in cigarettes around the world. Bright leaf developed during the years of Reconstruction and the rise of Jim Crow segregation. When bright leaf went global, it took Jim Crow with it - especially to China, the largest outpost of the British American Tobacco Company. Hundreds of white men from North Carolina went to China to build the bright leaf industry with Chinese businessmen. The Jim Crow cigarette boomed in popularity in both the US and China in the 1920s.

Dr. Enstad is the Robinson Edwards Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, an affiliate of the Gender and Women's Studies Department, the Afro-American Studies Department, and the current Director of the UW Food Studies Network. She is the author of Cigarettes Inc.: An Intimate History of Corporate Imperialism (University of Chicago Press, 2018) and Ladies of Labor, Girls of Adventure: Popular Culture and Labor Politics at the Turn of the Twentieth Century (Columbia University Press, 1999). She has a PhD in history from the University of Minnesota . From 1993-2001 she was faculty at the Department of History at UNCG.

"Resistance: How Did It Change the Vietnam War?"
A Conversation with Peace Activists David Cortright and Bill Ramsey, Moderated by Dr. Tom Jackson
Thursday, April 4, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

"The 60s: Exploring the Limits" Event

The soldier revolt, draft and war tax resistance, moratorium marches in Washington - how did mounting G.I. and popular opposition to the war in Vietnam affect military strategy, presidential and congressional debate and decision-making? And how did anti-Vietnam resistance spur lives of activism in the antinuclear and peace movements?

David Cortright was an active duty G.I. activist who defended his first amendment right to oppose the war in federal court in 1971. He later became a leader in the 1980s nuclear freeze movement. Director of Notre Dame's Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Cortright is the author of Soldiers in Revolt: G.I. Resistance during the Vietnam War (2005) and Peace: A History of Movements and Ideas (2008).

Bill Ramsey was a North Carolina student anti-war organizer and coordinator of local anti-Vietnam war tax initiatives. He was later active in nuclear disarmament campaigns and movements to oppose U.S. military interventions. He worked for the American Friends Service Committee and founded the Human Rights Action Service.

Moderated by History Professor Tom Jackson, who was active in the nuclear freeze campaign and anti-apartheid movement of the 1980s before becoming a historian of civil and human rights.

"Reading Against the Grain: Perspectives on Atlantic Slave Trade"
Faculty Research Talk by Dr. Colleen Kriger
Thursday, April 11th, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Dr. Colleen Kriger will discuss her new book Making Money: Life, Death, and Early Modern Trade on Africa's Guinea Coast (2017, Ohio University Press).

How did free people become captive cargoes on Africa's west coast during the Atlantic slave trade? Historian Colleen Kriger's recent book, focuses on the human complexity of this trade in commodities and captive people and how it was organized. The surprisingly detailed business records of England's Royal African Company raise interesting questions about writing "African" history from "European" sources. Refreshments will be provided.

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