Month: October 2021

Prof. Alexis Dudden Featured in New York Times Article

The New York Times has turned to UConn History Professor Alexis Dudden for her insights into the overlooked stories of “comfort women, ” as apart of their series on unreported death in The Times. Having interviewed survivors of  state-sponsored sexual slavery during WWII era Japan, Alexis Dudden reflects on the life on Kim Hak-soon, who was detained by Japanese soldiers while living in China in 1941. As Prof. Dudden explains in the Times article, Kim-Hak-soon “remains one of the bravest people of the 20th century,” who was around 15 when she was taken.  In 1991, Kim Hak-soon first publicly shared her story and later recorded her testimony in the 1993 book, The Korean Comfort Women Who Were Coercively Dragged Away for the Military, Vol. 1. For more about the life of Kim Hak-soon, her activism, and the sexual slavery sponsored by the Japanese state, please read the Times article, “Overlooked No More: Kim Hak-soon, Who Broke the Silence for Comfort Women.




Jeffrey Ogbar Awarded for Outstanding Service

Jeffrey Ogbar HeadshotUConn History Professor Jeffrey Ogbar is one of two recipients of the 2021 Provost’s Outstanding Service Award. Since joining the UConn community in 1997, Professor Ogbar has worked as scholar, advisor, and director across the institution. He has been a “tireless advocate and mentor for students of color and first-generation students in a variety of capacities, formal and informal,” and for faculty of color, according to UConn Today. The UConn Today profile covers just how expansive and wide-reaching Professor Ogbar’s service has been and will continue to be. Congratulations! What a tremendous honor. We are grateful for your passion in building up the UConn community.

10/28-10/29: Facing History with Manisha Sinha and Jeffrey Ogbar

Facing History Promo FlyerOn October 28 and 29, Professor Manisha Sinha and and Professor Jeffrey Ogbar will present two events with the Benton Museum of Art. They will engage in a discussion about the new “Facing History” exhibition that explores race, gender, and colonialism. Please RSVP to 

10/28 Facing History Gallery Talk With Jeffrey Ogbar 

Thursday, October 28th, 2021 

03:30 PM – 05:00 PM 

Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar, Professor of History and Director, Center for the Study of Popular Music at UConn, presents a playlist inspired by the exhibition, Facing History. 

Followed by hot cider and donuts in The Benton courtyard. 

10/29 Facing History Faculty Dialogue With Manisha Sinha And Kelli Morgan 

Friday, October 29th, 2021
02:00 PM – 03:00 PM

With Manisha Sinha, James L. and Shirley A. Draper Chair in American History at UConn, and Kelli Morgan, Director of Curatorial Studies at Tufts University. 

UConn PhD Stephen Rabe on Becoming a Historian

21-10-2021-Stephen Rabe ProfileIn H-Diplo’s series on “Learning the Scholar’s Craft: Reflections of Historians and International Relations Scholars,” Stephen Rabe, a 1977 graduate of UConn History’s doctoral program, describes his path to becoming a prominent specialist in foreign relations.  Rabe discusses with candid fondness his time studying with scholars like Mary Beth Norton and his dissertation director, Thomas G. Paterson. He attributes his “learning of the scholar’s craft” to UConn’s faculty, who served as great role models who “took their jobs seriously, worked hard, and published.” Be sure to read more about Stephen Rabe’s journey to history, the academy, Storrs, and beyond in this fantastic and detailed essay.

10/14 and 10/15: Encounters Series on Land Grab CT and A Dialogue on UConn’s Colonial History

This week,  Native American Cultural Programs (NACP) and the Native American and Indigenous Students Association (NAISA) will host several dialogues that interrogate the relationship between colonialism, dispossession, and indigenous sovereignty. On Thursday, October 14 at 4pm EDT, the creators of Land Grab U, Tristan Ahtone and Bobby Lee will discuss the role of land grant universities in land accumulation, wealth and indigenous dispossession.  On Friday, October 15, the dialogue continues at 12pm EDT.  For both events, please fill out the Google doc form to register.

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10/11: Manisha Sinha To Deliver Keynote at Race and Slavery in New England Symposium

Professor Manisha Sinha, History Department, University of ConnecticutSave the date! On Monday, 10/11, UConn History Professor Manisha Sinha will deliver the keynote address at the Race and Slavery in New England Symposium, sponsored by the Museum of Old Newbury. The conference will take place from 8:30-5:30pm with in-person and online options. Professor Sinha will speak at 8:45am on the “Abolitionist International.” From the event website:

Sinha explores how Garrisonian abolitionists built transnational networks of protest by aligning antislavery with pacifism, women’s rights, and utopian socialism. Abolition overlapped with contemporary radical social movements, including the struggle for the rights of labor. The talk will address both the convergences as well as conflicts between these movements.

Check out the registration and event details!  This will be an excellent and timely talk and conference!

State Historian Search Begins

Walter Woodward, Associate Professor of History at the University of Connecticut and State Historian for ConnecticutIt is with bittersweet hearts that we announce the retirement of Connecticut State Historian Walter Woodward. He is set to retire at the end of the academic year. The amazing range of his work in the role can be glimpsed on the website of the Office of the State Historian.

The job search for the next state historian is now underway, led by UConn History Professor Manisha Sinha. NPR has featured the job search on a lengthy and rich “Where We Live” segment, with insights from Walter Woodward, Manisha Sinha, New London City Councilor Curtis Goodwin, and historian Lonnie Braxton II.  That is rare honor that NPR has bestowed upon us!

We wish Walt all the best in his endeavors as State Historian Emeritus!

Micki McElya Featured in New York Times Article

UConn History Professor Micki McElya has been featured in a New York Times article about the first time that women performed the changing of the guard at Arlington National Cemetery in 84 years. Last week,  Sergeant Porterfield and two other soldiers walked with her and participated in the sacred duty. According to Prof. McElya, “the images of the three female soldiers were a “visual marker” of the often unrecognized sacrifices that women and other marginalized people in the United States have made for the military.” 

Please read and share this excellent NYT article!