Recurring Event

History in the Present – Recurring

“History in the Present” is a monthly webinar series hosted by the Department of History that historicizes current events, shares cutting-edge research, and aims to promote dialogue on issues of interest between the University and the broader community. As historians, we work across disciplines and collaborate with a broad range of people outside of the University. Thus, in addition to history faculty, museum curators, NGO leaders and experts on the environment and human rights will also be presenting in this webinar series. The event is held on the first Wednesday of each month at noon, via Zoom, and will provide ample time for question and answer.

Please note: Registration is required. By clicking the below Zoom link, you may register in advance and will be emailed with the participant link for the event.

On March 3rd, University of Nevada, Reno Assistant Professor of History, James McSpadden will discuss “The Ongoing Ethical Debate on Looted Nazi and Holocaust-Era Books in the United States”

James McSpadden is an assistant professor of Modern European History at the University of Nevada, Reno. Prior to arriving at UNR in 2019, McSpadden was a visiting postdoctoral fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC. He completed his Ph.D. at Harvard University (2018), M.A. at Leiden University (2010), and B.A. at Yale University (2008). He is currently working on two projects, the first of which comparatively explores interwar Europe’s political polarization and surprisingly robust parliamentary culture. McSpadden’s second project examines European books that were confiscated and sent to the United States by American occupiers after the Second World War.

  • March 3, James McSpadden, “The Ongoing Ethical Debate on Looted Nazi and Holocaust-Era Books in the United States”
  • April 7, Sarah Keyes, “The Donner Party: A Tragedy in Snow and Stone”
  • May 5, Dennis Dworkin, “Anti-Semitism and Belonging: the Jewish Experience in America”
  • June 2, James Harkness, Country Representative, China, National Geographic, “Scarcity and Excess: Food Security in China”
  • July 7, Connie Wolf, Museum Curator, Arts, Non-profit leader, TBA
  • September 1, Chris von Nagy, “Nevada Stories: Film Shorts from Shared History”
  • October 6, Emily Hobson, “AIDS is Not Over: Historicizing the Pandemic”
  • November 3, Kevin Hartigan, Regional Director for Asia, CRS (Catholic Relief Services), “Humanitarian Aid in Conflict Environments: Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Nagorno-Karabakh”
  • December 1, Hugh Shapiro, “Eurasian Globalizations: Why did Chinggis Khan Decree in the Language of Jesus?”

Dial-In Information


Wednesday, April 7 at 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

More dates through July 7, 2021

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