Talk: “The Hamilton Phenomenon: Is it Good for History?” (10/21, 7:30 pm)

Eric Halsey – History Careers Outside of Academia and the U.S. (10/16)

Talk Thursday (2/5): Michael Twitty on “African-Virginia: The Mother of Southern Cooking”

Michael Twitty

Lecture: Iraqi Ambassador Lukman Faily (Wed, Jan. 28)

Ambassador-Faily-Photo-300x199This Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 7 pm in Monroe 346, UMW will host a lecture by Ambassador Lukman Faily, the Iraqi Ambassador to the United States. The ambassador’s lecture, entitled “Challenges of Iraqi Foreign Policy, Status and Prospective,” will outline the new Iraqi government’s approach to foreign policy. Ambassador Faily will focus on Iraq-U.S. relations and regional cooperation to confront the threat of ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria). He also will offer an assessment of current developments in the Middle East and Iraq’s recent initiatives to foster security and stability with its neighbors.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and speak with Ambassador Faily during a brief reception immediately following the program. The event is free and open to the public.

Ambassador Faily has held the position of Iraq’s ambassador to the United States since July 2013, and previously served as Iraq’s ambassador to Japan for three years. Prior to joining the diplomatic corps, Ambassador Faily spent 20 years working in the Information Technology sector for several transnational companies while living in the United Kingdom. Ambassador Faily was an active leader within the large Iraqi exile community in the U.K., and served as a trustee for several non-governmental Iraqi organizations. He also played an active role in opposing Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship, and advocated for democracy and the rule of law in Iraq.

This event will be sponsored by the departments of History and American Studies, Political Science and International Affairs, and Geography, the Leidecker Center for Asian Studies, and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

For more information, please see the university press release here.

Talk: Prof. Edward Pompeian (Wed., 1/21, 4 pm)


Talking History with Professor Edward Pompeian


“Crying ‘Famine!’: Venezuela and Atlantic Trade in the Age of Revolution, 1797-1808”


Wednesday, January 21st, 4:00-5:00 PM, Monroe 210


Join the Department of History and American Studies as we continue our series of conversations about faculty research. Questions? Email

Talk (Wed, 11/19): “The Big Bad Wolf: Male Sexual Aggression in Popular Culture During WWII”

Talking History
with Professor Michaele Smith 
“The Big Bad Wolf: Male Sexual Aggression in Popular Culture during WWII”
Wednesday, November 19th, 4:00-5:00 PM, Monroe 210
Join the Department of History and American Studies as we continue our series of conversations about faculty research.
Questions? Email


Talk: “Technology and Equity in the Classroom” (11/18)

Guest speaker Audrey Watters will share a talk entitled “Technology and Equity in the Classroom” on Tuesday, November 18 at 5:30 pm in Monroe 346 (reception begins at 5 pm).

Although we may attempt to control our digital identity, recent developments with #GamerGate point to the internet as a space of marginalization for some.  What does it mean to be visible online as a woman, a person of color, an undocumented resident, a member of the queer community, or as someone who is some combination of the above?  How can we honor the different hurdles that members of the UMW community face online and prepare ourselves to make informed decisions about whether, and how, to build our digital identities? 

This event is co-sponsored by the following departments and centers: Art & Art History; Center for Teaching Excellent & Innovation; Classics, Philosophy, & Religion; Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies; English, Linguistics, & Communication; Geography; Historic Preservation; History & American Studies; James Farmer Multicultural Center; Sociology & Anthropology; UMW Speaking Center; and UMW Writing Center.

What:                   “Technology and Equity in the Classroom,” a talk by Audrey Watters

When:                  Tuesday, November 18, 5:30 pm (reception at 5 pm)

Where:                Monroe 346