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James Oakes
Historian James Oakes Speaks at Hamilton

Distinguished author and Professor James Oakes of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York was the featured speaker of a lecture sponsored jointly by the Hamilton College Dean of the Faculty and History Department on Oct. 3. Oakes gave attendees a sneak preview of his most recent book, The Scorpion’s Sting: Anti-Slavery and the Coming of the Civil War, which will be published in May of next year.  More ...

James Oakes
Civil War Historian James Oakes to Lecture Oct. 3

James Oakes, author and Distinguished Professor of History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, will deliver a lecture titled, “The Scorpion’s Sting: The Irreconcilable Conflict Over Slavery” on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m., in Bradford Auditorium in the Kirner-Johnson Building.  The lecture is free, open to the public and sponsored by the Hamilton College History Department.  More ...

Martin Presents Paper Based on Newest Book

Professor of Government Robert Martin presented "Between Rosanvallon and Ranciere: Toward a Theory of Dissentient Democracy" at "Ideas and Reality of Democracy," the 2013 Symposium of the Civil Constellation Network, held at the Aland Peace Institute, in Mariehamn, Finland in September.  Some of the arguments from the conclusion of Martin’s newest book, Government by Dissent - Protest, Resistance, and Radical Democratic Thought in the Early American Republic, served as the foundation for this paper.  More ...

Thomas Wilson
Agence France-Presse Quotes Wilson on "Confucius Cuisine"

Professor of History Thomas Wilson spoke about the “Confucius cuisine” dining trend in China in an Agence France-Presse (AFP) article titled “Confucius makes comeback at Chinese tables.” The Sept. 11 article addressed how the new fine-dining trend “reflects how the ruling Communist party -- which long saw the sage as a reactionary force -- has drafted him into its modern campaign to boost what President Xi Jinping has called China's ‘cultural soft power.’”  More ...

Maurice Isserman
Isserman Discusses Ascent of Everest at MVCC

Publius Virgilius Rogers Professor of American History Maurice Isserman presented “Americans Stand Atop Everest-50 Years Later” on Sept. 9 and 16 at Mohawk Valley Community College’s Utica and Rome campuses, respectively. The lecture marked the 50th anniversary of the first American ascent of Mount Everest.  More ...

Conference at the site of Songyang Academy in China
Wilson Presents at Songyang Academy

Professor of History Thomas Wilson presented a paper on Confucian rituals at a conference on the “Spiritual and Intellectual World of 16th- and 17th-century China.”  More ...

Thomas Wilson (seated, left) presented during a seminar in Taipei.
Wilson Conducts Research in China

Professor of History Thomas Wilson spent the summer as a visiting scholar conducting research at the National Central Library in Taipei, Taiwan. He gave a presentation of his research in a seminar on Aug. 1.  More ...

Maurice Isserman
Isserman Reviews Book on 1965

Publius Virgilius Rogers Professor of American History Maurice Isserman published a review of James T. Patterson’s The Eve of Destruction: How 1965 Transformed America (Basic books, 2012) in the Law and History Review from Cambridge Journals.  More ...

Philip Klinkner
USA Today Publishes Klinkner Oped

In an opinion piece on the USA Today website, Philip Klinkner, the James S. Sherman Professor of Government , explained that although Americans have come to see the March on Washington as a turning point in our history, most white Americans saw it as a profoundly unsettling, even dangerous event, coming in the summer of 1963 in the midst of an unprecedented level of racial conflict.  He pointed out that an August 1963 Gallup poll found that 60 percent of Americans disapproved of the march.  More ...

Turner Trapp '15
How Mathematical Logarithms Aided the Royal Navy

Mathematical logarithms and history might seem unrelated to one another, but this summer Turner Trapp ’15 is conducting interdisciplinary research into the role mathematical developments have in history. In his Emerson Foundation project, “The Discovery of Logarithms, Their Application to Ballistics, and Their Role in the Royal Navy’s Rise to Dominance in the Age of Sail,” he is working with Professor of History Kevin Grant to examine how the development of logarithms relates to England’s rise to naval dominance.  More ...

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