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[Rec’d Event] GW TRAiLS Tour of Bull Run Battlefield

28 Jan

Join GW TRAiLS for a tour of the Bull Run Battlefield in Manassas, Virginia, led by UHP Sophomore and GW TRAiLS Guide Evin Feldman. Read on for more:

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Foggy Bottom History Hunt [Recommended Event]

23 Feb

Love GWU? Love a crisp 100 dollar bill?

Then celebrate GWU’s Foggy Bottom Centennial with a Foggy Bottom Historical Walking Tour History Hunt !
Saturday, March 3, 1-2:30 p.m. (check-in: 12:30 p.m.)
Starting Point: Marvin Center, Great Hall
Register at: http://tinyurl.com/gwhistoryhunt

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History Department Research Colloquium – Fall Semester Talks

16 Sep

Come check out these exciting talks hosted by the GWU History Department this semester:

September 22, 2-3:30, Jennifer Morgan, New York University, “Quotidian Erasures: Gender and the records of the TransAtlantic Slave Trade.”

October 13, 2-2:30, Jessica Goldberg, University of Pennsylvania, “The Rhetoric of Incoherence: Making an Argument for Norms in Geniza Mercantile Texts”

November 10, 4-6, Dagmar Herzog, City University of New York, “Sexuality in Europe: A Twentieth-Century History,” location t.b.a.


All take place on a Thursday and, unless otherwise noted, are located in the departmental seminar room, Phillips Hall 328-329 (801 22nd St NW)

Meet the Professor: Jenna Weissman Joselit

29 Aug
Prof. Jenna Weissman Joselit

Prof. Jenna Weissman Joselit

This post is written by UHP Professor Jenna Weissman Joselit.

Interested in gossip?  In the intimate details of daily life?  In travel and food and technology?  Then the study of History is your bag. Or ought to be.  Most of us tend to associate the study of the past with reams of facts, heaps of dates and dreary textbooks.  But if I had my way, History would spark your imagination, not dull it.

As an historian of vernacular culture – a fancy way of defining the everyday – I spend most of my waking hours (and some of my dreaming life, too) trying to reconstruct how people in, say, 16th century Venice or downtown Manhattan of the early 1900s, earned a living, dressed themselves and their homes, occupied their free time, practiced their faith and found their place in the world.  What they ate for breakfast, lunch and dinner is also of great interest to me, as is the way they made room for new forms of technology in their day-to-day routine.

The arts also loom large in my encounter with the past. How did earlier generations see and depict the world, I wonder?  What did they hear all about them? What kinds of things did they collect and put on display?  Did they go to museums? To concerts?  Kick up their heels and dance?

The challenges – and rewards – of looking for sources that reveal the texture of the everyday and the commonplace are many. It’s one thing, after all, to explore the roots of conflict or the process of industrialization. It’s quite another to figure out what someone in the 16th century had for breakfast.

To be an historian of daily life requires the instincts of a detective, the patience of a saint and an appetite for other people’s stories.

Why not swing by my office at 2142 G Street and share yours with me. I’d like that very much.  And who knows?  You just might end up becoming an historian.

-Jenna Weissman Joselit-

UHP Student Advisor – Bryan Pratt

15 Apr

Bryan Pratt, ESIA 13

Bryan Pratt
ESIA ’13 – International Affairs, concentrating in International Economics, Latin America, and Europe and Eurasia; Secondary fields in German and History
Lambertville, NJ

Hello! My name is Bryan Pratt, and I am a sophomore majoring in International Affairs in the Elliott School. Though originally from Pennsylvania, my current hometown is Lambertville, NJ, on the Delaware River about 45 minutes north of Philadelphia. Aside from snow totals, the weather is pretty similar for the most part. In addition to studying everything related to international development and economics, I spend my time with friends and a vast array of organizations. As Philanthropy Chair of a social fraternity and Fundraising Chair of an honors fraternity, I keep busy and involved in Greek life on campus. Though I do live in a city, I am also President of the George Washington University Golf Club and enjoy golfing at just about every chance I get. On the work side of things, I work at the Smith Center as Event Staff and work with an independent consultant in my field of international development. Last summer, I also interned abroad in Panamá for the United Nations Development Programme. When it comes to the Honors Program, though, what I love most is the class size and style. Sitting in discussions with 10-20 students and a professor, there is a strong sense that, while the professor may be the most knowledgeable on a certain subject, the discussion certainly includes everyone in the room on an equal footing.

Advising Areas: Balancing extensive extracurricular involvement; triple concentrating with two minors; general life/honors balance