Department News

Britain’s Imperial Muse: The Classics, Imperialism, and the Indian Empire, 1784—1914

The History Department is delighted to announce the publication of Professor Chris Hagerman's book, Britain's Imperial Muse:  Imperialism, and the Indian Empire, 1784—1914. Professor Hagerman will offer a talk about his work on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. in the Wendell Will Room.

The public is invited and a reception will follow.

History Majors Present at MCAA

Three history majors, Patrick Buck '15, Kevin Rhee '14, and Scott DesRosiers '15, presented papers at the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs at Michigan State University on Friday, October 25, 2013. Buck presented on “Militarizing China: Mao’s Revolution of Physical Education." Rhee's paper addressed “When Politics Meets Science: Devil’s Bargain between Japan and the U.S. over Human Experimentation," and DesRosiers spoke about “From Palomares to Fukushima: Lessons in Nuclear Remediation."

Congratulations to our history students for their fine work!

ABC's Bill Blakemore Joins Geoff Cocks for Campus Screening of 'Room 237'

ABC News correspondent Bill Blakemore joins Albion College history professor Geoff Cocks for the Michigan premiere of "Room 237," the new documentary exploring Stanley Kubrick's 1980 classic The Shining." Blakemore and Cocks will hold a panel discussion following the Michigan premiere of "Room 237" on Monday, November 19, at 7 p.m. in the Albion College Bobbitt Visual Arts Center.

"Room 237" is a fascinating exploration of the hidden meanings and symbols woven into "The Shining." Five commentators and scholars, with widely different points of views, draw viewers into a maze of meanings actually or allegedly inhabiting the Kubrick film. Their commentary provides narration for an ingenious presentation, including digital manipulation of scenes from "The Shining" and other films.

Blakemore and Cocks are each featured in "Room 237," explaining how aspects of "The Shining" address genocide of Native Americans and European Jews. Cocks, who has written books and taught courses on Kubrick' s films, notes that "a German typewriter, a shirt sporting the number 42, and certain selections of music, all refer to the Nazi Final Solution, the deadliest year of which was 1942. None of this is accidental," said Cocks. "Kubrick was a voracious reader, especially of modern European and German history, and this knowledge--as well as his own Jewish background--deeply influenced his usual meticulous work on this film. The scenes in all of Kubrick's films are filled with information and reference and you can watch them over and over and still find something new."

ABC News correspondent Blakemore has spent more than 35 years covering stories around the globe. His career included reporting on 12 wars, the entire tenure John Paul II's papacy and the fall of the World Trade towers on 9/11. Blakemore's current ABC work focuses on global warming-related issues.

"Rodney Ascher's 'Room 237' is a very clever and entertaining film," Cocks said. "It contains a great deal to delight and inform lovers of cinema in general and fans of Kubrick in particular."

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Cocks at 517/629-0390 or .

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History Professor Shares Story of Mexicans in Chicago

The history of Mexicans on the country's largest Catholic diocese, in one of the country's biggest cities, is the fascinating story told by Deborah Kanter, history professor at Albion College. Kanter's talk is part of the College's Latino/a Heritage Month celebration and takes place Friday, October 12, at 1 p.m. in the College's Bobbitt Visual Arts Center, at the corner of Hannah and East Cass Streets.

Kanter traces the history of Mexican Catholicism in Chicago, from a barely discernible presence in 1940 to the present day, when 40% of the diocese is of Mexican descent and Spanish is studied by all seminarians. Focusing on the Slavic-founded neighborhood of Pilsen, Kanter traces the change and impact of Mexicans on the church and the community.

This presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Yvonne Spence, History Department secretary, at or 517/629-0396.

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