World History Seminar Series

This seminar series is supported by the MIT History Faculty. For more information contact

2017 - 2018 Schedule

Seminars will take place from 4:30 to 6 pm in E51-275 unless otherwise indicated


Thursday, September 14, 2017

 “Odor and Empire: India and the Philippines”

Andrew J. Rotter
Charles A. Dana Professor of History, Colgate University


Monday, November 6, 2017

"Music in Flight: Erich Kleiber from Berlin to Buenos Aires and Back, 1933-1956"

Andrea Orzoff
Associate Professor, New Mexico State University


Monday, November 13, 2017

"Thinking from the global south: the Kochi Biennale as event"

Dilip Menon
Director of the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa


Thursday, February 22, 2018

"The Edge of the Petri Dish: Wizards and Prophets"

Charles C. Mann
Author of 1491, 1493, and forthcoming The Wizard and the Prophet


Thursday, March 15, 2018

"Worlds Apart: Podcasting, World History, and the Future of the Discipline"

David Eaton
Associate Professor, Grand Valley State University 
Co-host of "On Top of the World: A World History Podcast"


Thursday, May 3, 2018

"Bureaucrats and Politicians in Japan: Conflict and Collaboration from 1868 to 2018”

Yuichiro Shimizu
Professor of Japanese Politics and History in the Faculty of Policy Management
Keio University, Japan