Race in America: Ta-Nehisi Coates and the Burden of History

Thursday, February 2, 2017 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Austin Auditorium, LaSells Stewart CENter

General admission tickets are required but SOLD OUT at this time.

Ta-Nehisi Coates is one of the most original and perceptive intellectual voices today. Coates is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Between the World and Me, and is a national correspondent for The Atlantic.

A former Village Voice writer, Coates is the Journalist in Residence at the School of Journalism at CUNY. He was previously the Martin Luther King Visiting Associate Professor at MIT, and has been awarded the Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism. He is the winner of a 2015 MacArthur Fellowship.

Co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Phi Beta Kappa, Coates was recognized as a Foundation Member during OSU’s installation of its Phi Beta Kappa chapter in 2016.


Walls, Bans, and Borders: Trump's Immigration Agenda
Thursday, February 9, 2017 3:30 p.m.

In this “flash panel,” an interdisciplinary group of scholars will place recent immigration policies and rhetoric in historical and comparative context. Panelists will address the history of American nativism, immigration, and refugee policy; the experiences of Muslim and Latin American immigrants in the United States; and the recent precipitous rise of anti-immigrant politics in Europe. Short presentations will be followed by questions and audience discussion.

Micknai Arefaine, SLCS
Marisa Chappell, SHPR
Alison Johnston, SPP
Christopher Nichols, SHPR
Ana Ribero, SWLF
Mehra Shirazi, SLCS

Co-hosted by the School of History, Philosophy & Religion,
the School of Writing, Literature & Film, the School of Language,
Culture & Society and the school of public policy

Rethinking Grand Strategies in U.S. Foreign Relations
Thursday, February 23, 1:30-3:30 pm

Rethinking Grand Strategies in U.S. Foreign Relations. Christopher McKnight Nichols, OSU Associate Professor of History, will discuss the 2016 Rethinking Grand Strategy conference recently held at OSU.  “Where is American foreign policy going?” and how and what strategies, grand or otherwise, have guided us there in the past and may continue to do so into the future.  Nichols will describe the conference he helped organize and share the issues raised by the twenty-plus historians in attendance.

Presentation to the Academy of Lifelong Learners

Location: Meeting Hall of the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, 4515 SW West Hills Rd

Why a Cold War? The U.S., the World, and the Rise of the Cold War
Monday February 27, 10-11:00 am

“Why a Cold War? The U.S., the World, and the Rise of the Cold War”
Christopher McKnight Nichols, Department of History, Oregon State University

Professor Nichols will examine how and why the Cold War began in the years immediately following WW II. The emphasis will be on some of the most important US doctrines and strategies from the 1940s and ‘50s, as well as events in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.

All lectures start at 10 a.m. in the Moreland Gallery at the museum in Philomath.

Doors open at 9:30 a.m., and pre-lecture coffee is served in the gallery from 9:30 to 10:00 am. Lectures are free to members; non-member fee is $5 per lecture.
A part of the annual Benton County Lecture Series, timed to the "Around the World from 80 Countries" exhibition

Location: Benton County Historical Society Museum, 1101 Main Street, Philomath, Oregon


Why do we Have an Electoral College?

Wednesday, March 8 from 4 pm in the MU room 213: Pan-Afrikan Sankofa, lightly catered

The Electoral College and American Democracy

Why do we have an Electoral College? A panel of OSU faculty from the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion and the School of Public Policy will address this question by examining the origins and implications of the Electoral College. Using historical, political, racial, philosophical and comparative lenses, panelists will discuss the purpose that the Electoral College serves in US democracy. Presentations by the panelists will be followed by questions and audience discussion.


Ben Mutschler, SHPR

Alison Johnston, SPP

Christopher Stout, SPP

Andrew Valls, SPP