Black women are leading the movement to end police violence by Keisha Blain, The Washington Post.
The recent grand jury decision not to charge police officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor in Louisville brings into sharp focus the problem of police violence against Black women and girls.
Student Research Reveals Lessons of Past Quarantines
History double-major Gina Watkins worked with faculty member Mari Webel on the history of quarantines in the United States as part of a Summer Undergraduate Research Award
Oscar de la Torre has achieved considerable success with his first book
Oscar de la Torre Cueva's (PhD 2011) book, The People of the River: Nature and Identity in Black Amazonia (University of North Carolina Press, 2018) has been recognized with two book awards and an honorable mention.
Dr Keisha Blain writes on Confederate Monuments in Washington Post
"In effect, these monuments and symbols already do the work of erasing history — the very thing their defenders now accuse protesters of doing by demanding their removal. Honoring a revisionist history of the Confederacy is not only repugnant. It also undercuts the argument of those who now claim they only want to preserve history."
AHA Statement: Confronting a Sordid History of Racist Violence in the US
Everything has a history, including our nation’s deplorable record of violence against African Americans, committed either outside the law or in the name of law enforcement itself. George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police officers cannot be understood in isolation, as a tragic moment detached from a familiar narrative of “who we as Americans really are.” What happened to George Floyd stands well within our national tradition.
Pitt Latino History Course to be Offered this Summer
University of Pittsburgh is offering a new Latino History course this summer. The course is a survey of the history of peoples of Latin American and Hispanic-Caribbean descent in the United States from the sixteenth century to the present. Students will learn about the distinct ethnic, racial, and cultural forms that Latinos either preserved from their homelands or produced in the US mainland.
Michel Gobat's Empire by Invitation wins the Friedrich Katz Prize
Michel Gobat's Empire by Invitation: William Walker and Manifest Destiny in Central America (Harvard University Press, 2019) has won the Friedrich Katz Prize in Latin American and Caribbean History.
Tropic of Football: The Long and Perilous Journey of Samoans to the NFL by Rob Ruck
Keisha Blain's Set The World on Fire wins Berkshire Prize, Darlene Clark Hine Award
Pitt History professor Keisha Blain's book, Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018), has won both the the Organization of American Historians' 2019 Darlene Clark Hine Award and the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians first book award.
History Major Krithika Pennathur nominated for University of Pittsburgh Senior of the Year
Krithika Pennathur will graduate with majors in History, English Writing and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies (GSWS) along with minors in Chemistry and Applied Statistics and a certificate in Transatlantic Studies.