Harvard International & Global History Seminar (HIGHS)

Co-chairs: Fredrik Logevall and Erez Manela

NOTE: In 2018-19 HIGHS will run in conjunction with the Charles Warren Center Faculty Fellows Workshop. The workshop theme this year is "US Power in the Global Arena."

The Harvard International & Global History Seminar (HIGHS) is a forum for cutting-edge work in the fields of international and global history.

The seminar, organized at the Department of History and generously supported by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, meets several times each term on Wednesday afternoons.

The current HIGHS schedule is below. The schedule for past years is available here.

* Unless otherwise noted, sessions are held on Wednesdays at 3:45 pm in the Lower Library of Robinson Hall, and papers are circulated in advance by email.

Fall 2018

September 26
Daniel Bessner, University of Washington & Fredrik Logevall, HKS and History
"Deprovincializing the United States: The History of the U.S. in the World after the International and Transnational Turns"
Comment: Erez Manela, Harvard University

October 17
Joseph Fronczak, Princeton University (Warren Center Faculty Fellow)
“Gangster for Capitalism: Smedley Butler Abroad in the Age of Empire”
Comment: Juliet Nebolon, Harvard University

October 31 
Ken Osgood, Colorado School of Mines (Warren Center Faculty Fellow)
“Intelligence and Propaganda in U.S. Cold War Domestic Politics”
Comment: Daniel Chardell, Harvard University

November 14
Saje Mathieu, University of Minnesota (Warren Center Faculty Fellow)
“1919: Race, Riot, and Revolution”
Comment: Tejasvi Nagaraja, Harvard University

November 28
Rebecca Herman, University of California, Berkeley
“The Global Politics of Anti-Racism: A View from the Canal Zone, 1940-1955”
Comment: Kristin Oberiano, Harvard University


Spring 2019

January 30
Gretchen Heefner, Northeastern University (Warren Center Faculty Fellow)
“From the Red Desert to the Red Planet”
Comment: Angel Rodriguez, Harvard University

February 6
Steffen Rimner, University of Utrecht
“Opium’s Long Shadow: From Asian Revolt to Global Drug Control ”

February 13
Kevin Kim, University of Washington Bothell (Warren Center Faculty Fellow)
“'Never Again Enter Upon Such Crusades': Herbert C. Hoover and the Meaning of Conservatism”
Comment: David Allen, Columbia University

February 27
Jessica Wang, University of British Columbia (Warren Center Faculty Fellow)
“The Mediterranean Fruit Fly in the Global Arena: Animals, Governance, and American Globalism in Early Twentieth-Century Hawai'i”
Comment: Nina Halty, Harvard University

March 13 
Victor McFarland, University of Missouri (Warren Center Faculty Fellow)
“Machines in Motion: The United States, Saudi Arabia, and Oil, 1967-73”
Comment: Marino Auffant, Harvard University

March 27 
"A Century Later: Rethinking 1919"
Speakers: Saje Mathieu, Michael Neiberg, Leonard Smith

April 10
Molly Geidel, University of Manchester (Warren Center Faculty Fellow)
“Seeing Like a Liberal Empire”
Comment: Ruodi Duan, Harvard University