Sarah Purcel, L F Parker Professor of History, teaches in Noyce

History

When you interpret human events from the past, you also help explain their implications for the present.

As a history major, you’ll learn to formulate complex questions about human events. To answer those questions, you’ll dig deeply into a topic, doing a close analysis of primary and secondary sources. In other words, you’ll learn to think like an historian. You’ll develop the skills to pursue knowledge independently and to present your results persuasively and clearly. You’ll be well prepared for a broad range of careers, including business, education, historic preservation, information science, journalism, law, and public service.

Department News

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Gates Lecturer: Michael Puett, Harvard University

Gates Lecturer: Michael Puett, Harvard University Michael Puett will present two lectures (1) "Ritual, Sincerity, and Human Flourishing: What Chinese Philosophers can Teach Us About the Good Life" in JRC 101, at 7:30 p.m. on Wed, Jan. 29, 2020. (2) “Creating Worlds: Imagination and Interpretation in Classical China” in JRC 101, at 11:00 am – 12:00 p.m on Thu, Jan. 30, 2020.

Trans Film Today — Conversation and Screening

Conversation and film screening with trans panel Zackary Drucker, Tourmaline, and Chris Vargas, on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Harris Center Cinema.

Author of "American Sutra" to Discuss Book

When the FBI began mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, Buddhist priests were among the first to be incarcerated. "American Sutra" tells the story of Japanese American Buddhists (the largest group of Buddhists in the United States at that time) in the context of anti-Japanese sentiment during World War II and draws parallels to contemporary challenges to religious freedom facing Americans today.

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