History Articles & Blogs

Alex Jeannotte speaks behind podium in classroom
October 18, 2017
How many Clarkies does it take to launch a historically significant, community-oriented exhibition at the Worcester Art Museum? At least 20, for sure. For nearly four years, History Professor Janette Greenwood, along with undergraduate and graduate students and alumni, dove deep into researching century-old photos from...
Charlotte Maxwell, in shadow, standing at podium, with screen behind her that shows old photo of Perkins family in Worcester
October 16, 2017
The Dillon family sits for a portrait in their home in Worcester’s Beaver Brook neighborhood. It’s 1904, and their neighbor, a photographer named Charles Bullard, perches behind the camera. This 1904 photograph of the Dillon family of Worcester appears in the Worcester Art Museum's current exhibition of William Bullard's...
Janette Greenwood stands behind student Toni Armstrong and Alice Dillon, who are seated, as they look over photos laid out on the table at the Worcester Art Museum
October 12, 2017
For several months last spring, students in a Problems of Practice history seminar at Clark University painstakingly dug through genealogical records and worked with descendants to unlock the mysteries behind turn-of-the-century photographs of African-Americans and Native Americans in Worcester. This fall, their research...
September 1, 2017
Clark University history Professor Taner Akçam will be honored with the 2018 Outstanding Upstander Award from the World Without Genocide organization for his tireless work promoting justice and the rule of law. World Without Genocide, housed at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, works “to protect...
Casey Bush and Eva Kor talk to each other in office - Clark University
August 31, 2017
Casey Bush ’19 remembers when she first learned about the horrors of the Holocaust. She was in fifth grade, reading “Number the Stars,” a novel about a 10-year-old Danish girl who teams up with the Danish Resistance to help her Jewish friend and others flee the Nazis in Copenhagen.
Melike Sayoglu standing amid bookshelves in library
July 28, 2017
Melike Sayoglu M.A. ’12 came to Clark University in 2011 as a Fulbright scholar from Kahramanmaraş, Turkey, to study for a master’s degree in English. Now a doctoral student here, she was recently awarded the American Association of University Women’s International Fellowship to support her dissertation work during the...
Adelaide Petrov-Yoo, Clark University
June 5, 2017
Studying abroad in Jordan her junior year gave Clark University history major Adelaide Petrov-Yoo ’17 the chance to learn Arabic and better understand the roots of the Middle East conflict. After returning to Clark in fall 2016, the New Yorker applied that knowledge to write her honors thesis focusing on the Soviet Union’s...
Emily Langley speaking at the podium at Clark University
May 31, 2017
As a history major at Clark University, Emily Langley ’17 became interested in studying the roles of the American and Vietnamese women who served during the Vietnam War. One thing was missing, however: primary source material about the Vietnamese women who served. So Langley took matters into her own hands. “When the...
May 30, 2017
Marisa Natale ’17 had never considered a major in history, let alone pursuing a doctorate in the discipline. With the encouragement of her academic adviser, Nina Kushner, however, the Clark University graduate is now applying to Ph.D. programs to study Middle Eastern history from the perspective of gender. Natale decided...
Alex Jeannotte standing, with arms crossed
May 2, 2017
Because of their dogged pursuit of elusive primary sources, historians often are equated with detectives – a theme represented in a decade-long PBS series, History Detectives. For Alex Jeannotte ’17, that theme has carried through much of her time at Clark University, where she has helped knit together the genealogy of an...
Lindsay Allen, a doctoral candidate in history at Clark University, sits in the Goddard Library.
February 22, 2017
During the mid-19th century, American women flocked to new department stores for the service, amenities and wide selection of merchandise. How that consumerism continued to develop during the early 20th century fascinates Lindsay Allen, a doctoral candidate in history at Clark University. Allen’s dissertation focuses on...
Clark professor Ousmane Power-Greene, Robert Ross and Jude Fernando at an MLK Day panel presentation event.
January 30, 2017
About 600 people attended the Jan. 20 MLK Racial Justice Teach-In at Clark University to honor and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and to rally for an America that embodies his vision of justice for all members of society. The day-long event was organized by a planning committee comprising faculty and...
January 17, 2017
In his new book, “The Dutch Moment: War, Trade, and Settlement in the Seventeenth-Century Atlantic World,” History Professor Willem Klooster delves into the ways “the Dutch built and eventually lost an Atlantic empire that stretched from the homeland in the United Provinces to the Hudson River and from Brazil and the...
Gurinder Chadha speaks at a Clark University forum
November 2, 2016
Internationally acclaimed director Gurinder Chadha talked about the need to make films that are historically relevant and fiercely personal during an Oct. 24 “public conversation” with sociology Professor Parminder Bhachu. The event, “Film Making, Creativity, Migrant Biographies, Diasporic Disruption,” was hosted by the...
October 21, 2016
Clark University will host “Film Making, Creativity, Migrant Biographies, Diasporic Disruption,” a conversation with internationally acclaimed film director Gurinder Chadha and Clark Sociology Professor Parminder Bhachu, on Monday, October 24, at 6 p.m. in Dana Commons, 950 Main St. The event is free and open to the public...
October 19, 2016
Stanley Gutridge ’45 returned to Clark University Oct. 6 to share his thoughts about the evolution of Worcester, the value of public service, and the institutional racism he faced when he entered the work world. His recollections were plentiful and detailed, and the conversation always engaging. The Community Fireside Chat...
October 18, 2016
Christopher Browning  Clark University will present “Holocaust History and Survivor Testimony,” a lecture by professor and author Christopher Browning, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 26, in Tilton Hall in the Higgins University Center, 950 Main Street. This free, public lecture also will commemorate the 25th anniversary...
19th-century map of the colony of Liberia
October 4, 2016
In a recent lecture at Clark University, Ousmane Power-Greene, professor of history, put words to the African-American struggle against “King Cotton” and the desire to find a homeland — and a place to build community. Ousmane Power-Greene
August 22, 2016
Clark University is pleased to welcome nine new faculty members for the 2016-2017 academic year. These scholars bring a wealth of knowledge to areas including biology, education, management and philosophy. Nathan Ahlgren Nathan Ahlgren Visiting Assistant Professor, Biology (starting Jan. 1, 2017) Assistant Professor,...
July 7, 2016
Auschwitz survivor Elie Wiesel died last week at 87 years old, but not before working unflaggingly to keep the memory of those lost during the Holocaust alive and to encourage the world to remember and understand what both victims and survivors endured. “Because if we forget, we are guilty, we are accomplices,” he said...
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May 4, 2016
Clark University History Professor Taner Akçam received the “Friend of the Armenians” award from the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) at a banquet of the Diocesan Assembly on April 29 in Cleveland. Hundreds of Armenian Church leaders from around the country attended. “It is deeply rewarding to be...
Image of Middle East from book cover
February 16, 2016
Clark University Professor of History Douglas Little Clark University history Professor Douglas Little's newest book, "Us versus Them: The United States, Radical Islam, and the Rise of the Green Threat," examines the political and cultural conflicts that triggered America's shift in attention from the "Red Threat" of...
November 15, 2015
Samantha Lakin, a doctoral student at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University, delivers a TEDxFulbright talk in Santa Monica (Sept. 26), relating her research experiences, which involved working with survivors of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda.
June 19, 2015
Clark University undergraduate Hannah Kogut will spend a month in the U.K. this summer studying history as a Fulbright Summer Institute program participant.
November 12, 2014
History Professor Janette Greenwood Clark University History Professor Janette Greenwood has teamed up with retired teacher and Charlton historian Frank Morrill to research the identities of some early Worcester residents — people of color — pictured in rare photographs that date back to the turn of the last century.

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