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Associate Professor Robert Chase has won a major Public Engagement grant from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), "Writing Beyond the Prison: Reimagining the Carceral Ecosphere with Incarcerated Authors," in collaboration with Susan Scheckel (English), Zebulon Miletsky (Africana Studies) and the Humanities Institute.   The project involves creating a "Living Archive" and building a curriculum around the written work of over one-hundred incarcerated authors and their families.   It is also an outreach effort beyond Stony Brook that involves two grass-roots organizations:  HERSTORY and the United Black Family Scholarship Foundation (UBFSF), which was founded by an incarcerated author who turned to writing and a life of the mind as an escape from his 23-hour-a-day isolation cell. 

Global Drugs
Book Launch: 
The Oxford Handbook of Global Drug History
Paul Gootenberg, Department of History, General Editor
Moderated by Liliana Dávalos, Ecology and Evolution
Thursday, April 14, 2022 | 4:00 pm
Presented by the Institute of Globalization Studies

This conference is co-organized by  Eric Zolov (History),  Shimelis Gulema (Africana Studies),  Sohl Lee (Art History), and  Ben Tausig (Music). 
For inquiries about the conference please contact

What is Left

Don't miss this historic debate sponsored by the History Club!  Wednesday, April 6th at 1pm, N320

Pizza lunch and drinks for attendees!

Monique Watson
Lunch provided but students must RSVP here by Monday, March 21st.

Chambers Book Presentation
Come along on March 23 to hear Professor Mark Chambers discuss his fascinating new book. 

Will Mack Colloquium

The History Department's Colloquium, on March 11th, 1:00 PM EST presented by Will Mack.

Please for the zoom link. 

March Madness

Come along to the History Club March Madness discussion on March 2nd @1pm.

Global Sixties

Stony Brook in the Global Sixties, Zuccaire Gallery (Staller Center, 1st Floor), Wed., Feb. 23rd, 4-7pm

Join us in part or whole for two fascinating roundtable discussions on the “Global Sixties.”  

Sam Cooke

In honor of Black History Month, the History Club will be leading a discussion following a screening of the documentary The Two Killings of Sam Cooke, on February 16th at 1pm in N310 of SBS.  Known as "the King of Soul," Sam Cooke was also a committed civil rights advocate who used his influence to promote the cause of justice and equality.


Christon Archer, who received his PhD in Latin American History in 1971 at Stony Brook and was Professor Emeritus at the University of Calgary (Alberta), passed away on December 19 at age 81.  He was a scholar of colonial and independence-era Mexico and a specialist in military politics. For a remembrance see here.

In Memoria: Dr. Floris Barnett Cash 

Floris Cash

Note: "PhD (SBU, 2019) Aisha Scott (Left) with Dr. Floris Cash (Right)"


The Departments of Africana Studies and History mourn the passing of Dr. Floris Cash, faculty member of Africana Studies and History and former Chair of the original Africana Studies Program (1991-1994).  Her research and publication interests spanned from African American whalers to the African American Women's Club Movement and the National Urban League.  As Assoc. Professor April Masten reflected, "She was instrumental in attracting African American graduate students to the history department and gave her time and expertise generously to them as they wrote their dissertations."



Book launch for the Spanish edition of  The Origins of Cocaine: Colonization and Failed Development in the Amazon Andes , co-edited by Paul Gootenberg (History) and Liliana Dávalos (Ecology & Evolution), with a chapter contribution by María Clara-Torres (PhD, '20).  Friday, November 19th, 9am (EST).  For registration click  here.  Free access (until Dec. 12) to the Spanish ebook version is available at


"Sprechen sie Deutsch?: Fascism in Korea, 1940-1950," Wednesday, November 10th, 2:40pm with Professors Young-Sun Hong and Janis Mimura in conversation with the speaker.  Zoom registration via  this link.


"Lost in Latinx Brooklyn: Help Reconstruct a Family Photo Album," Thursday, November 11, 6:30pm, SBS N320


Our Fall Newsletter is out!  Read about departmental happenings, faculty & student accomplishments, and more.  



Congratulations to our 2021 Phi Alpha Theta inductees!  They celebrated their initiation into the History Honors Society with pizza and a discussion led by the History Club around the documentary,  Bobby Kennedy for President.