“The Martyr and the Trickster: Ralph Ellison’s Repertoire of Agency,” Colloquium with KICD Postdoc Ferris Lupino | 01/28/2022

To kick off our Spring 2022 Friday Colloquium Series, Kinder Institute Postdoctoral Fellow Ferris Lupino will present a portion of his doctoral research, arguing for the need for a new model for understanding protest and political action in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man (see abstract below). The talk will be held online on January 28 at […]

“Baseball, Law, and Society” Lock-In | 02/04/2022

What Major League Baseball taketh away, we giveth. Just weeks before pitchers and catchers would normally report to Spring Training sites, we bring you a panel discussion, Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance style, on Baseball, Law, and Society. MU Ph.D. Candidate Japheth Knopp will present his dissertation research on “The Negro Major Leagues and the Kansas City Black Community, […]

“The Third Branch,” A Discussion of the Supreme Court with Mizzou Alum Taylor Meehan | 02/11/2022

Join Missouri graduate Taylor (Rausch) Meehan (Class of 2010) in a discussion about her experience as a law clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court, her Supreme Court debut arguing Patel v. Garland this Term, and her reflections on the Supreme Court as one of America’s enduring institutions. The event, co-sponsored by the Kinder Institute and MU […]

Missouri Regional Seminar on Early American History Grad Student Showcase | 02/11/2022

Debuting a new MRSEAH wrinkle, the February 11 meeting in St. Louis will, for the first time, feature discussion of graduate work: MU Ph.D. Candidate and Jeff Pasley advisee Mackenzie Tor’s paper, “‘The Tyrant Intemperance’: Temperance, Abolition, and Antebellum Black Reform Thought, 1820-1860,” and CUNY-Graduate Center Ph.D. Candidate Evan Turiano’s dissertation chapter-in-progress, “‘This National Crime’: […]

Co-Sponsored Panel on Election Security | 02/17/2022

In partnership with the Show-Me Institute, the Kinder Institute will gather election officials from across Missouri (see below) to share their insights on how they currently keep the state’s elections secure, as well as their suggestions for how to improve election security going forward. The event, which is free and open to the public, will […]

“The Two Impeachments of Donald J. Trump,” Missouri Law Review Symposium | 02/17/2022

President Donald J. Trump was impeached twice toward the end of his term. The two impeachments were unprecedented in their nature and led to a vigorous debate among scholars, historians, politicians, and citizens. On February 17 and 18, some of the country’s greatest minds will (virtually) converge at the University of Missouri to rekindle that […]

African American Political Thought Roundtable | 02/18/2022

This roundtable event celebrates the recent publication of African American Political Thought (University of Chicago Press, 2021, description here), an unprecedented philosophical history of thinkers from the African American community and African diaspora who addressed key political issues: democracy, race, violence, liberation, solidarity, and mass political action. The event brings the volume’s editors (Profs. Melvin […]

“The Rise and Fall and Rise of Ratification,” Colloquium with KICD Distinguished Visiting Professor of Legal History Anne Twitty | 02/25/2022

Delivering our annual Distinguished Visitor Lecture, Prof. Anne Twitty, in Columbia for the year from the University of Mississippi, will share some of the research she’s been doing on the fourth floor of Jesse Hall in a talk examining the history of state constitutional ratification and the historiographical assumption of its centrality to understanding the […]

“Teacher, Preacher, Soldier, Spy: The Civil Wars of John R. Kelso,” Colloquium with Brown University Historian Christopher Grasso | 03/11/2022

Brown University Professor of History Christopher Grasso will make a spring trip to Columbia to present on his 2021 Oxford University Press monograph, Teacher, Preacher, Soldier, Spy, which traces the extraordinary life of Missouri schoolteacher and preacher John R. Kelso, who rose to fame fighting rebel guerrillas during the Civil War (see book description/abstract below). […]

“A Demon-Haunted Land: Witches, Wonder Doctors, and the Ghosts of the Past in Post-WWII Germany,” Public Lecture with UTK Prof. Monica Black | 03/15/2022

In a lecture organized by the History Department and co-sponsored by a number of groups on campus, University of Tennessee Professor of History Monica Black will give a talk on her 2020 monograph, A Demon-Haunted Land: Witches, Wonder Doctors, and the Ghosts of the Past in Post-WW II Germany (see abstract below).Co-sponsors include the School […]

“The Crown and the English Constitution,” Monday Colloquium with Oxford’s John Watts | 03/21/2022

In a rare Monday colloquium, Corpus Christi College, Oxford Professor of Later Medieval History John Watts will take over Prof. Jay Sexton’s undergraduate global history seminar to explore the role of the crown in the making of the English constitution (see abstract below). The talk will take place on March 21 at 5pm in Cook […]

“Thinking about “Care” from the Age of Covid,” BrANCH Opening Keynote with Indiana University Prof. Sarah Knott | 04/07/2022

For the BrANCH conference’s opening night keynote, Indiana University Sally M. Reahard Professor of History Sarah Knott will re-examine the history of care in the long nineteenth-century North American and Atlantic past in light of the inequities that have been laid bare by the care crisis that has accompanied the still ongoing Covid pandemic. The […]

“Religious Nationalists in the Age of Lincoln,” BrANCH Keynote with Oxford Emeritus Rhodes Professor Richard Carwardine | 04/09/2022

To close proceedings for the 2022 gathering of the Association of British American Nineteenth Century Historians in Columbia, Corpus Christi College, Oxford Emeritus Rhodes Professor of American History Richard Carwardine will give an opening night keynote on religious strife in the Civil War-era Union (see abstract below). The talk will be held on Saturday, April […]

“Indian Sovereignty and Rights in the U.S., 1780-1830,” Columbia MRSEAH with Truman State Prof. Dan Mandell | 04/29/2022

For the final MRSEAH meeting of the 2021-22 academic year, former Kinder Institute Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow Dan Mandell will return to Columbia on April 29 to present a chapter-in-progress on the shifts in U.S. Indian policies between the Revolution and the Removal Act (see abstract below), which is part of a larger study, begun […]

“The Last King of America: The Misunderstood Reign of George III,” Kinder Institute Distinguished Lecture with Award-Winning Historian Andrew Roberts | 05/03/2022

For the Kinder Institute’s third (and twice-postponed) Distinguished Lecture, Award-Winning Historian Andrew Roberts will give a talk on his most recent book, The Last King of America, which re-appraises George III in light of a longstanding, popular misunderstanding of the monarch as a heartless buffoon and disastrous politician, with few, if any, redeeming qualities (see […]

“Victorians and Numbers,” Final Spring 2022 Colloquium with KICD Senior Fellow Lawrence Goldman | 05/06/2022

To wrap up the Spring Colloquium Series, longtime friend of the Kinder Institute Lawrence Goldman will put a trans-Atlantic spin on his February 2022 Oxford University Press monograph, Victorians and Numbers: Statistics and Society in Nineteenth Century Britain. The talk will take place on May 6 at 3:30pm in Jesse Hall 410, and this post […]