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The History of 2022

How can we understand the events, ideas, and conflicts that have featured in the news cycle during the past year? “The History of 2022” offers historically informed reflections on this year’s momentous events, providing an opportunity to understand our world in its historic context. Each week will feature a different History faculty member speaking on a major news topic of the year, showing what we can learn by approaching it from a historical perspective. The course is open to all students (newcomers and history veterans alike) who want to reflect on the challenges and opportunities of 2022, and who are curious to consider how studying history can offer a deeper and richer understanding of tumultuous times.

See HISTORY 1 on ExploreCourses after August 15, 2022. 

Course Coordinators:

Professor Fiona Griffiths and Professor Jonathan Gienapp 



  • 1 unit, Credit/No Credit
  • One lecture every week
  • Attendance required
  • Short readings may be posted in conjunction with some lectures
  • Tuesdays, 9:30-10:20 AM
  • Campbell Recital Hall

Speakers and Topics:

September 27

Gil-li Vardi 

"Is Conventional War Back? Examining War and Warfare in Ukraine"


October 4

Amir Weiner

"Putin's War: Causes, Course, and Consequences of the War in Ukraine"


October 11

Kathryn Olivarius 


October 18

Gabrielle Hecht

"Trashed! A Waste History of our Planetary Predicament"


October 25

Estelle Freedman

History of abortion in the U.S. and the role of history in the legal controversies over Roe


November 1 

James Campbell 


November 8

No Class


November 15

Jonathan Gienapp


November 22

No Class


November 29

Jennifer Burns 

“American Conservatism in the Age of Trump”


December 6

Thomas Mullaney