Virtual Event     

Historians and the News: Manisha Sinha

Free and open to the public

Monday, December 13, 2021
6PM – 7PM

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  • Teachers
  • Researchers

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Event Type: Virtual EventAudience(s): Teachers, Researchers

OHS is pleased to continue the popular “Historians and the News” series with a conversation between two nationally renowned historians that promises to offer valuable insights, informed by years of scholarly analysis of the past, into the news stories that fill our screens and newspaper pages.

Today’s news reports are filled with debates over how some of the most painful chapters of our nation’s history are remembered in public and taught in schools. At the same time, legislative, executive, and judicial leaders are bitterly fighting over the roles of voters, the courts, and citizens themselves in making and enforcing laws. Professor Manisha Sinha’s expertise on the histories of the Civil War, Reconstruction, and abolition have made her a sought-after contributor to news outlets seeking to bring context to these stories. She offers nuanced, powerful commentary on the relevance of Reconstruction today, the constitutional implications of Texas’s new anti-abortion legislation, and the movement to remove statues and monuments across the United States and beyond.

Ability Accommodation Information

This event provides the following accommodations:

  • Handicap Accessible


The Slaves Cause (cover)

About Historians and the News

OHS is committed to providing broad access to historical content that expands knowledge of the past to better inform our present. Dr. Sinha and Dr. Nichols will discuss the implications of Sinha’s research in the context of today’s news, offering the kinds of insights that only careful scholarship can provide. We are grateful to the many individual donors that sustain our mission and allow us to offer powerful educational programs like this at no cost. On the registration page, we invite you to make a donation in support of this work, so that OHS can continue to preserve the resources that historians such as Dr. Sinha and Dr. Nichols rely on for their research and scholarship.

Please note that only those who register for this program in advance will have access to the program and to the post-event recording (which will be available through a password-protected site for 30 days following the program). Zoom links will be sent to ticketholders one week, one day, and one hour before the event.

About the Speakers

Manisha Sinha is the James L. and Shirley A. Draper Chair in American History at the University of Connecticut and a leading authority on the history of slavery and abolition and the Civil War and Reconstruction. She was born in India and received her Ph.D. from Columbia University, where her dissertation was nominated for the Bancroft prize. She is the author of The Counterrevolution of Slavery: Politics and Ideology in Antebellum South Carolina, which was named one of the ten best books on slavery by Politico in 2015 and was recently featured in the New York Times’ 1619 Project. Her award-winning second monograph, The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition, was long listed for the National Book Award for Nonfiction. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including two yearlong research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as two from the Mellon Foundation. Professor Sinha has lectured all over the country and internationally and been interviewed by the national and international press. She has also appeared on a number of TV and radio programs and was an advisor and on-screen expert for the Emmy nominated PBS documentary, The Abolitionists (2013), which is part of the NEH funded Created Equal series. She is currently writing a book on the “greater reconstruction” of American democracy after the Civil War, which is under contract with Liveright (Norton).

Manisha Sinha (headshot)

Christopher McKnight Nichols is an associate professor of history and the Sandy and Elva Sanders Eminent Professor in the Honors College at Oregon State University (OSU), where he is director of OSU’s Center for the Humanities. He founded and leads OSU’s Citizenship and Crisis Initiative. Nichols is an expert on the history of the United States’ relationships with the world, including isolationism, internationalism, globalization, ideas, and political history, with an emphasis on the Gilded Age and Progressive Era through the present. An Andrew Carnegie Fellow and Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer, Nichols also is a frequent commentator on air and in print on U.S. foreign policy and politics, often appearing on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s program Think Out Loud with Dave Miller. He is an editorial board member of the “Made by History” section of the Washington Post and is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Nichols is the author, co-author, or editor of six books, most recently Rethinking American Grand Strategy and including Promise and Peril: America at the Dawn of a Global Age. Nichols is a proud member of the Oregon Historical Society’s board of trustees and a passionate advocate for history and the humanities.

Christopher McKnight Nichols, photo by Mina Carson