Events of Interest

Here is a list of events and links that our history majors may find interesting. We will add new events regularly. Keep informed, mark your calendar, and check it out!


Wednesday, January 23, 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Beckman Auditorium, Ames Library

The Conservative Implications of Liberal Race Reductionism
The IWU History Department is sponsoring a guest lecture by Tour Reed, Professor of U.S. and African-American History at Illinois State University. Professor Reed will discuss his forthcoming book. In the era of the Black Lives Matter movement, activists, politicians, and even public intellectuals have coalesced around the erroneous contention that liberals have generally reduced racism to class exploitation. To be sure, during the New Deal and World War II, progressives—shaped by New Deal social democracy—generally viewed racism through the lens of political economy. From the Cold War forward, however, liberal intellectuals and policymakers have not only tended to reduce problems of economic inequality to matters of racial prejudice, but their disregard for political economy has likewise led policymakers and scholars alike to view problems rooted in poverty (crime, drug abuse, family dissolution, illegitimacy, etc.) through the lens of the cultural deficiencies of the poor themselves. Event is free and open to the public.


More events coming soon!


See you there!