Baobab is Back!

Our “Under the Baobab” Series Returns with All New Guests and Topics for this Fall

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This lecture series addresses a variety of topics related to teaching and learning in a world still experiencing the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Each monthly session features practical advice and offers the opportunity for engagement with friends and colleagues of the World History Association as they share new research, timely insights, and help spark lively conversation.  Archived on our website, past sessions have included issues such as the intersection of history and journalism, new approaches to the structure of world history survey courses, and the role maritime history plays in defining world history.

Fall 2021 kicks off on September 23 at 6pm (EST) with Baobab IX: Dark Clouds and Silver Linings.  This will be an exciting forum about engaging students across various teaching modalities, weathering the challenges of low enrollments, and strategies for addressing unprepared students.  Our guests will include Dr. Alex Holowicki, Professor of History at San Diego Mesa College and WHA Council member, as well as Dr. Monica Ketchum, Professor of History at Arizona Western College and WHA member.

Advanced registration is required and is entirely free for current WHA members.  If you are not a member of the WHA yet but would like to participate in “Under the Baobab,” there is a $10 registration fee.

Register here for Baobab IX: Dark Clouds and Silver Linings.

Pandem Mondus Health, Globally Schedule Under the Baobab

Keynote Speaker

[photo of Beatrix Hoffman]

Dr. Beatrix Hoffman will be speaking on Migration and the Right to Health Care.

Dr. Beatrix Hoffman is professor in the Department of History at Northern Illinois University. She is the author of The Wages of Sickness: The Politics of Health Insurance in Progressive America (2003) and Health Care for Some: Rights and Rationing in the United States since 1930 (2012). Her current research explores the intersection of immigration and health care. To see her online exhibition, “For All the People: A Century of Citizen Action in Health Care Reform,” please click here.

Writing for the Public: History & Journalism

Under the Baobab, Session VIII World History Association

When? Wednesday, May 5 @ 1pm Central Time for 1.5 hours

Dinée Dorame is a Native American podcaster exploring running, culture & community.

David H. Montgomery is a journalist with MPR News.

David M. Perry is a journalist & historian.

Varsha Venkatasubramanian is a graduate student who co-hosts Drinking with Historians.

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The World History Association opposes ransacking of American democracy.

The World History Association is a signatory of the American Historical Association’s statement condemning “the actions of those who, on January 6, stormed the United States Capitol.” Click here to see the full statement.


Thanks to the OER Project for their generous support of Under the Baobab!

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Members receive a significant discount on the registration fee for the annual WHA conference, including our exciting 2022 conference in Bilbao, Spain, the largest city in the Basque Country. Members also get a free on-line access to the Journal of World History, in addition to other benefits.

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