Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and any members of the public are all invited to the 2017-2018 series of Faculty Pub Night at the William H. Hannon Library. Eight LMU professors (four per semester) are selected annually to discuss their latest publication or project in a comfortable setting and format that welcomes diverse perspectives for an inclusive conversation aimed to educate the entire community.
The fourth Faculty Pub Night of the 2017-2018 season features Nigel Raab, Professor of History at LMU's Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts. Raab will discuss his recent publication, Who is the Historian?
About the Author's Work: Who is the Historian? reveals thе historian as an active professional with multifaceted responsibilities. At a moment in time when the humanities have faced enormous external challenges, this book demonstrates how historical research involves more than just reading text off the dusty pages of old books. In a series of chapters designed to demonstrate both traditional and contemporary methods, the historian is presented as an individual who travels far and wide to exotic places, works together with highly educated individuals in different professions, and adapts to the requirements of modern technologies. It presents the historian in three dimensions so readers understand archival obstacles, collaboration with museum curators, the challenges of the digital age, and other issues, which are impossible to glean off the pages of a well-crafted historical monograph.
By looking behind the scenes, the book explains the research process in an accessible fashion. It emphasizes fascinating elements of research without shying away from the bumps in the road that all researchers face. Without bogging down the discussion with deep theory or complex interpretive controversies, the reader is exposed to the process of discovery which makes the study of history attractive and exciting to curious individuals.
About the Author: Nigel Raab is Professor of Russian History at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He is the author of All Shook Up: The Shifting Soviet Response to Catastrophes, 1917-1991 (2017), Who is the Historian? (2016), The Crisis from Within: Historians, Theory, and the Humanities (2015), and Democracy Burning? Urban Fire Departments and the Limits of Civil Society in Late Imperial Russia, 1850–1914 (2011). He has taught classes on the history of walking and theories of civil society.
About Faculty Pub Night: All Faculty Pub Nights are free and open to the public. Pub refreshments and snacks will be served courtesy of the William H. Hannon Library. For more information or ADA accommodations, please contact Ray Andrade, Programming Librarian, at (310) 258-4648 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, December 5 at 5:30pm to 7:00pm
William H. Hannon Library, Von der Ahe Suite (Level 3)
1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045