The Clio Society

The Clio Society

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Welcome to the Clio Society!

We are friends of the History Department at The Ohio State University. Some of us are current and former students of the university; some of us earned degrees in history; others are current and former faculty members of the department; some of us have an interest in the History Department and its continued growth in excellence; and all of us love to read and talk about history. We range in ages from 18 to 88 and from history specialists to business people, lawyers, and other professionals who never lost their interest in history.

If you liked history as an undergrad, then you are going to love it now.

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Upcoming Events:
 

Ideas of Race & Racism in History

Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
a panel discussion with Department of History Faculty and Alumni

Live Streamed via Zoom
Free and open to the public
Please register in advance here.

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China and Africa: Historical Perspectives on a Rising Power

November 9, 2021, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

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Live Streamed via Zoom

China has expanded its global presence over the last decade much to the concern of U.S. officials. Africa is a major recipient of this new influence, building on Cold War relationships first forged during an earlier era of Sino-American competition. Yet looking at Chinese engagement in Africa over the last 50 years reveals that increased power has transformed Beijing’s foreign policies and strained its global relationships.

Panel:

  • Katherine (Hyun-Joo) Everett | Graduate Student, Department of History
  • Patrick Nash | Graduate Student, Department of History
  • Joe Parrott | Assistant Professor, Department of History Free and open to the public

Please register in advance here.


Cultural Diplomacy and the Global Cold War

December 9, 2021, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Russian and US Flags

Live Streamed via Zoom

During the Cold War, cultural diplomacy emerged as an important aspect of relations between states across the globe. Exhibitions, concerts, performances, book readings, and film screenings captured the ideological message of each side, as they showed conflicting “ways of life” in the global Cold War context. This talk interrogates the importance of Cold War culture in a global perspective, tracing the cultural contacts of small Bulgaria from the British Museum and NYC’s Metropolitan to New Lexington, Ohio, to Mexico City, New Delhi, and Lagos.

Panel:

  • Nicholas Breyfogle | Associate Professor, Department of History; Director, Goldberg Center
  • Theodora Dragostinova | Associate Professor, Department of History

Please register in advance here.

This talk is brought to you by the Clio Society of the Ohio State History Department, in partnership with the Bexley Public Library and the magazine Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective.

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Clio

In Greek mythology, Clio (Greek: Κλειώ, English: /ˈklaɪ.oʊ/) or Kleio, was the muse of history. Her name is related to the Greek word for "fame" or "renown" (kleos), since she oversaw the recording of the illustrious deeds of the past. Like all the muses, she was a goddess, a daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne. According to different traditions, she was mother to Hyacintha, Hymenaeus, and Ialemus.