‘The past is never dead. It’s not even past.’ An understanding of the American present is impossible in the absence of a commitment to also understand the nation’s history. And sometimes, as in the summer of 2020, amid the Covid-19 pandemic and the killing of George Floyd, the need for historical perspective – to illuminate antecedents, causes, meanings and implications – becomes particularly urgent. For that reason, HOTCUS has launched a series of online ‘Seminars in the Urgent Past’, to allow its members to swiftly engage with and learn from each other at moments when the past seems to be pulling with concerted force on the contemporary American present. 

Details of these seminars can be found below, and we welcome suggestions from all members for future events. You can get in touch with us by email – hotcuscommittee@gmail.com – or via twitter or facebook.

Race, Brutality, and Protest in the United States

19 June 2020, 13.00-15.00, BST. Further information and registration link here