Contemporary History Project

The Contemporary History Project at Wilkes University is an educational program operated under the auspices of the Division of Global History & Languages, which seeks to engage students and the community in the process of understanding the historical roots of contemporary issues.

For more information contact Dr. Jonathan Kuiken at

Past Speakers

Agnieszka Tuszynska
Assistant Professor of English at Queensborough Community College-CUNY
Topic:  “Blue-Collar Hero or Ethnic Caricature?: The Polish Immigrant in Judge Musmanno's Black Fury"

Marta Musso
Cambridge University
Topic:  Control over the oil: 100 years of reasonable delusions

Dan Bisbee
University of Pittsburgh
Topic:  Metropolitan Battlefields: Urban conflict in Iraq before and after the ‘Surge’

Panel Discussion

Featured panelists:

  • Dr. John Hepp, Professor of History
  • Dr. Akira Shimizu, Assistant Professor of History
  • Dr. Tom Baldino, Professor of Political Science
  • Dr. Andreea Maierean, Assistant Professor of Political Science