On Thursday, January 8, 4 p.m., in 1014 Tisch Hall, the Eisenberg Institute kicks off its winter 2015 programming with Sueann Caulfield's lecture, "Jesus v. Jesus: Legitimacy Law, Patronage Networks, and the Transfer of Wealth in a Nineteenth-Century African-Bahian Family." The talk follows the Institute's 2013-15 theme, "Materials of History." Link for a lecture abstract. Free and open to the public.

Sueann Caulfield is Associate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. She specializes in the history of modern Brazil, with emphasis on gender and sexuality. Her publications include In Defense of Honor: Morality, Modernity, And Nation In Early Twentieth-Century Brazil and the co-edited volume Honor, Status, and Law in Modern Latin American History. She has also published various articles on gender and historiography, family law, race, and sexuality in Brazil, including most recently, “The Right to a Father's Name: State Efforts to Erase the Stigma of Illegitimacy in Twenty-First-Century Brazil” in Law and History Review. Her current research focuses on family history with a focus on paternity and legitimacy in twentieth-century Brazil.

On Friday, January 9, 12 p.m., in 1014 Tisch Hall, the Eisenberg Institute presents the symposium, "Empathy and Experience in the Writing of History." Link for workshop details. This discussion will feature Matthew Countryman (Associate Professor of History and American Culture, University of Michigan), Tara Dosumu Diener (Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology and History, University of Michigan), Sherry Funches (Ph.D. Candidate, History, University of Michigan), Amanda Hendrix-Komoto (Ph.D. Candidate, History, University of Michigan), William Glover (discussant; Associate Professor of History and Architecture & Urban Planning, University of Michigan), Howard Brick (panel chair; Louis Evans Chair in U.S. History, University of Michigan). Lunch provided. Free and open to the public.

Free and open to the public.

This lecture is part of the Thursday Series of the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies. It is made possible by a generous contribution from Kenneth and Frances Aftel Eisenberg.