SS 302 – The History Behind the Headlines

In today’s news when an international crisis may be reduced to simplified sound bites we lose sight of what had happened previously that might help us understand what is happening now. This series counters that trend. It will feature presentations by UCI professors who specialize in the histories of different parts of the world. They will discuss how looking to the past is crucial to understanding the present—and preparing for the future.

These historians will tour The History Behind the Headlines with stops in Brazil, China, and France.


Tuesday, October 6: Jeff Wasserstrom, a frequent OLLI presenter, will address Hong Kong and its relationship to China. Jeff, a former chair of the Department of History, has been at UCI since 2006, and is author or editor of nine books and many articles.

Tuesday, October 20: Ian Coller, of the University of Latrobe, Australia, will join the UCI Department of History in Fall 2015. He will address France’s historical relationship to Islam. His book Arab France: Islam and the Making of Modern Europe 1798-1831 received the Hancock Award of the Australian Historical Association. He is currently working on an ARC funded project on Europe, Islam and Modernity: The French Revolution and the Muslim World 1789-1799.

Below is a link to an article by Dr. Ian Coller redefining French Values in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo.

Liberty, equality, fraternity: redefining ‘French’ values in the wake of Charlie Hebdo 

Tuesday, October 27: Steven Topik,

also a frequent OLLI presenter, has been in UCI’s Department of History since 1984. His research focuses on Brazilian and World history.  He is the author or editor of eight books. Prior to Irvine, he taught at a Brazilian university for three years.


Jonathan Weil


Tuesdays, October 6, 20 and 27

2:00 – 4:00 PM



Woodbridge Onken Classroom


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