Heidi Tworek works on the history of media and international organizations. She is a member of the Science and Technology Studies program and the Language Science Initiative at UBC. In 2016-17 she is on leave as a fellow at the Transatlantic Academy of the German Marshall Fund in Washington, DC. She is currently a visiting fellow at the Joint Center for History and Economics as well as an affiliate of the Minda da Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University.
Heidi has published over a dozen articles in venues including Journal of Global History, Journal of Policy History, Business History Review, Journalism Studies, German History and Enterprise & Society. Her current book project examines how Germans tried to influence news in the first half of the twentieth century. Her further research interests include media, international organizations, legal history, digital history, the history of health, and higher education. Her writing has been published in Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, Politico, War on the Rocks, Wired, Nieman Journalism Lab, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Der Tagesspiegel and The Conversation. Heidi has also appeared on the BBC, CBC, and NPR.
She manages the United Nations History Project website to provide materials for researching and teaching the history of international organizations. She also runs the UN History Project Twitter feed that is live tweeting the foundation of the UN, seventy years later.
She received her BA (Hons) in Modern and Medieval Languages with a double first from Cambridge University and earned her PhD in History from Harvard University in 2012. Her dissertation received the Herman E. Krooss Prize for best dissertation in business history. She previously held the position of Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies and Lecturer on History in the History Department at Harvard University. Heidi has held visiting fellowships at Birkbeck, University of London and the Centre for Contemporary History, Potsdam, Germany.
Wireless telegraphy became an integral part of warfare on the ground, in the air, and at sea by 1918. Wireless helped to make the war global, though historians still debate its impact on the course of the war.
Beinahe wäre auch das Freihandelsabkommen CETA zwi- schen der Europäischen Union und Kanada nach langjährigen Verhand- lungen gekippt. Dann verlegte man sich auf die Begründung, dass dadurch ja gemeinsame demokratische Werte gefördert würden. Ein Modell für die Zukunft ist das nicht.
This course explores the history of international relations during the twentieth century. It seeks to understand how countries have dealt with questions of war, peace, and the balance of power. But it also looks at alternative forms of ruling the world, particularly international organizations. We will consider the historical factors that have determined the structure, ethos, and efficacy of particular international systems and why they arose in the first place. The course will combine that historical awareness with examinations of broader economic, cultural, and social trends in global history.
This course enables students to develop and implement a digital project on the history of news. Digital tools are particularly promising for studying the history of news – a subject with so many sources that we can only start to access, catalogue, and analyze many of them with digitization and computer technology. In this project, students will combine digital techniques with the history of news. They will examine why newspapers printed particular stories and not others. Students can acquire skills in digital databases and analysis, mapping techniques, and oral presentation.
On leave (2016-17)
Tworek received her BA (Hons) in Modern and Medieval Languages with a double first from Cambridge University and earned her PhD in History from Harvard University. Her dissertation received the Herman E. Krooss Prize for best dissertation in business history. She previously held the position of Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies and Lecturer in the History Department at Harvard University.