The Department of History began the Brown Bag Lunch Series in Fall 2009 as a means for faculty members to present new research projects or report on research trips to encourage dialogue within the department and the WMU community. The name was changed to the Ernst Breisach Faculty Research Colloquium Series in recognition of Dr. Ernst Breisach's contributions to scholarship and Western's research mission.
Undergraduates have the opportunity find out more about their professors' research interests and graduate students can participate in scholarly debate. The format of these talks is based on a 45-minute presentation, followed by questions and answers. A lunch of pizza and pop is offered for presentation attendees courtesy of the Burnham-Macmillan Endowment.
2015-16 Breisach Colloquium Series
All will be held in the International Conference Room, 2302 Friedmann Hall
Noon-1:30 p.m. Speakers and Titles will be announced as they are confirmed.
Sept 28, 2015 David Benac (History) “Log Rolling, Ax Throwing, and the Owl: The Heritage Legacy of the Timber Industry in Oregon”
Oct 5, 2015 Andrea Berto (History) “The Dangers of Being Trendy at Any Cost and Some Considerations about the Historian's Craft: The Case of the Long-beard Women and the “Powerful” Lombard Queens”
Nov 2, 2015 Daniel MacFarlane (Environmental and Sustainability Studies)
“Beauty vs. Power: A Transborder History of Remaking Niagara Falls”
Jan 25, 2016 Wilson Warren (History) “How Meat Became a Global Food”
Feb 8, 2016 Rand Johnson (Classics), "Location, Location, Location: The Teatro Vittorio Emmanuele and the Opening of the Italian Silent Film ‘Cabiria’ (1914)"
Feb 22, 2016 Bill McElhone (Kalamazoo Valley Museum) “Kalamazoo Valley Museum: 135 Years in the Making”
Mar 21, 2016 Heather Dichter (Human Performance and Health Education)
“The International Ski Federation and the Problem of Divided Germany”
Apr 11, 2016 Janet Coryell (History) “A Team of Their Own”
2014-15 Breisach Colloquium Series
October 6- Amos Beyan (History), "The Rice and Malguetta Cultivators of pre-Liberia and the Making of the Atlantic Community of Colonial South Carolina, 1510-1808”
November 10 - Andrea Berto (History), "From the myth of the American Frontier to the imaginary early medieval Italian Frontiers”
December 1 - Sally Hadden (History), "Colonial Lawyers and Their Books: Connecting Legal history to the History of the Book"
February 9 - Anise K. Strong (History), “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Roman Brothel”
March 2 - Sally Hadden (History), “Powers of Attorney and Mercantile Men in Colonial Boston”
March 23 - John Norman (History), "The Hermitage as Institutional Paradigm for St. Petersburg and Its Museums or How the 'Russian Ark' Kept Afloat by Entrepreneurial Innovation, Employing the Usable Imperial Past, and Cultivating Putin and His Increasingly Authoritarian 'Semi-Demi' Democracy"
April 20 - Lynne Heasley (History), “Photography As a Field Method for Environmental History”
2013-14 Breisach Colloquium Series
September 9 - Janelle Werner (Kalamazoo College), "And of His Own Will, He Promised to Turn Her From Their Home” College of Arts and Sciences International Conference Room, Second Floor Friedmann, 12:00-1:30 PM, Monday, 9 September 2013.
September 30 - Ed Martini (CAS Associate Dean), "Playing With Fire: Toward a Global History of Napalm" CAS International Conference Room, Second Floor Friedmann, 12:00-1:30 PM, Monday, 30 September 2013.
October 21 Lew Pyenson (History) “Neo-Idealist Style in Modernity from the Perspective of Material Culture” CAS International Conference Room. Second Floor Friedmann, 12:00-1:30 PM, Monday, 21 October 2013.
November 4 Sharon Carlson and Lynn Houghton (WMU Archives) "Moving a Legacy: Planning and Implementing the Relocation of an Archival Collection"
CAS International Conference Room. Second Floor Friedmann, 12:00-1:30 PM, Monday, 4 November 2013.
December 2 - John Wickstrom (History) "How to Create a Usable Saint: The Cult of St. Maurus in early Medieval France and Italy" CAS International Conference Room, Second Floor Friedmann, 12:00-1:30 PM, Monday, 2 December 2012.
January 13 - David Benac (History) "The New Orleans Lakefront: Created Land and Planned Development" CAS International Conference Room, Second Floor Friedmann, 12:00-1:30 PM, Monday, 13 January 2014
February 3 - Anise Strong (History) “Marital Alliances in the Late Roman Republic”
CAS International Conference Room. Second Floor Friedmann, 12:00-1:30 PM,
Monday 3 February 2014.
February 17 - James Cousins (History) "The Significance of Insignificance in Historical Biography." CAS International Conference Room. Second Floor Friedmann, 12:00-1:30 PM, Monday 17 February 2014.
March 17 - LouAnn Wurst (Anthropology) “We Feed All! Farmers and the Transformation of Industrial Capitalism” CAS International Conference Room. Second Floor Friedmann, 12:00-1:30 PM, Monday 17 March, 2014.
April 7 - Sally Hadden (History) “Grand Jury Charges in the Early National Period: Unfurling Patriotism”.CAS International Conference Room. Second Floor Friedmann, 12:00-1:30 PM, Monday 7 April 2014
April 14 - Amanda Sikarskie(History) “Digitizing Erica: Open Access Scholarship at the WGBH Media Library and Archvies”. CAS International Conference Room. Second Floor Friedmann, 12:00-1:30 PM, Monday 14 April, 2014.
2012-13 Breisach Colloquium Series
Elizabeth Teviotdale (Medieval Studies), "Changing the Text of the Canon of the Mass in the Beauvais Sacramentary," Dean's Conference Room, 12:00-1:30 PM, Monday, 17 September 2012.
Anna-Lisa Cox (History), "African American Pioneers on the Antebellum Frontier" Political Science Library Third Floor Friedmann, 12:00-1:30 PM, Monday, 22 October 2012.
George Beech (History), "When and How Did England Get Its Name in Medieval Times," Dean's Conference Room, 12:00-1:30PM, Monday, 5 November 2012.
Mitch Kachun (History), “Who Was Crispus Attucks?: Constructing and Unpacking an Early American Icon,” Dean's Conference Room, Monday, 3 December 2012.
Buddy Gray (History), “Trading a River for a Canal: The Bäke River of Steglitz and the Teltow Canal,” 14 January 2013.
Susan Steuer (Library), “Penitence and Provenance: The Gift of a Devotional Manuscript,” 25 February 2013.
Janet Coryell (History), “The Howe Sisters of Massachusetts and Virginia,” 25 March 2013.
Dr. Lewis Pyenson, "Art and Atomic Energy: An Experiment in Argentina," 26 September 2011.
Dr. Rozanne Elder, "His once condemned and dormant dogma: the documents in the case of Bernard of Clairvaux et al. vrs. Peter Abelard," 17 October 2011.
Dr. Takashi Yoshida, "The Rise of Multi-layered Pacifism and Early Peace Museums in Postwar Japan," 21 November 2011.
Dr. Eli Rubin, "War in the German City: Bombing and Urban Combat through the Lens of Material Culture, 1942- 1945," 5 December 2011.
Dr. Brian Wilson, Department of Comparative Religion, "The Rise and Fall of the Temple of Health: Religion, Medicine, and the Battle Creek Sanitarium," 23 January 2012.
Dr. Michael Nassaney, Department of Anthropology, "Public Archaeology at a Long Lost Trading Post in Southwest Michigan: The Continuing Saga of the Fort St. Joseph Investigations," 20 February 2012.
Dr. Anise Strong, "Almost Wives: The Liminal Status of Elite Roman Concubines," 27 February 2012.
Dr. Sally Hadden, "Judge Tait and His Grand Jury Charges: Law and Lawlessness in Antebellum Alabama," 25 March 2012.
Dr. Andrea Berto, "The Muslims as Others in Early Medieval Southern Italy," 9 April 2012.
Dr. Catherine Julien, "Francesco de Toledo and His Campaign against the Incas," 18 October 2010.
Dr. Victor Xiong, "Foreigners in Chang'an, the Capital of Tang China (618-907)," 6 December 2010.
Dr. Lewis Pyenson, "Integrity of the Intellectual Enterprise and Comparability of the Material Base: Professional Scientists on Military Expeditions in the United States, Argentina, and Russia in the Second Half of theNineteenth-Century, and Why Their Findings Have Common Attributes," 31 January 2011.
Dr. Kenneth Steuer, "Welfare History and Military History as World History: The Chinese Labour Corps in France during World War I," 21 March 2011.
Dr. Eli Rubin, "Amnesiopolis: Modernity, 'Housing Settlement, and Socialism in East Germany," 11 April 2011.
Dr. Wilson Warren, "Globalizing Meat since World War II: Japan's Changing Meat Culture," 16 November 2009.
Dr. Takashi Yoshida, "Peace , Patriotism, and Reconciliation: A Comparative Analysis of Postwar Japanese PeaceMuseums and Activism," 5 April 2010.