Burnham-Macmillan Lecture Series

Burnham-Macmillan Lecture Series

Burnham-Macmillan Lecture Series

The Burnham-Macmillan Lecture Series supports lectures by senior and junior scholars from other universities to introduce new research projects and discuss the state of the field.  Lecturers provide a 40 to 45 minute presentation, which is followed by a 10 minute commentary by a WMU historian and questions and answers by the audience.

“History: The End of Empire?”

Dr. Jonathan Lyon (University of Chicago) Burnham-Macmillan Lecture Series. (Thursday, 20 November 2014)
“The Last Imperial Coronations in Rome: The End of the Holy Roman Empire?” University Center for the Humanities, 2500 Knauss Hall
5:30 p.m. Presentation, Reception following. (See Flyer)

Dr. Paul Mapp (William and Mary) Burnham-Macmillan Lecture Series.
(Monday, February 23, 2015) (See Flyer)
"An Empire among Empires and a Revolution among Revolutions: The American Revolution as an International Event"
4 p.m. Presentation, Reception following. (University Center for the Humanities)

Dr. Philippa J. Levine (University of Texas) Burnham-Macmillan Lecture Series. (Monday, April 6, 2015) (See Flyer)
"A Place at the Table: Women and Decolonization, A Story As Yet Untold"
4 p.m. Presentation 3508 Knauss with Reception following in the University Center for the Humanities, 2500 Knauss Hall .


2013-14 "Slavery: Theory and Practice"
Brett Rushforth (College of William and Mary) "Making Slavery Work: Ideologies, Economies, and Communities in the French Atlantic World" (10 October 2013)

Matt Childs (University of South Carolina) “Beyond Racial and Legal Categories in the Study of Slavery?: Ethnic Communities among Enslaved Africans in the Americas” (November 14, 2013)

Deborah Kamen (University of Washington) "Sex, slavery, and manumission in ancient Greece" (27 January 2014)

2012-13 "History in Art, Artifact, and Material Culture."
Brigitte Bedos-Rezak (New York University), "Toward a History of Material Agency in the Middle Ages, Documentary Technology and the Word-Made-Flesh" (12 November 2012)

David Schimmelpennick van der Oye (Brock University), "Reflections on Russian Orientalism," (7 February 2013)

Edith Mayo (Smithsonian National Museum of American History), "Object Lessons in Women's History Using Material Culture as Research Resources," (28 March 2013)

2011-12 "History across Borders, Boundaries, and Disciplines"
Dr. Ted Lendon (University of Virginia), "Rhetorical Education and the Borders of the Roman Empire"(6 October 2011)

Dr. Suzie Sinke (Florida State University), "To Wander or to Wed?: Relating Marriage and Migration across U.S. History" (31 October 2011)

Dr. Fred Anderson (University of Colorado at Boulder), "Empire and Liberty in Eighteenth-Century North America" (6 February 2012)

"History, Memory, and the Uses of the Past"
Dr. Mark Roseman, Pat M. Glazer Chair in Jewish Studies, Indiana University, "Perspectives on Perpetrators: Hitler's Henchmen in History and Memory," 23 September 2010.

Dr. Rachel Koopmans, York University, "The Fradulent Memorials of Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral," 2 November 2010.

Dr. Simon Doubleday, Hofstra University, "Searching for Maria Perez: An Experimental Narrative," 17 February 2011.

"Peace, Power, and Conflict in World History"
Dr. Jeremi Suri, E Gordon Fox Professor of History, University of Wisconsin, "The Agony of Intervention: Power and Conflict in the Twentieth Century," 1 October 2009.

Dr. Barbara Hanawalt, King George III Professor of British History, Ohio State University, "Cultivating and Enforcing Civic Culture in Medieval London," 29 October 2009.

Dr. Frank Towers, University of Calgary, "The Old South as New South: Slavery, Modernity, and the Politics of Antebellum America," 18 February 2010.

"Religion and Uses of the Past"
Dr. Samantha Kelly, Rutgers University, "Naples' Legendary Past: Textual Authority and Local Knowledge in the Making of Cronaca di Partenope," 23 September 2008.

Dr. Hasia Diner, New York University, "Filling the Void: American Judaism's Engagement with the Holocaust in the Postwar Era," 29 October 2008.

Dr. Joseph Sciorra, Queen's College, "Built with Faith: Place Making and the Religious Imagination in Italian New York," 4 February 2009.


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