Burnham Macmillan Lecture Series

Dr. Margaret Macmillan taught in the Department of History at Western Michigan University from 1920-34 and again from 1944-69. She was a historian of America with an emphasis on religion. She made a gift from her estate to open this fund in memory of her father, Dr. Smith Burnham, the first Department of History chair. 

This fund aims to foster the intellectual and professional development of the department by supporting faculty travel expenses for research and professional presentations and visiting lecturers. 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 Western Michigan University historian and questions and answers with the audience.


"Food and Drink in History"

Dr. Paul Freedman (Yale University) "The Formation of American Cuisine"
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, 4 p.m., reception to follow


"Unconventional Histories, Historians and Audiences"

  • Dr. Patrick Moore (University of West Florida) "Public History Outside the Walls: Connecting Constituencies Through Digital Interpretation" (April 6, 2017)
  • Dr. Cynthia Ott (Saint Louis University) "Visual Culture Jam" (Feb. 9, 2017)
  • Dr. David Perry (Dominican University) "With/Out Discipline: Public Engagement and the Ph.D." (Sept. 29, 2016)

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