The History department offer a vibrant seeries of lecture programs that feature department and affiliated faculty, as well as external guest lecturers brought to campuw with support from the Burnham-Macmillan Endowment, H. Nicholas Hamner Lectureship, and University funding. These lectures are designed to encourage the exchange of ideas and theory development within the WMU academic community and attract distinguished research scholars to the University.
General themes for the Burnham-Macmillan and Hamner Lecture Series have included the following:
2014-15 "The End of Empire"
2013-14 "Slavery: Theory and Practice"
2012-13 "History in Art, Artifact, and Material Culture"
2011-12 "History across Borders, Boundaries, and Disciplines"
2010-11 "History, Memory, and the Uses of the Past"
2009-10 "Peace, Power, and Conflict in World History"
2008-09 "Religion and Uses of the Past"
23 October 2014
Dr. Ian Morris (Stanford University) Hamner Lecture Series. Title will be announced at a later date. (Thursday, 23 October 2014, Fetzer Center 6:30 p.m. reception, 7:30 presentation)
20 November 2014
Dr. Jonathan Lyon (University of Chicago) Burnham-Macmillan Lecture Series. (Thursday, 20 November 2014)Title will be announced at a later date. (Location to be determined.)
March 7, 2015
Michigan History Day - District Competition Bernhard Center second level. Sponsored by the Department of History and the Historical Society of Michigan.
Dr. Paul Mapp (William and Mary) Burnham-Macmillan Lecture Series. Title will be announced at a later date. (Specific date and location to be determined.)
Dr. Philippa J. Levine (University of Texas)Burnham-Macmillan Lecture Series. "A Place at the Table: Women and Decolonization, A Story As Yet Untold" (Specific date and location to be determined.)