The Department of History at Western Michigan University offers a vibrant series of lecture programs that feature department and affiliated faculty, as well as external guest lecturers brought to campus 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.
- H. Nicholas Hamner Lecture Series
- Burnham Macmillan Lecture Series
- Ernst Breisach Faculty Research Colloquium Series
Department speakers and events
Monday, September 17, 2018 7 - 9 p.m. 3202 Friedmann Hall (Political Science Library)
Constitution Day presentation "The Upper House - Ally or Opposition to Early American Governors?"
Dr. Sally Hadden, Department of History
What we now think of as the upper house of a legislature was, in the colonial period, more often a group of advisors to the royal governor. Whether they would function as the governor’s allies or opponents depended very much upon the governor and the situation. Join us to learn more about the evolution of the Senate and how an unelected advisory group to the executive came to be an elected body charged with opposing governors and Presidents if necessary.
Free and open to the Public
Thursday, October 4, 2018 - Alumni/Emeriti Reception and Hamner Lecture
Dr. Douglas D. Scott (Colorado Mesa University)
"The Role of Archaeology in Human Rights and Forensic Science: Gathering Evidence of Modern War Crimes."
Fetzer Center - Alumni/Emeriti Reception in the lobby at 5:30 p.m.
Presentation to follow at 6:45 p.m. in the adjoining Kirsch Auditorium
Contact the department for more details.