H. Nicholas Hamner Lecture

The Department of History at Western Michigan University annually invites an esteemed senior scholar to give a public lecture, named for, and generously endowed by the late Professor Emeritus H. Nicholas Hamner.
Professor Emeritus H. Nicholas Hamner

H. Nicholas Hamner

The event is an opportunity to make visible the discipline of history within the campus and the larger community by having a distinguished scholar address a theme of broad interest.

2018-19 Hamner Lecture

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - Dr. Douglas D. Scott (Colorado Mesa University)
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
Presentation title "The Role of Archaeology in Human Rights and Forensic Science: Gathering Evidence of Modern War Crimes"

Warfare is as old as humankind. Studies of conflict are almost as old as warfare itself, but systematic archaeological investigations of the field of conflict is a relatively new field, only a bit over thirty years old. There are numerous world-wide studies that are changing the face of how conflict and war are seen and studied by using archaeological methods. An example of how the techniques of conflict archaeology are used in support of forensic and international human rights investigations will be presented. The subject will be the Anfal Campaign of 1987 in Iraq and how anthropological and archaeological evidence was employed during the Iraqi High Tribunal Anfal Campaign trial.


Past Hamner Lectures

Nicolette Hahn Niman "The Animals We Eat, from Prehistory to Modernity" October 12, 2017

Dr. John R. MacNeill (Georgetown University) "Revolutionary Mosquitoes" (Oct. 6, 2016)

Dr. Julie Buckler  (Harvard University) "Post-Soviet Memorials and Ruins: A Poetics" (Dec. 7, 2015)

Dr. Ian Morris (Stanford University) "War, Peace, and Empire: A Paradoxical History?" (Oct. 23, 2014)

Dr. Peter Kolchin (University of Delaware) "U. S. Emancipation in Historical and Comparative Perspective" (March 31, 2014)

Samuel Edgerton (Williams College) "Sacred Violence: When even Artists Celebrated the Death Penalty" (Oct. 4, 2012)

Dr. Felipe Fernandez-Armesto (Notre Dame University--William P. Reynolds Professor of History) "Change: Why It Happens, Why It Accelerates, and How Change Itself May Change" (March 12, 2012)

Dr. David Blight (Yale University—Class of 1954 Professor of American History) "'Thrilling but Sad': Bruce Catton's Civil War Centennial in Retrospect" (March 22, 2011)

Dr. Carol Gluck (Columbia University—George Sansom Professor of History) "Past Obsessions: World War II in Japanese History and Memory" (March 18, 2010)

Dr. Ronnie Po-chia Hsia (Pennsylvania State University—Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of History) "Elective Affinities: The Jesuits and China" (March 16, 2009)