History Speaker Series

Every year the History Section presents a series of public lectures by leading historians. For upcoming events, see our home page. For more information or to suggest a speaker or topic, contact Speaker Series Coordinator Dr. Ashley Johnson Bavery. Events are eligible for LBC credit.

  • 2019-20 Speakers

    Schedule is in development: details and additional talks will be added.

    Jeff Morrison, EMU Alumnus in History and Art
    “Guardians of Detroit: Architectural Sculpture in the Motor City”
    4 p.m., September 19, 2019 in Halle Library Auditorium
    Co-sponsored by the School of Art and Design and by the Urban Studies Program

    Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof, Professor, University of Michigan
    “Racial Migrations: New York City and the Revolutionary Politics of the Spanish Caribbean”
    4 p.m., October 24, 2019 in Strong Hall Auditorium (room 100)

    John McCurdy, Professor, Eastern Michigan University
    “Quarters: Accommodation of the British Army and the Coming of the American Revolution”
    4 p.m., January 23, 2020 in Strong Hall Auditorium (room 100)

    Amy Shell-Gellasch, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Eastern Michigan University
    “Scientific Devices at the Smithsonian: An Insider’s View”
    4 p.m., January 30, 2020 in Strong Hall Auditorium (room 100)

    Alexandra Lindgren-Gibson, Assistant Professor, University of Mississippi
    "Working-Class Raj: Making a British Imperial Nonelite"
    4 p.m., March 5, 2020 in Strong Hall Auditorium (room 100)

  • 2018–19 Speakers

    Eric Hemenway 
    Director of Archives and Records, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
    “Our Voices from the Past Carry Us into the Future: A Conversation on How a Tribal Archives Works in Today’s Field of Historical Interpretation”
    4–5:30 p.m., Thursday, September 13, in Halle Auditorium (G03)
    Co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology with support from the Center for Multicultural Affairs

    Gregory Evans Dowd 
    Helen Hornbeck Tanner Collegiate Professor of History, University of Michigan
    “Tales of Bales of Scalps: Fake News as Historical Fact”
    4–5:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 9, in Halle Auditorium (G03)

    Marlous van Waijenburg
    Michigan Society of Fellows Postdoctoral Scholar and Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Michigan
    “Africa Rising? A Historical Perspective”
    4–5:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 7, in Halle Auditorium (G03)
    Co-sponsored by the Department of Economics

    Tracy Neumann
    Associate Professor of History, Wayne State University
    “Remaking the Rust Belt: The Postindustrial Transformation of North America”
    4–5:30 p.m., Thursday, January 24

    Mary-Elizabeth Murphy
    Associate Professor of History, Eastern Michigan University
    “Jim Crow Capital: Women and Black Freedom Struggles in Washington, DC, 1920-1945”
    4–5:30 p.m., Thursday, February 21, in Halle Auditorium (G03)
    Co-sponsored by the Department of Women's and Gender Studies

    Joseph Ho
    Assistant Professor of History, Albion College
    “Shot-Countershot: Visuality, Documentation, and Experience in Wartime China, 1937-1945”
    4–5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 7

  • 2017–18 Speakers

    Professor Dario Gaggio, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 
    “Landscape Tales: Narrating Place in Tuscany from Fascism to the Present”
    Monday, September 25, 2017, 4:15-5:15 p.m., Halle Library Auditorium

    Professor LaShawn Harris, Michigan State University 
    “Madame Queen of Policy: Stephanie St. Clair, Harlem’s Number Racket, and Community Advocacy” 
    Thursday, November 9, 4:30-5:45 p.m., Halle Library Auditorium

    Professor John Ellis, University of Michigan, Flint
    “The Children of the Dragon: The Welsh and British History”
    Thursday, February 8, 4:00-5:15 p.m., Halle Library 300

    Professor Molly Gower, Saint Mary’s College of Indiana
    “The Heart of Peace: Christine de Pizan and Christian Theology”
    Tuesday, March 13, 4:15-5:30, Halle Library 300

  • 2016–17 Speakers

    Kidada Williams, Wayne State University
    “Engaging the Histories of Racial Violence to Understand the Charleston Killings”
    Co-Sponsored with the College of Arts & Sciences

    John Merriman, Yale University
    “The Origins of Terrorism in Fin-de-Siecle France: States, Anarchists, and Violence” 

    David Wagner, EMU M.A., 2010
    “Chasing the Soviet Mirage: The Appeal of Russia to Americans in the 20th Century” 

    Matthew Cook, EMU Department of Geography & Geology
    “Counter Narratives and African American Historical Geographies” 

    Stephen Ward, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    “Ideas in Movement(s): James and Grace Lee Boggs, the ’67 Detroit Riot, and Revolutionary Theory” 
    Co-Sponsored with Philosophy and Women’s & Gender Studies

    Colin Gunkel, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    “Mexico on Main Street: Transnational Film Culture in Los Angeles before World War II”

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