Burnham-Macmillan Lecture Series

Burnham-Macmillan Lecture Series

Burnham-Macmillan Lecture Series

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 WMU historian and questions and answers by the audience.


"Unconventional Histories, Historians and Audiences"

Tentative schedule and titles:

Dr. David Perry (Dominican University) "With/Out Discipline: Public Engagement and the PhD" Thursday September 29, 2016

Dr.  Cynthia Ott (Saint Louis University) "Visual Culture Jam"
Thursday February 9, 2017

Dr. Patrick Moore (University of West Florida) "Public History Outside the Walls: Connecting Constituencies Through Digital Interpretation"
Thursday April 6, 2017

Past Burnham Macmillan Themes and Presenters

2015-16 “Memorials: Origins and Transformations”
Dr. Gaines Foster (Louisiana State University)"Renaming the Civil War"
(Thursday, October 22, 2015)

Dr. James Young (U Mass Amherst)“The Stages of Memory: New York’s Ground Zero, Berlin, and Beyond.” (Monday, February 29, 2016)

Dr. Martha Norkunas (Middle Tennessee State University) "The Complex Terrain of Racialized Space: Nuances, Ambiguities, and the Social Construction of Power"
(Thursday, April 7, 2016)

2014-15 “History: The End of Empire?”
Dr. Jonathan Lyon (University of Chicago)“The Last Imperial Coronations in Rome: The End of the Holy Roman Empire?” (Thursday, 20 November 2014)

Dr. Paul Mapp (William and Mary)"An Empire among Empires and a Revolution among Revolutions: The American Revolution as an International Event" (Monday, February 23, 2015)

Dr. Philippa J. Levine (University of Texas)"A Place at the Table: Women and Decolonization, A Story As Yet Untold"(Monday, April 6, 2015)

2013-14 "Slavery: Theory and Practice"
Brett Rushforth (College of William and Mary) "Making Slavery Work: Ideologies, Economies, and Communities in the French Atlantic World" (10 October 2013)

Matt Childs (University of South Carolina) “Beyond Racial and Legal Categories in the Study of Slavery?: Ethnic Communities among Enslaved Africans in the Americas” (November 14, 2013)

Deborah Kamen (University of Washington) "Sex, slavery, and manumission in ancient Greece" (27 January 2014)
2012-13 "History in Art, Artifact, and Material Culture."
Brigitte Bedos-Rezak (New York University), "Toward a History of Material Agency in the Middle Ages, Documentary Technology and the Word-Made-Flesh" (12 November 2012)

David Schimmelpennick van der Oye (Brock University), "Reflections on Russian Orientalism," (7 February 2013)

Edith Mayo (Smithsonian National Museum of American History), "Object Lessons in Women's History Using Material Culture as Research Resources," (28 March 2013)
2011-12 "History across Borders, Boundaries, and Disciplines"
Dr. Ted Lendon (University of Virginia), "Rhetorical Education and the Borders of the Roman Empire"(6 October 2011)

Dr. Suzie Sinke (Florida State University), "To Wander or to Wed?: Relating Marriage and Migration across U.S. History" (31 October 2011)

Dr. Fred Anderson (University of Colorado at Boulder), "Empire and Liberty in Eighteenth-Century North America" (6 February 2012)
2010-11 "History, Memory, and the Uses of the Past"
Dr. Mark Roseman, Pat M. Glazer Chair in Jewish Studies, Indiana University, "Perspectives on Perpetrators: Hitler's Henchmen in History and Memory," 23 September 2010.

Dr. Rachel Koopmans, York University, "The Fradulent Memorials of Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral," 2 November 2010.

Dr. Simon Doubleday, Hofstra University, "Searching for Maria Perez: An Experimental Narrative," 17 February 2011.
2009-10 "Peace, Power, and Conflict in World History"
Dr. Jeremi Suri, E Gordon Fox Professor of History, University of Wisconsin, "The Agony of Intervention: Power and Conflict in the Twentieth Century," 1 October 2009.

Dr. Barbara Hanawalt, King George III Professor of British History, Ohio State University, "Cultivating and Enforcing Civic Culture in Medieval London," 29 October 2009.

Dr. Frank Towers, University of Calgary, "The Old South as New South: Slavery, Modernity, and the Politics of Antebellum America," 18 February 2010.
2008-09 "Religion and Uses of the Past"
Dr. Samantha Kelly, Rutgers University, "Naples' Legendary Past: Textual Authority and Local Knowledge in the Making of Cronaca di Partenope," 23 September 2008.

Dr. Hasia Diner, New York University, "Filling the Void: American Judaism's Engagement with the Holocaust in the Postwar Era," 29 October 2008.

Dr. Joseph Sciorra, Queen's College, "Built with Faith: Place Making and the Religious Imagination in Italian New York," 4 February 2009.


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