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 Professor Emeritus 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.
Dr. Peter Kolchin (University of Delaware) "U. S. Emancipation in Historical and Comparative Perspective" (4 p.m. lecture 5 p.m. reception. Monday 31 March 2014. Fetzer Center)
Samuel Edgerton (Williams College), "Sacred Violence: When even Artists Celebrated the Death Penalty," (4 October 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" (12 March 2012)
Dr. David Blight (Yale University—Class of 1954 Professor of American History), "'Thrilling but Sad': Bruce Catton's Civil War Centennial in Retrospect" (22 March 2011)
Dr. Carol Gluck (Columbia University—George Sansom Professor of History), "Past Obsessions: World War II in Japanese History and Memory" (18 March 2010)
Dr. Ronnie Po-chia Hsia (Pennsylvania State University—Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of History) "Elective Affinities: The Jesuits and China" (16 March 2009)