Past Themes and Presenters–Burnham Macmillan Lecture Series

2016-17 "Unconventional Histories, Historians and Audiences"

  • Dr. Patrick Moore (University of West Florida) "Public History Outside the Walls: Connecting Constituencies Through Digital Interpretation" (April 6, 2017)
  • Dr. Cynthia Ott (Saint Louis University) "Visual Culture Jam" (Feb. 9, 2017)
  • Dr. David Perry (Dominican University) "With/Out Discipline: Public Engagement and the Ph.D." (Sept. 29, 2016)


2015-16 “Memorials: Origins and Transformations”

  • Dr. Martha Norkunas (Middle Tennessee State University) "The Complex Terrain of Racialized Space: Nuances, Ambiguities, and the Social Construction of Power" (April 7, 2016)
  • Dr. James Young (U Mass Amherst) “The Stages of Memory: New York’s Ground Zero, Berlin, and Beyond.” (Nov. 16, 2015)
  • Dr. Gaines Foster (Louisiana State University) "Renaming the Civil War" (Oct. 22, 2015)

2014-15 “History: The End of Empire?”

  • Dr. Philippa J. Levine (University of Texas) "A Place at the Table: Women and Decolonization, A Story As Yet Untold" (April 6, 2015)
  • Dr. Paul Mapp (William and Mary) "An Empire among Empires and a Revolution among Revolutions: The American Revolution as an International Event" (Feb. 23, 2015)
  • Dr. Jonathan Lyon (University of Chicago) “The Last Imperial Coronations in Rome: The End of the Holy Roman Empire?” (Nov. 20, 2014)

2013-14 "Slavery: Theory and Practice"

  • Dr. Deborah Kamen (University of Washington) "Sex, slavery, and manumission in ancient Greece" (Jan. 27, 2014)
  • Dr. Matt Childs (University of South Carolina) “Beyond Racial and Legal Categories in the Study of Slavery?: Ethnic Communities among Enslaved Africans in the Americas” (Nov. 14, 2013)
  • Dr. Brett Rushforth (College of William and Mary) "Making Slavery Work: Ideologies, Economies, and Communities in the French Atlantic World" (Oct. 10, 2013)

2012-13 "History in Art, Artifact, and Material Culture."

  • Dr. Edith Mayo (Smithsonian National Museum of American History), "Object Lessons in Women's History Using Material Culture as Research Resources," (March 28, 2013)
  • Dr. David Schimmelpennick van der Oye (Brock University), "Reflections on Russian Orientalism," (Feb. 7, 2013)
  • Dr. Brigitte Bedos-Rezak (New York University), "Toward a History of Material Agency in the Middle Ages, Documentary Technology and the Word-Made-Flesh" (Nov. 12, 2012)

2011-12 "History across Borders, Boundaries, and Disciplines"

  • Dr. Fred Anderson (University of Colorado at Boulder), "Empire and Liberty in Eighteenth-Century North America" (Feb. 6 2012)
  • Dr. Suzie Sinke (Florida State University), "To Wander or to Wed?: Relating Marriage and Migration across U.S. History" (Oct. 31, 2011)
  • Dr. Ted Lendon (University of Virginia), "Rhetorical Education and the Borders of the Roman Empire" (Oct. 6, 2011)

2010-11 "History, Memory, and the Uses of the Past"

  • Dr. Simon Doubleday, Hofstra University, "Searching for Maria Perez: An Experimental Narrative," (Feb. 17, 2011)
  • Dr. Rachel Koopmans, York University, "The Fradulent Memorials of Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral," (Nov. 2, 2010)
  • Dr. Mark Roseman, Pat M. Glazer Chair in Jewish Studies, Indiana University, "Perspectives on Perpetrators: Hitler's Henchmen in History and Memory," (Sept. 23, 2010)

2009-10 "Peace, Power, and Conflict in World History"

  • Dr. Frank Towers, University of Calgary, "The Old South as New South: Slavery, Modernity, and the Politics of Antebellum America," (Feb. 18, 2010)
  • Dr. Barbara Hanawalt, King George III Professor of British History, Ohio State University, "Cultivating and Enforcing Civic Culture in Medieval London," (Oct. 29, 2009)
  • Dr. Jeremi Suri, E Gordon Fox Professor of History, University of Wisconsin, "The Agony of Intervention: Power and Conflict in the Twentieth Century," (Oct. 1, 2009)

2008-09 "Religion and Uses of the Past"

  • Dr. Joseph Sciorra, Queen's College, "Built with Faith: Place Making and the Religious Imagination in Italian New York," (Feb. 4, 2009)
  • Dr. Hasia Diner, New York University, "Filling the Void: American Judaism's Engagement with the Holocaust in the Postwar Era," (Oct. 29, 2008)
  • Dr. Samantha Kelly, Rutgers University, "Naples' Legendary Past: Textual Authority and Local Knowledge in the Making of Cronaca di Partenope," (Sept. 23, 2008)