Dr. Margaret Macmillan taught in the Department of History at Western Michigan University from 1920-34 and again from 1944-69. She was a historian of America with an emphasis on religion. She made a gift from her estate to open this fund in memory of her father, Dr. Smith Burnham, the first Department of History chair.
This fund aims to foster the intellectual and professional development of the department by supporting faculty travel expenses for research and professional presentations and visiting lecturers. 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 Western Michigan University historian and questions and answers with the audience.
Burnham MacMillan 2019-20 Lecture Series
Dr. David Trowbridge, Marshall University , Thursday November 21, 2019 3:00pm-7:00pm Fetzer Center, Putney Hall
Dr. Dan-el-Padilla Peralta, Princeton University, Thursday March 12, 2020 3:00pm-7:00pm Fetzer Center, Putney Hall: "Epistemicide: the Roman case"
Assistant Professor of Classics, Princeton University. Dr. Peralta’s research relates to the Roman Republic and early Empire.His connection with the series theme relates to his public scholarship, which studies reception of Greco-Roman antiquity in modern America and Latin America, including writings about Greco-Roman connections with contemporary discussions of the Black Atlantic, hip hop, and immigration, race, and other issues. He has written for the public in publications such as The Guardian, Vox, The New York Times, and Newsweek.
Burnham MacMillan 2017-18 Lecture Series
"Food and Drink in History"