H. Nicholas Hamner Lecture

Professor Emeritus H. Nicholas HamnerThe Department of History at Western Michigan University annually invites an esteemed senior scholar to give a public lecture, named for, and generously endowed by the late 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.

2019-20 Hamner Lecture

Thursday, October 10, 2019- Dr. Juan Cole (University of Michigan)
Fetzer Center - Alumni/Emeriti Reception in the lobby at 5:30 p.m.
Presentation to follow at 6:45 p.m. in the adjoining Kirsch Auditorium
Presentation title:"The Saudi Crisis in the Contemporary Middle East."

Dr. Cole obtained his undergraduate degree at Northwestern University in 1975, having majored in History and Literature of Religions. For two quarters in his senior year he conducted a research project in Beirut, Lebanon and returned to the city as a graduate student in the fall of 1975, but the civil war prevented Cole from continuing his studies there. Therefore, he pursued a master's degree at the American University in Cairo in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies, graduating in 1978. Cole then returned to Beirut for another year and worked as a translator for a newspaper.[3] In 1979 Cole enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles as a doctoral student in the field of Islamic Studies, graduating in 1984. After graduation, Cole was appointed Assistant Professor of History at the University of Michigan where he became a full professor in 1995.[4]

Dr. Cole was awarded Fulbright-Hays fellowships to India (1982) and to Egypt (1985–1986). In 1991 he held a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for the study of Shia Islam in Iran. From 1999 until 2004, Juan Cole was the editor of The International Journal of Middle East Studies. He has served in professional offices for the American Institute of Iranian Studies and on the editorial board of the journal Iranian Studies.[6] He is a member of the Middle East Studies Association of North America,[7] and served as the organization's president for 2006.[8]

Past Hamner Lectures

Dr. Douglas D. Scott (Colorado Mesa University)  "The Role of Archaeology in Human Rights and Forensic Science: Gathering Evidence of Modern War Crimes"  October 4, 2018

Nicolette Hahn Niman "The Animals We Eat, from Prehistory to Modernity" October 12, 2017

Dr. John R. MacNeill (Georgetown University) "Revolutionary Mosquitoes" (Oct. 6, 2016)

Dr. Julie Buckler (Harvard University) "Post-Soviet Memorials and Ruins: A Poetics" (Dec. 7, 2015)

Dr. Ian Morris (Stanford University) "War, Peace, and Empire: A Paradoxical History?" (Oct. 23, 2014)

Dr. Peter Kolchin (University of Delaware) "U. S. Emancipation in Historical and Comparative Perspective" (March 31, 2014)

Samuel Edgerton (Williams College) "Sacred Violence: When even Artists Celebrated the Death Penalty" (Oct. 4, 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" (March 12, 2012)

Dr. David Blight (Yale University—Class of 1954 Professor of American History) "'Thrilling but Sad': Bruce Catton's Civil War Centennial in Retrospect" (March 22, 2011)

Dr. Carol Gluck (Columbia University—George Sansom Professor of History) "Past Obsessions: World War II in Japanese History and Memory" (March 18, 2010)

Dr. Ronnie Po-chia Hsia (Pennsylvania State University—Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of History) "Elective Affinities: The Jesuits and China" (March 16, 2009)