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Lectures by historians highlight campus speaker series

by Deanne Puca

Sept. 30, 2011 | WMU News

KALAMAZOO--An expert on ancient Rome and another specialist on marriage, migration and changing trends in immigration will speak on the campus of Western Michigan University during October as part of the Department of History's visiting lecturer series.

Dr. J.E. Lendon, professor of history at the University of Virginia, will speak at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in the Brown and Gold Room on the second floor of the Bernhard Center. His topic, "Rhetorical Education and the Boundaries of the Roman Empire," is part of the history department's 2011-12 speaker series on "History Across Borders, Boundaries and Disciplines," sponsored by the Burnham-Macmillan Endowment Fund.

A second lecture at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, will feature Dr. Suzanne Sinke, associate professor of history at Florida State University, on the topic "To Wander and/or To Wed: Relating Marriage and International Migration across U.S. History." The talk will be in the Meader Rare Book Room at Waldo Library. Both events are free and open to the public with light refreshments following.

Lendon has written several books on the ancient world, the most recent of which was "Song of Wrath: The Peloponnesian War Begins." His research focus is on Roman and Greek foreign affairs. He earned both his bachelor's and doctoral degrees from Yale University.

An author and educator, Sinke specializes in migration and gender studies in the United States and teaches a variety of courses in U.S. and comparative history. Her first book was "Dutch Immigrant Women in the United States, 1880-1920." She currently serves as a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and as co-chair of the Advanced Placement Curriculum Development committee charged with revisions of the widely used AP U.S. history test. She earned her doctoral degree from the University of Minnesota.

For more information, contact Dr. Sally Hadden, associate professor of history, at or (269) 387-4187.