Charles Edmondson Historical Lectures

2020/2021 - No lecture this year

2019/2020 Mark C. Elliott, Vice Provost for International Affairs and Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese & Inner Asian History, Harvard University, "The Historical Silk Road and the Belt-and-Road Initiative" and "History and Politics in China Today: The Reception of the New Qing History" 

2018/2019 R. Marie Griffith, John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics Director and Distinguished Professor, Washington University in St. Louis, "The Culture Wars in the Early 20th Century: Suffrage, Birth Control, and Censorship" and "The Culture Wars in the Later 20th Century: Marriage, Sex Education, and the Long Road to #MeToo"

2017/2018 Ethan H. Shagan, Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley, "Problems of Belief in Early Modern England: How Belief Became Hard" and "How Belief Became Free"

2016/2017 Jacalyn Duffin, Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine, Queens University, and Fellow, Royal Society of Canada (RSC), "The History of Medicine"

2015/2016 Lynn Hunt, Distinguished Research Professor and Eugen Weber Endowed Chair in Modern European History, UCLA, "The History of Human Rights"

2014/2015 Barbara Cooper, Professor of History, Rutgers University, "Evangelical Christians in the Muslim Sahel"

2013/2014 Helen Horowitz, Smith College, "Thinking About the Mind and Body in Nineteenth-century America"

2012/2013 Deborah Cohen, Peter B. Ritzma Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History, Northwestern University, "Family Secrets: Shame and Privacy in Modern Britain"

2011/2012 Donald J. Raleigh, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, "Russian's Cold War Generation and the End of the Soviet Dream"

2010/2011 Kristin Mann, Emory University, "Trans-Atlantic Lives: Slavery and Freedom in West Africa and Brazil"

2009/2010 Judith Bennett, Professor of History, University of Southern California. "Death and the Maiden in Chaucer's England", "Purity and Prurience" and "Suicides and Sirens"

2008/2009 Ray Van Dam, Professor, Department of History; Director, Interdepartmental Program in Greek and Roman History; Adjunct Professor, Department of Classical Studies and Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan. "Rome and Constantinople: Rewriting Roman History during Late Antiquity"

2007/2008 Donald Worster, Joyce and Elizabeth Hall Distinguished Professor of American History, University of Kansas, "A Life in Nature: Environmental Biography as a New Kind of History" and "On John Muir's Trail: Nature in an Age of Liberal Principles"

2006/2007 Steven Ozment, McLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History, Harvard University, "Lucas Cranach, the Elder, in Art and History" and "Cranach's Nudes: Art and Reform"

2005/2006 Charles Reagan Wilson, University of Mississippi, "The Religion of the American South in Global Perspective"

2004/2005 Peter J. Stearns, George Mason University, "Growing Up: The History of Childhood in a Global Context"

2003/2004 David J. Weber, Southern Methodist University, "Spanish Borderlands and Wild Indians"

2002/2003 Gary B. Nash, University of California at Los Angeles, "Imagining Life in the Americas"

2001/2002 Yvonne Haddad, Georgetown University, "American Muslims in Transition"

2000/2001 Linda Kerber, University of Iowa, "Gender and Inequality"

1999/2000 Geoffrey Parker, Ohio State University, "The World is Not Enough: The Imperial Vision of Phillip II of Spain"

1998/1999 Leon F. Litwach, University of California, Berkeley, "Wade in the Water: African-Americans and Race Relations"

1997/1998 Alan Brinkley, Columbia University, "Culture and Politics in the Great Depression"

1996/1997 David N. Cannadine, Columbia University, "Britain in Decline?"

1995/1996 Johnathan D. Spence, Yale University, "The Taiping Vision of a Christian China(1836-1864)"

1994/1995 Franklin W. Knight, Johns Hopkins University, "Race, Class, and Ethnicity in Latin America and the Caribbean"

1993/1994 Phillip D. Curtin, Johns Hopkins University, "Why People Move: Migration in African History"

1992/1993 Nell Irvin Painter, Princeton University, "Soul Murder and Slavery"

1991/1992 Geoffrey A. Hosking, University of London, "Empire and Nation in Russian History"

1990/1991 Dan T. Carter, Emory University, "George Wallace, Richard Nixon, and the Transformation of American Politics"

1989/1990 Stephen B. Oates, University of Massachusetts, "Biography: The Heart of History" and "How the Trumpet Came to Sound: The Process and Perils of Writing a Biography of Martin Luther King, Jr."

1988/1989 Robert Darnton, Princeton University, "The French Revolution at Street Level" and "From Enlightenment to Revolution"

1987/1988 Gerda Lerner, University of Wisconsin, "Sex and Class: A Revisionist Perspective"

1986/1987 Gordon S. Wood, Brown University, "The Making of the Constitution"

1985/1986 Peter Gay, Yale University, "Aggression: Toward a Theory of Aggression" and "Humor: Aggression at Work"

1984/1985 William E. Leuchtenburg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, "The 1984 Presidential Election in History Perspective: From Civil War to the New Deal; From Franklin Roosevelt to Ronald Reagan"

1983/1984 C. Vann Woodward, Yale University, emeritus, "Continuing Themes in Southern History: The Strange Career of Jim Crow, 1954-1984; and The Burden of Southern History, 1952-1984"

1982/1983 Robert L. Heilbroner, The New School for Social Research, "Capitalism in Transition: The Twentieth Century"

1981/1982 William H. McNeill, University of Chicago, "The Great Frontier: Freedom and Hierarchy in Modern Times"

1980/1981 Martin E. Marty, University of Chicago, "Religious Crises in Modern America: Modernism and Fundamentalism"

1979/1980 Walter LeFeber, Cornell University, "The Third Cold War: Kissinger Years and Carter Years"

1977/1978 Paul K. Conkin, University of Wisconsin, "American Christianity in Crisis: Religious Rationalism and Darwinism"