As always, the department hosted a full slate of public programming in 2011-12. Well over 600 students, faculty, and members of the larger community attended these lectures.
The 20th annual Frank L. Klement Lecture was delivered in November 2011 by W. Fitzhugh Brundage of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, who spoke on “The American Tradition of Torture.” Andrew Kahrl organized Brundage’s visit.
The 10th annual 2012 Casper Lecture was delivered in April 2012 by Anthony F. Aveni of Colgate University on the “Maya Apocalypse Soon?” Laura Matthew hosted this year’s Casper.
John Krugler organized a lecture series (funded by a Mellon Grant from Arts and Sciences) in support of the Interdisciplinary Minor in Public History. Otis Halfmoon, a Nez Pierce who works for the National Park Service, delivered “Are You Ready for the Truth?” while Ojibwe member Brenda Child of the University of Minnesota discussed Indian boarding schools, the historian Fred Hoxie lectured on the Bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition, and MU alum and former executive with the Smithsonian Institution Herman Viola spoke on “The View from the River Bank.”
Finally, in November Julius Ruff hosted Robert Muchembled, of the University of Paris XIII, who spoke on “Young Men and Violence: An Historical Perspective, From the Middle Ages To The Present.”