Department Lectures

Nina Silber of Boston University delivered the sixteenth annual Frank L. Klement Lecture on November 14. She spoke to an audience of about eighty students, faculty members, and members of the public on "Why Northern Women Matter for Understanding the Civil War." Prof. Silber is the author of Daughters of the Union: Northern Women Fight the Civil War (2005), Landmarks of the Civil War (2003), and The Romance of Reunion: Northerners and the South, 1865-1900 (1993); editor of Yankee Correspondence: Civil War Letters Between New England Soldiers and the Homefront (1996); and co-editor of Divided Houses: Gender and the Civil War (1992). The organizer of this year’s lecture was James Marten.

Julia Clancy-Smith of the University of Arizona delivered the sixth annual Henry W. Casper Lecture on April 7. Her topic was "Where Elites Meet: Harem Visits, Sea-Bathing, and Sociabilities in Tunisia, c. 1830-1881." Prof. Clancy-Smith is the author of Rebel and Saint: Muslim Notables, Populist Protest, Colonial Encounters (1994) and the forthcoming Migrations: the Peopling of Mediterranean North Africa, c. 1800-1881, and editor of Domesticating the Empire: Gender, Race, & Family Life in the Dutch and French Empires (1998) and North Africa, Islam, and the Mediterranean World from the Almoravids to the Algerian War (2001). The organizer of this year’s lecture was Phil Naylor.

Ken Hammond of New Mexico State University visited Kristen Foster’s Senior Experience course on the 1960s and delivered a public lecture on April 14. Prof. Hammond’s teaching and research focus on sixteenth century Chinese history, but he spoke on "May 4, 1970: Kent State and the New Left." He was an undergraduate at Kent State and a leader of the local Students for a Democratic Society chapter when the National Guard shootings occurred.

Jeremi Suri of the University of Wisconsin spoke to Michael Donoghue’s foreign relations class about "Kissinger and the Middle East" on April 2. Prof. Suri is author of Henry Kissinger and the American Century (2007), The Global Revolutions of 1968 (2006), and Power and Protest: Global Revolution and the Rise of Détente (2003).

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