The department hosted five nationally known speakers during 2008-2009.
Approximately 80 were in attendance to hear Bruce Cumings deliver “North Korea: Still on the Axis of Evil?” on November 6, 2008. The annual Casper Lecture honors Marquette history professor, Father Henry W. Casper, S. J. Cumings is the Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor in History and the College at the University of Chicago,. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999, and is the recipient of fellowships from the Ford Foundation, NEH, the MacArthur Foundation, the Center for Advanced Study at Stanford, and the Abe Fellowship Program of the Social Science Research Council. Among his books are: The Origins of the Korean War, 2 volumes, (Princeton, 1981, 1990), which received the John King Fairbank Book Award of the American Historical Association; War and Television (1993); Korea's Place in the Sun: A Modern History (1997); Parallax Visions: Making Sense of American-East Asian Relations (1999); North Korea: Another Country (2004), and the Cambridge History of Korea (forthcoming).
Approximately 160 were in attendance to hear Toyin Falola deliver “The African Impact on the United States,” on February 10, 2009. The Ralph H. Metcalfe, Sr., Lecture, honors Marquette’s distinguished alumnus who finished second to Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Berlin. Falola is the Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor in History and a fellow of the Historical Society of Nigeria and the Nigerian Academy of Letters. He has also written a number of books, including Key Events in African History: A Reference Guide; Nationalism and African Intellectuals; and A Mouth Sweeter than Salt, a collection of stories and reflections on Falola’s childhood in Ibadan, a Nigerian city-state. He is the co-editor of the Journal of African Economic History and is the series editor of Rochester Studies in African History and Diaspora and Culture and Customs of Africa.
On February 23, 2009, Rev. Thomas Worcester, S. J., delivered the 2008-2009 Wade Lecture, “The Modern Papacy: Between Tradition and Innovation” to an audience of approximately eighty faculty, students, and members of the public. Fr. Worcester was holder of this year’s Wade Chair, a one year fellowship granted to visiting Jesuit scholars who, in addition to working on their own scholarship, teach one course a semester. Fr. Worcester taught an undergraduate course on the Jesuits and a graduate course on the Papacy and focused his scholarly work on completing a co-edited volume, The Papacy since 1500: From Italian Prince to Universal Pastor, which will be published by Cambridge University Press. A specialist in French, Renaissance and Catholic Church histories, he is author of Seventeenth-Century Cultural Discourse: France and the Preaching of Bishop Camus and more than a dozen scholarly articles and is co-editor two anthologies created for art exhibitions at the Worcester Art Museum and the McMullen Museum at Boston College. He is currently an associate professor of history at the College of the Holy Cross.
The Wade Chair was established more than twenty years ago by a gift from the Jesuit community to honor Fr. Wade’s many contributions as a member of the department of Philosophy for forty years.
Approximately 120 were in attendance to hear Professor Patricia Limerick deliver "The Ownership of the Public Lands: The Romance of Local Control meets the Romance of Expertise" as this year’s Klement Lecture on March 24, 2009. The annual lecture honors Marquette’s long-time and distinguished Civil War historian Frank Klement. Limerick, a professor of history and Director of the Center for the American West at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has been a MacArthur fellow and has served on a number of advisory boards and committees, including Ken Burn's and Stephen Ives's eight-part PBS series, "The West". She has published many books, articles, and reviews, but her best-known work is The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West (1979). In addition to numerous scholarly articles and book reviews, she writes frequent columns and op-ed pieces for a variety of news sources. Her recent books include Something in the Soil (2000) and The Atomic West, (in progress). She has also been president of the American Studies Association and the Western History Association.
Former CIA East Asia Division Chief Arthur Brown delivered a lecture entitled “From North Korea to Guantanamo: Reality beyond the Hype,” on March 18, 2009, to approximately 120 members of the Marquette community. Brown’s CIA career included eight years as a case officer, fourteen years as a field manager in Asia and Africa and three years as the highest-ranking officer specializing in Asian Pacific affairs. Prior to Brown’s retirement from the CIA in 2005, he personally advised President George W. Bush and White House senior staff on critical intelligence from Asia, directed the operational strategy of all CIA activity in the Asian Pacific region, and guided CIA responses to hostile counterintelligence and terrorist threats against the United States and allied interests. Brown received the CIA’s Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal in 2005 and the Director’s Award in 2004. He has also been honored with foreign awards, including the Medal of Communication from the National Police Agency of Japan, the Order of Diplomatic Merit by South Korean President Kim Dae-Jung and the Director’s Service Plaque from the Malaysian Special Branch.