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Carls-Schwerdfeger History Lecture Series

Carls-Schwerdfeger History Lecture Series

Department of History > Carls-Schwerdfeger History Lecture Series

With the Carls-Schwerdfeger History Lecture Series, the department every fall has a widely-known historian deliver a public lecture on a significant topic in his/her area of research and meet with faculty and students.

2014 - Elizabeth R. Varon

Topic: "Legacies of Appomattox: Lee's Surrender in History and memory"

Time: Thursday, October 2, 2014, 7:15 p.m.
Location: G. M. Savage Memorial Chapel

Contact: Stephen Carls, Chair, Department of History
731-661-5262 or scarls@uu.edu

This lecture is free and open to the public.

Philip Jenkins, Ph.D.2013 - Philip Jenkins

Topic: "From Angels to Armageddon: The First World War as a Global Religious Revolution"

Time: Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 7:15 p.m.
Location: G. M. Savage Memorial Chapel
View Poster (.pdf)

Contact: Stephen Carls, Chair, Department of History
731-661-5262 or scarls@uu.edu

This lecture is free and open to the public.


Dr. George C. Rable2012 - George C. Rable

Carls-Schwerdfeger History Lecturer talks about the American Civil War

Dr. George C. Rable, holder of the Charles G. Summersell Chair in Southern History at the University of Alabama, presented two lectures at Union University concerning the American Civil War as the Carls-Schwerdfeger History Lecturer on October 25, 2012. He was the 16th speaker in this annual lecture series. READ MORE


Dr. Pauline Maier2011 - Pauline Maier

Dr. Pauline Maier talks about Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution for History Lectureship

Prize-winning historian Pauline Maier, the William R. Kenan, Jr Professor of American History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, served as the Carls-Schwerdfeger History Lecturer on October 11, 2011. She delivered two lectures, one on the Declaration of Independence and the other on the ratification of the United States Constitution. READ MORE


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Carls-Schwerdfeger History Lectures
  • Oct. 2, 2014 - Elizabeth R. Varon
    "Legacies of Appomattox: Lee's Surrender in History and memory"
  • 2013 - Philip Jenkins - photos
    "From Angels to Armageddon: The First World War as a Global Religious Revolution"
  • 2012 - George C. Rable - recap
    "God as General: Was There a Religious History of the American Civil War?"
  • 2011 - Pauline Maier - recap | photos
    "Ratification of the U.S. Constitution: Why Should We Care?"
  • 2010 - Daniel Walker Howe - recap | photos
    “What Hath God Wrought: Manifest Destiny and the Communications Revolution of Nineteenth-Century America”
  • 2009 - David Hackett Fischer - recap | photos
    “Leaders in an Open Society: The Presidencies of Washington, Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, and Barack Obama”
  • 2008 - Jeremy Black - recap | photos
    “Why the Allies Won World War II”
  • 2007 - Edward L. Ayers - recap | photos
    “In the Wake of the Civil War: Building New Lives After Appomattox”
  • 2006 - Gordon S. Wood - photos
    “The Invention of Benjamin Franklin”
  • 2005 - George C. Herring - photos
    “Vietnam: The War That Never Seems to Go Away”
  • 2004 - Thomas Childers
    “The Best Years of Their Lives? Americans Return Home from the Second World War, 1945-1950”
  • 2003 - Charles S. Maier - photos
    “An American Empire? Imperial Histories and Their Lessons”
  • 2002 - Harry S. Stout - recap
    “The Moral and Religious Legacy of the American Civil War”
  • 2001 - Jay Winter
    “The Birth of Total War, 1914-1918”
  • 2000 - Richard Stites
    “Tarzan Versus Stalin: The Entwining of American and Russian Popular Music and Movies in the Twentieth Century”
  • 1999 - Martin Marty
    “After the End of Protestant Domination in Twentieth-Century America: Living Creatively with the New Pluralism”
  • 1998 - Gerhard Weinberg
    “Crossing the Line in Nazi Genocide: On Becoming and Being a Professional Killer”
  • 1997 - Jack P. Greene
    “Pluribus or Unum: Ethnicity and the Formation of Colonial America”

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