Hugh Hawkins Lecture

The annual Hugh Hawkins Lecture is named in honor of Professor Emeritus Hugh D. Hawkins. Professor Hawkins was the Anson D. Moore Professor of History and American Studies upon his retirement from the faculty in 2000 after forty-three years of teaching at Amherst.  He was a distinguished scholar of American higher education, the American South, and of cultural and intellectual history.  In 1976 he was the principal architect of the first-year introduction to Liberal Studies curriculum and he helped build both the History and American Studies departments. 

2017 Hugh Hawkins Lecture: Craig Steven Wilder

“The Approaching Past: Legacies of Slavery and Conquest on Campus”

Craig Steven Wilder, Barton L Weller Professor of History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Craig Steven Wilder
Barton L Weller Professor of History
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Thursday, October 5

4:30 p.m.
Paino Lecture Hall
107 Beneski

Professor Wilder will be speaking to contemporary efforts of colleges and universities to confront historical relationships to slavery and colonialism. His most recent book is the award-winning Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities (New York: Bloomsbury, 2013). He is also the author A Covenant with Color: Race and Social Power in Brooklyn (New York: Columbia University Press, 2000/2001) and In the Company of Black Men: The African Influence on African American Culture in New York City (New York: New York University Press, 2001/2004). His talk will examine how we arrived at this moment and how to address the challenges that remain. (MIT’s full profile).

The annual Hugh Hawkins Lecture honors Hugh D. Hawkins. Professor Hawkins was the Anson D. Moore Professor of History and American Studies upon his retirement from the faculty in 2000 after forty-three years of teaching at Amherst.  He was a distinguished scholar of American higher education, the American South, and of cultural and intellectual history.  In 1976 he was the principal architect of the first-year introduction to Liberal Studies curriculum and he helped build both the History and American Studies departments. 

This lecture is free and open to the public.

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Hugh Hawkins Lectures

2016: Arne Westad
"Worlds Apart: The Cold War in the 20th Century"

2015: Pekka Hamalainen
"The Comanche Empire and the Grand Narrative of American History"

2014: Mark Mazower
"Does Fascism Mean Anything Anymore?: Europe Then and Now"

2013: Charles C. Mann '76
"1493: Entwining Ecology and History"

2012: Rebecca J. Scott
"She Had Always Enjoyed her Freedom: Reenslavement and the Law in the Era of the Haitain  Revolution"

2011: Martha Sandweiss
"Unpacking a Photograph: Small Stories, Big Ideas, and Tales of Race and Violence from the American West"

2009: Dipesh Chakrabarty
"Between Globalization and Global Warming: The Long and the Short of Human History"

2008: Londa Schiebinger
"Exotic Abortifacients: Gender Politics of Plants in the 18th Century Atlantic World"

2007: Donald Worster
"On John Muir's Trail: Nature in an Age of Liberal Principles"

2006: Elliott West
"Disease and the Making of Empires: Why it Matters that Lewis and Clark Didn't Get Sick (Or at Least REALLY Sick)"

2005: David W. Blight
"Seizing Freedom: The Emancipation of Wallace Turnage and John Washington"

2004: William Cronon
"The Portage: Time, Memory, and Storytelling in the Making of an American Town"

2003: John Lewis Gaddis
"9/11 as History"

2002: Drew Gilpin Faust
"Missing in Action: Naming the Dead in the American Civil War"