Weber Historical Society Lecture Series

The Weber Historical Society offers an array of lectures that cover topics from across the globe and around the state.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

Spring 2018

“Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show”

Jan Joy Kasson
Professor Emeritus
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, 7 p.m.
The Hurst Learning Center, Dumke Hall

Using visual images and film clips, Dr. Kasson will distinguish the reality from the hype, disentangle the fact from fiction, about William F. Cody and his famous Wild West Show.

“Climate Change: Examining the Facts”

Dan Bedford
Professor of Geography and Honors Program Director
Weber State University

Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, 7 p.m.
The Hurst Learning Center, Dumke Hall

A 160 year perspective on the science of climate change. Is the world getting warmer? Are humans really causing it? Does it matter if they are? And how do we know? This presentation will address these questions, and others, by taking a tour through the history of the science of climate change.

“Remembering War the American Way”

Georg Schild
Professor of North American History
University of Tübingen

Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 7 p.m.
Hurst Learning Center, Dumke Hall

During the summer of 2017, Americans in the South began to reassess the legacy of the Civil War. Memorials to Generals Robert E. Lee, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson and others were removed or defaced and had to be protected by local police. When and why did American cities erect statues for the leaders of the slaveholding Confederacy? Why and how did public opinion change in recent years? How do Americans remember wars in general? And does this differ from the way other nations remember their wars? Is there an "American way to remember wars?"

“Connections: From the Silk Road to the Sands of Mars”

Kathy Payne
Head of Library Reference and Classical Historian
Weber State University

Monday, April 9, 2018, 7 p.m.
The Hurst Learning Center, Dumke Hall

Come and learn the story of how the science of sand has evolved from the ancient Silk Road, through the Long Range Desert Group in World War II, to the robotic rovers exploring Mars.