Special Lectures

Our fascinating historical lectures for majors and nonmajors go beyond the Weber Historical Society lecture series and annual Lampros Lecture.

Learn from more guests we’ve invited to speak.

Spring 2019

“The Empire Made Smoke and Flesh: Tobacco, Militarism and Gender in Russia”

Dr. Tricia Starks
University of Arkansas
Thursday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m.
Lindquist Hall 205

This presentation will discuss how advertisers capitalized on the images of smokers as valorous, patriotic and manly — using images of soldiers and the sexually available odalisque — to tempt Russians to try a new means for invigorating and pleasuring the political and individual body.

Free and open to the public


“Women in Chinese Archaeology and Folklore Studies, 1919–1949”

Dr. Shana Brown
University of Hawai'i
Thursday, March 21, 7 p.m.
Lindquist Hall 205

This talk will discuss the career of Rong Yuan ?? (1904 - ?), a folklore specialist and historian who worked as a secretary at the Harvard-Yenching Institute in Beijing. By excavating a history of a female scholar of high merit but low recognition, this research reshapes the perceptions of how historical research has been conducted in the past, and to recognize more solidly the contributions made by female scholars. 

Free and open to the public


“Black Rebels in Union Blue”

Dr. Jonathan Lande
Friday, April 12, 12:30–1:30 p.m.
Lindquist Hall 205

“Black Rebels in Union Blue” tells the story of black Americans who fought in the U.S. Civil War, deserted the army or mutinied against it, and faced military justice for their defiance.

Free and open to the public