Boston Area Public Lectures and Forums,
the founding of Harvard College in 1636, 16 years after the arrival of
the first Pilgrims at Plymouth, Boston has been a hub of scholarship,
and the life of the mind. 100 years ago the intellectually curious
could have witnessed public addresses by William James, Theodore
W. E. B. DuBois, Jane Addams, or Charles and Mary Beard. Indeed,
little has changed. Today one can hear talks by any number of
and public figures—ranging from Clifford Geertz, Eric Foner, John
Cornell West, Bill Clinton, or John Milbank—at the dozens of colleges,
libraries, and other venues in the area. Every day there are
opportunities to attend public lectures in the Boston area. Many
of these lectures are free, delivered by the most renown thinkers and
of our day. The events listed below are a sampling of some of the
hundreds presented in the Boston vicinity. ENC history
majors are strongly encouraged to attend some of these provocative and
enriching lectures and public forums. (See past History
Department lectures here.)
* credit for the Forging of an
American Nation (HI224); # credit for Religion and American Culture
*# Thur, Feb
19, 7:00 pm, George Marsden (Visiting Professor of American Religious
and Intellectual History, Harvard Divinity School), "What Would
Jonathan Edwards Have to Say to Twenty-First-Century America?" Shrader
Lecture Hall. Free and Open to the Public. Sponsored by the DeFreitas
February 17, 7:00 pm, Lauren Winner (Assistant Professor, Duke Divinity
School), "Everyday Religion: A Virginia Anglican Case Study."
Shrader Lecture Hall. Free and Open to the Public. Sponsored by the
Tues, Mar 3, 2009, 6:30pm, Noam Chomsky, Irene Gendzier, Professor of
Political Science, Duncan Kennedy, Stephen Walt, and Alice Rothchild,
“Gaza: Beyond the Headlines” LAW Auditorium, 765 Commonwealth Avenue,
Please RSVP to MLSA.Event@gmail.com
Tues, March 3 - "Detective Story: Tracking the Political and
Developmental Origins of Police Corruption in Mexico and Beyond."
(DRCLAS, WCFIA) Diane Davis, MIT. Room S250, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge
Tues, March 3 - "The Transformation of Political Islam in Turkey: The
AKP and its Foreign Policy Implications." (WCFIA, CMES, Transatlantic
Relations Seminar) Ergun Ozbudun, Bilkent University. Room 050, CGIS
South, 1730 Cambridge St., noon.
Wed, Mar 4, 2009, 4:00pm, Rita Lucarelli, Research Fellow at the
Italian Academy for Advanced Studies, Columbia University; and
Professor, Universitá degli Studi di Verona. Respondent: David
Frankfurter, Department of History, University of New Hampshire “Myth
and Religion Studygroup: Divinized Demons and Demonized Gods in Late
Pharaonic and Greco-Roman Egypt" 745 Commonwealth Avenue (STH 409)
Wed., March 4 - "The Turkish Sabbataians: From Judeo-Islamic Messianic
Mystics to Secular Muslims." (WCFIA, CMES) Cengiz Sisman, Brandeis
University. Room N262, CGIS Knafel, 1737 Cambridge St., 4:30 p.m.
Wed., March 4 - "Early Pastoral-Nomadic Societies in the Eastern
Eurasian Steppes and their Interactions with Early Chinese Societies."
(Asia Center, GSAS, Anthropology, East Asian Languages and
Civilizations) Wu Guo, Institute of Archaeology. Room 14A, Peabody
Museum, 11 Divinity Ave., 5 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thur, March 5 - "The Mideast After the Elections in Israel: Plus
Ça Change, Plus C'est la Meme Chose?" (WCFIA, CMES) Yoram Peri,
Tel Aviv University. Bowie-Vernon Room, K-262, CGIS Knafel, WCFIA, 1737
Cambridge St., 4 p.m.
Thur, Mar 5, 2009, 7:00pm, Christopher Ricks, “Just Like a Man: Bob
Dylan & The Charge of Misogyny” Join Professor Christopher Ricks as
he discusses the role of gender in the works of Bob Dylan. GSU Metcalf
Hall, 775 Commonwealth Avenue (2nd floor)
* Tues, March 17, 7:00pm, Jedidiah Purdy, “A Tolerable Anarchy:
Rebels, Reactionaries, and the Making of American Freedom.”
Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome Duke law professor JEDEDIAH
PURDY for a discussion of his new book, A Tolerable Anarchy: Rebels,
Reactionaries, and the Making of American Freedom, a provocative look
at the meaning of American freedom. Harvard Book Store.
*# Wed, March 18, 2009, 4:30 p.m Timothy Samuel Shah, “Redeeming
Freedom: Evangelicals and Democracy, Around the World and Across Time”
Delvin 101, Boston College.
Wed. March 18, 2009, 7:30pm, Rahid Khalidi, “Sowing Crisis: The Cold
War and American Hegemony in the Middle East.” Cambridge Forum is
pleased to present renowned Middle East historian Rahid Khalidi, the
Edward Said Chair in Arab Studies and director of the Middle East
Institute at Columbia, for a discussion of Sowing Crisis: The Cold War
and American Hegemony in the Middle East, a provocative analysis of the
legacy of the Cold War in the Middle East. First Parish Church, 3
Church Street, Cambridge.
Wed, March 18, 2009, 5:00 p.m. Paul Rusesabagina, “Chambers Lecture
Series” The Chambers Lecture Series featuring Paul Rusesabagina,
Real-Life Hero of Hotel Rwanda. Gasson 100, Boston College.
Thur, March 26, 2009, 4:30 p.m. Matthew Connelly, Historian, Columbia
University, and author of Fatal Misconception: The Struggle to Control
World Population. Part of the Lowell Humanities Series. Devlin 101,
* Wed, Apr 1, 2009, 4:00pm, Ben Vinson, “Caste in Mexico” He will
present research from his current book-length project on the Mexican
colonial caste system. BU History Dept, 138 Mountfort Street (Seminar
* Thurs. April 2, 2009, 6:00pm, Charles Burnett, Frank Christopher, and
Kenneth S. Greenberg, “Nat Turner: Troublesome Property,” C. Walsh
Theatre, Suffolk University, call for reservations at 617-720-7600.
Tues, Apr 7, 2009, 7:00pm, Christopher Ricks, “All Because of the Color
of His Skin: Race & Its Relations to the Art of Bob Dylan” Join
Professor Christopher Ricks as he discusses race and its role in the
work of Bob Dylan. GSU Metcalf Hall, 775 Commonwealth Avenue (2nd floor)
*# Tues, April 21, 2009, 4:30 p.m, Thomas O'Connor, “Two Centuries of
Faith: The Influence of Catholicism on Boston, 1808-2008” Book Launch
Event Author and Presenter: Thomas O'Connor, Boston College University
Historian. Gasson 100, Boston College
Thurs. April 23, 6:30pm, Phillip Longman, “The Empty Cradle: How
Falling Birthrates Threaten World Prosperity And What To Do About It,”
Old South Meeting House.
* Fri, April 24, 2009, Jennifer Roberts, Gardner Cowles Associate
Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University,
“Audubon's Burden: Materiality and Transmission in The Birds of
America,” Elmarion Room, Goddard-Daniels House, 190 Salisbury Street,
* Fri, April 24 and Sat, April 25, 2009, Abraham
Lincoln Bicentennial Symposium, Harvard University.
Thurs, May 14, 2009, 12:00pm, Alan Hoffman. “Lafayette in America
in 1824 and 1825” Boston Athenaeum. Reservation required,
starting May 1, call 617-720-7600.
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