History Comes Alive at Oakland University

All lectures will be held in Gold Rooms B and C at the Oakland Center at Oakland University (OU)

“Our audience looks to Oakland University, and the Department of History specifically, to engage them in these lectures,” Estes said. “It is clear that this is a meaningful series and it is always nice to hear from our audience how much the lectures and the experience mean to them and that they leave our talks wanting more history. That is our intention and we’re pleased to provide this program for so many to enjoy.”

Illustrated picture of American History showing Africans getting off a boat

History Comes Alive

  • “Poisoned Hearts: Poison, Slavery and Intimacy in the Atlantic World, 1670-1861” – 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017: Erin Dwyer, Ph.D. an assistant professor of history will host a discussion on poison, slaver, fear and intimacy that examines how slaveholders in the Caribbean and the United States managed fear of enslaved poisoners and how slaves welded poison to resist bondage.
  • “What Difference Did a Revolution Make? Military Service in Post-1952 Bolivia” – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018: This lecture by Elizabeth Shesko, Ph.D., an assistant professor of history at Oakland University, will explore the Revolutionary Nationalist Movement’s conflicted relationship with the military and how military service changed after 1952.
  • “Humanism and Medicine in the Italian Renaissance” – 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018: Craig Martin, Ph.D., a professor of history at Oakland University, will discuss how Italian Renaissance physicians applied the writings of Galen, Hippocrates and others to both their theoretical understanding of the human body and their practices.
  • “The Fatal Attraction of Nationalism: The Politics of Identity and Belonging in Modern Europe” – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, 2018: This lecture by Derek Hastings, Ph.D., an associate professor with OU’s Department of History, will explore specific examples of nationalism from the French Revolution, the Nazi era and present-day Europe. Hastings will also discuss the compelling, yet often contradictory, reasons for nationalism’s forceful appeal.

The lecture series is made possible by generous contributions from: The Knudsen Family Foundation, The Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and The Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, with special thanks to founding sponsors John and Annette Carter.

Admission to each lecture is free, but reservations are requested. To reserve a space, call 248-370-3511 or email jkessler@oakland.edu.


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