Public Programming

In addition to our annual Klement and Casper Lectures, the department or co-sponsored a number of public programs with myriad topics, ranging from digital scholarship to current events in Turkey to slaveholding Jesuits to the destruction of ancient Muslim sites in the modern-day Middle East.  Alums and friends of the department should follow our Facebook page for up-to-date information about public lectures and conferences sponsored by the department.


Co-sponsored with Raynor Memorial Libraries the Second Imagining Digital Scholarship at Marquette University Symposium.

Sharon Leon of George Mason University, who was the Association of Marquette University Women Distinguished Chair in Fall 2016 delivered the Boheim Lecture on “Re-Presenting the History of Jesuit Slaveholding in Southern Maryland,” which described a digital humanities project recovering the stories of the slaves owned by Georgetown University in the 1830s and their descendants.


Co-sponsored with the Wisconsin Historical Foundation the James Madison Lecture by the legendary Gordon S. Wood, who spoke on “Advice to the Egyptians (and other Arabs) from the Founding Fathers.” The talk was followed by a dinner in the Eisenberg Room in Sensenbrenner Hall.

Co-sponsored “What Was Achieved: Migration, Impunity, and Social Justice after the Peace Accords in El Salvador and Guatemala an international conference on conflict and peace in El Salvador and Guatemala organized by Laura Matthew. You can read blogs about the conference and watch videos of some of the participants at

what was achieved

Stephen Berry, Amanda and Greg Gregory Professor of the Civil War Era, University of Georgia delivered the Frank L. Klement Lecture on "Drinking Yourself to Death in the Grand Age of Temperance: Edgar Allan Poe and the Art of Self-Destruction.” You can watch the lecture here.


Co-sponsored with the Niagara Foundation panel on "Crackdown After the Turkish Coup: Punishing the Innocent";

punishing the innocent      casper lecture     Above the Shots: An Oral History of the Kent State Shootings by [Simpson, Craig S., Wilson, Gregory S.]


Sergio Gonzalez, the 2016-2017 Mitchem Fellow, delivered the Phi Alpha Theta Lecture on “Leaps of Faith and Acts of Conscience: Milwaukee’s Sanctuary Movements in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries.”

Eckart Frahm ofYale University delivered this year’s Casper Lecture on “The Rape of Clio: History, Memory and the Cultural Heritage Crisis in the Middle East.”  You can watch Frahm’s lecture here.

Rev. Michael Guzik, SJ, who the department hosted as a Wade Research Fellow in 2016-2017, delivered his Wade Lecture on “Rev. Walter Ciszek, SJ: A Review and Reconsideration.”

Craig Simpson, an archivist at Indiana University (and MA Alum from MU) visited Dave McDaniel’s Vietnam War course and gave a talk on his co-authored book: Above the Shots: An Oral History of the Kent State Shootings.






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