The Brewster Lecture
Each year the Department of History of East Carolina University sponsors the Lawrence F. Brewster Lecture in History. The Department sponsored the first Brewster Lecture in 1982 as part of the University’s seventy-fifth anniversary celebration and has published the lectures since 1984. The series bears the name of the late Professor Emeritus of History whose generosity supports the series, the Department, and the discipline at large.
The lecture series seeks to achieve four essential goals: to provide students, faculty, and members of the community with the opportunity to hear distinguished historians share their knowledge and mastery of the discipline; to stimulate an exchange of ideas and a continuing dialogue about issues of fundamental importance; to illuminate the present through the reflective prism of the past; and to support a critical requirement of modern times—the continuing process of education.
Past Brewster Lectures
"The Tuscarora War: Trade, Land, and Power"
David T. Courtwright
"Sky as Frontier: America's Air and Space Century"
Eve Troutt Powell
"The Language of Slavery, the Diction of Freedom: Voices from the Nile Valley and Ottoman Empire"
"Black Pirates: TheCurious Early History of the Amistad Rebellion"
"Vespucci: The Man Who Gave His Name to America"
James M. McPherson
"'Honest Abe HasAgain Fallen Into The Hands of My Enemies': The Lincoln-McClellan Relationship"
"TheFabric of Piety: Aristocratic Women and Care of the Dead, 1450-1550"
David M. Kennedy
"A Tale of Three Cities: How the United States Won WWII"
"Alexander the Great: Icon and Enigma"
"Present at the Fall: A Scholar's View of the End of the Ming Dynasty"
"The Idea of Freedom in the American Century"
Paul D. Escott
"Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, and America's Racial Future"
"Gods, Men, Godmen: Philosophical and Political 'Theologies' in Ancient Greece and the Classical Tradition"
"Huguenot Voices: The Book and Communication Process During the Protestant Reformation"
H. Wayne Morgan
"Echoes and Lessons from the Spanish-American War"
Norman M. Naimark
"The Problem of Ethnic Cleansing in Modern Europe"
Gary B. Nash
"The History Wars of the 1990s"
Ian K. Steele
"A Captive's Right to Life: The Interaction of Amerindian, Colonial, and European Values"
Darlene Clark Hine
"Culture, Consciousness, and Community: The Making of an African American Women's History"
"After Columbus: Spain's Struggle for Atlantic Hegemony"
"The Significance of the Pearl Harbor Attack: A Fiftly Year Perspective"
Basil Jack Greenhill
"The S.S. Great Britain and the Coming of Steam Navigation"
"The Legacy of the French Revolution"
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