The Lawrence F. Brewster Lecture in History
Dr. David T. Courtwright
Sky as Frontier:
America's Air and Space Century
September 13, 2011 | 7PM | Wright Auditorium
David Courtwright is John A. Delaney Presidential Professor in the Department of History at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. He received his B.A. in English from the University of Kansas and his Ph.D. in History from Rice University. Much of Courtwright's scholarship has focused on the special problems of frontier environments in history. In an early work, Violent Land: Single Men and Social Disorder from the Frontier to the Inner City (Harvard University Press, 1996), Courtwright explored the roots of violence in two contrasting social environments. His later work, Sky as Frontier: Adventure, Aviation, and Empire, published in 2004 as part of the Texas A&M University's "Centennial of Flight Series," casts the history of aviation in American history as a frontier epic of sorts, one reaching beyond the two dimensional world that strongly defined humanity’s earlier horizons.
Courtwright has also written books about drug use and drug policy, including Dark Paradise: A History of Opiate Addiction in America (Harvard University Press, 2001), and Forces of Habit: Drugs and the Making of the Modern World (Harvard University Press, 2002). No Right Turn: Conservative Politics in Liberal America (Harvard University Press, 2010) is his first essai at general political history. Courtwright is currently working on a book about pleasure and capitalism in the modern world.