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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

2012
Daniel Richter
"The Tuscarora War: Trade, Land, and Power"

2011
David T. Courtwright
"Sky as Frontier: America's Air and Space Century"

2010
Eve Troutt Powell
"The Language of Slavery, the Diction of Freedom: Voices from the Nile Valley and Ottoman Empire"

2009
Marcus Rediker
"Black Pirates: TheCurious Early History of the Amistad Rebellion"

2008
Felipe Fernandez-Armesto
"Vespucci: The Man Who Gave His Name to America"

2007
James M. McPherson
"'Honest Abe HasAgain Fallen Into The Hands of My Enemies': The Lincoln-McClellan Relationship"

2006
BarbaraJ. Harris
"TheFabric of Piety: Aristocratic Women and Care of the Dead, 1450-1550"

2005
David M. Kennedy
"A Tale of Three Cities: How the United States Won WWII"

2004
Peter Green
"Alexander the Great: Icon and Enigma"

2003
Jonathan Spence
"Present at the Fall: A Scholar's View of the End of the Ming Dynasty"

2002
Eric Foner
"The Idea of Freedom in the American Century"

2001
Paul D. Escott
"Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, and America's Racial Future"

2000
Wolfgang Hasse
"Gods, Men, Godmen: Philosophical and Political 'Theologies' in Ancient Greece and the Classical Tradition"

1999
Andrew Pettegree
"Huguenot Voices: The Book and Communication Process During the Protestant Reformation"

1998
H. Wayne Morgan
"Echoes and Lessons from the Spanish-American War"

1997
Norman M. Naimark
"The Problem of Ethnic Cleansing in Modern Europe"

1996
Gary B. Nash
"The History Wars of the 1990s"

1995
Ian K. Steele
"A Captive's Right to Life: The Interaction of Amerindian, Colonial, and European Values"

1994
Darlene Clark Hine
"Culture, Consciousness, and Community: The Making of an African American Women's History"

1993
Joan Hoff
"Watergate Revisited"

1992
Geoffrey Parker
"After Columbus: Spain's Struggle for Atlantic Hegemony"

1991
Akira Iriye
"The Significance of the Pearl Harbor Attack: A Fiftly Year Perspective"

1990
Basil Jack Greenhill
"The S.S. Great Britain and the Coming of Steam Navigation"

1989
Robert Foster
"The Legacy of the French Revolution"

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