Stanton Sharp Lectures and Symposia

The Stanton Sharp Lectures and Symposia are supported by

a generous gift from Ruth Sharp Altshuler honoring her son Stanton Sharp. Inaugurated in 1991, the Sharp events bring to the SMU campus some of the nation's most distinguished scholars for lectures, discussions, and interaction with students, faculty and members of the community.  The Sharp Endowment also enhances faculty research and teaching in the William P. Clements Department of History.

2014 Lectures

"Love in the Time of AIDS: Inequality, Gender, and Rights in South Africa"

February 12, 2014     Reception at 6 p.m.  Lecture at 6:30 p.m.
McCord Auditorium   306 Dallas Hall    3225 University   

Presented by Mark Hunter, Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Human
Geography, University of Toronto Scarborough, and Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Built
Environment and Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal

In some parts of South Africa, more than one in three people are HIV positive.  Through living and working in an informal settlement and township, Professor Hunter explores transformations in gender and intimacy over the last four decades to understand the roots of this virulent epidemic.  Drawing on love letters, oral histories, and archival materials, the talk details the everyday social inequalities that have resulted in untimely deaths.  It argues that first apartheid and then chronic unemployment became entangled with femininity, masculinity, love, and sex in a way that created an economy of exchange that perpetuates the transmission of HIV/AIDS.

2013 Lectures

"Revolution, Reform, and Rejuvenation: A Century of Intellectual Service in China"
 September 25, 2013
 presented by Timothy Cheek, Professor and Louis Cha Chair in Chinese Research
 at the Institute of  Asian Research at the Univeristy of British Columbia.

 "Bush, Germany, and the Power of Time" 
 April 10, 2013

 presented by Jeffrey A. Engel, Founding Director of SMU's Center forPresidential History" 

"The Hispanic Challenge' and the 'Mexicanization' of America"
 March 27, 2013
 presented by Neil Foley, Dedman Chair in History, Southern Methodist University

"The Virtual and the Real: The Case of the Mysterious Documents from Naples"
 February 20, 2013
 presented by Kenneth J. Andrien, Kahn Chair in History, Southern Methodist University

2012 Lectures

"The Indian Ocean, the Age of Exploration, and the Islamic Caliphate"
 March 27, 2012
 presented by Giancarlo Casale, University of Minnesota

 "From the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean: The Global Trade Networks of
 Armenian Merchants from New Julfa, Isfahan
 February 21, 2012
 presented by Sebouh David Aslanian, UCLA

 2011 Lectures

"Entangled Empire: Thoughts on the Iberians in Three Oceans in the Sixteenth Century"
 September 20, 2011 
 presented by Sanjay Subrahmanyam, UCLA

"African Americans and the Struggle to Win British Public Opinion During the Civil War"
 April 19, 2011
 presented by Richard Blackett, Vanderbilt University

 "Why the Civil War Mattered"
 April 12, 2011 
 presented by Steven Hahn, University of Pennsylvania

 For information on 2008-2010 Sharp Lectures, go to this link:

Updated Jan. 14, 2014