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.

2019 Lecture

Alien Chinese Railroad Workers and American National History
October 3, 2019
5:30 Reception, 6:00 Lecture
Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom
Umphrey Lee Center, floor 3
3300 Dyer Street

Cancelled: Tonight’s Stanton Sharp Lecture: Borderlands: A Global History of the Mexican Second Empire is cancelled due to severe weather
April 17, 2019
5:30 p.m.

Good Intentions on the Road to Hell: The Path to Civil War - Mexico and the United States at Mid Century
February 27, 2019
5:30 Reception, 6:00 Lecture
SMU Caruth Hal, RM 14

2018 Lecture

Between Public and Private: Dissent in Inquisitorial Spain
March 26, 2018
5:30 Reception, 6:00 Lecture
SMU Hughes Trigg Forum

Was Brazil’s Independence from Portugal Inevitable?
An Interpretation of Luso-Brazilian History in the Age of Revolutions
February 21, 2018

5:30 Reception, 6:00 Lecture
SMU - McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall 3rd floor
Speaker is Gabriel Paquette, Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.

2017 Symposium

"The Russian Revolution of 1917: A Centennial View"
February 22-23, 2017
Crum Auditorium, Edwin L. Cox School of Business, 3150 Binkley Ave, Dallas, SMU Campus

Presented by Boris Kolonitsky (European University, Russian Academy of Sciences in St Petersburg, Russia), Laura Engelstein (Yale, Princeton), Tsuyoshi Hasegawa (University of California Santa Barbara).

2016 Lectures

"Reconstruction: America's Unfufilled Promise"
April 14, 2016      Reception at 5:30 p.m.      Lecture at 6:00 p.m.
Hughes-Trigg Student Center, 3140 Dyer, Ballroom East, SMU Campus
Presented by Annette Gordon-Reed, Professor of History at Harvard University, at Harvard Law School, and at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

2015 Lectures

"A War that Could Not End at Appomattox: The End of Slavery
and the Continuation of the Civil War"

October 14, 2015      Reception at 6 p.m.      Lecture at 6:30 p.m.
McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall, SMU Campus
Presented by Gregory P. Downs, Associate Professor of History, University of California, Davis

"Why What You Know about 1914 is Wrong, and Why It Matters"
March 25, 2015    Presented by Michael S. Neiberg, Stimson Chair of History, Dept. of National Security and Strategy, U.S. Army War College 

2014 Lectures

"Redefining the Front Line: Civilians in the First World War"
November 5, 2014    Presented by Susan R. Grayzel, Professor of History and Director of the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies,  University of Mississippi.

"Eastern Europe and German Occupation in the First World War"
October 8, 2014      Presented by Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius, LindsayYoung Professor of History and Director of the Center for the Study of War and Society at the University of Tennessee.

 "Love in the Time of AIDS: Inequality, Gender, and Rights in South Africa"
February 12, 2014   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

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

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