History of the Freedeman Lectures
The Charles E. Freedeman Memorial Lecture in History was established by the Department of History in memory of Professor Freedeman who taught French History, Modern European History and Economic history at Binghamton from 1968 until his retirement in 1991, shortly before his untimely death. A generous gift from Professor Freedeman to the Department of History upon his retirement became the basis for the lecture series. Professor Bonnie Smith of Rutgers University, a distinguished scholar of French history as well as a close friend of Professor Freedeman, delivered the first lecture in October 1992, and other distinguished scholars continued the series in succeeding years. A history of the speakers and their topics follow.
This year's 22nd Annual Freedeman Memorial Lecture in History
Dr. Thomas Childers, Sheldon and Lucy Hackney Professor of History at University of
November 15, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. in
Casadesus Recital Hall on the Binghamton University Campus
"The End in Sight: Life and Death in the Last Days of World War II"
Professor Childers has published three books on the political culture of Nazi Germany, and is now completing a quartet of books on the experiences of American soldiers and airmen during and after the Second World War. The fourth of these volumes, currently in progress, will be the basis of his lecture. He will discuss the emotional toll that intensive fighting and widespread devastation inflicted on military personnel during the tumultuous and uncertain weeks before the allied victory was finally secured in Europe in May 1945.
Past Freedeman Lectures
Ronnie Po-chia Hsia
Professor of History at Pennsylvania State University
"Apostolate by the Book: Ricci and China."
Friday, November 9, 2012
Julieta Kirkwood Professor and Chair, Department of History University of Wisconsin, Madison
"Decolonizing the History of Allende's Chile: The Mapuche and the Agrarian Reform."
Friday, November 11, 2011
Professor of History, UCLA and Executive Director, Institute for the Study of the American West, Autry National Center
"The Legacy of Concord."
Friday, November 12, 2010
Professor of History & Hellenic Studies, Princeton University
“The Ottoman Empire and Diversity in the Early Modern World”
Friday, November 13, 2009
Franklin L. Ford Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University
“Lowering the Tone: A Noble Calling in the History of Science.”
Friday, October 17, 2008
Department of History, Queen Mary, University of London
“Teeth and Smiles in Eighteenth-Century Paris”
Thursday, November 29, 2007
2006-07 American Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
"'A More Interior Revolution': The Peabody Sisters and American Romanticism"
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Timothy J. Brook
University of British Columbia
"Incredibility: Truth Syndromes of Occupation and Collaboration in Wartime Asia"
Friday, November 11, 2005
Southern Illinois University
"Circulating the Goods: Second-hand Clothes, Gender and Class in the Economy of Early Modern Florence"
Friday, November 5, 2004
John M. Murrin
"War in American Society from Jamestown to the Present."
Wednesday, November 5, 2003
University of Toronto
"Images of the Nation: The Painter Goerg Friedrich Kersting in the Age of the
Anti-Napoleonic Wars: Crossing Boundaries between History and Art History"
Friday, November 8, 2002
"The Ugly Secret of US History: The Hidden Agonies of Class"
Friday, November 9, 2001
Daniel T. Rodgers
"The Liberal Tradition Revisited"
Friday, November 10, 2000
University of Chicago
"The Discourse of Civilization and Area Studies"
Friday, November 5, 1999
"Contention and Democracy in France, 1650-2000"
Friday, October 2, 1998
University of Wisconsin at Madison
"The Construction of a Crime: The History of the Struggles Against Violence Against Women"
Wednesday, October 22, 1997
Paul S. Boyer
University of Wisconsin at Madison
"666 and All That: Bible Prophecy Belief in Modern American Culture"
Thursday, October 31, 1996
Kennedy Assassination Review Board
"The Search for Joseph Mengele"
Thursday, November 2, 1995
Joan W. Scott
Institute for Advanced Study
"Rereading the History of Feminism in France, 1789-1944"
Tuesday, October 25, 1994
Bryan D. Palmer
Queens University Ontario, Canada
"Historicizing E. P. Thompson"
Thursday, November 11, 1993
"Historiography, Objectivity, and the Case of the Abusive Widow"