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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 23rd Annual Freedeman Memorial Lecture in History

Professor Kevin M. Kruse, History at Princeton University
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Admissions Center room 189
"'Freedom Under God': Christian Libertarians and the Revolt Against the New Deal"

Professor Kruse is the author of White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism (2005) which won prizes including the 2007 Francis B. Simkins Award from the Southern Historical Association (for the best first book in Southern history, 2005-2006) and the 2007 Best Book Award in Urban Politics from the American Political Science Association. He is also co-editor of three collections: The New Suburban History (2006), with Thomas Sugrue; Spaces of the Modern City (2008), with Gyan Prakash; and Fog of War: The Second World War and the Civil Rights Movement (2012) with Stephen Tuck. He is currently completing a study of the rise of American religious nationalism in the mid-twentieth century, titled One Nation Under God: The Invention of Christian America (forthcoming in spring 2015 from Basic Books). In addition, Professor Kruse has been honored as one of America's top young "Innovators in the Arts and Sciences" by the Smithsonian Magazine, and named a Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians.

 

Past Freedeman Lectures

Thomas Childers
Professor of History at University of Pennsylvania
"The End in Sight: Life and Death in the Last Days of World War II"
November 15, 2013 

Ronnie Po-chia Hsia
Professor of History at Pennsylvania State University
"Apostolate by the Book: Ricci and China."
Friday, November 9, 2012  

Florencia E. Mallon
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

Stephen Aron
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

Molly Greene
Professor of History & Hellenic Studies, Princeton University
“The Ottoman Empire and Diversity in the Early Modern World”
Friday, November 13, 2009

Steven Shapin
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

Colin Jones
Department of History, Queen Mary, University of London
“Teeth and Smiles in Eighteenth-Century Paris”
Thursday, November 29, 2007

Megan Marshall
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

Carole Frick
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
Princeton University
"War in American Society from Jamestown to the Present."
Wednesday, November 5, 2003

Karen Hagemann
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

Melvyn Dubofsky,
Binghamton University
"The Ugly Secret of US History: The Hidden Agonies of Class"
Friday, November 9, 2001

Daniel T. Rodgers
Princeton University
"The Liberal Tradition Revisited"
Friday, November 10, 2000

Prasenjit Duara
University of Chicago
"The Discourse of Civilization and Area Studies"
Friday, November 5, 1999

Charles Tilly
Columbia University
"Contention and Democracy in France, 1650-2000"
Friday, October 2, 1998

Linda Gordon
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

David Marwell
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

Bonnie Smith
Rutgers University
"Historiography, Objectivity, and the Case of the Abusive Widow"

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Last Updated: 10/17/14