The Center for

History & Social Change

Past Lectures

1985-1988
Christopher Hill, History, Oxford
Bridget Hill History, Open University-England
Geoff Eley History, Michigan
William Sewell, Jr., History, Chicago
William Cronon History, UW-Madison
George Rudé History, Concordia University, Montreal
Henry Giroux, Education, Penn State

1988-1989
Michael Apple, Education, UW-Madison
Fred Inglis, Education, Warwick
Robin Blackburn, History and Editor
New Left Review, London
Victor Kiernan, History, Edinburgh

1989-1990
Dorothy Thompson, History, Birmingham
E.P. Thompson, History, England
George Comninel, Sociology, York
Michael Bess, History, Vanderbilt

1990-1991
Daniel Singer, European Editor, The Nation, Paris
David Lowenthal, Geography, London
Allen Hunter, Sociology, UW-Madison
Linda Gordon, History, UW-Madison
Carl Chinn, History, Birmingham
Natalie Zemon Davis, History, Princeton

1991-1992
Ron Schultz, History, Wyoming
Sara Kenyon, Sociology, Colorado
Joe Kincheloe, History of Education, Penn State
Shirley Steinberg, Educator, Penn State
Ateret Cohn, Educator, Milwaukee
Al McCoy, History, UW-Madison
Stuart Ewen, Communications & Sociology, CUNY
Michael Parenti, Politics, Washington DC

1992-1993
Rickie Solinger, History, Colorado
John Fiske, Communications, UW-Madison
Toby Morantz, Anthropology, McGill
Mari Jo Buhle, American Civilization, Brown
Paul Buhle, American Civilization, Brown
Michael Herzfeld, Anthropology, Harvard
Russell Jacoby, History, UCLA

1993-1994
William Chambliss, Sociology, George Washington
Stephanie Coontz, History, Evergreen State
George Lipsitz, Ethnic Studies, UC-San Diego
Vitaly Timofeev, History, Karkov
Victor Kiernan, History, Edinburgh
James Barrett, History, Illinois
Alice Wexler, History, UCLA
Elliot Gorn American Studies, Miami of Ohio
David Myers State Historical Society, Wisconsin 

1994-1995
Caroline Brettell, Anthropology, Southern Methodist
Eric Foner, History, Columbia
Eric Hobsbawm, History, London
Anthony Platt, Criminology, California State Sacramento

1995-1996
David Montgomery, History, Yale
Thomas Bender, History, NYU
Louise Tilly, History, New School
John Gillis ,History, Rutgers
Meta Mendel-Reyes, Political Science, Swarthmore
Mike Allewitz, Labor Muralist, Rutgers
Michael Tomasky,  New York Magazine

1996-1997
Isaac Kramnick, Government, Cornell
Janet Zandy, Literature, Rochester Inst. of Technology
Edward Linenthal, Religion, UW-Oshkosh
Paul Buhle, American Civ., Brown
Eileen Boris, History, Howard
Robert McChesney, Communications, UW-Madison
Nelson Lichtenstein, History, Virginia
Susan Brewer, History, UW-Stevens Point
Donald Sassoon, History, London

1997-1998
David Thelen, History, Indiana University
Nell Painter, History/American Studies, Princeton University
Christopher Caldwell, Journalist, The Weekly Standard
Susan Meiselas, Photojournalist
Jane Schneider, Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center
Peter Scheider, Anthropology/Sociology,
Fordham University

1998-1999
Frances Fox Piven, Politics & Sociology, CUNY
Ellen Schrecker, History, Yeshiva University
Jerry Lembcke, Sociology, Holy Cross
Michael Kazin, History, American University
Joshua Freeman, History, CUNY

1999-2000
Fred Inglis, Education, University of Sheffield
Darlene Clark Hine, History, Michigan State
Allan Winker, History, Miami of Ohio
E.J. Dionne, Columnist, Washington Post
David Brooks, Senior Editor, Weekly Standard
Nelson Lichtenstein, History, University of Virginia

2000-2001
Robin Kelley, History, New York University
Linda Kerber, History, University of Iowa
Michael Kazin, History, Georgetown University
Elliot Gorn, History, Purdue University
Peter Rachleff, History, Macalester College
Thomas FrankThe Baffler 

2001-2002

Todd Gitlin, Sociology, Columbia University
Craig Coenen, History, Lehigh University
Penny Colman, Independent Scholar and Young Adult Author, New York
Jonathan Holloway, History and African American Studies, Yale
Charles Mathewes, Religious Studies. University of Virginia
Gary Gerstle, History, University of Maryland

2003-2004

Isaac Kramnick Cornell University
Paul J. GriffithsUniversity of Illinois at Chicago

Mark Noll, Wheaton College in Illinois
Rickie Solinger, Independent Scholar and Author
Eileen Boris, UC-Santa Barbara
Joe Conason, National Political Columnist
Jeremi Suri, UW-Madison
James Green, University of Massachusetts-Boston

2004-2005

Seth Cotlar,  Historian, Willamette University
Christine Compston
 Legal Historian, Boston

Ian Dowbiggen Historian, University of Prince Edward Island  
Cass Sunstein, Law, University of Chicago
Susan Smulyan Brown University
Thomas Guglielmo Historian, Notre Dame

2005-2006

Eric Alterman, columnist for The Nation
Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History, Columbia University
Kriste Lindenmeyer, Professor of History, University of Maryland-Baltimore County
Jeremi Suri, Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Anthony Quiroz, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

2006-2007

Craig Coenen, Assistant Professor, Mercer County College.
Jillian Duquaine-Watson, Assistant Professor of Women Studies at the Texas Woman's University
Michael Novak, Jewett Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute
Michael Tomasky, Editor-at-Large, The American Prospect

2007-2008

Merry Wiesner Hanks, Professor of History, UW-Milwaukee
Marc Gilbert, Chair, World History and Humanities, Hawaii Pacific University
Alfred W. McCoy, Professor of History, UW-Madison 
Roger Daniels, Professor Emeritus, University of Cincinnati.

2008-2009

Ted Widmer, Director of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University.
Rick Perlstein, Senior Fellow at the Campaign for America's Future.
Elizabeth Borgwardt, Associate Professor of History, Washington University in St. Louis.
Joseph J. Foy, Assistant Professor of Political Science, UWC-Waukesha. 
Judith P. Zinsser, Professor of History, Miami University of Ohio.

2009-2010
John Summers, Visiting Scholar at the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College.
John Holloway, Professor of History and African American Studies - and Master of Calhoun College - at Yale University.
Jeremi Suri, E. Gordon Fox Professor of History at the University Wisconsin - Madison.

2010-2011
Ian Rose, Actor "Alexander Hamilton," National Constitution Center
Gary Anderson, Actor "Clarence Darrow," California-based
Adam Altman, Actor "Thomas Paine," Iron Age Theater, Philadelphia

John David Smith, History, UNC Charlotte
Sharon Shalev, Criminology, London School of Economics

2011-2012

Heather Ann Thompson, History, Temple University
Joseph McCartin, History, Georgetown University
Allida Black, History, Eleanor Roosevelt Papers, George Washington University

2012-2013
Richard Brookhiser, Writer, The National Review Magazine
Fred Donner, History, University of Chicago
Hank Thomas, Civil Rights Activist (1960s Freedom Rider)

2013-2014

Jonathan Holloway, History & African-American Studies, Yale University
Bob Weick, Actor "Karl Marx" Iron Age Theater, Philadelphia
Will Jones, History, UW-Madison
Sam Pizzigati, Institute for Policy Studies, Washington DC
Julia Irwin, History, University of South Florida

2014-2015

Ian Ruskin, Playwright & Actor "Thomas Paine," California-based
William J. Reese, History & Education, UW-Madison
John Nichols, The Nation
Rachel Watson, African American Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago

2015-2016

Richard BrookhiserThe National Review Magazine
Margaret Somers, Sociology and History, University of Michigan
John Fugelsang, host of Tell Me Everything
John Nichols, The Nation

2016-2017
Ari Berman, Contributing writer of The Nation
Richard Brookhiser, Senior editor National Review