Since 1987 the History Department has hosted the annual Louis R. Gottschalk Lecture series, which promotes the study of history by bringing distinguished historians to UofL to share their work with our faculty, students, and community. Gottschalk was a noted historian of the American and French Revolutions. He authored seven books, and served as the president of the American Historical Association in 1953. Dr. Gottschalk taught at UofL from 1923 to 1927, when he moved to the University of Chicago.
Past Gottschalk Lectures
1987 George C. Herring (University of Kentucky) "The Johnson Administration Public Opinion and the War in Viet Nam"
1987 Colin Heywood (University of London) "Ottoman History: Between European and Islamic History a Problem for the Historian"
1987 He Fangchuan (Beijing University) "Three Navigators of the 15th Century: Zheng Ho, Columbus and Vasco Da Gama"
1988 Aron Rodrigue (Indiana University) "The Westernization of the Jews in the Lands of Islam"
1988 Arthur Hansen (California State University) "Japanese American Resistance: From 'Relocation' to Redress"
1988 Gunther Rothenberg (Distinguished Military Historian) "Napoleon and the Revolution in War"
1988 Richard J. Sommers (US Army Military History Institute) "Grant and Lee at Petersburg"
1989 Charlotte Beahan (Murray State University) "Mothers of Citizens: The Woman's Movement and Nationalism in China"
1989 Erik Zurcher (Catholic University of the Netherlands) "The Ottoman Legacy and Middle Eastern Reform: The Turkish Case"
1989 Edward M. Coffman (University of Wisconsin) "Military History Via Oral History"
1990 Ronald J. Grele (Columbia University) "1968: The Student Movement Through Oral History"
1990 James R. Bentley (The Filson Club) "The Filson Club: An Important Resource for Students of History"
1991 John E. Toews (University of Washington) "Historicizing: Is the Historical Turn in the Human Sciences a Turn to History?"
1991 John J. Fox (Salem State College) "A Hired Gun I Ain't: The Historian and the Selling of History"
1992 Takeshi Hamashita (University of Tokyo) "Japanese Views of American Views of Japan"
1992 Arnita A. Jones (Organization of American Historians) "History, The Public, and Professional Historians"
1993 Franklin L. Ford (Harvard University) "The Mystery of the Huguenots: French Protestants in Five Centuries"
1993 Richard I. Cohen (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) "The Visual Image of the Jew in Early Modern Europe: From Symbolism to Realism"
1993 Henry Stenberg (Salem State College) "Yankee Rails, Yankee Voices: Life and Work on the Boston and Maine Railroad"
1994 Armstead L. Robinson (University of Virginia) " Academic Culture and Scientific Racism: The Case of Charles H. Wesley"
1994 Louise Tilly (New School for Social Research) "French Women in Action"
1994 Thomas W. Africa (State University of New York) "The Multi Cultural World of Edward Gibbon, or a Loose Cannon in the Canon"
1995 Joe William Trotter (Carnegie Mellon University) "The Great Migration and the Transformation of African American Life"
1995 Alfred Andrea ( University of Vermont) "Gunther Paris: The Historian as Divine Comedian"
1995 Frank W. Walbank (University of Liverpool) "Polybius and Josephus: Two Case Studies in 'Treason'
1996 Thomas Cripps (Morgan State University) "Movies, Race and World War II"
1996 Israel Bartal (Hebrew University, Jerusalem) " Fundamentalism and History: How Orthodox Jews Write Jewish History"
1996 Robert E. Lerner (Northwestern University) " Millennium and Revolution in the Later Middle Ages"
1997 Hasia Diner (New York University) "Not by Bread Alone: Immigration and the Invention of Ethnic Foodways"
1997 Parks M. Coble (University of Nebraska) "Collaboration and Resistance in Wartime China: Shanghai Capitalists under Japanese Occupation, 1937-1945"
1997 Robert M. Levine (University of Miami) "Race and Class in Brazil: The Cautionary Tale of Carolina Maria de Jesus"
1998 John Kleber (The Encyclopedia of Louisville) "Collecting the Puzzle's Pieces: The Importance of Local History in the Big Picture"
2000 Harry Ritter (Western Washington University) "From Dracula to Hitler and Back: The Hero in German Film"
2001 Randy J. Sparks (Tulane University) "The Prices of Calabar: An Atlantic Odyssey from Slavery to Freedom"
2002 Cynthia B. Herrup (Duke University) ""Dangerous Mercies": The Place of Pardons in Early Modern English Culture"
2002 Jayasinhji Jhala (Temple University), Kings, Colonials, and Coats-of-Arms: The meanings of Royal Heraldry in India
2003 Timothy Tyson (University of Wisconsin-Madison) "Miss Amy's Witness: Why the History of the Civil Rights Movement is [Mostly] Wrong"
2004 André Wink (University of Wisconsin-Madison) "The End of Jihad"
2005 Karen Offen (Independent Scholar, affiliated with Stanford University) "Civil Society, Gender Justice, and the History of European Feminisms"
2005 José C. Moya (University of California-Los Angeles and Barnard College) "Migration and Modernity in the Western Hemisphere"
2006 Toyin Falola (University of Texas-Austin) "A History of African History"
2006 Bertram Wyatt-Brown (University of Florida) "Light Horse Harry, Robert E. Lee, Character, and Virgina Honor"
2007 William W. Freehling (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, formerly University of Kentucky) "The Road to Disunion: The Climactic Uncertainty"
2008 James M. McPherson (Princeton University) " Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief"
2009 Knight, Alan (University of Oxford) “Why Was There No ‘Scramble for Latin America’ (1850-1930)?”
2010 Walter Hixson (University of Akron) “Culture, Continuity, and U.S. Foreign Policy”
2011 Josh Perelman (National Museum of American Jewish History) “Building History; The New National Museum of American Jewish History”
2012 Wyatt MacGaffey (Haverford College) “Writing the history of African Kingdoms: Ghana and Central Africa”
2014 Joseph Massad (Columbia University), Habib, Samar (University of London) and Rowson, Everett (New York University) “History and Homosexuality in the Middle East”
2015 Chad Montrie (University of Massachusetts at Lowell) "Hidden in Plain View"
2016 Columba Stewart (Saint John's University) "Outracing Ignorance: Preserving Manuscripts Threatened by War and Cultural Trafficking."
2017 Jennifer Keene (Chapman University) "Americans at War: Experiencing World War I"
2018 Andrew K. Frank (Florida State University) "An Unsettled Past: Toward and Indigenous History of the American Borderlands"
2019 Cheryl LaRoche (University of Maryland) "Black Resistance and the Underground Railroad in the Ohio River Valley"
2020 Ellen Carol DuBois (University of California-Los Angeles) "Suffrage: Women's Long Struggle for the Vote"