The annual Casper was inaugurated by the History Department in 1993 to honor Rev. Henry W. Casper, S. J., a long-time member of the history departments at Creighton University in Omaha and at Marquette University (he retired as Professor Emeritus from Marquette in 1974). He was an expert in nineteenth century European History and in American church history; his most important work was a three-volume history of the Catholic Church in Nebraska. The Casper Lecture, as well as several programs for graduate students in history, is funded by an endowment from Dr. and Mrs. Wayne L. Ryan of Omaha. Dr. Ryan was a student of Father Casperís at Creighton.
Juan Cole, University of Michigan
Watch Juan Cole deliver "Iran's Intervention in Syria: Ideology or Pragmatism"
Leonard V. Smith, Oberlin College
Watch Leonard Smith deliver "The War After the War: Drawing Boundaries at the Paris Peace Conference"
Jon E. Lendon, University of Virginia
"Ancient Greek Infantry Combat: What Can Modern Riots Tell Us?"
Rebecca J. Scott, University of Michigan
"She had always enjoyed her freedom: Re-enslavement and the Law in the Era of the Haitian Revolution."
Anthony F. Aveni, Colgate University
Watch Prof. Aveni's lecture below.
Raymond Mentzer, University of Iowa
Watch Prof. Mentzer deliver the 2011 Casper Lecture: Standing for Mass, Seated for Sermon below.
Judith Bennett, University of Southern California
Watch Prof. Bennett's lecture below.
Title: "Death and the Maiden in Chaucer’s England"
Bruce Cumings, University of Chicago
Title: "North Korea: Still in the axis of evil?"
Julia Clancy-Smith, University of Arizona
"Where Elites Meet: Harem Visits, Sea-Bathing, and Sociabilities in Tunisia, c. 1830-1881"
Marianne Elliott, University of Liverpool
"Irish Protestantism and the Specter of Popery"
Jonathan Spence, Yale University
"Thinking it Through: Chinese and Catholics in the Seventeenth Century"
Susan Desan, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"The Politics of Love: Marriage, Divorce, and Gender Relations during the French Revolution"
Paul Cobb, University of Notre Dame
"There Goes the Neighborhood: The World of a Muslim Family in an Age of Crusades"
John Merriman, Yale University
"Collaboration and Resistance in Vichy France."