Casper Lecture

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 Casper’s at Creighton.

Most Recent Lecture

Anna Clark

Anna Clark of the University of Minnesota delivered the 17th annual Casper Lecture on March 26 at Marquette University's Raynor Library. Her topic was “Human Rights and Animal Rights: Local Control of Hospitals in the 1890s British Empire.” Her lecture is part of her current book project, which is tentatively called, “Rage against the Machine: Individual Rights, Biopolitics in Britain and its Empire.” You can watch her lecture here.

Anna Clark is professor of history at the University of Minnesota and President of the North American Conference on British Studies. She is the author of Desire: The History of European Sexuality (2008), Scandal: The Sexual Politics of the British Constitution (2004), and The Struggle for the Breeches: Gender and the Making of the British Working Class (1995). She is a former editor of the American British Studies Journal.

Previous Casper Lectures

2010 - 2018

2017-2018

Anna Clark, University of Minnesota

Watch Anna Clark deliver, "Human Rights and Animal Rights: Local Control of Hospitals in the 1890s British Empire”

2016-2017

Eckart Frahm, Yale University

Watch Eckart Frahm deliver “The Rape of Clio: History, Memory and the Cultural Heritage Crisis in the Middle East.”

2015-2016

Juan Cole, University of Michigan

Watch Juan Cole deliver "Iran's Intervention in Syria: Ideology or Pragmatism"

2014-2015

Leonard V. Smith, Oberlin College

Watch Leonard V. Smith deliver "The War After the War: Drawing Boundaries at the Paris Peace Conference"

2013-2014 

Jon E. Lendon, University of Virginia

Watch Jon E. Lendon deliver "Ancient Greek Infantry Combat: What Can Modern Riots Tell Us?"

2012-2013

Rebecca J. Scott, University of Michigan

"She had always enjoyed her freedom: Re-enslavement and the Law in the Era of the Haitian Revolution."

2011-2012

Anthony F. Aveni, Colgate University

Watch Anthony F. Aveni deliver "Maya Apocalypse Soon?"

2010-2011

Raymond Mentzer, University of Iowa

Watch Raymond Mentzer deliver Standing for Mass, Seated for Sermon: An Unexpected Liturgical Consequence of the Protestant Reformation"

 

2002 - 2009

2009-2010

Judith Bennett, University of Southern California

Watch Judith Bennett deliver "Death and the Maiden in Chaucer’s England"

2008-2009

Bruce Cumings, University of Chicago

"North Korea: Still in the axis of evil?"

2007-2008

Julia Clancy-Smith, University of Arizona

"Where Elites Meet: Harem Visits, Sea-Bathing, and Sociabilities in Tunisia, c. 1830-1881"

2006-2007

Marianne Elliott, University of Liverpool

"Irish Protestantism and the Specter of Popery"

2005-2006

Jonathan Spence, Yale University

"Thinking it Through: Chinese and Catholics in the Seventeenth Century"

2004-2005

Susan Desan, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"The Politics of Love: Marriage, Divorce, and Gender Relations during the French Revolution"

2003-2004

Paul Cobb, University of Notre Dame

"There Goes the Neighborhood: The World of a Muslim Family in an Age of Crusades"

2002-2003

John Merriman, Yale University

"Collaboration and Resistance in Vichy France."