The Robert G. Athearn Lecture Series
The late Prof. Robert G. Athearn (1914–1983) was a professor of Western History at the University of Colorado at Boulder from 1947 until his retirement in 1982. An extraordinarily productive scholar, his publications included Westward the Briton (1953), Union Pacific Country (1971) The Coloradans (1976), The Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad: Rebel of the Rockies (1977), The Mythic West in Twentieth Century America (1986), and William Tecumseh Sherman and the Settlement of the West (reprint 1995).
Professor Athearn was one of the founders as well as past president of the Western History Association, and during his career held numerous positions on historical committees, academic societies, and editorial boards. His impact as a teacher was equally great, he instructed thousands of undergraduate students over the years, and trained a score of contemporary Western historians in the profession he loved. As part of his legacy, Dr. Athearn endowed a lectureship in the Department of History at the University of Colorado at Boulder to be held on topics in Western history.
The 25th Athearn Lecture
Department of History & Program in American Culture at the University of Michigan
"Toward an American Indian Abstract: What an Unknown Artist Might Tell Us about Celebrity, the 1930s, Anthropology, Politics, Modernism, and a Few Other Things Besides…"
Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
Humanities Building, Room 150
a reception will follow in HUMN 170.
Professor Deloria is the current LSA Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education, and past Director of the Program in American Culture and past director of the AC Native American Studies program at the University of Michigan. He has served as president of the American Studies Association, a council member of the Organization of American Historians, and a Trustee of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. He holds a joint appointment in the Department of American Culture and the Department of History. His research interests include issues of culture and representation--particularly concerning American Indian people, social and cultural relations in contact situations, and environmental and Western American history. He is the author of Indians in Unexpected Places (Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 2004) - voted One of the Ten Best Books in Native American and Indigenous Studies by the Membership of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, and winner of the John C. Ewers Book Award, from the Western History Association; Playing Indian (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998) - winner of the 1999 Outstanding Book Award given by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America; The Blackwell Companion to Native American History, with Neal Salisbury, eds. (Boston: Blackwell Publishers, 2002); and C.G. Jung and the Sioux Traditions: Dreams, Visions, Nature, and the Primitive by Vine V. Deloria Jr., co-edited by Philip J. Deloria and Jerome Bernstein (New Orleans: Spring Journal Press, May 2009).
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Previous Athearn Lectures:
|Lecture||Lecturer||Affiliation||Title of Lecture|
|24th||Dr. Louis S. Warren||University of California, Davis||"The Rising of God's Red Son: The 1890 Ghost Dance Gospels and the Crisis of the Arid West"|
|23rd||Mae M. Ngai||Columbia University||
"The True Story of Ah Jake: Language and Justice in Nineteenth-Century California"
|22nd||William F. Deverell||University of Southern California||"To Bind Up the Nation's Wounds:" The American West After the Civil War|
|21st||Char Miller||Pomona College||"Streetscape Environmentalism: Flood Control, Social Justice, and Political Power in San Antonio, 1921–1978"|
|20th||Ramón A. Gutiérrez||University of Chicago||"The Religious Thought of Reies López Tijerina and the Origins of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement"|
|19th||John R. Wunder||University of Nebraska, Lincoln||"Challenges to History and the Murder of Brandon Teena."|
|18th||James Brooks||School of American Research||"Friction: Conflict & Creativity in Our American Southwest"|
|17th||Virginia Scharff||Univ. of New Mexico||"The West As Home"|
|16th||Alan Taylor||Univ. of California, Davis||"Thomas Jefferson's Pacific: Making a Global West, 1763–1815"|
|15th||David Gutierrez||Univ. of California, San Diego||
|14th||Raymond DeMallie||University of Indiana||
"On Writing Lakota History"
(In honor of Vine Deloria's retirement)
|13th||Katherine Morrissey||Univ. of Arizona||"Mining Stories: Environmental Conflicts in the 20th Century Rocky Mountain West."|
Coming Out Under Fire
|"'No Race Baiting, Red–Baiting, or Queer Baiting!!' The Marine Cooks & Stewards Union from the Depression to the Cold War"|
|11th||Duane A. Smith||Ft. Lewis College||"A Tale of Two Towns"|
|10th||Peggy Pascoe||Univ. of Utah||"'I belong to the white race I suppose:' Miscegenation Law, Appeals Court, and the Classification of 'Races' in the American West"|
|9th||Quintard Taylor, Jr.||Univ. of Oregon||"From 'Freedom Now' to 'Black Power:' The Civil Rights Movement in Seattle, 1960–1970"|
|8th||Donald E. Worster||Univ. of Kansas||"The Black Hills: Sacred or Profane?"|
|7th||David Brion Davis||Yale University||"Exodus, Colonization and Promised Lands"|
|6th||John Mack Faragher||Mt. Holyoke College||"The Custom of the Country: Indian-White Marriages in the Trans-Mississippi"|
|5th||Gordon Hirabayashi||Univ. of Alberta||"Citizen or Non-Alien: An American Minority & the Constitution"|
|4th||Howard Lamar||Yale University||"The West and Frontier Violence: An Enduring Debate"|
|3rd||John W. Shy||Univ. of Michigan||"The Question of Violence in the American Revolution"|
|2nd||William Elliot West||Univ. of Arkansas||"Growing Up Western: Childhood on the Frontier"|
|1st||Gale McGee||Former Senator, Wyoming||"The New Politics of the Old West: Wyoming 1950–1960|