Outside the Classroom

Lectures and Seminars

Guest lecturers and department faculty regularly present lectures and seminars on topics of interest to history students.


Dr. Angela Keysor presents her research as part of the Karl W. Weiss ’87 Faculty Lecture Series on Wednesday, February 1. Her talk is entitled, “Gendered and Racial Borders of Belonging: Need and Health Care in Massachusetts, 1740-1770”


On Thursday, April 14, Dr. Yanni Kotsonis presents Russia and the World: A Long View of the Invasion of Ukraine


On Monday, February 24, Dr. Robert Hellyer presents “The Making of Japan Tea-Green Tea’s Journey Across the Pacific, 1860 to 1960”


On March 7, as part of the Karl W. Weiss ’87 Faculty Lecture Series, Professor Alyssa Ribeiro gave a talk entitled Seller Beware! Black and Latino Consumer Activism in Philadelphia, 1960s to 1980s 


On Tuesday April 11, Dr. Peter Kuryla presents Nietzsche’s “Uses and Abuses”: Considering a History for Life Then and Now

As part of the Karl W. Weiss ’87 Faculty Lecture Series, on January 25, Professor Angela Keysor presented Racial Borders of Belonging: Community Networks of Care, African Americans and Citizenship in Massachusetts, 1780-1810

On September 14, as part of the Karl W. Weiss ’87 Faculty Lecture Series, Professor Brian JK Miller gave a talk entitled Envisioning a Turkish Miracle: The 1960s Turkish Guest Worker Initiative and the Making of a “New” Europe


Joseph L. Scarpaci, Ph. D., Executive Director, Center for Cuban Culture and Economy, “Entrepreneurial Realignment in Cuba: What Role for Small Private Enterprise?”

Professor Brian JK Miller on Tuesday, October 27 at noon on Allegheny College Radio (WARC 90.3) will discuss Turkish politics and their relation to current tensions in the Middle East.

Dr. Carol Reardon ’74, George Winfree Professor of American History at Penn State University and the 2015-16 Penn State Laureate, “Gators at Gettysburg, and Other Lessons I Learned as an Allegheny Military Historian.”


Dr. Ernest Freeberg, Distinguished Professor of Humanities and head of the History Department at the University of Tennessee, “America’s First Energy Crisis—The Great Horse Flu of 1872.”

Dr. Yanni Kotsonis, Professor of History and Director of the Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia at New York University, “The Mess We’re In: The Long View of Russia, the US, and the Ukrainian Debacle.”


Dr. Jeffrey Merrick, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, “Same-Sex Relations in 18th Century Paris.”

Dr. Glenn Scharfman, Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of History, Manchester University, “Are You My Brother’s Keeper? Why Ordinary People Acted Extraordinary During the Holocaust.”

Allegheny College Professors Ian Binnington and Franklin Forts led an open conversation on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s impact on their, and our, lives. Topics discussed included lessons drawn from Dr. King about race, class, and the justice system. The death of Trayvon Martin and subsequent trial of George Zimmerman were also related to larger Civil Rights debates.