Willamette University, Students at the Mill Stream

The future of history: inaugural Frost History Lecture on Sept. 27 

Lynn Hunt

Internationally renowned historian Lynn Hunt will come to Willamette University on Thursday, September 27 to speak about the relationship between history, globalization, and modernity. This talk is the inaugural lecture of the newly endowed Frost History Lecture Series in the History Department. Her talk entitled, “The Future of History: Globalization and Modernity” will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Atkinson Graduate School of Management in room 201.

Lynn Hunt is Eugen Weber Professor of Modern European History at UCLA and a Past President of the American Historical Association. She has published numerous books and articles, several of them on the French Revolution, others relating to the study of historical methodology, the origins of human rights, historical views of religion and gender studies. Her work has been translated in multiple languages. She has received several book prizes, teaching awards, and other academic honors, including honorary degrees from Carleton College and Northwestern University.

The Frost History Lecture Series was made possible by a generous gift in 2011 from Allan ’64 and Fran Frost. Allan and Fran established the Frost History Lectureship Fund in honor of Allan’s brother O.W. (Jack) Frost, an English professor at Willamette from 1954 to 1963, and in memory of his brother David Frost ’57, L’60. Endowed funds such as the Frost History Lectureship contribute richly to the academic excellence of the University and play an invaluable role in supporting Willamette’s teaching and scholarship.

For more information please contact: Leslie Cutler at lcutler@willamette.edu.

Speaker's Abstract:

The Future of History: Globalization and Modernity

Historians are not great predictors of the future; their concern, after all is with the past. Yet our conceptions of history are very much influenced by present day concerns. Two of those concerns are closely linked together: globalization and modernity. Is the recent interest in globalization a fresh air for history that has been for so long shaped by the needs of the nation-state? Or is it just another word for "modernization," that is, bringing modernity to those parts of the world that have yet to experience its benefits and drawbacks? Can history even make sense without a concept of modernity? What might history look like if we embraced globalization and refused modernity?