Frost Lecture 2012
The Future of History: Globalization and Modernity
Lynn Hunt, Eugen Weber Professor of Modern European History, UCLA
- Thursday September 27, 2012 7:00 p.m.
- Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Room 201
- Free and open to the public
- Contact: Leslie Cutler firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-370-6061
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?
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.
Frost Lecture Series
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 1954-1963, and in memory of his brother David Frost '57, L'60.