About the Kollman Lectures

Since 1984, the history department has brought a number of distinguished speakers to campus as part of the Eric C. Kollman Memorial Lecture Series. Kollman was a distinguished professor of history at Cornell College from 1944 until his retirement in 1973.

Past Speakers

Elizabeth Fenn, University of Colorado Boulder
“Sakagawea’s Capture and the History of the Early West”
18 October 2016

Saul Cornell, Fordham University
“A Well Regulated Militia: The Second Amendment as History and Myth”
13 April 2013

Timothy Naftali, Director of the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
"Why Are We Scared?: Real and Imagined Dangers in the Cold War and Today"
15 February 2007

Gary Wills, Northwestern University
"The Burden of Slavery in American History"
11 February 2004

Polo Nello, University of Pisa
"Mussolini and Hitler: Real Friends?"
14 September 2000

Dennis L. Bark, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
"What Counts? and, How I Count It!"
9 February 1997

Diane Ravitch, New York University
"Reflections on the History Wars"
24 March 1996

William H. McNeill, University of Chicago
"World History: Why and How?"
9 April 1995

Natalie Zemon Davis, Princeton University
"Storytelling and Spirituality: The Autobiography of a 17th Century Jewish Woman"
5 December 1993

Peter Gay, Yale University
"The Art of Listening: From Entertainment to Ecstasy"
13 April 1993

Francis Jennings, McNickle Center, Newberry Library
"America in 1492"
15 March 1992

Enno E. Kraehe, University of Virginia
"Diplomacy and Revolution: The Advice of Prince Metternich"
17 March 1991

David Schoenbaum, University of Iowa
"The Atlantic Alliance at 40: The Alliance as History"
13 March 1988

Robert A. Rutland, University of Virginia
"Character and Constitution: James Madison's Role in Creating the U.S. Constitution"
6 April 1987

Walter P. Metzger, Columbia University
"The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb"
30 October 1985

Carl R. Schorske, Princeton University
"Politics and Humanistic Culture: The Case of Basel"
1 November 1984