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2018 Lecture Details

Speaker: Professor Elaine Tyler May
Topic: States of Fear: How the Quest for Security has Eroded Democracy
Dates: October 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, 2018
Time: 2:30 p.m. Great Hall, Somerville House

Oct 2nd:  Sex, Women, and the Bomb: Cold War Domesticity

Oct 3rd:The Quest for Security: Fear and its Consequences

Oct 4thThe 21st Century: The Aftermath of September 11, 2001

About our 2018 Speaker: Elaine Tyler May

Elaine Tyler May

Elaine Tyler May is Regents Professor of American Studies and History, and Chair of the Department of History, at the University of Minnesota.

She is past president of the Organization of American Historians, and past president of the American Studies Association. Her books include Fortress America: How We Embraced Fear and Abandoned Democracy (2017); America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation (2010); Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era (1988, newest edition 2017); Barren in the Promised Land: Childless Americans and the Pursuit of Happiness (1997); Pushing the Limits: American Women, 1940-1961 (1996); and Great Expectations: Marriage and Divorce in Post-Victorian America (1980). She has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Ms., Daily Beast, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune, among others. She is a recent recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Guggenheim Foundation.

About the Joanne Goodman Lecture Series

Presented by the Department of History

Every autumn a distinguished historian is invited to Western University to deliver three public lectures on consecutive afternoons to students, faculty and members of the London community. The lecture series was established in 1975 by the Honourable Edwin A. Goodman and his family of Toronto to perpetuate the memory of their beloved elder daughter, a second year History student who died in a highway accident in April of that year.

The theme of the series is the history of the Atlantic Triangle (Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom). The first lectures were given in 1976 by the leading Canadian military historian, Colonel Charles Stacey, on 'Mackenzie King and the Atlantic Triangle'. Occasionally there have been lectures outside the general framework. In 1995, for example, the topic was 'The Birth of the "New" South Africa', tracing the collapse of apartheid and the construction of a new political and social system since 1990, by Rodney Davenport, a South African historian and opponent of apartheid.

The endowment also supports publication so that these important lectures may be shared by a readership well beyond the immediate audience at Western University. Most of the lectures have been published as books, either in a form similar to lectures or as part of a larger work. The lectures are widely recognized as being the most important history lecture series in Canada. The invitation to deliver them and the publications that result are highly regarded in this country and around the world.

Past Speakers

To see a list of our past Goodman Lecturers, click here. Many of the lectures are also available as books, please click here for a list.

For recorded past Goodman Lectures, click here.

In The News

(Sept 24, 2017) The Gazette - "Popular history comes to 2017 Joanne Goodman Lectures" [Read Article]
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