History Department & Art History Program

Lore Kephart
Lore Kephart

The History Department has established a Distinguished Historians Lecture Series in memory of Lore Kephart '86 through an endowment to the University by her husband Horace L. Kephart. The first Lecture was given in September 2009 by James McPherson Ph.D., the George Henry Davis '86 Professor Emeritus of United States History at Princeton University and the 2003 president of the American Historical Association. Along with other historical lectures throughout the year presented by the department, the Kephart series will have a featured speaker every Fall semester.  See the "History Lecture Series" for information on the any upcoming lectures.

Sven Beckert

Annual Kephart Lecture, featuring Craig Harline, September 26, 2017

This year's Kephart Lecture Speaker was Historian and author, Craig Harline. Dr. Harline is a Professor at Brigham Young University and the author of the upcoming book, A World Ablaze: The Rise of Martin Luther and the Birth of the Reformation.  He teaches courses such as the History of Christianity, the Reformation, and seminars on such topics as Miracles, Tolerance, Cultural Change, and the Christian Missionary Tradition. His books have been featured on The Today ShowSunday Morning with Charles Osgood, National Public Radio, and many ofther radio and television programs in the US and western Europe.

Kephart Lecture, November 2, 2016 - Featuring Sven Beckert

2016's Kephart Lecture speaker was Sven Beckert, who is the Laird Bell Professor of History at Harvard University. He is the author of Empire of Cotton: A Global History (Knopf 2014), which was a Pulitzer Prize Finalist, winner of the Bancroft Prize and named one of the New York Times’ 10 Best Books of the Year. His topic was "Empire of Cotton: The Global Origins of Modern Capitalism."