The Forty-third Annual Walter C. Schnackenberg Memorial Lecture

This year the lecture will be held on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 7:00pm in the Philip A. Nordquist Lecture Hall (201) in Xavier Hall. The Department of History has invited Charlotte Gordon, Associate Professor in the School of Arts & Sciences at Endicott College, MA, to be this year’s honored speaker.

Professor Gordon’s lecture is entitled “In Her Mother’s Footsteps: The Lives of Mary Shelley and her mother Mary Wollstonecraft.”  Professor Gordon’s lecture will be accessible to wide ranging audiences, including undergraduates and the general public. The lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer period and a reception of light food and drinks.  The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

Charlotte Gordon is an award-winning author whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, SlateHarvard Magazine, and The Cambridge Companion to American Poetry, among other publications. Her latest book, Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley (Random House) won the National Book Critics Circle award. She has also published Mistress Bradstreet: The Untold Story of America’s First Poet (Little, Brown) and The Woman Who Named God: Abraham’s Dilemma and the Birth of Three Faiths (Little, Brown). An Associate Professor in the School of Arts & Sciences at Endicott College, she has been a frequent guest on NPR and the CBC. Professor Gordon received her A.B. from Harvard College and her Ph.D. from Boston University. From 1999-2002 she was Elie Wiesel’s teaching assistant at Boston University.For further information on Gordon’s books, see www.charlottegordonbooks.com.

For more information contact Ms. Brenda Murray at murraybj@plu.edu or (253) 535-7595 if you have questions concerning this event.

Previous Schnackenberg lecturers have been:

Elizabeth A. Fenn (2016)
Margaret Jacobs (2015)
Joel Harrington (2014)
Neil Foley (2013)
Michael Adas (2012)
Raymond Mentzer (2011)
Martha Sandweiss (2010)
Joshua Fogel (2009)
Omer Bartov (2008)
Robin C. Stacey (2007)
Elliott J. Gorn (2006)
Philip Short (2005)
Michael Grossberg (2004)
Steven Mintz (2003)

Gerhard Hirschfeld (2002)
Orville Schell (2001)
Vicki L. Ruiz (2000)
Peter N. Stearns (1999)
Christopher R. Browning (1998)
LeRoy Ashby (1997)
Charles Royster (1996)
Richard White (1995)
Michael R. Marrus (1994)
Walter Nugent (1993)
Carl N. Degler (1992)
Immanuel C.Y. Hsu (1991)
Robert Nozick (1990)
Glenda Riley (1989)

Robert Collins (1988)
Stanley Kutler (1987)
Lloyd Eastman (1986)
Donald Miller (1985)
George Mosse (1984)
Gerald Strauss (1983)
Warren Cohen (1982)
Margot Liberty (1981)
Raul Hilberg (1980)
Roderick Nash (1979)
Paul T.K. Lin (1978)
Lewis W. Spitz (1977)
Page Smith (1976)
David B. Truman (1975)

Walter C. Schnackenberg Endowment

Dr. Walter C. Schnackenberg (1917-1973) graduated from Pacific Lutheran College in 1937 and received his B.A. from St. Olaf College in 1939. He received his M.A. from Gonzaga University in 1947 and his Ph.D. from Washington State University in 1950. He taught at PLU from 1942 until 1944, and at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, from 1950 until 1952. He returned to Pacific Lutheran University in 1952 as Associate Professor of History and Political Science, and became Professor of History in 1958. He was chairman of the Department of History from 1963 until 1973, and served as faculty representative to the Board of Regents during the 1972-73 academic year. He was author of The Lamp and the Cross: Sagas of Pacific Lutheran University from 1890 to 1965 (1965) and Now or Never: Reflections of the Fullness of Time (1957), and contributed numerous articles to historical and religious journals.

One of Dr. Schnackenbergs most frequently expressed wishes was that Pacific Lutheran University might establish a lectureship which would, on a regular basis, bring to the campus distinguished members of the world academic community to discuss significant topics of historical interest. Accordingly, the Department of History and the Schnackenberg family announced on February 8, 1974, the creation of the Walter C. Schnackenberg Memorial Lecture, to be inaugurated during the 1974-1975 academic year.

Contributions to the Walter C. Schnackenberg Memorial Lecture are most welcome, and may be made through the Office of Advancement at Pacific Lutheran University.