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.

The Forty-first Annual Walter C. Schnackenberg Memorial Lecture

Will be held on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 7:00pm in the Anderson University Center – Regency Room.  The lecturer will be Margaret Jacobs, Chancellor’s Professor of History at the University of Nebraska.  The title of the talk is “The Fostering and Adoption of Indigenous Children in the Postwar World.”  Her book White Mother to a Dark Race: Settler Colonialism, Maternalism, and the Removal of Indigenous Children in the American West and Australia, 1880-1940 won the Bancroft Prize, one of the most prestigious honors given to books on U.S. history, in 2010.  This talk is free and open to the public.

Previous Schnackenberg lecturers have been:

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)

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