The 46th Annual Walter C. Schnackenberg Memorial Lecture

Landscapes of Construction and Extinction: Art & Ecology in the Americas from Alexander von Humboldt to Roberto Burle Marx

Edward J. Sullivan is the Helen Gould Shepard Professor of the History of Art at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts where he also serves as Deputy Director. He has had a long career as both an academic and an independent curator of exhibitions dedicated to the art of modern Latin America and the Caribbean. He is the author of more that 35 books and book length exhibition catalogues on the arts of the Americas from the colonial era to today. His most recent book and curatorial project was  “Brazilian Modern: The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx” which was  at the NY Botanical Garden in the spring and summer of 2019. It concerns a renowned garden architect, sculptor, painter, print maker and pedagogue who was, more than anything, distinguished for his activism in the realm of conservation and preservation of the flora and fauna of Brazil and the planet. The Burle Marx project brought him back to Brazilian a place where he has worked extensively for several decades. The Burle Marx exhibition and book also provided Sullivan with the subject that had to do with conservation and its intersections with the visual arts which is the subject of his Schnackenberg lecture.

We hope that you will be able to attend this year

The lecture is accessible to wide ranging audiences, including undergraduates and the general public. The lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer period and light refreshments. The lecture is free and open to the public.  Please email  hamesgl@plu.edu or contact Ms. Jeannette Shimko at (253) 535-7595, shimkojm@plu.edu, if you have questions concerning this event. We are excited to have Professor Sullivan share his research with us and hope to see you there!

Time: 7 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Place: Scan Center, AUC

Free and open to the public

For more information or if you have questions concerning this event, contact: Jeannette Shimko shimkojm@plu.edu or at 253-535-7595.

Previous Schnackenberg Lecturers

Dr. Fredy Gonzalez (2018)
Charlotte Gordon (2017)
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

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.