Speaker Series

SPRING 2024


All Clarke Speaker Series events are free and open to the public. Please contact us at clarke@cmich.edu or 989.774.3864 if you are in need of accommodation or information about connecting to online presentations via telephone.

JOHN AND AUDREY CUMMING ENDOWED LECTURE -- ONLINE EVENT

Portrait of Dr. Melissa CroghanDr. Melissa Croghan

Great Women of Mackinac: Trailblazers in the 19th Century

ONLINE EVENT VIA WEBEX:
Tuesday, February 27, 7:00 pm

Matriarchs of Mackinac connected with one another across class and ethnic boundaries, and established a civic society that islanders depend on today. Overlooked in history, these town leaders were both Anishinaabe and white. Inventive and persevering in a time when they had few rights of their own, their dramatic stories serve as role models today.

Register for Dr. Melissa Croghan's Presentation with this link.


IN-PERSON EVENT - SARAH AND DANIEL OPPERMAN AUDITORIUM

Portrait of Rebecca RomneyDavid and Eunice Sutherland Burgess Lecture

Rebecca Romney
"Collecting Children's Books: Where We've Been, Where We're Going, and How You're a Part of It"

IN-PERSON EVENT:
Thursday, February 29, 7:00 pm

Children's books reflect their times, places, and cultures in endlessly interesting ways—and children's book collecting reflects our own values as we consider what should be preserved and why. This lecture will provide an overview of the basics of book collecting with a special look at the past, present, and future of collecting children's books: which stories we value, how we tell stories through collecting, and how these books' stories intersect with those of our own.

Rebecca Romney is the co-founder of Type Punch Matrix, the Washington D.C.-area rare book firm.

A reception will follow in the Clarke Historical Library.


IN-PERSON EVENT - SARAH AND DANIEL OPPERMAN AUDITORIUM

Portrait of Dr. Fred Johnson, IIIDr. Fred Johnson, III

The Enemy Within: American Democracy and the Normalization of Mob Violence

IN-PERSON EVENT:
Wednesday, March 20, 7:00 pm

Over the course of American history, different groups have been essentially abandoned in times of social and civil difficulty, as legislators, law enforcement, and others symbolizing the guardrails of democracy have either looked the other way or, worse, contributed to the problem. Dr. Johnson will discuss examples of this throughout history, including the normalization of vigilante mob violence as seen in the lynchings that Congress failed to address in a meaningful way from the Civil War up to and through the 20th century.

Dr. Fred Johnson, III, is the Guy Vander Jagt '53 Professor of History at Hope College.

A reception will follow in the Clarke Historical Library.