Professor Henry Wells Lawrence chaired the history department from 1920 to 1942, and the Lawrence lectures were established in his memory. A department document described Professor Lawrence as “the embodiment of an ideal, the ideal of the liberal free mind, the mind independent and courageous.” The foundation charter of the lectures provides for a lecture by “a scholar in the broad field of history who will present his (or hers) subject in the spirit of the liberal tradition to which Dr. Lawrence was devoted.” The series began in 1960.
Beshara Doumani, Professor of History and Director of Middle East Studies at Brown University, "Between House and Orchard: The Ecologies of Gender and Property in the Ottoman Mediterranean."
Ousseina Alidou, Professor at Rutgers The State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick, "African Muslim Women's Social Movements, Islam, Agency, and Social Change"
Joan Wallach Scott, Harold F. Linder Professor in the School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, "Affect, Civility and Academic Freedom"
Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, Mary Frances Berry Collegiate Professor Emerita of History, American Culture, and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan, "Thomas Branagan & the Whitening of American Democracy"
Michael A. Gomez, Professor of History, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University, "Rightly Dividing the America-Africa Nexus: Challenges Facing a Challenged Scholarship"
Genna Rae McNeil, Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, "Women in Protest After Brown"
Valerie Hansen, Professor of History, Yale University, "The World’s Leading Society in 1450"
Ivo Banac, Professor of History, Yale University, "The Balkans as a Mirror of Europe"
James Green, Professor of History, California State University, Long Beach, "Unraveling Myths and Unpacking Lies: A Voyage Through Twentieth-Century Brazil"
Toyin Falola, Professor of History, University of Texas at Austin, "Africa and the Western Academy"
Howard Lamar, Sterling Professor of History, Yale University, "Coming Into Its Own: Western Art in the 20th Century"
Thomas R. H. Havens, University of California, Berkeley, "Censorship and Self-Censorship in Japan"
F. Edward Cranz, Connecticut College, "Education in America: Problems and Paradoxes"
Michael R. Marrus, University of Toronto, "The Vatican and the Holocaust"
Peter Duus, Stanford University, "Uncle Sam Goes East: The Image of America in Japanese Political Cartoons"
William J. Cronon, Yale University, "Placing the Plot: Narrating Environmental Change”
Natalie Zemon Davis, Princeton University, "From Alms to Bribes: The Gift in Sixteenth-Century France"
Walter LaFeber, Cornell University, "Reagan Foreign Policy and Central America: A Historian's Perspective"
Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, University of Pennsylvania, "The Body Politic: Sexual Symbolism in American Politics, 1860-1930"
Charles Tilley, University of Michigan, "Origins of the Contemporary Collective-Action Repertoire"
A. L. Basham, The Australian National University, "Hartley House Calcutta: The First Novel about India"
John Higham, The Johns Hopkins University, "The Rise and Fall of Americanism"
Franklin L. Ford, Harvard University, "From Tyrannicide to Terrorism: The Eclipse of a Classical Ideal"
Philip A. Kuhn, Harvard University, "History and Politics in China"
William G. McLoughlin, Brown University, "Cherokee Bi-Culturalism, 1776-1876"
William H. McNeill, University of Chicago, "Disease in History"
Frederick W. Mote, Princeton University, "Recent Communist Interpretations of the Chinese Past: History as Confucianism versus Legalism"
Jack P. Greene, The Johns Hopkins University, "The Origins of the American Revolution: An Explanation"
Robin W. Winks, Yale University, "Comparing Frontiers: An Exercise in Comparative History"
John M. Blum, Yale University, "American Politics and the Culture of War, 1941-1945"
Ainslee T. Embree, Columbia University, "India: The Possibilities of Pluralism"
Robert R. Palmer, Yale University, "The Century of American College, 1870-1970"
Cecilia Kenyon, Smith College, "Consensus and Morality in a Free Society: Thomas Jefferson"
Arthur F. Wright, Yale University, "Autocracy and Personality: The T'ai-tsung Emperor of the T'ang"
Jerome Blum, Princeton University, "American Slavery and European Serfdom: A Comparison"
Edmund S. Morgan, Yale University, "The First Chapter of American History"
David Owen, Harvard University, "Victorian London: The Ungoverned Metropolis"
Mary C. Wright, Yale University, "Revolution in China"
Carl Bridenbaugh, Brown University, "Our Ancestors the People of England, 1590-1640"
Cyril E. Black, Princeton University, "Russian Interpretations of World History"
Alan Barth, Washington, D.C., "Order and Liberty"
Hannah Arendt, Chicago Illinois, "Freedom and Revolution" (combined with Sykes Lecture, Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration of Connecticut College, September 21, 1961)
Gordon A. Craig, Princeton University, "The Role of Diplomacy in East-West Struggle"