27th Annual Burkhardt Lecture

The Ball State History Department is honored to announce the 27th Annual Burkhardt Lecture, which serves as the keynote address during our Student History Conference. It will be held in the Student Center Ballroom at 11:00 a.m. on February 24th.

New this year! For those who cannot attend in person, for the first time you can watch the Burkhardt Lecture on our live video feed!

You can access the live video feed by clicking here.

This year, Dr. Whitney Walton of Purdue University will present “Women, War, and the History of Emotions in France during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Era”. Professor Walton specializes in the cultural, social, and gender history of modern Europe and modern France; in French-American relations in the twentieth century; and in internationalism.

Her most recent book, Internationalism, National Identities, and Study Abroad: France and the United States, 1890-1970 analyzes how students abroad experienced challenges to national stereotypes, re-evaluated their own national identities, and learned toleration and appreciation for cultural difference.

Dr. Walton is also the author of Eve’s Proud Descendants: Four Women Writers and Republican Politics in Nineteenth-Century France, a biographical study and historical analysis of four female literary figures, including George Sand, who rescripted republicanism to include a public role for women by offering an egalitarian alternative to the patriarchal family and the gendered separation of spheres.

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