Strickland Visiting Scholar Program
Spring 2022 Strickland
Distinguished Scholars Webinar
Dr. Sabrina Thomas
“Children and War: Race, Rights, and Rescue”
Sabrina Thomas is an Associate Professor and the David A. Moore Chair of American History at Wabash College. Her research specializes in US Foreign Policy with a transnational focus on the intersections of race, gender, nation and war through the legacies of children born from international conflict. She is the author of Scars of War: The Politics of Paternity and Responsibility for the Amerasians of Vietnam, (University of Nebraska Press, 2021) which has been nominated for the Bancroft Book Prize.
March 31, 2022 7:00pm-8:30pm Central Time
Zoom Webinar Link
Fall 2021 Strickland Visiting Scholar
Xenophobia in America: How We Got Here and What's At Stake"
On November 2, 2021, MTSU welcomed Dr. Erika Lee, one of the nation’s leading immigration and Asian American historians as she drew from her new book, America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States, to force us to confront this history and to explain how xenophobia works, why it has endured, and how it threatens America.*
*This lecture was not recorded by request
Spring 2021 Strickland Visiting Scholars
Dr. Norkunas led conversations with Mr. Rolf Diamont, Mr. Bill Gwaltney, and Dr. Dwight Pitcaithley, Dr. Maria Franklin, Dr. Kendra Field and Dr. Nedra Lee. These leading thinkers as reflected on the challenges and nuances of presenting history with and for diverse publics; the intersections of memory, history and the silencing of Black and indigenous pasts; race, slavery, and the Civil War in American memory; and the role of the National Park Service in understanding the past. Moderated by Bradley Wright.
Click here to watch the recording on the role of National Park Service.
Click here to watch the recording on race, gender, indigeneity, and the meaning of narrative in excavated pasts.
Fall 2020 Strickland Visiting Scholar
Dr. Hammonds, Chair, Department of the History of Science, Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science, Professor of African and African American Studies, gave a public webinar, "Confronting COVID-19: Medicine, History, and Public Health" on October 22. In this lecture, Dr. Hammonds shared her current research on the historical factors that have led to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on African American communities in the United States. Click here to watch the recording.
About the Strickland Visiting Scholar Program
The Strickland Visiting Scholar Program, created out of the Roscoe L. Strickland Jr. Endowment, gives students the opportunity to meet scholars with diverse historical backgrounds. Distinguished scholars visit MTSU's campus for two weeks. During that time, they instruct classes, give public lectures, and offer brown bag talks. These lectures and discussions are opportunities for the visiting scholars to present their own research and areas of expertise to the MTSU community.
Roscoe and Lucy Strickland
Roscoe L. Strickland Jr. joined the faculty of Middle Tennessee State University in 1949. He was one of the founding members of the University's History Department in 1963. During the department's first year, Professor Strickland also established the M.A. and M.A.T. degrees in History. In 1966, he was elected as the first President of the Faculty Senate, and was a charter member of the Pi Sigma chapter of Pi Alpha Theta in 1970. Dr. Strickland left MTSU in 1972 to become President of Southern Seminary Junior College in Virginia. It was after his death in 1997 that his wife Lucy Strickland established the Roscoe L. Strickland Jr. Endowment for advancing the study of history.
Mrs. Strickland, a one-time faculty member of MTSU herself, was a great supporter of the program and attended many lectures by the Strickland scholars. She was also the first President of the Murfreesboro League of Women Voters. Mrs. Strickland pursued law at the Law School of Washington & Lee University and graduated in 1976. When she and Dr. Strickland moved back to North Carolina, she opened her own law practice. In 1988, the two moved back to Murfreesboro. Mrs. Strickland continued and finished her law career with Kidwell, South & Beasley and served on the MTSU Foundation from 1996 to 2002 as both a Trustee and Member. She passed away in 2008, and the family created a scholarship fund for the music department in her honor.
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