Strickland Visiting Scholar Program


Fall 2023 Strickland
Distinguished Scholars Lecture

Image of Dr. Serhy Yekelchyk in a blue suit and wooden wall background

"The War Over History or the War Over Democracy?
Making Sense of Russia's Invasion of Ukraine"


Join us in person or virtually on October 9th, 7:00 PM CST
Streamed via True Blue TV

Location: State Farm Room (BAS S102) on MTSU's Campus

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Born and educated in Ukraine when it was part of the Soviet Union, Serhy Yekelchyk received a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta. He is the author of eight books on modern Ukrainian history, Stalinism, and Russo-Ukrainian relations. His monograph Stalin’s Citizens: Everyday Politics in the Wake of Total War (Oxford University Press, 2014) was the recipient of the Best Book Award from the American Association for Ukrainian Studies, and its Ukrainian translation in 2019 received a special diploma of the Lviv Book Forum. His survey of Ukrainian history, Ukraine: Birth of a Modern Nation (Oxford University Press, 2007), was Choice Magazine’s Book of the Year and went on to be translated into five languages. Yekelchyk is currently working on the third, considerably expanded, edition of his popular book about the Euromaidan Revolution and Russian aggression in Ukraine, Ukraine: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2020). Yekelchyk has written op-eds for the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and Politico. His interview credits include the BBC History Magazine, CNN, the New York Times, and numerous other international media outlets. A professor of History and Slavic Studies at the University of Victoria, Yekelchyk is current president of the Canadian Association for Ukrainian Studies.


Born and educated in Ukraine, Serhy Yekelchyk received a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta. He is the author of eight books on modern Ukrainian history and Russo-Ukrainian relations including the award-winning Stalin’s Citizens: Everyday Politics in the Wake of Total War (Oxford University Press, 2014). A professor of History and Slavic Studies at the University of Victoria, Yekelchyk is current president of the Canadian Association for Ukrainian Studies.

Spring 2023 Strickland Visiting Scholar

"Inclusive Approaches to Historic Preservation: Gender, Race, Sexuality and Ability" On March 30, 2023, Dr. Gail Dubrow discussed her thirty years teaching and practicing in the field of historic preservation and public history. As a graduate student, Dr. Dubrow was one of the first to integrate new scholarship in women's history into the identification and interpretation of historic places. She was also among the first to document places significant in Asian American heritage in Washington State. In recent years, she has addressed LGBTQ heritage and places significant in the history of people with disabilities. 

Fall 2022 Strickland Visiting Scholar

"No Common Ground: Confederate Monuments and the Ongoing Fight for Racial Justice"

On October 3, 2022, Dr. Karen Cox spoke about of the efforts to raise, preserve, protest, and remove Confederate monuments, depicted what these statues meant to those who erected them and how a movement arose to force a reckoning. She lucidly showed the forces that drove white Southerners to construct beacons of white supremacy, as well as the ways that anti-monument sentiment, largely stifled during the Jim Crow era, returned with the civil rights movement and gathered momentum in the decades after the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Spring 2022 Strickland Visiting Scholar

“Children and War: Race, Rights, and Rescue”

On March 31, 2022, Dr. Sabrina Thomas, an Associate Professor and the David A. Moore Chair of American  History at Wabash College, spoke to the MTSU campus about her research specializing 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. 


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 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.

Strickland Visiting Scholars 1999-Present

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