Annual Lectures

What Kind of Intelligence Calculates? Prodigies, Drudges, and Machines, 1750-1950

November 09, 2017
31st Annual Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Lorraine Daston (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science)

Benchmark Europe: Liberalism and Cultural Nationalism in the United States, 1900-1930

November 10, 2016
30th Annual Lecture at the GHI
Adelheid von Saldern (Leibniz Universität Hannover)

Capitalism and the Jews Revisited

November 12, 2015
Twenty-Ninth Annual Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Jerry Z. Muller (Catholic University of America)

Toward a New Europe? Knowledge as a Transformational Resource since the 1970s

November 13, 2014
Twenty-Eighth Annual Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Andreas Wirsching (Institut für Zeitgeschichte München)
Comment: Jeffrey J. Anderson (Georgetown University)

How Americans Raise their Children: Generational Relations over Two Hundred Years

November 14, 2013
Twenty-Seventh Annual Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Paula S. Fass (University of California, Berkeley)

The Straits of Europe: History at the Margins of a Continent

November 08, 2012
26th Annual Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Johannes Paulman (Universität Mainz)

National Socialism and the Search for International Order

November 10, 2011
25th Annual Lecture at the GHI
Speaker: Mark Mazower (Columbia University)

Much Ado About Nothing? Rituals of Politics in Early Modern Europe and Today

November 11, 2010
24th Annual Lecture of the GHI
Speaker: Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster), Commentator: David Luebke (University of Oregon)

More than a Footnote? The Place of the GDR in Modern History

November 12, 2009
23rd Annual Lecture of the GHI
Speaker: Donna Harsch (Carnegie Mellon University), Commentator: Thomas Lindenberger (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for European History and Public Spheres, Vienna)

The Natural Sciences and Democratic Practices: Albert Einstein, Fritz Haber, Max Planck

November 13, 2008
22nd Annual Lecture of the GHI
Speaker: Margit Szöllösi-Janze (University of Cologne), Commentator: Cathryn Carson (University of California, Berkeley)

The Future of the Sovereign State: Some Historical Reflections on the German Case

November 25, 2007
21st Annual Lecture of the GHI
Speaker: James J. Sheehan (Stanford University), Commentator: Cornelia Rauh-Kühne (University of Hannover)

Europe as a Community of Memory?

September 16, 2006
20th Annual Lecture of the GHI
Speakers: Speaker: Aleida Assmann, Commentator: Peter Novick

Transnational Borderlands: Metropolitan Growth in the United States, Germany, and Japan since World War II

September 17, 2005
19th Annual Lecture of the GHI
Speakers: Kenneth T. Jackson (Columbia University), Commentator: Adelheid von Saldern (University of Hanover)

Europeanizing German History

November 18, 2004
18th Annual Lecture of the GHI
Speaker: Ute Frevert (Yale University), Commentator: David Blackbourn (Harvard University)

Freedom in American History

November 20, 2003
17th Annual Lecture of the GHI
Speaker: Eric Foner (Columbia University), Commentator: Jürgen Kocka (Free University, Berlin, Social Science Research Center, Berlin)

In Search of a Nineteenth Century

November 14, 2002
16th Annual Lecture of the GHI
Speaker: Jürgen Osterhammel (University of Konstanz), Commentator: Ira Berlin (University of Maryland)

Violent Imagery in Late Medieval Piety

November 08, 2001
15th Annual Lecture of the GHI
Speaker: Caroline Walker Bynum (Columbia University), Commentator: Mitchell B. Merback (DePauw University)

Political Religion in Modern Germany: Reflections on Nationalism, Socialism, and National Socialism

November 09, 2000
14th Annual Lecture of the GHI
Speaker: Wolfgang Hardtwig (Humboldt University of Berlin), Commentator: Jane Caplan (Bryn Mawr College)

Fact, Fantasy, and German History

November 18, 1999
13th Annual Lecture of the GHI
Speaker: Mary Fulbrook (University College London), Commentator: Konrad H. Jarausch (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Turning to the Atlantic: The Federal Republic's Ideological Reorientation, 1945-1970

November 12, 1998
12th Annual Lecture of the GHI
Speaker: Anselm-Doering Manteuffel (University of Tübingen), Commentator: Charles S. Maier (Harvard University)

The Protestant Reformation in German History

November 13, 1997
11th Annual Lecture of the GHI
Speaker: Thomas A. Brady Jr., University of California at Berkeley

Was Hitler's Seizure of Power on January 30, 1933 Inevitable?

November 14, 1996
10th Annual Lecture of the GHI
Speaker: Eberhard Kolb, University of Cologne

The German Middle Ages in America

November 16, 1995
9th Annual Lecture of the GHI
Speaker: Patrick J. Geary, University of California at Los Angeles

United Germany: Nation-Building and Social Integration

November 17, 1994
8th Annual Lecture of the GHI
Speaker: M. Rainer Lepsius, University of Heidelberg

Constitutional Democracy in Central Europe Today: Some Negative Lessons from the U.S. Experience

November 15, 1993
7th Annual Lecture of the GHI
Speaker: Stanley N. Katz, American Council of Learned Societies

People on the Move: Migration, Acculturation, and Ethnic Interaction in Europe and North America

November 10, 1992
6th Annual Lecture of the GHI
Speaker: Dirk Hoerder, University of Bremen

Waste and Want: The Other Side of Consumption

October 17, 1991
5th Annual Lecture of the GHI
Speaker: Susan Strasser, George Washington University

Challenges of Ambiguity: Doing Comparative History

October 25, 1990
4th Annual Lecture of the GHI
Speaker: Erich Angermann, University of Cologne

Making Their Own America: Assimilation Theory and the German Peasant Pioneer

November 01, 1989
3rd Annual Lecture of the GHI
Speaker: Kathleen Neils Conzen (University of Chicago)

Culture versus Biology in the Thought of Franz Boas and Alfred Kroeber

November 16, 1988
2nd Annual Lecture of the GHI
Speaker: Carl N. Degler (Stanford University)

Causes and Consequences of the German Catastrophe

November 18, 1987
1st Annual Lecture of the GHI
Speaker: Heinrich August Winkler (University of Freiburg)

From Protestant Peasants to Jewish Intellectuals: The Germans in the Peopling of America

November 18, 1987
1st Annual Lecture of the GHI
Speaker: Bernard Bailyn (Harvard University)