Belle McWilliams Lecture Series
The Belle McWilliams Lecture Series began in 1980 with a bequest from Major Benjamin
Schultze and his sister Mrs. Louise Fellows. They named the fund in honor of Miss
Belle McWilliams, their aunt and guardian, “who for 40 years taught American History
in the Memphis Public School system.” Besides the lecture series, the fund supports
the Belle McWilliams Scholarships and other activities of the department.
Speakers in the Belle McWilliams Lecture Series have included Donald G. Matthews,
Bill Malone, Don Higginbotham, Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, Dan Carter, Robert Remini,
Kathryn Kish Sklar, Dewey Grantham, Edward Pessen, Roderick Nash, Jack Temple Kirby,
Kenneth Jackson, John Keegan, Sean Wilentz, Jean Friedman, Christopher Lasch, Barbara
J. Fields, Marion Creekmore. Linda Kerber, Robert Coles, Bertram Wyatt-Brown, Carl
Degler, Anne Firor Scott, David Goldfield, Stephen Ambrose, Linda Gordon, Jason H.
Silverman, Shelby Foote, Susanne Lebsock, Virginia Yans, David Chappell, Waldo Martin,
Tera Hunter, David W. Blight, Wilma King, Michael Bertrand, Robert Archibald, Steven
Hahn, Char Miller, Laurie B. Green, Emily Yellin, Edward Larson, Rick Atkinson, Eric
Foner, and Isabel Wilkerson.
Memphis Sesquicentennial Lecture Series
The Memphis Sesquicentennial Lecture Series began in the late 1980s with the bequest
to the Department of some medallions made in honor of the 150th anniversary of the
founding of Memphis. Because the Belle McWilliams Lecture Series was dedicated to
the subject of American history, the Memphis Sesquicentennial Lecture Series has concentrated
on other areas.
Speakers in the Memphis Sesquicentennial Lecture Series have included Charles D. Hamilton,
Herbert Bloch, John Bridgeman, David Loades, Thomas A. Brady, Joseph C. Miller, Sarah
Pomeroy, Robert Drews, Merrick Posnansky, Mary Louise Roberts, Richard G. Hovannisian,
Herbert Braun, Claudia Koonz, Donald Kyle, Barbara Newman, James Gelvin, Jeremy Adelman,
Timothy Snyder, Marshall Poe, and Laurent Dubois.