Influential historian Margaret MacMillan to speak at college


MARGARET MACMILLAN

MIDDLEBURY, VT--Margaret MacMillan, one of the most influential historians of our times, will deliver this year’s Charles S. Grant Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Dana Auditorium in the Sunderland Language Center on the campus of Middlebury College. The topic of her lecture is “The Long Shadow of the Great War and the Paris Peace Conference.”

Professor MacMillan specializes in British imperial history and the international history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her most well-known books focus on World War One, including Paris 1919: Six Months that Changed the World (2002), winner of the Samuel Johnson prize and other awards, and The War that Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 (2013), which was named the International Affairs Book of the Year in 2014.

Professor MacMillan teaches at the University of Toronto, where she served as provost from 2002 to 2007, and she is the emeritus Professor of International History and former Warden of St. Antony’s College at the University of Oxford. She has been widely recognized for her renowned scholarship, leadership in the academy, and public service. In 2006, Professor MacMillan was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada and in 2015 became a Companion. In 2018 she became a Companion of Honour in the United Kingdom.

The Grant lectureship is named in honor of Charles S. Grant, who was a gifted teacher and leading scholar of early American history in Middlebury’s History Department prior to his untimely death in 1961. Shortly thereafter, his college colleagues and friends in the community raised funds to establish a lectureship in his honor. Over the past fifty years, the Grant Fund has brought many distinguished historians to Middlebury.

This lecture is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the lecture.

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