Oakland University

Dr. Derek Hastings, Associate Professor in History

The Many Faces of Munich: The Bavarian Capital in the Turbulent Twentieth Century
Wednesday, September 21

Derek Hastings received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and is currently Associate Professor of History at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.  He is the author of Catholicism and the Roots of Nazism: Religious Identity and National Socialism (Oxford University Press, 2010) and Nationalism in Modern Europe: Politics, Identity, and Belonging Since the French Revolution (forthcoming with Bloomsbury Press in 2017).  His current book project is entitled Röhm: The Rise and Fall of a Nazi Icon.  He also lived for more than three years in Bavaria, primarily in the Munich area.

Michigan State University

Dr. Karrin Hanshew, Associate Professor in History

Terrorism and Security; or, How Did We Get Here? The Example of 1970s West Germany
Thursday, October 20 

Though trained in the broader field of modern European history (with an emphasis on modern Germany), my research interests in social movements, the politics of resistance and transnational alliances reflect a particular commitment to the field of contemporary history.
My first book, Terror and Democracy in West Germany (Cambridge University Press, 2012), uses the example of 1970s West Germany to investigate the problem of how a democracy can successfully defend itself and still remain democratic in the process.  To be sure, the Federal Republic was hardly the first or the last state to confront the question.  The book argues, however, that the particular answers arrived at by West Germans at the end of the 1970s revised previous conclusions regarding democracy’s viability in Germany and helped reshape West German political culture as a result.

Vanderbilt University

Dr. Joel Harrington, Professor of History

The Modern Invention of the Medieval Executioner
Monday, November 14 

Joel Harrington is a historian of Europe, specializing in the Reformation and early modern Germany, with research interests in various aspects of social history. His most recent book is The Faithful Executioner: Life and Death, Honor and Shame in the Turbulent Sixteenth Century (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2013). The Faithful Executioner has been translated into ten languages and was named one of the Best Books of 2013 by The Telegraph and History Today. Previous publications include The Unwanted Child: The Fate of Foundlings, Orphans, and Juvenile Criminals in Early Modern Germany (University of Chicago Press, 2009), winner of the 2010 Roland H. Bainton Prize for History; Reordering Marriage and Society in Reformation Germany (Cambridge University Press, 1995; paperback 2005), one of Choice’s Outstanding Academic Titles of 1996; and A Cloud of Witnesses: Readings in the History of Western Christianity (Houghton Mifflin, 2001). Projects currently underway include a study of the late medieval mystic Meister Eckhart and a comparison of the early modern prosecution of infanticide and witchcraft.