Turning Points in History Lecture

Each semester nationally-prominent historians join us at UVU to share their ideas and work with our students, faculty, and the surrounding community. As part of each scholar’s visit to our campus, the scholar leads an interdisciplinary research workshop for undergraduate students with the intention of creating a dialogue between undergraduate students (new researchers) and a professional research scholar. This workshop provides students a unique opportunity to interact with scholars beyond the typical classroom setting. In addition to this research workshop, each scholar gives a formal evening presentation open to the public on their current research.

Students interested in participating in future workshops or attending lectures should contact the History Program for the current semester’s visiting scholars schedule.

Turning Points in History lectures have been postponed for 2020-2021 due to COVID-19, but you can read about past lectures here.

 Spring 2019 Turning Points Lecture


Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Michael G. Vann, California State University, Sacramento

"Sewer Rats and the Frenchmen who Wanted to Kill Them: Getting Creative in the Archives"

1-2:15 p.m.

FL 120


April 16, 2019

Matthew Romaniello, Weber State University

"Merchant, Smuggler, or Scapegoat? John Elton's Life in Iran in the 18th Century"

5:30 p.m.

FL 120


Past Turning Points Lectures

Thomas Andrews, University of Colorado

  • “Horses as Indigenous Americans: The Peculiar Place of Horses in Nineteenth-Century Native American Religious Revitalization Movements”

  • March 11, 2019

Seth Archer, Utah State University

  • "Hawai’i, 1778"

  • September 25, 2018

Anne F. Hyde, Oklahoma University

  • "Trapped: A New History of Race and the Fur Trade”

  • October 25, 2018

Maile Arvin, University of Utah

  • "Possessing Polynesia: Settler Colonial Ideologies of Race and Gender in Hawai'i and Oceania"

  • April 26, 2018

Paula Kelly Harline

  • A Reader’s Theater: “Mormon Polygamous Wives Running from the Law on the 1880s Underground”

  • November 16, 2017

Noël Mellick Voltz, University of Utah

  • “Sex, Law and the Concubine”

  • October 12, 2017