The John Lax Memorial Lecture

The John Lax Memorial Lecture was endowed in 1982 by professors Peter and the late Anneli Lax of New York University’s mathematics department, in memory of their son, John, a historian who taught at Mount Holyoke in the mid-1970s. After John Lax’s premature death, his parents created a permanent memorial in the form of this annual lecture. The Lax Lecture is given by a historian of the highest distinction to commemorate the work and spirit of John Lax by making the latest advances in history accessible to the public.

 Jean Allman, J.H. Hexter Professor of the Humanities, Department of History, Washington University in St. Louis

2017 John Lax Memorial Lecture

October 26, 4:15pm: Jean Allman, J.H. Hexter Professor of the Humanities, Department of History, Washington University in St. Louis.
Tiya Miles, 2016 John Lax Memorial Lecturer

2016 John Lax Memorial Lecture

Professor Miles's research interests include African American and Native American interrelated and comparative histories and women's literature.
John Merriman, Professor of History, Yale University

2015 John Lax Memorial Lecture

John Merriman, Charles Seymour Professor of History at Yale, is an eminent historian of modern France and Modern Europe.
2014 John Lax Lecture: Jeffrey Gould

2014 John Lax Memorial Lecture

Subaltern Ambivalence, Revolutionary Misunderstandings, and the Struggle for Social Justice in 20th Century Central America.
Lester Little

2013 John Lax Memorial Lecture

Professor Little specializes in the social history of the European Middle Ages and is a senior fellow of the Kahn Institute at Smith College.
Barbara D. Metcalf, Professor of History, University of California, Davis

2012 John Lax Memorial Lecture

Metcalf is author of Islamic Revival in British India: Deoband 1860-1900, editor of South Asian Islam and Professor Emerita of UC-Davis.

2010 Lax Memorial Lecture

Princeton Professor Rodgers is the director of the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies and the author of four books.
Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University - Image courtesy of Ted Regencia

2009 John Lax Memorial Lecture

Professor Khalidi, a graduate of Yale and Oxford has taught at American University of Beirut, University of Chicago and, currently, Columbia University.