Portland State of Mind: Does History Matter? Margaret MacMillan Lecture
Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 5:00pm to Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 6:30pm

What: Does History Matter? Margaret MacMillan Lecture

When: Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Where: Lincoln Recital Hall (LH) , room 75, 1620 SW Park Ave.

Cost: Free and open to the public

Contact: Andrea Janda,, 503-725-3976

29th Annual Friends of History Endowed Lecture

History can be dangerous. Oversimplified and one-sided stories from the past can be used to stir up resentments and grievances, mobilize hatreds, support unreasonable claims, and justify attacks on others. Yet we need good history to help us make sense of our world and where it might be headed. History is key to understanding the motives, the hopes and the fears of others and, equally important, ourselves. Knowledge of the past is also helpful for decision makers because it offers instructive analogies and warnings of potentially dangerous outcomes.

This lecture explores some of the ways in which history has been used and abused in the recent past. Margaret MacMillan will draw on examples from her work on the outbreak of the First World War, the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, and the international relations of the 20th century.

About the Speaker:
Margaret MacMillan was the fifth Warden of St Antony’s College, Oxford from 2007 to 2017, and is a Professor of History at the University of Toronto.  Her books includeWomen of the Raj (1988, 2007); Paris 1919: Six Months that Changed the World (2001) for which she was the first woman to win the Samuel Johnson prize; and Nixon in China: Six Days that Changed the World (2007); The Uses and Abuses of History and The War That Ended Peace (October 2013). 

Her most recent book is History’s People (February 2016). She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Senior Fellow of Massey College, University of Toronto, Honorary Fellow of Trinity College, University of Toronto, and of St Antony’s College and St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford. She sits on the board of the Mosaic Institute and the editorial boards of International History and First World War Studies. She also sits on the Advisory Board Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation and is a Trustee of the Rhodes Trust.

She has honorary degrees from the University of King’s College, the Royal Military College, Ryerson University, Toronto, the University of Western Ontario, Huron University College of the University of Western Ontario, and from the University of Toronto. In 2006 Professor MacMillan was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada, and in 2016 she was appointed as a Companion of the Order of Canada.

This event is hosted by PSU's History Department and the Friends of History.

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