MLA-hosted Events

The MLA Program hosts eminent faculty, scholars, and public intellectuals for evening lectures and discussions open to members of the MLA community. 

Upcoming Lectures

The next MLA Book Event will be in October 2019. This information will be updated once a speaker has been finalized.

Past Lectures

Priya Satia, October 1, 2018

On Monday, October 1, Priya Satia, Professor of Modern British History, spoke with the MLA community about her new book Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution.

Caroline Winterer, October 2, 2017

On Monday, October 2,  Stanford MLA program was pleased to host writer and Stanford Professor of History and director of the Stanford Humanities Center Caroline Winterer, as the MLA 2017 book event guest speaker. She spoke about her published book American Enlightenments: Pursuing Happiness in the Age of Reason

Gordon Chang, October 10, 2016

On Monday, October 10, Stanford MLA program was pleased to host writer and Stanford Professor of History Gordon Chang for a lecture and discussion of his book Fateful Ties: A History of America’s preoccupation with China. For centuries, Americans have been convinced of China’s importance to their own national destiny. Fateful Ties draws on literature, art, biography, popular culture, and politics to trace America’s long and varied preoccupation with China.

Allyson Hobbs, October 5, 2015

On Monday, October 5, Allyson Hobbs, Assistant Professor of History, spoke with the MLA Community about her book, A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life. A Chosen Exile explores the history of racial passing and the possibilities and challenges faced by those who chose that path.

Fred Turner, October 6, 2014

Fred Turner, Associate Professor of Communication and Director of Stanford’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society, spoke with the MLA Community about his book, The Democratic Surround: Multimedia and American Liberalism from World War II to the Psychedelic Sixties.

Denise Gigante, October 22, 2013

Denise Gigante, Stanford Professor of English spoke about her 2011 book, The Keats Brothers: The Life of John and George.

Richard White, October 15, 2012

Richard White, Stanford's Margaret Byrne Professor of American History, joined the MLA community for an evening lecture and conversation on his recently published book Railroaded: the Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America

Ian Morris, October 17, 2011

The MLA Program hosted Ian Morris, Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor in Classics and Professor in History, Stanford University, for an evening lecture on his recent work Why the West Rules -- For Now. Professor Morris began his career as an archaeologist and historian of ancient Greece, studying early texts and excavating sites around the Mediterranean, but in recent years he has moved toward larger-scale questions and an evolutionary approach to world history. His book, Why the West Rules -- For Now, traces eastern and western history across the last fifteen thousand years, from the final days of the Ice Age into the twenty-second century, and explains why the West came to dominate the rest -- and what will happen next.

Lewis H. Lapham, March 23, 2011

Lewis Lapham, editor emeritus of Harper's Magazine and American Society of Magazine Editor's Hall of Fame honoree joined the MLA community for an evening of conversation on writing and current events. Mr. Lapham is the founder and editor of Lapham's Quarterly, an award-winning and critically acclaimed journal of history and ideas. He is also author of 13 books, among them Money and Class in America, The Wish for Kings, and Theater of War. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Mr. Lapham has lectured at Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, and Stanford. A native of San Francisco, he studied history at Yale College and Cambridge University.