History Lecture Series

A Seattle Tradition

One of the UW’s most popular lifelong learning programs, the History Lecture Series began in 1975. For 15 years, it featured History Professor Emeritus Giovanni Costigan, the first recipient of the UW’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Today professors from the Department of History are proud to carry on his legacy, with the generous support of the UW Alumni Association. Scroll down to learn about upcoming lectures and to watch video recordings of past presentations.

Tickets for the upcoming 2017 History Lecture Series will be sold by the UW Alumni Association

Winter 2016 Lecture Series: Excavating Seattle's Histories: People, Politics, Place 

Seattle’s remarkable past encompasses the stories of Native Americans and pioneers, labor agitators and civil rights activists, loggers and environmentalists, aircraft riveters and software moguls. Four UW scholars chart the social worlds, environments, and political conflicts that shaped the city’s past and its present.

JAN 13

John Findlay video here
Pioneers and Pandemonium: Stability and Change in Seattle History

JAN 20 Quintard Taylor video here
The Peopling of Seattle: Race, Migration, and Immigration
JAN 27 Linda Nash video here
Putting People in Their Place: Seattle’s Environmental History
FEB 3 James Gregory video here
Left Coast City: The History of a Political Reputation

7:30 P.M. | KANE HALL 130 | UW SEATTLE


Watch the Fall 2014 Series: The Great War and the Modern World

Watch the Fall 2013 Series: Slavery and Freedom in the Making of America

Watch Other History Lecture Series

Click to view other Department of History lectures