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William Vest Memorial Lecture

The Associated Students of Lower Columbia College fund educational and informative speakers on a variety of topics, including the yearly William Vest Memorial Lecture, presented every spring quarter.

William Vest Memorial lectures are free and open to the public.


Archive of Vest Memorial Lectures

Spring Quarter 2013

Stephanie Coontz

Courting Trouble? The Invention and Transformation of 'Traditional' Marriage and Male-Female Relationships

Award-winning author Stephanie Coontz teaches history and family studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia and is Director of Research and Public Education for the Council on Contemporary Families. A featured speaker on gender equality on NPR, the Today Show, and before Congress, her message is timely as Americans struggle with questions surrounding equity in the workforce and the 'traditional' definition of marriage. Learn more about Stephanie Coontz.

News Story:Vest Lecture: Author argues marriage isn't in dire straits, The Daily News, May 9, 2013

Spring Quarter 2012

Matthew Avery Sutton

The Antichrist, Evangelical Political Activism, and the 2012 Election

Matthew Avery Sutton, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, Washington State University, presents research exploring the twentieth-century history of Christian apocalyptic thought in the United States. His talk focused on the ways in which international events including the World Wars and the global economic depression of the 1930s fueled American fundamentalists’ fears of Armageddon. These fears in turn shaped fundamentalists' opposition to Franklin Roosevelt and New Deal liberalism, driving them to the political right. Finally, Sutton suggested that the apocalyptic anxieties that fueled fundamentalist hostility to FDR could play a role in the 2012 election and they help to explain contemporary evangelical opposition to Barack Obama. Learn more about Matthew Sutton

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Spring Quarter 2011

Eric Walther

Honoring the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War

Dr. Eric Walther teaches U.S. history at the University of Houston, specializing in the Antebellum South and the coming of the Civil War. He is the author of three books, as well as numerous article and book reviews.