The Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture Series

Thomas Fiddick

Thomas Fiddick served as professor of history at the University of Evansville from the fall quarter of 1963 to the spring semester of 2002. In the 39 years he spent at the University, he was a dedicated teacher, a productive scholar, and a tireless fighter in the cause of justice. His untimely death on the day of his retirement in 2002 stunned the entire University of Evansville community, especially his many former students.

"Fiddick was a gifted teacher who breathed life into the old dead guys of history. He was a passionate liberal long after it became unfashionable and a gifted musician who played the trombone in a traveling band. During his life, he accumulated a long list of former students who credit him for liberating their minds and altering their lives."
— Maureen Hayden
"He was terrifically patient with other people's ideas and their attempts to articulate them. He was a great, thoughtful man."
— Daniel Gahan, professor of history

Former students, with the support of Fiddick's friends and the University, established the annual Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture in 2002. Each year, a committee consisting of the full-time members of the Department of History, a member of the Fiddick family, and alumni of the Department of History select the lecturer. Lectures are related to such themes as social justice, free inquiry, history of the arts (music especially), or Russian history. Time is allotted for the lecturer to mingle with alumni, members of the larger community, and current students.

2015 Lecture

We are proud to welcome Dr. Steven P. Gietschier, University Curator and Associate Professor of History at Lindenwood University, for the 14th annual Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture.

Dr. Gietschier will present “‘From Before Jackie Robinson to After Ferguson.’ American Sports and Political Activism” at 7:00 p.m. on Friday October 30 in Room 170 of the Schroeder School of Business. His lecture is free and open to the public. In the wake of professional athletes commenting publicly on the events in Ferguson and other acts that have led to community protests, Dr. Gietschier will examine the long history of American athletes getting involved in political or social activism. He will explore the circumstances where American athletes have stepped away from their games and into the larger arena in which we all live, as well as the times when they have they not. He will examine why these decisions were made and the results of these decisions.

Past Lectures

  • October 10, 2014
    Theodore Wilson, Professor of History, University of Kansas

  • November 1, 2013
    Olivia Remie Constable, Professor of Medieval History, University of Norte Dame

  • October 26, 2012
    Craig Symonds, Professor Emeritus of History, US Naval Academy

  • November 11, 2011
    T. Lloyd Benson, Professor of History, Furman University

  • October 29, 2010
    Marilyn Young, Professor of History, New York University

  • October 23, 2009
    Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, Professor of History, University of California at Santa Barbara

  • October 18, 2008
    Kevin Whelan, Smurfit Director, Keough Notre Dame Center, University of Notre Dame

  • November 2, 2007
    Donald Clark, Professor of History, Trinity University

  • November 3, 2006
    Louis Clark ‘69, President, Government Accountability Project

  • November 4, 2005
    Herbert Ziegler ‘71, Professor of History, University of Hawaii

  • October 29, 2004
    Walter LaFeber, Professor of History, Cornell University

  • February 27, 2004
    Roger Beck ‘69, Professor of History, Eastern Illinois University

  • February 21, 2003
    Richard Hume Werking ‘66, Professor of History and Library Director, US Naval Academy

The University continues its efforts to grow the Fiddick Lecture Series Endowed Fund. Its current book value is approximately $77,000 with a goal to reach $100,000.

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Room 310, Olmsted Administration Hall