Tom Murphy to deliver Jan. 24 Honors Council lecture

Dr. John (Tom) Murphy, an associate professor of history at Bemidji State University, will deliver an Honors Council Lecture on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m.

The lecture, entitled “’Gd active bus men, energetic & of gd habs’: Measuring the Worth of Sutlers & Post Traders in the American West, 1840-1880,” will discuss his study on sutlers and post traders, who were civilian merchants appointed to army regiments or at western military ports.

The lecture will take place in Hagg Sauer, room 112, on the Bemidji State University campus. Honors Council Lectures are open to the public free of charge.

Tom Murphy is a professor of history in his twelfth year at Bemidji State University. He received his doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and served as an assistant editor on four volumes of the “Papers of Ulysses S. Grant.” Before coming to BSU, he taught at Temple College in Temple, Texas.

He teaches courses in 19th and 20th century United States history, and this lecture reflects his interest in the relationship between the federal government and individual citizens in developing the American West.

The Honors Council Lecture Series is hosted by the Bemidji State University Honors Council. The council is the advisory group to the honors program comprised of 12 faculty members from each of the University’s colleges. Student representatives are also elected to the council by their cohorts for one-year terms.

For more information about the Honors Council Lecture Series, contact the honors program at (218) 755-3984.

2013 Spring Honors Council Lecture Series schedule

  • Feb. 7 – Sue Rickers, “The Experience of Self-Compassion in Social Workers.” Hagg-Sauer 112, 7 p.m.
  • Feb. 18 – Doug Berger, guest lecturer, ““Animals as Exemplars in Classical Chinese Thought.” Hagg-Sauer 107, 7 p.m.
  • Feb. 28 – Sylvia Olney, “Practicing Under the Influence: The Medicalization of Psychotherapy.” Hagg-Sauer 112, 7 p.m.
  • March 4 – Angela Fournier, topic TBA. Hagg-Sauer 107, 7 p.m.
  • March 21 – Anne Conaway, “An Analysis of First Amendment Protection for Student Expression, Mid-1900’s – 2011.” Hagg-Sauer 112, 7 p.m.
  • March 28 – Keith Gora, “Exploring Infant Cognition: Infants’ Use of Perceptual Hierarchies when Processing Novel Objects.” Hagg-Sauer 112, 7 p.m.
  • April 4 – Leslie Darmofal, “Phase II Health Arm of the Comprehensive Study Examining the Education and Related Servicers within a Mid-western Native American Reservation.” Hagg-Sauer 112, 7 p.m.
  • April 11 – Courtney Waid-Lindberg, “Media and the Fear of Crime.” Hagg-Sauer 112, 7 p.m.
  • April 25 – Marty Wolf, “Three Challenges for Artificial General Intelligence.” Hagg-Sauer 112, 7 p.m.