Winchell Endowed Lecture
Richard Dean Winchell attended UNO (then University of Omaha) from 1949-1952 when he graduated with a B.A. in History. He went on to earn an M.S. in Educational Administration. Winchell taught at the University for several years, lecturing on Asian and Russian History. In 1968 he commenced his Presidency of Bellevue College. In 1976 the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Ronald Roskens bestowed on Winchell an Honorary Doctor of Law. Upon resigning his Presidency in 1985, he became President of the Bellevue College Foundation. In 1987 he retired and relocated to Escondido, California.
Winchell made a generous unrestricted endowment to UNO in 1986. In 1997 it was determined that the Department of History, interested in promoting public programs, would establish an annual lecture to be called the Richard Dean Winchell Annual History Lecture. Professor Thomas Neville Bonner, who taught at Omaha University from 1955-1962, was the inaugural Winchell Lecturer. Bonner, who also served as President of the University of New Hampshire (Union College) and Wayne State University (Detroit) delivered "The Academy Then and Now: A Personal Odyssey" on October 21, 1997.
Winchell Lecturers (1997-Present)
2020-2021 Lisa Tetrault, "When Women Won the Right to Vote: An American Fiction" (September 2020)
2019-2020 Daniel R. Wildcat, "The Indigenous Human Rights Legacy of the Late Vine Deloria, Jr." (November 2019)
2018-2019 Martha S. Jones, "Birthright Citizens" (September 2018)
2017-2018 Sarah Lopez, "Mapping the Marginal Role of Design in Immigrant Detention in Texas, 1950s-present" (November 2017)
2016-2017 Philip J. Deloria, "Toward an American Indian Abstract: The Art and Politics of Mary Sully" (November 2016)
2015-2016 Graham Wrightson and Carolyn Willekes, "Marching with Alexander the Great" (April 2016)
2014-2015 Christopher Browning, "Survivor Testimony and Holocaust History: The Case of the Starachowice Factory Slave Labor Camps" (November 2014) *Listen here on KIOS
2013-2014 Kim E. Nielsen, "Helen Keller, Anne Sullivan Macy, and the Blurry Lenses of Disability History" (September 2013)
2012-2013 William Tsutsui, "From Hiroshima to Fukushima: Godzilla and Postwar Japan" (October 2012)
2011-2012 Peter Coclanis, "Would Slavery Have Survived Without the Civil War?"(October 2011)
2010-2011 Stephanie Coontz, "Courting Trouble: The Past and Future of Marriage in America" (April 2011)
2009-2010 Clayton Laurie, "Accountability and the CIA" (March 2010)
2009-2010 Sam Walker, "The Great Presidential Speeches They Did Not Give: Presidents and Civil Liberties, Wilson to Bush" (October 2009)
2008-2009 Alan E. Steinweis, "The Kristallnacht Pogrom in Germany, November 1938: Myths and Realities" (November 2008)
2007-2008 Floyd Abrams, "History, Journalists, and the Law in the New Century" (April 2008)
2005-2006 Thomas Borstelmann, "The Changing Face of America's Enemies" (September 2005)
2004-2005 Marcus Rediker, "Villains of All Nations" (September 2004)
2003-2004 Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, "Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History" (September 2003)
2002-2003 Alan Bernstein, "The Formation of Hell in Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages" (October 2002)
2001-2002 Eugene N. Borza, "Alexander the Great in Our Time" (February 2002)
1999-2000 Eric Monkkonen, "American Murders: Patterns of Two Centuries"
1998-1999 Joyce Appleby, "Completing the Revolution, The First Generation of Americans"
1997-1998 Dane Kennedy, "Sir Richard Francis Burton and the Uses of Orientalism"
1996-1997 Thomas Neville Bonner, "The Academy Then and Now: A Personal Odyssey" (October 1997)