Annual program Feb. 24 to discuss global entanglements

Dr. Bonnie G. Smith will present the Annual Shippensburg University World History Lecture 2014 on Feb. 24.

BonnieSmithSmith will present “Global Entanglements, or How the Accomplishments of Distant Lands Created Western Life” at 7 p.m. in Old Main Chapel. The program, presented by the university’s Department of History and Philosophy, is free and open to the public.

In her talk, she will pose the question, “What if what we called ‘western civilization’ were not quite as ‘western‘” as we believed?” She will examine the growing body of evidence that suggests that Western civilization is not a “native” culture, but rather a mixture created from cultural ingredients imported from beyond Western shores.

Smith, Board of Governors Professor of History at Rutgers University, has written numerous works on European and global history, including Ladies of the Leisure Class; Changing Lives; Women in European History since 1700; and Imperialism. She is editor of Global Feminisms Since 1945 and Women’s History in Global Perspective; coeditor of the New Oxford World History series; and general editor of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History.

She is studying the globalization of European culture and society since the seventeenth century. She is one of the co-authors of Crossroads and Cultures, the history textbook used in two history courses at Shippensburg.

The program is also supported by Macmillan Higher Education and Bedford St. Martin’s Press.

For more information, contact Dr. Steven Burg at