Montana State University

Department of History and Philosophy

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172320
Bozeman, MT 59717-3440

Tel: (406) 994-4395
Fax: (406) 994-7420
Location: Wilson Hall 2-155

Department Chair

Dr. David Cherry

Past Events in the History and Philosophy Department

Fall 2013

International Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

- Thursday & Friday, September 6-7, 2013

- Wilson 1-144

- Conference is free and open to the public. Call 994-4396 for more information.

The Undergraduate Scholars Program, Phi Sigma Tau, the Philosophy Society, and the Department of History and Philosophy are pleased to announce the first International Undergraduate Philosophy Conference at Montana State University. Undergraduate students from across the globe will convene in Bozeman September 6-7, 2013 for a philosophical discourse on a variety of topics, including Hegel and voting, human nature and moral responsibility, as well as Kant and the problem of other minds. Dr. Ian Schnee, Western Kentucky University, will deliver the conference’s keynote address on “Knowledge, Falsehood, and Gettier Cases” at 7:30 pm on Friday, September 6, 2013 in SUB 235 with a reception to follow the talk. This event as well as the conference proceedings are free and open to the public. Sessions will run from 2:00 – 7:00 pm on Friday, September 6 and from 9:00 am – 6:30 pm on Saturday, September 7 in Wilson 1-144. Refreshments will be served. For more information contact Chris Kloth at

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36th Annual Margaret and Harry Hausser Lecture featuring Montana's Fourt Poet Laureate, Sheryl Noethe

- Thursday, September 26, 2013

- Hager Auditorium, Museum of the Rockies

- Doors open at 7:00 pm, reading begins at 7:30 pm

- Free and open to the public. Tickets are recommended - call 994-4396 or stop by Wilson 2-155.

Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series: Dr. Darden Pyron from Florida International University

- "History and Biography: The Case for Life and Times Writing"

- Tuesday, October 17, 2013

- Lecture begins at 4:00 pm

- Procrastinator Theater, Strand Union Building

- Event is free and open to the public.

Fall 2012

Hausser Lecture: John Orlock
"Coming to the Rescue: Fly-fishing, Contemporary Drama, and Why We Teach"
September 27, 2012

The 35th annual Margaret and Harry Hausser lecture was held at the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture. This event featured award-winning playwright John Orlock who shared his reflections on the relationship between art, teaching, history, and how the points of satisfaction inherent in a well-cast Quill Gordon or a well-delivered lecture can be instrumental in shaping the life of both teacher and student.

Orlock also read excerpts from several of his plays that offer perspectives on such cultural figures as Machiavelli, Charles and Anne Lindbergh, Antoine de Saint Exupery, the Three Stooges, Leonardo da Vinci, and two spinster sisters in 1902 Louiseville, Kentucky.

Malone Conference: Mapping History: Interdisciplinary Research
October 3-7, 2012

The Department of History and Philosophy's Tenth Michael P. Malone Memorial Conference was dedicated to the role of maps in historical research. What can maps tell us about the beliefs, values, and worldviews of past societies? Thanks to the recent spatial turn in the humanities and social sciences, historians of geographical areas ranging from Africa to the American West are now taking a fresh look at maps as potential goldmines of evidence from the past. Recent research suggests that some of the best methods available for analyzing historical maps and conceptions of space can be found in other disciplines, notably computer science (GIS) and geography. Scholars interested in historical mapping are thus beggning to demonstrate how the craft of the historican can merge in exciting new ways with the spatial, quantitative, visual and technological methods found in a variety of disciplines.

The Tenth Malone Conference, organized by Professors Billy Smith and Catherine Dunlop, was held from October 3-7, 2012, at the 320 Ranch near Yellowstone National Park. Conference participants included prominent scholars from a range of disciplines and countires. Graduate students from the history program played an active role in conference discussions.


Summer 2012

Malone Conference: John Tyndall and 19th Century Science
June 19th-20th, 2012

With Funding from the Provost's Office, the Department of History and Philosophy, and the National Science Foundation, hosted the Ninth Michael P. Malone Memorial Confernece on "John Tyndall and Nineteenth-Centruy Science." The conference brought together some of the past and current participants of the John Tyndall Correspondence Project to discuss issues raised by the NSF-funded project. It also includeed a workshop for the editors of the anticipated twelve volumes of Tyndall's letters, currently under contract with Pickering & Chatto. The conference was held at the 320 Ranch in Big Sky, Montana.


Spring 2012

April 11, 2012

Friends of Stegner Lecture: An Evening with Sherry Smith

April 10, 2012

Windfall: Wind Enery in America today


Fall 2011

November 30, 2011

How Mountaineering Changed Science

November 2, 2011

Malone Lecture

Malone Lecture


October 15, 2011

Distinguished Speaker Series


September 15, 2011

Annual Margaret and Harry Hausser Lecture


Spring 2011

History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies Student Awards

April 26, 2011

Friends of Stegner Present: An Evening with Terry Tempest Williams

March 9, 2011

Anders Halverson: An Entirely Synthetic Fish

February 7, 2011

Anders Poster


Fall 2010

Annual Margaret and Harry Hauser Lecture

Sept 3, 2010


Spring 2010

An Evening with Dr. Sylvia Earle

March 4, 2010


Fall 2009

Sixth Malone Conference: It's the Economy, Stupid

320 Ranch, Bozeman, MT


Spring 2009

Friends of Stegner Lecture: An Evening with Peter Matthiessen, Winner of the National Book Award

Thursday, April 23 2009
Emerson Cultural Center

Admission is free & open to the public, but seating is limited for this evening with Peter Matthiessen. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Department of History & Philosophy’s Wallace Stegner Chair
ASMSU/MSU Leadership Institute


Fall 2008

Lecture “Life without Definitions”

Speaker: Professor Carol Cleland, Department of Philosophy & Astro-biology Center, University of Colorado, Boulder

Friday, December 5th

Sponsored by:
Astro-biology Center, MSU
Department of History & Philosophy, MSU

Film: My Book and Heart Shall Never Part

World Premiere; Emerson Cultural Center Theatre
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Emerson Cultural Center Theatre


Spring 2008

Spring 2008 Stegner Lecture: Reason for HopeJane Goodall

Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE
Founder, Jane Goodall Institute
UN Messenger of Peace

Monday, April 28, 2008
Brick Breeden Fieldhouse



David Quammen: The Devil You Don't Know: Cancer as an Infectious Disease

Thursday, February 28, 2008
Museum of the Rockies Hager Auditorium

“The Devil You Don’t Know: Cancer as an Infectious Disease.” This is based on a forthcoming Harper’s article.