For those who live in the Boston area, my department and college are hosting several history lectures in the fall. Our history and English departments are exploring Boston and New England themes from the colonial era to the period of the Early Republic. Plenty of early American action in this neck of the woods. (For example, check out the fall activities at the Paul Revere House and the series of lectures at Old South Church, the Harvard Book Store, and the Massachusetts Historical Society.)
In the past, with the aid of an assistant, I've created a list of area lectures in history, religion, the arts, and more. I require students to get plugged into the cultural opportunities of the city. It's a nice way to broaden out the curriculum. It's almost always a plus for students, who remark favorably about it on course evaluations.
Eastern Nazarene College, Fall 2010:
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, at 3:00pm: Thomas S. Kidd (Baylor University), “God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution.” The Donald S. Metz Lecture in American Christian History.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4, at 7:00pm: Gordon Wood (Brown University), "Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815." The Donald A. Yerxa Lecture in History.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, AT 7:00PM: Jill Lepore (Harvard University), "Poor Richard's Poor Jane."