UNI to host 42nd Annual Carl L. Becker Memorial Lecture in History

Posted on Monday, September 14th, 2015

Robert Martin, department head, history, 319-273-2097,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Ian Worthington, professor of history at the University of Missouri, will present "Macedonia's Greatest King: Philip II or Alexander the Great, and Unwinnable Wars" at the University of Northern Iowa's 42nd Annual Carl L. Becker Memorial Lecture. The lecture will be presented at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 23, in Seerley Hall, Room 115.

Worthington focuses on Classical Greek history and oratory. He has written numerous books and articles, including "Demosthenes of Athens and the Fall of Classical Greek" and "By the Spear: The Rise and Fall of the Macedonian Empire." He was the recipient of numerous research and teaching awards, and he received the Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Research and Creativity in the Humanities from the University of Missouri in 2005.

The lecture is in honor of Carl L. Becker, who received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1907 and is originally from Reinbeck. From 1902 to 1941, Becker taught at various universities in the Midwest and East, with the last being Cornell University in New York.

The Carl L. Becker Memorial Lecture is the first in a series of lectures from UNI's history department. "Calamities of Whirlwinds, Uncertain Guests, and Secondhand Clothes: Images of the Early AIDS Epidemic from Swahili-language Newspapers" will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21, and "When is a Shoe Not Just a Shoe? Teaching History in a Local Way" will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 18, in Seerley Hall.

The events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Robert Martin, head of UNI's Department of History, at 319-273-2097 or