Laura Shannon Prize Lecture

One of the preeminent prizes in European studies, the Laura Shannon Prize is awarded annually to the author of the best book in European studies that transcends a focus on any one country, state, or people to stimulate new ways of thinking about contemporary Europe as a whole. Established and supported by Mrs. Laura Shannon and her husband Michael ”58 of Houston, Texas, the prize carries an award of $10,000. It forms a significant part of the Nanovic Institute’s mission, rewards and elevates scholarship, and connects a growing community of jurors and past winners.

2020 - “Translation and Closed Borders: The Case of the Soviet Union at Mid-20th Century”

2020 - “Translation and Closed Borders: The Case of the Soviet Union at Mid-20th Century”

Eleonory Gilburd - Associate Professor of History and the College, University of Chicago

February 11, 2021

2019 - “Telling Histories of Violence without Borders”

2019 - “Telling Histories of Violence without Borders”

Max Bergholz - Associate Professor of History, Concordia University in Montreal

November 21, 2019

2018 - “Bodies Visible and Invisible: Nationalism and Necro-Politics of the Jewish Cemetery...”

2018 - “Bodies Visible and Invisible: Nationalism and Necro-Politics of the Jewish Cemetery...”

Thomas W. Laqueur - Helen Fawcett Professor of History Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley

September 10, 2018

2017 - “Religious Nationalism and Populism in Europe”

2017 - “Religious Nationalism and Populism in Europe”

Anna Grzymała-Busse - Michelle and Kevin Douglas Professor of International Studies, Stanford University

September 18, 2017

2016 - “Socrates in Bosnia”

2016 - “Socrates in Bosnia”

Mark Thompson - Reader in Modern History, University of East Anglia

September 27, 2016

2015 - “How Europe Went to War in 1914”

2015 - “How Europe Went to War in 1914”

Sir Christopher Clark - Regius Professor of History, St. Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge

November 19, 2015

2014 - “A Life Between Cultures in Twentieth-Century France: Louis Massignon’s Islamic Catholicism”

2014 - “A Life Between Cultures in Twentieth-Century France: Louis Massignon’s Islamic Catholicism”

Jerrold Seigel - William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of History Emeritus, New York University

November 12, 2014

2013 - “Why Do We Remember? On Ambiguities of Cosmopolitan Memory in Contemporary Central Europe”

2013 - “Why Do We Remember? On Ambiguities of Cosmopolitan Memory in Contemporary Central Europe”

Michael Meng - Associate Professor of Modern German History, Clemson University

October 17, 2013

2012 - “‘The Lord Alone Shall Be King of America’: European Hebraism & the Republican Turn of 1776”

2012 - “‘The Lord Alone Shall Be King of America’: European Hebraism & the Republican Turn of 1776”

Eric Nelson - Robert M. Beren Professor of Government, Harvard University

Nov 15, 2012

2011 - “Displacement, Humanitarianism, and Ethnic Cleansing in 20th Century Europe”

2011 - “Displacement, Humanitarianism, and Ethnic Cleansing in 20th Century Europe”

Tara Zahra - Homer J. Livingston Professor of East European History and the College, University of Chicago

October 6, 2011

2010 - “Europe in Theory”

2010 - “Europe in Theory”

Roberto M. Dainotto - Professor of Literature, Italian and International Comparative Studies, Duke University

Sep 23, 2010