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Annual Lecture Series

In 2008, the WCBGC Archives established the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center Archival Research Lecture, featuring a scholar whose research draws heavily on the Archives' collections. 

Melani McAlister Powerpoint lecture

Now in its second decade, this annual lecture series showcases the wide variety of resources held in the Archives and sheds light on how researchers use these unique materials to construct history.   

Follow the links below to learn more about each annual lecture and to hear an audio recording of the event. 

2019: Dr. David Swartz, "The Forgotten Founder: Toward a Global History of World Vision"

2018: Dr. Edith Blumhofer, "'O Lamb of God I Come': Music and the Billy Graham Crusades"

2017:  Dr. Kathryn Long, "Picture with A Thousand Pieces: Archival Research on Missionaries and the Waorani"

2016:  Dr. Grant Wacker, "The Making of a Leader: Billy Graham and American Culture"

2015:  Dr. Steven Miller, "'Evangelicalism was Everywhere': The Born Again Moment in American Historiography"

2014:  Dr. Melani McAlister, "Congo Crisis: U.S. Evangelicals, Congolese Christians, and the Politics of Race and Decolonization, 1960-1964"

2013:  Dr. Tu Yichao, "Panda Huggers and Dragon Killers: Billy Graham, American Evangelicals, and Sino-American Relations" 

2012:  Dr. Hans Krabbendam, "The Lost Continent? The Discovery of Europe by American Evangelicals, 1940-1980"

2011:  Dr. Amy Artman, "Televising Testimony: Kathryn Kuhlman and Your Faith and Mine

2010:  Dr. Alan Bearman, "The Atomic Gospeller Goes Global: Billy Graham and the 1954 Greater London Crusade" 

2009:  Dr. Uta Balbier, "God and Coca-Cola: Billy Graham in Germany"

2008:  Dr. Joel Carpenter, "Wheaton, Moody, and the China Connection: Finding Our Ancestors in the Archives"

We on the staff have the privilege of meeting a wide range of scholars, Christian workers, and the general public engaged on many different types of research, from preparing a one-woman show, to filming a documentary, to fashioning a web site, to researching books, articles, and dissertations on a wide range of topics in Christian and secular history.... The purpose of the WCBGC research lectures, which we hope to offer from time to time, is to give the Wheaton campus and community a chance to share in the adventure of learning about these exciting research trips and discoveries. We plan to ask people who have been digging ore from the Archives mines to talk a little about both their own experiences in the digging—the archival research experience and the ore they have found—the larger study of which the data from the Archives will be a part. And every talk will be followed by questions and general discussion. We hope this can be one way that the WCBGC Archives can contribute to Wheaton's rich mix of knowledge, experiences and, above all, people.

        —From Bob Shuster's introduction to the first WCBGC Archival Research Lecture in December 2008