History Lecture Series

A Seattle Tradition for 50 Years

In 1975, newly retired professor of history, Giovanni Costigan, held the first History Lecture Series. Costigan, a very well-known part of the UW community, began the series as a way to bring history to the wider community and to spark dialogue around important topics. We are proud to continue this legacy with the generous support from the UW Alumni Association and gifts from our alumni and friends. Show your support of this UW tradition by making a donation!

2025 History Lecture Series: Coming  Soon

The 2025 History Lecture Series will be held on Wednesdays, January 22-February 12, 2025 at 7:30 p.m. in Kane Hall. Check back soon to see what the 50th anniversary theme will be!

Past Series

Check out the Past History Lecture Series page to enjoy over a decade of our renowned HLS lectures ranging across a wide assortment of themes.

Other lectures

Click to view other Department of History lectures