Lecture Topics of Fred Zilian, Ph.D.

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Lecture Fee: $250 plus travel expenses
Lectures are generally 40-50 minutes long, followed by a 10-20 minute Q & A
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The Good Citizen and the Challenge of American Civilization
Citizenship and the Citizen in the Ancient World
Citizenship and the Citizen in the Revolutionary France
Citizenship and the Citizen in the Nazi Germany
Citizenship and the American Citizen in the Fifties and Sixties
Citizenship and the American Citizen in the Age of Edward Snowden and Colin Kaepernick
Citizenship and the American Citizen in the Age of President Trump


Civil War
The Causes of the Civil War
The Central Issues of the Civil War
Why the North Won and the South Lost
The Emancipation Proclamation
Rhode Island and the Civil War
Rhode Island Generals in the Civil War
Elisha Hunt Rhodes, Rhode Island Soldier in the Civil War
1863: Turning Point of the Civil War

Abraham Lincoln
Lincoln’s Life before the Presidency
Lincoln as Commander in Chief
Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address
Lincoln’s Leadership
If Lincoln Were Alive Today

US History
Julia Ward Howe
Frederick Douglass
America’s Rise to World Power in the 19th Century
The US Entry into World War I
The US Entry into World War II
American Exceptionalism
The Fifties: An Era of Consensus and Conformity
The Sixties: Ideals Lofted, Ideals Shattered

New England-Rhode Island History
Anne Hutchinson: Founding Mother of Religious Freedom in America
Roger Williams: Founding Father of Religious Freedom in America
Metacom’s/King Philip’s War (1675-76)
The British-Hessian Occupation of Newport, 1776-1779
Life on Aquidneck Island (RI) during the British Occupation, 1776-1779
The Patriot Raid to Capture British Maj. Gen. Richard Prescott, July 10-11, 1777
The Battle of Rhode Island, August, 1778
Tiverton and the Battle of Rhode Island
Slavery in Colonial Rhode Island

African American History/Racial Justice

Slavery in Colonial Rhode Island

Slavery in Colonial Newport

Slavery in the New World to 1800

Slavery in the U.S during the American Revolution & the Early Republic, 1775-1850

Slavery and “Un-Freedom” in the U.S: The Civil War, Emancipation, and Reconstruction, 1850-1877

African Americans, the Civil War, and Reconstruction, 1850-1877

African American “Un-freedom” Yet Achievement, 1877-1960s

Frederick Douglass: Slave, Free Man, American

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Book: Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?

Zora Neale Hurston and Her Book: Their Eyes Were Watching God

Zora Neale Hurston and Her Book: Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo

Martin Luther King, Jr., and His Final Book: Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?

World History/Civilizations
The Essentials of Civilization: Citizens and Citizenship
The Essentials of Civilization: A Creed
The Essentials of Civilization: Civility, Faith, and Trust
The Essentials of Civilization: Cities
The Rise and Fall of Civilizations
Ancient Rome: A Brief History
Ancient Greece: A Brief History

War according to Carl von Clausewitz
War vs. Warfare
The Causes of Peace
The Ethics of War: The Just War Tradition
Frederick the Great, King of Prussia
Bismarck and Prussia’s Three Wars of Unification
Military Amalgamations in Modern History
From Conflict to Cooperation: The Takeover of the East German Army by the Bundeswehr (1990)

Climate Change: What the Robins Tell Me
Climate Change and Domestic Politics
Climate Change and International Politics
To Address Climate Change: Decrease Footprint, Increase Handprint