Bickham selected to give 2012 Fallon-Marshall lecture

Troy Bickham

The College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University has selected Dr. Troy Bickham, an associate professor in the Department of History, to give the 2012 Fallon-Marshall lecture on Thursday, April 26. The lecture, entitled “The Weight of Vengeance: The United States, the British Empire, and the War of 1812,” will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Annenberg Presidential Conference Center at the George Bush Presidential Library on campus.

Bickham’s Fallon-Marshall lecture will offer a fresh analysis of the War of 1812 from a global perspective as we approach the war’s bicentennial. He will highlight the importance of this often overshadowed conflict to the histories of the United States, Native Americans, and the British Empire.

“As professors, we tell our students that good scholarship is about digging deeper than the surface, and my lecture will reflect the research in which I have done that for the War of 1812,” said Bickham.

Bickham will explore how the war assured the dominance of the United States and led to the end of the Spanish Empire in North America. He will also discuss how the War of 1812 led to the conquest and removal of Native Americans.

The lecture will be based on Bickham’s forthcoming book “Divided Again: The United States, the British Empire, and the War of 1812” (Oxford University Press, Spring 2012).

The Fallon-Marshall Lecture was established by philanthropist Mary Marshall in 1994 as a discussion forum for issues in the humanities and social sciences. Marshall named the lecture for her close friend and former dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Daniel Fallon. The pair’s friendship was nurtured by their mutual passion and concern for the development of the humanities at Texas A&M. Upon Marshall’s death, the College renamed the lecture series the Fallon-Marshall Lecture.

Marshall’s ties to Texas A&M spanned 80 years. While she graduated from Texas Woman’s University in 1922, her two brothers were both Texas A&M graduates. Her great-grandson also attended the university.

The Fallon-Marshall Lecture gives the College of Liberal Arts the opportunity to share examples of the exciting scholarship, research and creative activities that are being carried out within the College.

More information about the Fallon-Marshall Lecture Series is available at