A leading scholar of modern German history and cultural studies will give this year’s James Morton Callahan Lecture at West Virginia University.

Dr. Geoff Eley, chairman of the German Department at the University of Michigan, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, in the Shenandoah Room of the Mountainlair on WVU ’s Downtown Campus. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Department of History in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Eley’s presentation,”A Crooked Line: From Cultural History to the History of Society,”is drawn from his forthcoming book, which will be published in November by the University of Michigan Press. He has previously published extensively on German history of the 19th and 20th centuries, including events from the 1860s to the 1890s that led to the creation of the modern German nation. He is currently developing Volume 5 of the new Cambridge History of Europe,”The Twentieth Century, 1914-2000.”

The Callahan Lecture Series was established in 1964 in memory of Dr. James Morton Callahan, a prominent scholar of American diplomatic history. Callahan served as chair of WVU ’s History Department from 1902-29, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1916-29 and University research professor from 1929-56.