The Wilson Lecture was created at the University of Utah in 1976 under the auspices of the Tanner Lecture Trust at the request of Obert C. Tanner. Its namesake, O. Meredith Wilson, was a professor of history at the University of Utah and the University of Chicago before going on to serve as President of the University of Oregon, the University of Minnesota, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. The Wilson Lecture is the Department of History's prominent annual lecture series. Lecturers are selected each year by committee and cover a variety of historical disciplines.
The Vern and Bonnie Bullough Lecture in the History of Gender and Sexuality was created by Vern L. Bullough, who passed away on June 21, 2006, in California. Dr. Bullough wrote extensively on sexuality and medicine; his first wife, Bonnie Bullough, worked with him on these subjects as well. Dr. Bullough was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1928. He earned an undergraduate degree in history from the University of Utah in 1951, and he received his doctorate in the history of medicine and science from the University of Chicago. Dr. Bullough taught at California State and SUNY Buffalo, where he served as Dean. He is survived by his wife, Gwen W. Brewer and his children. The Bullough Lecture takes place every 2 years.
David E. Miller is a prominent Utah historian and an Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Utah. In 1947 he received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and thereafter returned to his native Utah. His career at the U spanned three decades where he was affectionately referred to as the "dean of Utah historians." He was a prodigious writer and as a result Professor Miller is well published. He is most recognized for his work on Mormon and Western migration. David Miller died on August 21, 1978.