Lights, camera, action!

A six-person camera crew from C-SPAN’s “Lectures in History” visited Wright State University on Feb. 9, to record Paul Lockhart, Ph.D., professor of history, as he taught his class The History of the Gun.

The lecture was recorded in 109 Oelman Hall with about two dozen students in attendance.

“I’ve never been a part of anything like this before,” said Justin Pennington, a social science education major who enjoyed sharing the experience with the camera crew.

The lecture, titled “Firearms and Warfare in the West to 1800,” will air on C-SPAN later in spring semester.

“Most of the time I give a lecture if I don’t like it, I’ll forget about it. This one will be recorded so anytime I want to see it or don’t want to see it will be online,” said Lockhart. “It was a really good experience, and I appreciate the spotlight on Wright State.”

Lockhart has been a member of the history faculty at Wright State since 1989, after receiving his Ph.D. in military history and early modern European history from Purdue University.

His latest book, “Firepower: How Weapons Shaped Warfare,” was featured on C-SPAN’s “Book TV” in 2021.

In addition to “Firepower,” Lockhart has authored seven books, including “Frederik II and the Protestant Cause: Denmark’s Role in the Wars of Religion,” “Denmark, 1513-1660: The Rise and Decline of a Renaissance Monarchy” and “The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de Steuben and the Making of the American Army.”

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