Speaker Series

2014 - 2015

Fall Semester 2015

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Dr. Josep Rota

"Origins and Destinations - a Bilingual Book of Poems"
4:30 p.m., Baker Center 242

Dr. Josep Rota is Professor Emeritus of Communication and Associate Provost Emeritus for International Studies at Ohio University.  In his time here, he has also been the Director of the Center for International Studies and Professor of Communication as well as founder and first director of the Communication and Development Studies Program and director of Latin American Studies. He is the director of C-LEAD, the Center for Leadership and Development, in Athens and Mexico City.

Rota is the founding Vice-President, past Chairman of the Board, and member of the Governing Board of American International Recruitment Council in Washington, D.C.   He is former Chair of the Ohio International Consortium and has served on the governing boards of various academic and professional organizations in the United States and Latin America.   At the University of Barcelona he was a UNESCO Professor of Communication and Culture.

The author of some 200 publications and papers including books, monographs, scholarly articles, policy papers, presentations and reports, he is currently writing a book on international understanding. He will be reading from his recently published work based on his travels, experiences and insights.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Mr. Jack Epstein

"Building an Anti-racketeering State, 1920-1970: New Historical Approaches to Twentieth Century American Domestic Politics"
4:30 p.m., Baker Center 242

Jack Epstein is a graduate student and doctoral candidate at the Contemporary History Institute and the Ohio University Department of History.  He is a recipient of numerous graduate student grants, both at Ohio University and nationally, including the Baker Peace Prize and a one-year fellowship at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs.  His talk will discuss his dissertation, Building an Antiracketeering State: Localized Urban Commercial Markets and the Historical Origins of America’s Contemporary Crime Control State, 1920-1970.  Jack’s work is a legal, public policy and intellectual history of the “deep origins” of the landmark 1970 Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), a seminal law in American twentieth-century history, but the subject of very little historical analysis.

Epstein’s talk will discuss how his dissertation challenges contemporary notions of how scholars view the development of twentieth-century American domestic politics, including the importance of “mainstream” New Deal economic reform, the federal courts’ alleged role as protectors of civil liberties, and the centrality of the Presidency in implementing core areas of domestic policy.  The focus of Building an Antiracketeering State is on the federal courts and Congress, and how these institutions have used, often with subtle inventiveness, criminal law to discipline and punish local labor unions and, as the twentieth century progressed, broader swathes of economic and political conduct in local, urban markets. 

In a contemporary age with no American trade unionism to speak of, an ongoing and booming system of state and federal penitentiaries, tightly constrained notions of First and Fourth Amendment rights, and an Executive Branch typically and consistently unable to pass key elements of domestic policy reform, Jack’s dissertation is the suggestive beginning of new ways for scholars to approach an understanding of twentieth-century American domestic statecraft.


Thursday, September 4, 2014
Professor Yvonne McEwen

"Daughters of the Arete: Military Nurseing in World War I"
4:30 p.m., Baker Center Theatre

In 2005, Ms. Yvonne McEwen joined the Centre for the Study of The Two World Wars, now the Centre for the Study of Modern Conflict at the University of Edinburgh, from whom she holds degrees in nursing and history. She is currently the Project Director of 'Scotland's War 1914-1919’, the largest Public Engagement program with the Imperial War Museum's 'Lives of the First World War' project. She was appointed the OfficialHistorian of the British Army Nursing Service in 2008. In 2010, she presented the Royal College of Nursing with her research into the 1,500 nurses who died in the Two World Wars and launched an appeal for a memorial. She was appointed in 2012 to the Academic Advisory Board of the Imperial War Museum for the World War 1 Commemorations. In 2013 sheheld an International’Women in Warfare' conference, accompanied by an exhibition hosted at the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, which then toured  the country and was featured during the Edinburgh International Festival 2014. The legacy of the conference is the establishment of a 'Women in Warfare' education initiative.Ms. McEwen is currently a World War 1 adviser to the BBC and other media networks, documentary makers and national publications. She has just completed a monographIn the Company of Nurses: The British Army Nursing Servicein the Great War, published by Edinburgh University Press, September 2014.


Thursday, September 18, 2014
Dr. Wendy Lower

"Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields"
4:30 p.m., Baker Center 242

Professor Wendy Lower is the John K. Roth Chair of History and Director of the Human Rights Center at Claremont McKenna College.  Prior to joining the faculty at Claremont McKenna, Lower was a German Research Foundation Fellow at the Ludwig Maximilians Universität in Munich. She is a member of the Academic Committee of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, serves on the academic advisory board of Yahad-in-Unum (Paris), and is an editor of Dapim: Studies on the Holocaust. Lower is the author of Nazi Empire- Building and the Holocaust in Ukraine (2005), The Diary of Samuel Golfard and the Holocaust in Galicia (2011); and co- editor (with Ray Brandon) of Shoah in Ukraine: History, Testimony, Memorialization (2008). Her book, Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields (2013) was a finalist for the National Book Award.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Dr. David Ulbrich

"American Ways of War in the 20th and 21st Century"
4:30 p.m., Baker Center 231

David J. Ulbrich is currently an assistant professor of history at Rogers State University in Oklahoma.  Previously, he was a visiting assistant professor of history at Ohio University in 2008-2009.  Together with Matthew S. Muehlbauer, Ulbrich co-authored Ways of War: American Military History from the Colonial Era to the Twenty-First Century (2014).  Ulbrich is also author of the award-winning Preparing for Victory: Thomas Holcomb and the Making of the Modern U.S. Marine Corps, 1936-1943 (2011).  Ulbrich’s future projects include a history of amphibious warfare and a study of race and gender in modern warfare. He earned his doctorate at Temple University where he studied with Gregory J.W. Urwin and the late Russell F. Weigley. 



2013 - 2014

Spring Semester 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014
Dr. James Waite

"New Zealand, The United States, and The Asia Pacific Century: a Shared Vision and Common Interests"
4:30 p.m., Baker Center 242 (Note change of venue)

James Waite is First Secretary (Political) at the New Zealand Embassy in Washington D.C.    His portfolio focuses on NZ-US foreign policy cooperation in East Asia and the Middle East.  

James has worked as a career diplomat since 2005, when he joined the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT).  He has extensive professional experience in SouthEast Asia and was posted to Jakarta, 2008-2011. His most recent capital-based roles include rotations as a Senior Policy Officer in the International Security and Disarmament Division (2011-2013) and in the Asia Regional Division (2013).

His involvement in security cooperation and peace-building in South East Asia has included work in the Indonesian provinces of Aceh, Maluku, Papua, and West Papua and in Mindanao in the Philippines. He has led New Zealand delegations to East Asia Summit and ASEAN Regional Forum meetings.  In 2013, James was a member of New Zealand Prime Minister John Key’s delegation at the East Asia Summit in Brunei Darussalam.  

James holds a PhD in the History of US Foreign Relations from Ohio University (2005).  In 2012 he published The End of the First Indochina War: A Global History (Routledge) – a book adapted from James’ doctoral dissertation.  He has also published in the journal Diplomatic History.

Thursday, April 24, 2014
Dr. James Sparrow

"New Leviathan: Sovreign America and the Foundations of Rule in the Atomic Age"
4:30 p.m., Baker Center 242

Dr Sparrow is an associate professor of US History at the University of Chicago.  His research focuses on the state and social citizenship in the modern United States, especially the national political culture and its formation within specific social, cultural, and institutional contexts.  His first book, Warfare State: World War II Americans and the Age of Big Government, is a history of the social politics of the national state as its foundations shifted from welfare the warfare during World War II. His newest book project, New Leviathan, examines changing notions and practices of sovereignty during the United States’ rise to globalism. Blending political and intellectual history with social and cultural methodology, it traces the shifting intersections of international and national, global and local levels of power, to explain the modalities of rule at home and abroad that resulted from a world politics rigidified by bipolar nuclear contention.


Thursday, February 27, 2014
Dr. Jeremy Hatfield

"The Cross and the Sword: Billy Graham, Jerry Falwell, and the Cold War"
4:30 p.m., Baker Center 242

Dr. Jeremy Hatfield received his Ph.D. from Ohio University in 2013. He was the OU Graduate College Fellow in the 2009-2010 academic year and the Baker Peace Studies Fellow in the 2012-2013 academic year. His work focuses on the intersection between religion, politics, and foreign affairs in recent American history.  His dissertation, "For God and Country: The Religious Right, the Reagan Administration, and the Cold War" tells the story of how foreign affairs played a role in defining the Reagan administration's relationship with the Religious Right. Dr. Hatfield is currently developing a book proposal based on his dissertation in which he examines the dissimilar nature of Jerry Falwell and Billy Graham's engagement in debates about the Cold War in its latter stages.

Thursday, March 13, 2014
Mr. David Satter

"Russia's Invasion of Ukraine: The Last Gasp of Empire?"
4:30 p.m., Baker Center 242

David Satter has followed Russian events for almost four decades. In May 2013, he became an adviser to Radio Liberty and in September 2013, he was accredited as a Radio Liberty correspondent in Moscow. Three months later, he was expelled from Russia becoming the first U.S. correspondent to be expelled since the Cold War. Satter began his career in 1972 as a police reporter for the Chicago Tribune. In 1976, he became Moscow correspondent of the Financial Times, working in Moscow for six years. He then became a special correspondent on Soviet affairs for The Wall Street Journal, contributing frequently to the paper’s editorial page. He has been a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University and a visiting professor at the University of Illinois. He also teaches a course on Russian politics at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced Academic Programs. Satter is a fellow of the Foreign Policy Institute at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a senior fellow of the Hudson Institute and the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia.

His first book was Age of Delirium: the Decline and Fall of the Soviet Union, published in 1996. The film he made based on this book, “Age of Delirium,” won the 2013 Van Gogh Grand Jury Prize at the Amsterdam Film Festival. In addition, Satter has written two other books about Russia, Darkness at Dawn: the Rise of the Russian Criminal State (2003) and It Was a Long Time Ago and It Never Happened Anyway: Russia and the Communist Past (2011). His books have been translated into six languages.

David Satter continues to write on Russia and the former Soviet Union for the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal. His articles and op-ed pieces have also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The National Interest, National Review, CNN.com, The Daily Beast, National Review Online, The New Republic, The New York Sun, The New York Review of Books, Reader’s Digest and TheWashington Times. He is frequently interviewed in both Russian and English by Radio Liberty, the Voice of America and the BBC and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, C-Span, the Charlie Rose Show and other television programs.

Satter's talk in its' entirety can be viewed at http://new.livestream.com/ohiocas/events/2835461

Thursday, April 3, 2014
Dr. Steve Estes

"The Promised Land?: The American South Since the Civil Rights Era"
4:30 p.m., Baker Center 242

Dr. Steve Estes is a professor of History at Sonoma State University in California.  He received a B.A. in history and economics from Rice University in Houston, Texas. After spending a short while working in San Francisco, he went to the University of Georgia for an M.A. in history and then to the University of North Carolina for a Ph.D. in history. Along the way, he worked as an interviewer for the Southern Oral History Program in North Carolina, a counselor at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan, a teacher in the Sunflower County Freedom Project in Mississippi, a researcher at the American Youth Policy Forum in Washington, DC, and a guest curator at the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco.

His books include I Am a Man!: Race, Manhood, and the Struggle for Civil Rights (2005), and Ask & Tell: Gay and Lesbian Veterans Speak Out (2007).  He is currently working on Too Proud to Whitewash: Charleston since the Civil Rights Movement, which is about his hometown.

Fall Semester 2013

Thursday, November 7, 2013
Dr. Robert M. Citino

"Nine Days the Shook the World"
4:30 p.m., Baker Center 242

Dr. Robert Citino is one of America’s most distinguished military historians and the Vice President of the Society for Military History. He is the author of nine books, including The German Way of War (2005) and Death of the Wehrmacht (2007). His book Blitzkrieg to Desert Storm (2004) was a multiple award winner, taking both the American Historical Association’s Paul M. Birdsall Prize for best book of the year in military history and the SMH's Distinguished Book Award. His most recent book, The Wehrmacht Retreats, was released in early 2012, and it too won the SMH Distinguished Book Award, making him one of the few authors ever to win the award twice.

About his talk, Dr. Citino says, "One of the most commonly accepted reasons for Germany's defeat in World War II was that it was fighting a two front war in the West and the East. What is generally not understood, however, is just how difficult it could be to fight such a conflict. In order to establish this point, we will look carefully at Operation Citadel, the great offensive launched by the German army at Kursk in July 1943. One of the greatest tank battles of all time, it was a savage encounter between two tank armies, and losses were massive on both sides. Citadel scarcely got underway, however, before something else happened nearly 2,000 miles away. The Allied invasion of Sicily (Operation Husky) marked the return of the Western Allies to the European continent. These simultaneous crises presented the German high command--Hitler and his generals alike--with some very difficult choices about how to proceed, first causing them to hesitate and eventually paralyzing them altogether.My talk will analyze the problems they faced by offering a "micro-history," one focusing closely on a few crucial days in the summer of 1943."

In 2007, Dr. Citino was named the "#1 Professor in the U.S." by ratemyprofessors.com, the online student rating service. During the 2008-09 academic year, he was the Charles Boal Ewing Visiting Professor of Military History at the US Military Academy in West Point, NY, and he is spending 2013-14 as a Visiting Professor at the US Army War College in Carlisle, PA. He received his Ph. D from Indiana University.

He was born and raised in Cleveland, attended St. Ignatius High School, and can still sing the alma mater upon request.

Thursday, October 17, 2013
Mr. Ethan Bensinger

"Refuge: Stories of the Selfhelp Home" Airing of the film with commentary by the director.
4:30 p.m., Baker Center Theatre

In 2007 Ethan Bensinger created for the Selfhelp Home an archive of personal interviews with 30 residents who had been victims of Nazi persecution. That project inspired Ethan to film a one hour documentary that highlights the diverse experiences of six of those Selfhelp residents and three of the home’s founders, before, during, and after WWII.

Ethan’s parents and grandparents were forced to flee the Nazi regime in the 1930s for a new life in Palestine. Ethan was born after the State of Israel was founded and then moved with his family to America in 1955. His family’s experience led Ethan to his chosen profession as an immigration lawyer, and for 25 years, Ethan served as the Managing Director of the Chicago office of a global immigration law firm. Since his retirement from law, Ethan has been involved in volunteer and philanthropic endeavors. He has also taken his interest in history and archaeology to write his blog, Sightseeing In Israel, a virtual tour of some of the most interesting “off the beaten track” sites to explore when traveling to Israel. With his film REFUGE, Ethan has turned his love of gathering historical narratives into a new career in filmmaking.

Thursday, October 3, 2013
Mr. Seth Cropsey

"Whither American Seapower?"
4:30 p.m., Baker Center 242

Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Seth Cropsey will be speaking on the current state of America's maritime defense strategy. He began his career in government at the Defense Department as Assistant to the Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger.  He subsequently served as Deputy Undersecretary of the Navy in the Reagan and Bush administrations, where he was responsible for the Navy’s position on efforts to reorganize DoD, development of the maritime strategy, the Navy’s academic institutions, naval special operations, and burden-sharing with NATO allies. In the Bush administration, Cropsey moved to OSD to become acting assistant secretary and then principal deputy assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict.

During the period that preceded the collapse of the USSR—from 1982 to 1984—Cropsey directed the editorial policy of the Voice of America on the Solidarity movement in Poland, Soviet treatment of dissidents, and other issues. Returning to public diplomacy in 2002 as director of the US government’s International Broadcasting Bureau, Cropsey supervised the agency as successful efforts to increase radio and television broadcasting to the Muslim world.

Cropsey’s work in the private sector includes reporting for Fortune magazine and as a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and as director of the Heritage Foundation’s Asia Studies Center from 1991 to 1994. His articles on national security and foreign policy have been published in Commentary,Foreign Affairs,The Public Interest,The National Interest,Wall Street Journal,Washington Post,Washington Times, and other national journals.

2012 - 2013

Spring Semester 2013

Thursday, April 18, 2013
Dr. Alessandro Brogi

"The Power Of Dissent: America's Confrontation with the Euro Communists"
4:30 p.m., Bentley Hall 135

How did the Western Communists' relative autonomy from, or adaptations of Moscow's directives affect US anti-communist strategies in Western Europe during the 1960’s and ‘70’s?

Dr. Alessandro Brogi’s latest book analyzes left-wing anti-Americanism in France and Italy during the Cold War, and U.S. reactions and strategies to stop the advance of communism in both countries: the title is Confronting America: The Cold War between the United States and the Communists in France and Italy (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2011). The book won the Charles Smith Award by the Southern Historical Association. His first book, in Italian, analyzes U.S.-Italian relations in the early Cold War, and is titled L‘Italia e l‘egemonia americana nel Mediterraneo (Italy and American Hegemony in the Mediterranean) (Florence: La Nuova Italia, 1996). The book was finalist for the book prize Acqui Storia, and a finalist for the OAH foreign book prize. His second book is titled A Question of Self-Esteem: The United States and the Cold War Choices in France and Italy, 1944-1958 (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2002). He has also published several articles on U.S.-European relations in journals including the prime Diplomatic History, Cold War History, and the Journal of Cold War Studies.

Brogi was at Yale as Lecturer and John Olin Fellow in International Security Studies in 1999-2002. At the University of Arkansas since 2002, he also held a position as Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins University‘s School of Advanced International Studies, Bologna Center, Italy, in the fall of 2004, and was awarded a resident research fellowship by the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo (spring 2007). Dr. Brogi received two PhD’s; one from the University of Florence in 1993 and the other from Ohio University in 1998.


Thursday, April 11, 2013
Mr. David C Nagel

" US Energy Outlook, In the Context of Global Inter-Dependencies"
4:30 p.m., Baker Theatre

Mr. Nagel is the executive vice-president for BP America, Inc. He has over 30 years’ experience in the global energy industry, with executive positions in international business, corporate finance, and now, government relations. Since July 2009, he has managed BP’s engagement with Congress, the Administration, federal regulators, trade associations, and other Washington stakeholders. In 2012, Nagel and three faculty from Duke Corporate Education co-authored “The New CFOs:  How Finance Teams and Their Leaders Can Revolutionize Modern Business” (Kogan Page). Nagel is Chair Emeritus of the Advisory Board for International Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and is on the executive boards of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering and the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts.  In addition, he has actively supported rural land preservation projects in Vermont. Nagel, a native of Wisconsin, earned a B.S. in Chemistry and an MBA in International Finance, both at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. 


Thursday, March 28, 2013 (inconjunction with the War and Peace Studies Program)
Dr. Steven Miner

"Why Did the USSR Not Crack in 1941-42?"
4:00 p.m., Baker Room 242

Dr. Steven M. MIner, Professor of History and Director of the Contemporary History Institute, studied at Kings College, London, Rice University, and Indiana University. He is a specialist in recent Russian/Soviet and East European history. His first book, Between Churchill and Stalin: The Soviet Union, Great Britain, and the Origins of the Grand Alliance (1988), won the American Historical Association's 1991 George Louis Beer prize for the best book of the year in European history. His latest book is Stalin's 'Holy War': Religion, Nationalism, and Alliance Politics, 1941-1945 (2003). He is currently at work on a history of the Soviet Union during the Second World War, tentatibely entitled The Furies Unleashed: The Soviet People at War, 1941-1945.


Thursday, March 14, 2013
Dr. Angus Burgin

"Planning Against Planning: The Mont Pelerin Society and the Origins of Neoliberalism"
4:30 p.m., Baker Room 240

Dr. Burgin‘s research and teaching explore problems at the intersection of ideas, politics, and markets in the United States and the Atlantic world since the late nineteenth century.His book manuscript,The Great Persuasion: Reinventing Free Markets since the Depression, draws on archival collections in Germany, Switzerland, France, England, and the United States to examine the reemergence of free-market ideas in the decades following the onset of the Great Depression. It focuses on the members of the Mont Pelerin Society, an international organization founded by Friedrich Hayek in 1947 to bring together economists, philosophers, journalists, and philanthropists who sought to rehabilitate public support for the market mechanism. The Great Persuasion surveys the dynamics that made this transformation possible: between economists and politicians, intellectuals and rhetoricians, and transnational academic networks and domestic policy debates. This project has been supported by fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the Newcombe Foundation, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was awarded the 2010 Joseph Dorfman Prize by the History of Economics Society. Dr. Burgin is an assistant professor of history at Johns Hopkins University.


Thursday, January 31, 2013
Dr. Lien-Hang Nguyen

"The Vietnam War from Hanoi's Perspective"
4:30 p.m., Baker Center 231

Dr. Lien-Hang T. Nguyen is Associate Professor of History at the University of Kentucky and has held fellowships at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, the former John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University, and International Security Studies at Yale University. Hanoi's War: An International History of the War for Peace (UNC Press, 2012) won the 2012 Edward M. Coffman Prize for best military history manuscript from the Society for Military History. Nguyen has also published numerous peer-reviewed articles and scholarly essays on the wars for Vietnam, and has written pieces for The New York Times, BBC, and San Jose Mercury News.


Fall Semester 2012

Thursday, December 6, 2012
Dr. Katherine Jellison

"The Farmer at War: Fighting World War II in the American Countryside"
4:30 p.m., Baker Center 231

Dr. Jellison is a professor of History at Ohio University. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Iowa, where she studied with one of the pioneers in the field of U.S. women’s history, Linda K. Kerber. She has won several teaching honors at Ohio University, including the Excellence in Feminist Pedagogy Award, the University Professor Award, and designation as a Fellow in the Charles J. Ping Institute for the Teaching of the Humanities. She has also received numerous research grants and fellowships, including awards from the Smithsonian Institution and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. Jellison is the author of Entitled to Power: Farm Women and Technology, 1913-1963 (University of North Carolina Press, 1993), It’s Our Day: America’s Love Affair with the White Wedding, 1945-2005 (University Press of Kansas, 2008), and many journal articles and book chapters. She is currently working on a book about Old Order Amish women in the 1930s and 1940s. Jellison serves the Department of History as assistant chairperson and is director of the Master’s Degree in Social Science program.

Thursday, November 8, 2012
Dr. James H. Willbanks

"Nixon's War"
4:30 p.m., Baker Center 231

Dr. James H. Willbanks is the General of the Army George C. Marshall Chair of Military History and Director of the Department of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  He is a retired Army officer with twenty-three years service in various infantry and staff assignments, to include a tour as an advisor with a South Vietnamese infantry regiment during the 1972 North Vietnamese Easter Offensive.  He holds a B.A. in History from Texas A&M University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in History from the University of Kansas.  He is the author of several books on the Vietnam War, to include Abandoning Vietnam; The Battle of An Loc; and The Tet Offensive: A Concise History.  He is also the editor of America’s Heroes: Medal of Honor Recipients from the Civil War to Afghanistan and The Vietnam War, a volume in The International Library of Essays on Military History.  Dr. Willbanks is a Trustee of the Society for Military History and is on the History Advisory Committee of ABC-Clio Publishing and serves on the Editorial Board of Vietnam and Armchair General magazines.  His military awards and decorations include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with “V” and Oak Leaf Cluster, two Purple Hearts, and Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with two Silver Stars.


Thursday, October 25, 2012
Dr. John Lewis Gaddis

"Foxes, Hedgehogs, and the Teaching of Grand Strategy"
7:30 pm, Walter Hall Rotunda

Dr. John Lewis Gaddis is the Robert A. Lovett Professor of History and Director of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy at Yale University, where he teaches courses on Cold War history, grand strategy, biography, and historical methods.  Educated at the University of Texas in Austin, he has also taught at Ohio University, the United States Naval War College, the University of Helsinki, Princeton University, and Oxford University.  His most recent books include The Landscape of History:  How Historians Map the Past (2002), Surprise, Security, and the American Experience (2004), The Cold War:  A New History (2005), a new edition of Strategies of Containment:  A Critical Appraisal of Postwar American National Security Policy (2005), and George F. Kennan:  An American Life (2011).  Professor Gaddis has received two awards for undergraduate teaching at Yale, was a 2005 recipient of the National Humanities Medal, and – for the Kennan biography – was a 2012 winner of the Pulitzer Prize. 


Thursday, September 13, 2012
Dr. Sarandis "Randy" Papadopoulos

"Pentagon 9/11: Creating and Learning from an Official History"
4:30 p.m., Baker Center 242

Dr. Papadopoulos received his B.A. in history from the University of Toronto, an M.A. in military and naval history from the University of Alabama and earned a Ph.D. from the George Washington University. At GWU his dissertation was entitled “Feeding the Sharks: The Logistics of Submarine Warfare, 1935-1945.” He has been a Lecturer in History at GWU and the University of Maryland, College Park, worked at the US Navy History and Heritage Command, and is currently the Secretariat Historian for the Department of the Navy.

His publications include articles, book reviews, entries in reference works, and service as principal co-author of the book Pentagon 9/11, published under the auspices of the Historian, Office of the Secretary of Defense. He is the Vice-President of the U.S. Commission on Military History. A recipient of the Department of the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award, Papadopoulos is also Region III Coordinator for the Society for Military History.


2011 - 2012


Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Dr. Brian McAllister Linn

"The American Way of War: Creating a Vision of Conflict"
4:10 p.m., Baker Center 242

Brian McAllister Linn is a professor of history at Texas A&M University.  Linn grew up in Hawaii and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Hawaii.  He earned his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University under the direction of Allan R. Millett.

His most recent book, The Echo of Battle: The Army’s Way of War (2007) has been described in a review as “the best and practically only book to explore the ‘intellectual underpinnings’ of a service branch.”  In this book, Linn examines the competing philosophies between planning for war and the way a war would be fought.  Linn completed the research and writing for this volume with assistance from a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship.

Linn has served as a visiting professor at the U.S. Army Center of Military History, the U.S. Army War College, and also spent a semester at the National University in Singapore as a Fulbright Scholar.  He has served on the Department of the Army Historical Advisory Committee. He currently is working on two projects.  One, “Elvis’ Army and the Cold War, 1946-1976,” explores the United States’ experience with a draftee military force.  The other project, “Recovering From War,” studies the impact of six major conflicts upon the US armed forces.

Thursday, May 10, 2012
Dr. Carolyn Lewis

"Showing Men the Love: Male Reproductive Health and Sexual Citizenship in Cold War America"
4:10 p.m., Baker Center 231

Dr. Carolyn Herbst Lewis is an Assistant Professor of History at Louisiana State University.  She received her BA and MA , with a certificate in Contemporary History, from Ohio University, and her PhD  in American History with a Women’t Studies Emphasis at the University of California at Santa Barbara.  Her book, “Presctiption for Heterosexuality: Sexual Citizenship in the Cold War Era”, (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press) came out in October, 2010. She has written articles for the Journal of Women’s History, American Historical Review, and the Western Association of Women Historians, as well as reviews and chapters.  Her current research focuses on obstetrics in the Chicago Maternity Center and Eisenhower-era youth culture and family life.

Thursday, April 26, 2012
Dr. Norman Naimark

"Stalin's Genocides"
4:10 p.m., Baker Center 242

Dr. Norman Naimark is a professor of history at Stanford University where he is the Robert and Florence McDonnell Professor of East European Studies. He is an expert on modern East European, Balkan, and Russian history. He has served on the editorial boards of a series of leading professional journals, including The American Historical Review,The Journal of Modern History,Slavic Review, and East European Politics and Societies.

He is author of the critically acclaimed volumes:The Russians in Germany: The History of the Soviet Zone of Germany, 1945-1949,(Harvard 1995) and Fires of Hatred: Ethnic Cleansing in 20th Century Europe (Harvard 2001). His research on the history of genocide in the 20th century and on postwar Soviet policy in Europe has resulted in his latest book, “Stalin’s Genocides” (Princeton University Press, 2010).



Thursday, March 8, 2012
Dr. Christopher Loss

"Between Citizens and the State: The Politics of American Higher Education in the 20th Century"

Professor Christopher P. Loss specializes in twentieth-century American history with an emphasis on the social, political, and policy history of American higher education. His dissertation, "From Democracy to Diversity: The Politics of American Higher Education in the Twentieth Century" (University of Virginia, 2007) won the 2008 American Educational Research Association's Outstanding Dissertation Award (Division J - Higher Education) and the 2009 Politics of Education Association's Outstanding Dissertation Award. His first book, based on his dissertation and the subject of his talk, is entitled "Between Citizens and the State: The Politics of American Higher Education in the Twentieth Century". It was published in the Politics and Society in Twentieth Century America Series at Princeton University Press in 2011. Loss holds doctorates in higher education and in history from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining the faculty at Vanderbilt University, Loss was a research fellow in the Governance Studies Program at The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. He also worked in academic administration for four years in the Office of the Vice President and Provost at the University of Virginia.

Thursday, February 23, 2012
Dr. Pat Washburn and Dr. Mike Sweeney

"Aint Justice Wonderful? The Chicago Tribune, It's Battle of Midway Story, and the Government's Attempt at an Espionage Indictment in 1942"

Dr. Washburn and Dr. Sweeney will discuss the fight between the White House and one of the nation’s most powerful newspapers in World War II, the Republican Party standard-bearer Chicago Tribune. Tribune reporter Stanley Johnston wrote a story about the Battle of Midway based on information he picked up from naval sources in the Pacific. Any astute reader would have realized from the published story that it implied the U.S. Navy had broken the Japanese Imperial Naval Code, which allowed the U.S. Navy to prepare the proper defense for the attack at Midway and win a pivotal victory. However, the White House alleged that the story had revealed a national secret to the Japanese, and feared that the radio code would be changed as a result. The White House attempted to prosecute Johnston, other Tribune journalists, and the Tribune itself for violating the Espionage Act. The Tribune fought back in court – and won. Washburn and Sweeney will discuss why and how the White House tried to punish the Tribune, and the volatile relationship between the president and the press in wartime. Their research is based on multiple oral history interviews as well as the first examination of previously sealed Tribune legal documents in the Tribune archive at Cantigny, Chicago.

Thursday, February 16, 2012
Dr. Tsuyoshi Hasegawa

"Lessons of Hiroshima, Past and Present"

Dr. Tsuyoshi Hasegawa is a professor of History at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Hasegawa is a specialist in modern Russian/Soviet history and the Cold War.  Among his books are “Racing the Enemy: Truman and the Surrender of Japan  (2005), which was selected as one of the best nonfiction books for 2005 by the Christian Science Monitor, and “Deadly Struggle: Stalin, Truman, and Japan’s Surrender (2006) which received the History & American Studies Award from the Association of American Publishers.  He is currently working on several projects, one of which is a historical essay about two soldiers, one Japanese and one American, who encounter each other at the battle of Leyte.  Dr. Hasegawa received his BA from Tokyo University and his MA and PhD from the University of Washington.



Thursday, November 10, 2011
Prof. John Dinges

"Rebels & Assassins: The Condor Years in Latin America"

Since 1996, John Dinges has been the Columbia University, Graduate School of Journalism Godfrey Lowell Cabot Professor of International Journalism as well as a visiting professor in the Columbia University program in Barcelona, lecturing in Spanish on investigative journalism and enterprise reporting.

In 2007 Dinges founded, and has been the chair and executive director of the Center for Investigation and Information (CIINFO) which promotes quality journalism abroad, especially independent investigative journalism projects in Latin America and elsewhere.  He also helped found the National Writers Union, served on the National Executive Board, and is currently an Advisory Board member. 

 He has written several books, including Assassination on Embassy Row, co-written with Saul Landau, which was the investigative account of the 1976 murder in Washington, D.C., of former Chilean Foreign Minister Letelier, which was the recipient of the Edgar Allen Poe award for nonfiction suspense.  He also wrote Our Man in Panama: The Shrewd Rise and Brutal Fall of Manuel Noriega which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and was selected as a New York Times notable book, and The Condor Years: How Pinochet and his Allies Brought Terrorism to Three Continents which was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.  He has also done work for film and television and has also lectured extensively in the United States and South America.


Thursday, October 20, 2011
Dr. Beth Bailey

"Who Serves? Citizenship, the Marketplace, and the All-Volunteer Army"

Dr. Beth Bailey, professor of history at Temple University, is a social/cultural historian of the 20th century United States. Her research has focused on war and society, the military, and gender and sexuality in U.S. history, and has been supported by fellowships or grants from institutions including the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies. Her most recent book is America’s Army: Making the All-Volunteer Force (Harvard University Press, 2009), which was recently awarded the Army Historical Foundation’s book prize for institutional history.

Thursday, September 15, 2011
Dr. Arsen M Djatej

"Financing The Soviet War, 1941 - 1945"

Dr. Djatej, who is originally from the Caucasus Mountains of Southern Russia, worked in international agriculture for J.R. Simplot, a Boise, Idaho firm. While living in Idaho, he earned an MBA and a Master of Accountancy (Taxation) from Boise State University. In 2006 he earned an interdisciplinary Ph.D. from Ohio University. His doctoral dissertation was titled, “Russian Financial Accounting.” Today he is an Associate Professor at Eastern Washington University. The published research of Professor Djatej includes articles in journals in Europe, the United States, and Australia. His research primarily involves international accounting and taxation with a special focus on the accounting and business issues of transition economies.