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Howard Learning Urdu Virtually for Dissertation Research

Andrew Howard at the Qutab Minar complex in Delhi.Ohio University graduate student Andrew Howard is learning Urdu from home this semester. While Howard, a History doctoral student, had applied for and was accepted by the U.S. State Department’s highly competitive Critical Language Scholarship program (CLS), the emergence of COVID-19 forced the cancellation of regular programming, which places participants […]

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Posted on 10/19/2020

Contemporary History | Case of Cold War Chile, Oct. 15

Sebastian Hurtado Torres, portraitThe Contemporary History Institute presents Dr. Sebastian Hurtado Torres discussing “The endless relevance of diplomatic history: the case of Cold War Chile” on  Oct. 15 at 4:30 p.m. A Teams link will be provided. Hurtado Torres is an Assistant Professor at the Instituto de Historia, at the Universidad San Sebastian […]

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Posted on 10/02/2020

Contemporary History | From the Black Panther Party to Black Lives Matter: Tracing the Contours of Social Protest in America, Oct. 22

Robyn C. Spencer, portraitOhio University’s Contemporary History Institute presents Dr. Robyn C. Spencer discussing “From the Black Panther Party to Black Lives Matter: Tracing the Contours of Social Protest in America” on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. Join on Teams. Spencer is a historian whose research centers on social protest after World […]

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Posted on 10/02/2020

75th Anniversary of WWII | Shigeko Sasamori Talks about Surviving Hiroshima, Oct. 30

Shigeko Sasamori, portraitTo help commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, Ohio University hosts a talk by Shigeko Sasamori (age 88), survivor of the atomic bomb dropped on the city of Hiroshima, Japan, on Friday, Oct. 30, from 3 to 4 p.m. Her talk is titled “August 6th, […]

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Posted on 10/02/2020

Contemporary History | Mattson Discusses Punk Rock, Ronald Reagan and the Real Culture War of 1980s America, Sept. 17

Dr. Kevin Mattson with his new book on punk rock.The Contemporary History Institute features Dr. Kevin Mattson discussing his book, We’re Not Here to Entertain: Punk Rock, Ronald Reagan and the Real Culture War of 1980s America on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 4:30 p.m. Mattson is the Connor Study Professor of Contemporary History at Ohio University. Join this event on […]

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Posted on 09/01/2020

Holcombe Book Examines Mobilization of Troops, Food in Northern Vietnam

Alec G. Holcombe, portraitDr. Alec G. Holcombe, Associate Professor of History at Ohio University, authored a new book on Mass Mobilization in the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, 1945-1960. Mass Mobilization in the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, 1945–1960 explores the way the exigencies of war, the dreams of Marxist-Leninist ideology, and the pressures of […]

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Posted on 08/28/2020

Contemporary History | Mass Mobilization in the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, Sept. 3

Alec G. Holcombe, portraitThe Contemporary History Institute kicks off its fall speaker series with Dr. Alec Holcombe, Associate Professor of History at Ohio University, addressing “Mass Mobilization in the Democratic Republic of Vietnam” on Thursday, Sept. 3, at 4:30 p.m. Join this event on Teams. Holcombe will be talking about his book Mass […]

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Posted on 08/02/2020

Alumni News | KBO Quotes Lovelace on ‘Bridge too Far’ Catchphrase

Alexander Lovelace, portrait in officeKBO Ch. 4 carried an AP story which quotes Ohio University alumnus Alexander Lovelace, Ph.D. in History,  in a story headlined “‘A bridge too far’: Coronavirus catchphrase taken from WWII.” “Who knew?” said Alexander Lovelace, who just earned his doctorate in American military history at Ohio University after defending his […]

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Posted on 05/18/2020

Alumni News | Marchbanks Talks about Truckers, Travelers at COVID News Conference

Jack Marchbanks, portraitWTOL Ch. 11 reported on Ohio University alumnus Jack Marchbanks’ role in Ohio’s daily COVID-19 news conference Jack Marchbanks, the director of the Ohio Department of Transportation, said his department is working to keep rest areas open and clean for truck drivers, who he thanked for being vital to the […]

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Posted on 04/06/2020

CANCELED | Reporting World War II: American Correspondents at the Front-Lines, April 23-24

Photo of war correspondent, journalist, editor and author Cornelius Ryan from the Cornelius Ryan Collection at the Ohio University's Alden Library.NOTE: This event has been canceled. The Contemporary History Institute (Ohio University), The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience (Florida State University), and Stars and Stripes are pleased to announce a symposium on “Reporting World War II: American Correspondents at the Front-Lines” at the Intrepid Sea, Air […]

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Posted on 03/02/2020