WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY PRESENTS THE ANNUAL MEIGS DISTINGUISHED LECTURE IN U.S. HISTORY

  • 2020 MEIGS LECTURE: REAGAN, GORBACHEV, AND THE END OF THE COLD WAR

    MELVYN P. LEFFLER is Emeritus Professor of American History at The University of Virginia.

    This lecture on Reagan, Gorbachev, and the end of the Cold War will assess Reagan’s unique role in ending the forty-year conflict with the “Evil Empire.” Leffler’s assessment is a radical reinterpretation of Reagan’s contributions.

    THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2020 | 4:30 P.M., PAC 001

    Sponsored by the History Department

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    He is the author of several books on the Cold War and on U.S. relations with Europe, including For the Soul of Mankind (2007), which won the George Louis Beer Prize from the American Historical Association, and A Preponderance of Power (1993), which won the Bancroft, Hoover, and Ferrell Prizes. In 2010, he and Odd Arne Westad co-edited the three volume Cambridge History of the Cold War. Along with Jeff Legro and Will Hitchcock, he is co-editor of Shaper Nations: Strategies for a Changing World (Harvard University Press, 2016). Most recently, he published Safeguarding Democratic Nationalism: U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security, 1920-2015 (Princeton, 2017). He has served as president of the Society for the History of American Foreign Relations, Harmsworth Professor at Oxford University, and Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at The University of Virginia. He is now writing about the foreign policies of the George W. Bush administration.
  • “Populism” and Bigotry: Lessons from the 1920s Ku Klux Klan (Fall 2018)

    Linda Gordon, Professor of History and a University Professor of the Humanities at New York University.

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    Gordon’s early scholarship focused on the historical roots of social policies, especially as they concern gender and family issues. In her later work, she has explored other ways of presenting history to a broad audience, publishing the microhistory, The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction (Harvard, 1999) and the biography, Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits (W.W. Norton, 2009), both of which won the Bancroft Prize. Her Meigs Distinguished Lecture will be drawn from her recent book on the Ku Klux Klan.

    Tuesday, October 16, 2018
    4:30 p.m.
    Allbritton 311

    Sponsored by the History Department