Month: August 2015

11/13 – Arnold Offner, Guest Speaker for 30th Anniversary of the Foreign Policy Seminar series

Professor Arnold Offner, Lafayette CollegePlease join us for the 30th anniversary of the first Foreign Policy Seminar series!

Guest speaker: Arnold Offner (Lafayette College, Cornelia F. Hugel Professor of History, Emeritus) Professor Offner was the speaker at the first Foreign Policy Seminar series.

“The Great Betrayal: Humphrey, Johnson, and the 1968 Election”

Reception at 4:30pm, lecture at 5pm. A buffet dinner follows: $12 for students, $20 for all others. To sign up for dinner, please contact Professor Frank Costigliola (

The event will be held in the Wood Hall Basement Lounge.

Professor Offner’s areas of expertise include the history of U.S. foreign policy, 20th century international relations, and American political history.

Professor Offner is the author of Another Such Victory: President Truman and the Cold War, 1945-1953, published in 2002; The Origins of the Second World War: American Foreign Policy and World Politics, 1917-1941, published in 1975; and American Appeasement: United States Foreign Policy and Germany, 1933-1938, which was published in 1969 and received the Phi Alpha Theta National Book Award.

Professor Offner is also the co-editor, with Theodore A. Wilson, of Victory in Europe 1945: From World War to Cold War, published in 2000. The past president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, he served on the editorial board of the society’s journal, Diplomatic History.


9/25 – Ryan Irwin, Guest Speaker for Foreign Policy Seminar Fall series

Professor Ryan Irwin, Indiana UniversityPlease join us for the first Foreign Policy Seminar of Fall 2015!

Guest speaker: Ryan Irwin (SUNY-Albany)

“Creating a Liberal World: Rethinking the Cold War’s Origins”

Reception at 4:30, lecture at 5pm. A buffet follows: $12 for students, $20 for all others. To sign up for dinner, please contact Professor Frank Costigliola (

The event will be held in the Wood Hall Basement Lounge.

About Dr. Irwin: “My scholarship explores the historical relationship between globalization and decolonization. Although I write specifically about the changing mechanics and shifting perceptions of American global power, my interests cover comparative imperialism, international institutions, nonstate activism, and technological development.

My first book, Gordian Knot: Apartheid and the Unmaking of the Liberal World Order, investigated the way small, non-European nation-states altered the international system at the height of the Cold War.  I’m working now on an intellectual history of the mid-1970s, as well as a political history about the growth and transformation of the nation-state during the mid-twentieth century.”

9/1 – Annual History Grad Student Research Conference

Professor Nick Cullather, Indiana UniversityPlease join us Tuesday, September 1 for the 9th Annual Graduate Student Research Conference!

The conference will be held in the Class of 1947 Room in the Babbidge Library.

1:30-3:00    Session 1: The Stories People Tell

Chair: Mary-Katherine Duncan

Brotherly Love, Sisterly Affection: Narratives of Race, Respectability, and Prostitution in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia – Carolyn Levy

Constructing Samuel J. Battle: Black “Firsts” and the Integration of the New York City Police Department – Matthew Guariglia

To Dance or Not To Dance? British Veterans and the Emotional Legacies of Armistice Day, 1918-1925 – Nick Hurley

Commentator: Jeffrey Egan


3:15-4:30     Session 2: Environmental Diplomacy in U.S. Foreign Relations History During the Cold War

Chair: Erica Willis

Exploring an Unknown: The American National Security Concerns of the International Indian Ocean Expedition – Marc Anthony Reyes

Lines in the Water: Territorial Sovereignty, Resource Nationalism, and U.S.-Ecuadorian Relations, 1968-1973 – Shaine Scarminach

Commentator: Olga Koulisis


4:30-5:00 Coffee Break



Introduction of Speaker: Frank Costigliola

“Turning a Thesis into a Story:  Writing to Get Published”

Keynote speaker: Nick Cullather, Professor of History and International Studies, Indiana University; Co-editor, Diplomatic History

Professor Cullather is an historian of United States foreign relations specializing in the history of intelligence, development, and nation-building. His current research investigates the early history of the CIA, and asks why a country so committed to pluralism and the marketplace of ideas staked its security on the novel notion of central intelligence.