Foreign Policy Seminar Series

The University of Connecticut Foreign Policy Seminar (FPS) began in the fall of 1985 when then History Department head Bruce Stave established a lecture series to honor Thomas G. Paterson, a highly respected historian of U.S. foreign relations and a member of the department since 1967. In November 1985, Arnold Offner of Boston University gave the inaugural lecture, based on his research on the foreign policy of Harry Truman. The Foreign Policy Seminar quickly gained a reputation as a venue for scholars from New England and beyond to discuss their scholarship in an informal, friendly setting.

The Foreign Policy Seminar meets in the basement lounge of Wood Hall. A reception starts at 4:30, with the lecture at 5:00 and Q&A, and a buffet dinner that follows. For further information or to RSVP to the buffet dinner, contact Frank Costigliola at frank.costigliola@uconn.edu
 

Upcoming Lecture:
Friday, October 27, 2017, 4:30 pm
Wood Hall Basement Lounge

Douglas Little, Clark University
“Us vs Them: The United States and Radical Islam”

 
Previous Lectures

September 2017
Daniel Immerwahr
Associate Professor of History, Northwestern University
“Nobody Knows in America, Puerto Rico’s in America: Colonial Medicine, Militant Nationalism, and the U.S. Empire”
 
April 2017
David Mayers
Professor of Political Science and History, Boston University
“After Armageddon: International Society and the United States, 1945-1956”
 
February 2017
Michael Neagle
Assistant Professor of History, Nichols College
“Becoming Good Neighbors: Americans on Cuba’s Isle of Pines”
 
November 2016
Greg Grandin
Professor of History, New York University
“Kissinger’s Shadow from Richard Nixon to Hillary Clinton”
 
October 2016
Brian DeLay
Associate Professor of History, University of California at Berkeley
“The Texas Gun Frontier and the Travails of Mexican History”
 
April 2016
Ernesto Semán
Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond
“Against the Populist Tide: US Responses to Argentine Labor Diplomacy in the Americas, 1946-1960”
 
February 2016
Robert Vitalis
Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania
“A Mongrel-American Social Science: International Relations”
 
November 2015: 30th Anniversary Lecture
Arnold Offner
Cornelia F. Hugel Professor of History, Lafayette College
“The Great Betrayal: Humphrey, Johnson, & the 1968 Election”
 
September 2015
Ryan Irwin
Assistant Professor of History, State University of New York at Albany
“Creating a Liberal World: Rethinking the Cold War’s Origins”
 
April 2015
David Ekbladh
Associate Professor of History, Tufts University
“’Strategic Histories’”: The Preemptive Strike in the Battle over the Memory of World War II and the Global Role of the United States“
 
February 2015
Tom Robertson
Associate Professor of History, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
“America’s Global Footprint: Resources, Environmental Management, and American Empire since 1945”
 
October 2014
Kate Epstein
Assistant Professor of History, Rutgers University at Camden
“The Hidden History of National-Security Information”
 
September 2014
Michael Donoghue
Assistant Professor of History, Marquette University
“The Panama Canal Zone as US Imperial Borderland”
 
April 2014
Mark Lawrence
Assistant Professor of History, University of Texas at Austin
“Myth, Memory, and the Mundane: Rethinking JFK and the Developing World”
 
February 2014
Jennifer Van Vleck
Assistant Professor of History, Yale University
“Empire of the Air: Aviation and the American Ascendancy”
 
October 2013
Kristin Ahlberg
State Department Historical Office
“Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs During the Carter Administration”
 
September 2013
Brad Simpson
Associate Professor of History, University of Connecticut
“Between East and West: Contested Human Rights Discourses in Suharto’s Indonesia, 1960-1968”
 
February 2013
Richard Immerman
Edward J. Buthusiem Family Distinguished Faculty Fellow in History, Temple University
“How Did the Central Intelligence Agency Lose Its Way?”
 
September 2012
Patrick Iber
Assistant Professor of History, Stanford University
“Making the World Unsafe for Social Democracy: Intellectual Anti-communism and U.S. Diplomacy in Early Cold War Latin America”
 
March 2012
Fernando Purcell
El director del Instituto de Historia, Universidad Católica (Chile)
“The History of the Peace Corps in South America”
 
October 2011
Brooke Blower
Associate Professor of History, Boston University
“Devil’s Bargain: New York City’s Premier Spanish Shipping Agent and Allied Strategy during World War II”
 
April 2011
George Herring
Alumni Professor of History Emeritus, University of Kentucky
“History of US Foreign Relations”
 
February 2011
Sheyda Jahanbani
Assistant Professor of History, University of Kansas
“The Poverty of the World: Rediscovering the Poor at Home and Abroad”
 
November 2010
Waldo Heinrichs
Professor of History Emeritus, San Diego State University
“The Ending of the Pacific War: Battlefront and Home Front Fatigue”
 
October 2010
Jonathan Winkler
Associate Professor of History, Wright State University
“Exploring the Historical Roots of Cyberwarfare: National Security and Communications Policy in World War II”
 
April 2010
Shane Maddock
Professor of History, Stonehill College
“The Ideal Number of Nuclear Weapons States is One: Ideology and the Quest for U.S. Nuclear Dominance”
 
December 2009
Gilbert Joseph
Farnam Professor of History, Yale University
“In from the Cold: Latin America’s New Encounter with the Cold War”
 
October 2009
Allyson Brysk
Mellichamp Professor of Global Governance, Global and International Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara
“Global Good Samaritans: Human Rights as Foreign Policy”
 
January 2009
Barbara Keyes
Associate Professor of History, University of Melbourne
“Making Torture as Unthinkable as Slavery: Successes and Failures of the International Campaign to Abolish Torture, 1967-1984”