Yalta and the Cold War Culture of Secrecy

November 10, 2015, located in the North Lounge.  Lecture by Dr. Joshua Botts, Historian’s office, U.S. Department of State.  In February 1945, Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin met at Yalta and confronted and expansive agenda that straddled the demands of finishing a war and building a peace.  The deals struck and compromises reached over representation and veto power at the United Nations, Soviet entrance into the war against Japan, and the composition of “liberated” governments in Europe, grew increasingly divisive within the United States as the wartime “Grad alliance” fractured and the Cold War erupted over the ensuing years.

Survival of the Fittest: Folk Song Traditions in Changing Mongolia

November 3, 2015 in the Presidents’ Lounge.  Lecture and presentation by Dr. Sunmin Yoon.  In 2005 UNESCO proclaimed the Mongolian Long Song as a UNISCO Masterpiece, and later, in 2008, listed it as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.  Now, as a result, more Mongolians are taking pride in this tradition as a representative aspect of their national culture.  Dr. Sunmin Yoon discusses the Mongolian Long Song and efforts in the past and present to promote and preserve it.

Why Church Councils Matter: Fourth Lateran, Constance, and Conciliarism in the Catholic Church

November 17, 2015, in the Presidents’ Lounge.  A panel discussion, Drs. Christopher Close, Alison Williams Lewin and William Madges, discussion to commemorate the 800th anniversary of Fourth Lateran Council, the 600th anniversary of the Council of Constance, with reflections on Vatican II and its connections to contemporary conciliar ideas in the Church.

United Nations at 70

October 15, 2015 in Barbelin 265 Lecture Hall.  Expert panel discussion with Dr. Amber Abbas, Dr. Lisa Baglione, and Dr. Rich Gioioso about the history of politics and cooperation.

A Man with a Water Jar?

October 6, 2015, Presidents’ Lounge.  Dr. Amy Sowder Koch, Assistant Professor, Department of Art History, Towson University, discussing rethinking the gendered roles of ancient Greek vases.

What Would Frederick Douglas Do?

March 26, 2015, in the Presidents’ Lounge.  Delivered James Brewer Stewart, the James Wallace Professor of History, Emeritus, at Macalester College and the founder of Historians Against Slavery.  Many people describe today’s opposition to slavery and human trafficking as a “new abolitionist movement.” So the question to be addressed is: “What can we learn from the original American abolitionists?” How did their situation compare to what we face? What can historical figures such as Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth and William Lloyd Garrison teach us about how to make ourselves better abolitionists?

Surviving the Holocaust & Defeating Nazi Germany: Two Men’s Testimonials

November 7, 2014, in the North Lounge.  The Holocaust testimony of two men: Holocaust Survivor:  Ernie Gross – In April 1944 at the age of 15 years old, Ernie and his family were deported to Auschwitz.  The Nazis forced Ernie and thousands of other inmates on a death march west towards Dachau.  On April 29, 1945 the American army liberated the camp. Holocaust Liberator:  Don Greenbaum – IN 1943, Don graduated from a military school and joined the American Army when he was 18 years old.  Don fought in the Battle of the Bulge.  He was under the direction of General George Patton’s Third Army, which rapidly advanced through Germany.  On April 29, 1945, Don and other troops from the Third Army were on their way to seize a German army supply depot but stumbled across the Dachau concentration camp.  That horrific day forever changed his life.