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Cold War historian to discuss Bush foreign policy. Thursday, October 5, 2006

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — John Lewis Gaddis, the Robert A. Lovett professor of history at Yale University and 2005 recipient of the National Humanities Medal, will discuss "The Past and Future of the Bush Doctrine" on Thursday, October 5, at 5:30 p.m., in Sanders Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

photo by Michael Marsland

Gaddis is a noted Cold War historian, whose books include "Surprise, Security, and the American Experience" (2004), "We Now Know: Rethinking Cold War History" (1997), "The Long Peace: Inquiries into the History of the Cold War" (1987), "Strategies of Containment: A Critical Appraisal of Postwar American National Security" (1982), and "The United States and the Origins of the Cold War, 1941-1947″ (1972). According to Kirkus Reviews, "We Now Know" is "an elegantly written, vivid history of the early years of the Cold War. Gaddis has written a lively, deeply informed summary, the most accessible and compelling guide to the international conflicts, issues, and dominant ideologies of the early Cold War era."

At Yale, Gaddis teaches Cold War history, military grand strategy, and international studies. The National Humanities Medal given to Gaddis honors groups or individuals who contribute to American understanding and engagement in art, literature, or academia.

The Charles Griffin Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the department of history, honors the former dean of the faculty and professor of history at Vassar.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations at Vassar should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370. Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, September 13, 2006