World War II is subject of history lecture
March 9, 2010
KALAMAZOO--Award-winning author Dr. Carol Gluck will discuss her new book project, "Past Obsessions: World War II in History and Memory," at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 18, on the campus of Western Michigan University. The free talk in the Kirsch Auditorium of the Fetzer Center is the Department of History's 2010 Hamner Lecture and the last speech for the department's annual lecture series.
Gluck is the George Sansom Professor of History at Columbia University and the author of several award-winning books, including "Japan's Modern Myths: Ideology in the Late Meiji Period," "Showa: the Japan of Hirohito," "Thinking with the Past: the Japanese and Modern History" and "Words in Motion," co-edited with Anna Tsing.
She earned her bachelor's degree from Wellesley College in 1962 and her doctoral degree from Columbia University in 1977. She joined the Columbia faculty in 1975. Gluck is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, and she is involved in the National Coalition on Asian and International Studies in the Schools, the board of trustees of the Asia Society, the board of directors of the Japan Society and is an elected member of the Council of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2006, she received the Order of the Rising Sun, Japan's highest civilian honor.
WMU's Department of History annually invites an esteemed senior scholar to give a public lecture, named for, and endowed by, Professor Emeritus H. Nicholas Hamner, who retired from WMU in 1992. The event is an opportunity to make visible the discipline of history within the campus and the larger community by having a distinguished scholar address a theme of broad interest.
For more information, contact Ed Martini, associate professor of history, at email@example.com.
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