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Lourdes University is pleased to present the 2020 Distinguished Lecture in American History – “Ike Confronts the Bomb: Threats, Bluffs, and Myths” on Thursday, March 5 at 7 pm featuring Dr. Benjamin Greene, a history professor, author, and retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel.

Dr. Benjamin Greene (Ph.D., Stanford, 2004) is Associate Professor of History at Bowling Green State University, where he coordinates the Graduate Programs and teaches courses in 20th-Century America, U.S. Foreign Relations, and Military History.  He is the author of Eisenhower, Science Advice, and the Nuclear Test-Ban Debate, 1945-1963 (2007) and numerous articles on a range of topics related to America’s interactions with the world.

His current research explores the intersections of culture and foreign relations, examining how American culture and American communities abroad have influenced international attitudes about the United States, its citizens, and its policies.  A retired Lieutenant Colonel, his 22-year active duty career in the U.S. Army included service in Afghanistan and assignments teaching history at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York and the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland.

The Lourdes University Department of History, Political Science & Geography, will host a dinner with Dr. Greene at 5:30 pm for Lourdes history majors and minors.

Past Lectures

Each year, the Department of History, Political Science and Geography presents the annual Distinguished History Lecture Series featuring learned experts in the fields of American, European or World history.

Past lecturers have included:

  • Dr. Adam Hodge – Environment and Culture: Insights from Wind River Shoshone History
  • Alan D. Gaff – From Disaster to Victory: Generals St. Clair and Wayne in the Old Northwest
  • Dr. Luke A. Nichter  – A Decade with the Nixon Tapes: What We’ve Learned and What We Have Yet to Learn
  • Dr. Margaret McGuinness – Women’s Religious Orders in the United States
  • Dr. Joyce Appleby – Coming to Terms with Thomas Jefferson
  • Dr. Susan O’Donovan – Runaways, Ladies Maids and Servants on the Move: African Americans and the Coming of the Civil War
  • Dr. Robert V. Remini – Andrew Jackson and the Indian Removal
  • Dr. Mary Beth Norton – The Salem Witchcraft Trials
  • Jamie Oxendine and Dr. Larry Nelson – The War of 1812 in Northwest Ohio
  • Dr. William T. Allison – My Lai: An American Atrocity During the Vietnam War
  • Dr. Leonne M. Hudson – The Reaction of Black Americans to Lincoln’s Death
  • D. Scott Hartwig – The Maryland Campaign at Antietem Creek
  • Dr. Rosalie G. Riegle – Crossing Lines and Doing Time: Nonviolent Resisters Speak Out For Peace
  • Dr. Margaret McGuinness – The Important Contributions of Women’s Religious Orders in the United States