Bland-Lee history lectures to focus on Cold War, hot topics

Historian Marilyn Young will deliver this year’s Bland-Lee lectures, “Necessary Wars of Choice:  Counterinsurgency and the American Way of War” and “Korea:  Turning up the Heat on the Cold War,” respectively at Clark University on Wednesday, March 17, and Thursday, March 18, at 4 p.m. in the Grace Conference Room of the Higgins University Center, 950 Main Street, Worcester. 

The lectures are free and open to the public.

Professor Young taught at the University of Michigan before joining New York University in 1980, where she is Professor of History. Her research and teaching cover the history of U.S. foreign policy; the politics and culture of post-war United States; the history of modern China; the history and culture of Vietnam; and Third World women and gender.

A respected and engaged scholar, Professor Young has won numerous awards for her research and teaching. She was recently elected Vice-President of the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR). She has served as director of the NYU International Center for Advanced Studies Project on the Cold War as Global Conflict; she is currently co-director of NYU’s Tamiment Library Center for the Study of the U.S. and the Cold War. In 2000-01 she was awarded fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies.

Professor Young is the author and editor of numerous books and articles.  Her book, “The Vietnam Wars, 1945-1990,” was selected for the 1991 Berkshire Women's History Prize. Her most recent projects include “Bombing Civilians: A Twentieth-Century History” (2009), “Iraq and the Lessons of Vietnam Or, How Not to Learn from the Past” (2007), and “The New American Empire” (2005).

Professor Young received her Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Mr. and Mrs. Bland established the Chester and Shirley Bland History Fund in 1969 in honor of Professor Dwight E. Lee. The lecture series supported by this gift brings distinguished historians to Clark to present their scholarship in a free and open public setting.

For more information about this lecture, call the Clark University History Department, at 508-793-7288. 

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