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Historian Victor Davis Hanson asks "What Happened to History?"
12:00AM / Tuesday, April 19, 2005
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Williamstown – Victor Davis Hanson, the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, will deliver a lecture titled "What Happened to History?" on Monday, April 25, at 8 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. The public is invited and the event is free. A renowned classicist and military historian, Hanson has written extensively on Greek, agrarian, and military history and contemporary culture. His most recent work, "Between War and Peace: Lessons from Afghanistan to Iraq" is a collection of essays on current foreign policy climate and its cultural implications. A follow-up to his 2003 book, "An Autumn of War," which dealt with September 11 and the war in Afghanistan, "Between War and Peace" looks at the wider global implications, combining historical discussion with analyses of the current situation. Confronting not just the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan but the "War on Terror," Hanson examines the controversial roles of Europe and Israel in foreign relations today. Hanson is also professor of classical studies in the School of Arts and Humanities at California State University, Fresno, where he has taught since 1984. Credited with reviving the school's classical studies program, he began with a single course in Latin and a class of seven students. From there, the classical studies program at Fresno has grown, as Hanson demonstrated an "ability to relate the ancient world to current events and societal problems." Hanson was a National Endowment for the Humanities fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford in 1992-93 and the Visiting Shifrin Chair of Military History at the U.S. Naval Academy in 2002-03. He received his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1975, attended the American School of Classical Studies in 1978-79, and received his Ph.D. in classics from Stanford University in 1980. The Hoover Institution of War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University is a public policy research center devoted to advanced study of politics, economics, and political economy – both domestic and foreign – as well as international affairs. Founded by Herbert Hoover at his alma mater, it is widely regarded as one of the foremost conservative think tanks in the country. The event is sponsored by the James A. Garfield Republican Club and the history department.
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