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Historian Jeremi Suri examines the effect of Henry Kissinger on international society on October 2, 2008

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY —Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer, Jeremi Suri, will deliver Vassar’s annual Charles Griffin Lecture in the Spitzer Auditorium of Sanders Hall, addressing "Henry Kissinger and the Transformation of International Society" on Thursday, October 2, at 5:30 p.m.
 
Suri is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he teaches the history of American foreign relations. His published books include The Global Revolutions of 1968, a study of worldwide protest movements during the 1960s, and Power and Protest, an examination of the links between diplomacy and social activism.
 
His latest book, Henry Kissinger and the American Century, is an assessment of former Secretary of State Kissinger’s political life. The biography has received enthusiastic reviews, with the Chicago Tribune describing it as “ a provocative book” and the Times declaring it “the best book yet published about Henry Kissinger.”
 
Apart from his books, Suri’s novel approach to foreign affairs has also been praised. In fall 2007, the Smithsonian Magazine named the scholar one of America’s “top young innovators.” In an interview with the magazine, Pulitzer-Prize-winning Stanford historian David Kennedy extolled Suri’s approach to international relations, and complimented his “wholly original —and unusually demanding—approach to the study of international affairs.”
 
The Yale-educated historian was born and raised in New York City, and said he started studying history to make sense of his multi-ethic background as the son of an Indian émigré and a mother with Russian-Polish roots.
 
Suri’s lecture is free and open to the public. The Charles Griffin Memorial Lecture is sponsored by the Department of History, and is given in honor of Charles Griffin, former dean of the faculty and professor of history at Vassar.
 
People with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370. Directions to the Vassar Campus in the Town of Poughkeepsie are available at www.vassar.edu/directions.
 
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Friday, September 12, 2008