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Lecture by leading foreign relations expert and Cold War historian Melvyn Leffler, October 7, 2010.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY— Foreign relations expert Melvyn Leffler will deliver the Charles Griffin Memorial Lecture on Thursday, October 7, at 5:30pm, speaking on the topic of “Rethinking the Cold War: Lessons for Today?” The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Sanders Classroom, Spitzer Auditorium (room 212). 

Melvyn P. Leffler, the Edward R. Stettinius Professor of History at the University of Virginia, is a faculty associate in the Governing America in a Global Era Program of the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the university. He served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense during the Carter administration, where he worked on arms control and contingency planning as a fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations. During his academic career he has published numerous books, including A Preponderance of Power: National Security, the Truman Administration and the Cold War (1992), which won the Columbia University Bancroft Prize in 1993; and For the Soul of Mankind: the United States, the Soviet Union, and the Cold War (2007), which won the George Louis Beer Prize of the American Historical Association in 2008. 

His other books include Specter of Communism: The United States and the Origins of the Cold War, 1917–1953 (1994); The Elusive Quest: America's Pursuit of European Stability and French Security, 1919–1933 (1979); and most recently, To Lead the World: American Strategy After the Bush Doctrine (2008). He is also the author of several articles and essays seeking to put contemporary developments after 9/11 in historical perspective.

The Charles Griffin Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the Department of History, honors the former dean of the faculty and professor of history at Vassar.

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Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Friday, September 24, 2010