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FDR and Truman historian to discuss “Personality and Presidential Transitions” in their presidencies, September 20, 2012.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY -- Historian Frank Costigliola of the University of Connecticut, a foreign relations expert, will deliver the 2012 Charles Griffin lecture, “Personality and Presidential Transitions: The Case of Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman,” on Thursday, September 20, at 5:30pm in Taylor Hall room 203. This event, sponsored by the Department of History, is free and open to the public.

Costigliola will discuss the premise of his recently published book, Roosevelt's Lost Alliances: How Personal Politics Helped Start the Cold War (Princeton, 2012), that the post–World War II world was largely shaped by the personalities of the Allies’ political leaders and that the Cold War was not inevitable, but was facilitated by the transition to a Truman presidency.

Frank Costigliola is professor of history at the University of Connecticut, where he has taught since 1998.  In addition to his latest book, he is the author of France and the United States: The Cold Alliance Since World War II (Twayne/Macmillan, 1992) and Awkward Dominion: American Political, Economic, and Cultural Relations with Europe, 1919-1933 (Cornell University Press, 2010). He is currently editing the diaries of historian and diplomat George F. Kennan. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Norwegian Nobel Institute, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, and is a past president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

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

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Vassar College is located at 124 Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie, NY, and directions to the campus can be found at http://www.vassar.edu/directions.

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, September 11, 2012