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February 20, 2013

Top historians, authors to headline Teach In at OU

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Kennedy will speak at the luncheon on “A Tale of Three Cities: How the United States Won World War II.” He is the author of Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945, for which he won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for History and the Francis Parkman Prize, among others. He is professor of history emeritus, a senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, and the co-director of The Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University. Kennedy has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in the history of the 20th-century United States, American political and social thought, American foreign policy, American literature, and the comparative development of democracy in Europe and America.

The Teach-In will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall in Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd St., with the first talk, “John Steinbeck’s America: A Cultural History of the Great Depression and World War II,” by OU history professor David Wrobel, an expert on the Great Depression, followed by a 10:30 a.m. talk in the same location, “Lessons from the Great Depression for Policy Today,” by University of California, Berkeley, professor Christina Romer. The noon luncheon address, “A Tale of Three Cities: How the United States Won World War II,” will be presented by Kennedy in the Molly Shi Boren Ballroom of Oklahoma Memorial Union, 900 Asp Ave. 

The afternoon sessions, which will be in the Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall in Catlett Music Center, will begin at 2 p.m. and feature H.W. Brands, University of Texas at Austin history professor, who will talk on “The Beginning of the Era That Is Just Now Ending,” followed by a 3 p.m. talk on “The Great Depression and American Constitutionalism” by Noah Feldman, Harvard international law professor. A panel discussion moderated by Kyle Harper and featuring all the day’s speakers.

including McCullough and Kennedy, is scheduled for 4 p.m. The event will conclude with a dinner in the Molly Shi Boren Ballroom of Oklahoma Memorial Union featuring an address by McCullough on “Truman.”

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