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Citadel News Service
9 Jan 2009

Library Friends explore 20th century American foreign policy

Join The Citadel’s Daniel Library Friends and learn more about the drama of 20th century American foreign policy. The spring installment of the Library Friends book and lecture series focuses on the challenges the country has faced as it emerged into a world superpower.

Created in 1996, the Daniel Library Friends’ program is responsible for bringing many noted authors and lecturers to The Citadel and the Charleston area. All lecture are free and open to the public. Refreshments are served. Lectures begin at 6:30 p.m. and are held on The Citadel campus in Bond Hall room 165.

“We are proud to be able to bring this outstanding lineup of lectures to The Citadel and the greater Charleston community,” said Angie LeClercq, director of the Daniel Library. “Our spring topics are timeless, like the fall of the Berlin Wall, and timely with the look at Arab-Israeli conflict.”

Tuesday Feb. 10
“Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down That Wall!”

Professor Joe Renouard of The Citadel History Department will explore the politics and drama that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Tuesday, Feb. 24
The Cuban Missile Crisis

Professor Gardel Feurtado of The Citadel’s Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice will tell the nail-biting story of Fidel Castro, Nikita Khrushchev, President John F. Kennedy and nuclear brinksmanship.

Tuesday March 10
The Gardens of Tuscany

Angie LeClercq, library director at The Citadel, will take you on a tulip-filled tour of the gardens of Florence and Tuscany, including such favorites as Villa Le Balze, the Boboli, Villa Cetinale, Villa La Foce and Villa Medici in Fiesole.

Tuesday March 31
Citadel Involvement in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam

Professor and author of Citadel history Alex Macaulay of Western Carolina University will talk about cadet involvement in 20th century wars and discuss the changes those wars sparked at The Citadel.

Tuesday April 14
US-Japan Relations: From Engagement to Disaster to Alliance

Aloysius O’Neill served as U.S. diplomat in Tokyo and Okinawa and has dealt with Japanese affairs in Seoul and the State Department. He will look at Japan from the Russo-Japanese War through U.S. Immigration restrictions, Japan as World War I ally, inter-war tensions, the of World War II occupation of Japan and eventual alliance.

Tuesday, April 28
The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Christopher Wright, professor of Middle East history and Islamic Studies at The Citadel, will discuss the history and events that formed the foundations of the current Arab-Israeli conflict, with a focus on the period from the British Mandate of Palestine to the creation of the modern State of Israel.

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