Events and Video
Over the years, CENFAD has invited guest speakers to give talks on issues that relate to the study of force and diplomacy. Past speakers have included Pulitzer- and Bancroft-winning scholars such as John Lewis Gaddis, Ari Kelman, Melvyn Leffler, and Fredrik Logevall, current and former government officials including Gov. Tom Ridge, Gen. Wesley Clark, Anthony Lake, and Aaron O’Connell, and scholars working on the cutting edge of military and diplomatic history like Stephen Biddle, Frank Costigliola, Greg Daddis, Brian DeLay, Thomas Fingar, Maria Höhn, Barbara Keys, Brian Linn, Jennifer Mittelstadt, Tim Naftali, Andrew Preston, Andrew Rotter, Dennis Showalter, and Mark Stoler. Many of these speakers have appeared under the auspices of the CENFAD colloquium series, which is an annual highlight at Temple. CENFAD colloquia typically are scheduled once or twice a month during the semester in the Russell F. Weigley Room, Gladfelter 914. To suggest a speaker, contact CENFAD’s Thomas Davis Fellow, Brandon Kinney.
“Cuban Revolution in America: Havana and the Making of a United States Left, 1968- 1992”
Dr. Teishan Latner, Assistant Professor of History at Thomas Jefferson University
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 4:30 pm
Bio: Teishan A. Latner is Assistant Professor of History at Thomas Jefferson University. A scholar of the United States and Cuba, he received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine in 2014. His first book, Cuban Revolution in America: Havana and the Making of a United States Left, 1968- 1992, was published by The University of North Carolina Press in 2018 for the “Justice, Power, and Politics” book series.
Latner’s research has also been published in the journals Diplomatic History, SOULS: a Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society, and the Journal of Transnational American Studies. Prior to coming to Jefferson, Latner was a Postdoctoral Fellow at New York University’s Center for the United States and the Cold War, and a Research Associate at the Center for Black Studies Research at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Latner is currently working on a second book-length project which is a study of United States soft power and regime change programs in Cuba and Venezuela after the Cold War.
“MAKING FRIENDS?” U.S. Public Diplomacy Strategies in Latin America during the Cold War”
Dr. Francisco Rodriguez-Jimenez, Professor at the University of Salamanca
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 4:30 pm
Bio: Francisco Rodríguez-Jiménez is professor at the University of Salamanca; formerly, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Weatherhead Centre for International Affairs, Harvard University (2012-2013) and a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at George Washington University, 2010-2012. His areas of concentration are: International Relations in the XX century; US Public Diplomacy and the so-called Cultural Cold War (Spain-United States-Latin America).
Among other publications, Rodríguez-Jiménez has co-edited the following books in the last years: U.S. Public Diplomacy and Democratization in Spain. Selling Democracy?; El Portugal salazarista frente a la democracia; Estrategias de Diplomacia Cultural en un Mundo Interpolar; Mujeres universitarias en España y América Latina. Rodríguez-Jiménez serves (or has acted) as international reviewer for the European Commission’s Research Agency (Horizon 2020 and Marie Curie Actions); Fulbright Screening Committees (in Madrid and in Washington), and Dublin Trinity College.
He has also taught Graduate or Masters courses for other universities: Università degli studi di Bergamo; Wake Forest; Ohio Wesleyan; Colby College; University of Extremadura; UNED-Madrid; George Washington University, and Carlos III.
“The Jim Crow Cigarette in China: An Intimate History of Corporate Imperialism”
Dr. Nan Enstad, Robinson Edwards Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison
Wednesday, September 26, 2019 4:30 pm
Bio: Nan Enstad is the Robinson Edwards Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, an affiliate of the Gender and Women’s Studies Department and the Afro-American Studies Department, and the current Director of the UW Food Studies Network. Her research and teaching interests include the history of capitalism, cultural history, and the history of food systems. In all of her work she foregrounds race, gender, sexuality, and labor.
Enstad is the author of Cigarettes Inc.: An Intimate History of Corporate Imperialism published by University of Chicago Press in October of 2018, and Ladies of Labor, Girls of Adventure: Popular Culture and Labor Politics at the turn of the Twentieth Century, which appeared from Columbia University Press in 1999.
An interdisciplinary scholar and researcher, Enstad received her PhD in history at the University of Minnesota along with a certificate in Feminist Studies and a minor in American Studies.
“Free Labor and Democratic Revolution: The Early Republican Party Confronts the World”
Dr. Matthew Karp, Associate Professor of History, Princeton University
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 4:30 pm
Bio: Matthew Karp is an Associate Professor of History at Princeton University, where he teaches courses on the American Civil War era. His first book, This Vast Southern Empire: Slaveholders at the Helm of American Foreign Policy (Harvard University Press, 2016) received the John H. Dunning Prize from the American Historical Association, the James Broussard Prize from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, and the Stuart L. Bernath Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.
Karp has won year-long fellowships from the New-York Historical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the McNeil Center for Early American Studies. His essays and reviews have appeared in the Journal of Southern History, Common-place, Jacobin, The Nation, The Wall Street Journal, Boston Review, and Public Books. Currently, he is at work on a book about the birth of the Republican Party in the 1850s.
“The 1968 Olympics… in Divided Berlin?”
Dr. Heather Dichter, Associate Professor at De Montfort University
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 4:30 pm
Bio: Heather Dichter is an Associate Professor at the Leicester Castle Business School at De Montfort University. Her research expertise focuses on topics such as the Olympics, International Sports, and the intersection between sports and diplomacy. She has been published in journals such as The International Journal of History of Sport and The History of Education, co-edited Olympic Reform Ten Years Later, and co-authored an essay in Diplomatic Games: Sport, Statecraft, and International Relations since 1945.
Dr. Dichter received her MA in History from the University of North Carolina and her PhD in History from the University of Toronto.
“Henry Kissinger and American Power”
Dr. Thomas Schwartz
Bio: Thomas Alan Schwartz is a historian of the foreign relations of the United States, with related interests in Modern European history and the history of international relations. He is the author of America’s Germany: John J. McCloy and the Federal Republic of Germany (Harvard, 1991), which was translated into German, Die Atlantik Brücke (Ullstein, 1992). The book examined the “dual containment” policy of the United States in Germany, a policy which sought to integrate Germany into the West while using her resources and strength to contain the Soviet Union. This book received the Stuart Bernath Book Prize of the Society of American Foreign Relations, and the Harry S. Truman Book Award, given by the Truman Presidential Library.
He is also the author of Lyndon Johnson and Europe: In the Shadow of Vietnam (Harvard, 2003), which examined the Johnson Administration’s policy toward Europe and assessed the impact of the war in Vietnam on its other foreign policy objectives. He is the co-editor with Matthias Schulz of The Strained Alliance: U.S.-European Relations from Nixon to Carter, (Cambridge University Press, 2009). Professor Schwartz’s book, Henry Kissinger and American Power, is forthcoming in Spring 2020.
“Fighting With Allies: The United States and the World War II Grand Alliance”
Dr. Mark Stoler, Professor Emeritus, University of Vermont
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Bio: Mark A. Stoler earned his B.A. at the City College of New York (1966) and his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1971). He joined the UVM faculty in 1970 and became Professor Emeritus in 2007.
Stoler’s areas of special expertise are U.S. diplomatic and military history and World War II. Included among his many publications are Allies and Adversaries: the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Grand Alliance, and U.S. Strategy in World War II (2000), The Politics of the Second Front: American Military Planning and Diplomacy in Coalition Warfare, 1941-1943 (1977), George C. Marshall: Soldier-Statesman of the American Century (1989), and Allies in War: Britain and America against the Axis Powers, 1940-1945 (2005). He also co-authored Explorations in American History (1987) with Marshall True, Major Problems in the History of World War II (2003) with Melanie Gustafson, and Debating Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Foreign Policies (2005) with Justus Doenecke.
Stoler’s scholarship earned him the University Scholar Award at UVM (1993) and the Distinguished Book Award of the Society for Military History (2002); his equally distinguished teaching earned him the Dean’s Lecture Award (1992), the George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award (1984), and the Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award (2006). In addition to teaching at UVM, Stoler has served as a visiting professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval War College, the University of Haifa in Israel, the U.S. Military History Institute, Williams College, and Washington & Lee University. He has also produced two audio/DVD courses for The Teaching Company and served as editor of volumes 6 and 7 of The Papers of George Catlett Marshall (2013 and 2016). Most recently he co-edited with Molly Michelmore of The United States in World War II: A Documentary History (2018). He is former president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (2004) and a former trustee of the Society for Military History.