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Alums are driving force in preserving Route 66


Route 66 was the first road to connect the Midwest to the West. Its 2,448 miles linked an archipelago of towns that previously depended on unreliable muddy tracks and wooden plank roads. Although only small sections of the original road remain, 95 percent of the final alignment can still be driven and still attracts international visitors.

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History faculty member, Dr. Alan Lessoff speaks at International Seminar Series


Dr. Lessoff presented a talk on the evolution of national capitals in the age of global cities.

In his talk, Dr. Lessoff briefly reviewed the analytical issues raised by capitals in the current era of globalization and offered suggestions as to why they have retained and even expanded their influence.  When social scientists began sketching theories of the Global City in the 1980s-90s, they suggested that as the headquarters of the nation-state, capital cities might decline in influence and dynamism by comparison to the world’s financial centers.  In retrospect, the opposite has happened:  political cities ranging from Washington and Berlin to Ankara, Turkey, have thrived in the age of global capital.

This is part of the continuing International Studies Seminar Series sponsored by the Office of International Studies and Programs.

Dr. Kennedy presents at the Milner Library series of presentations held in support of “Answering the Call: ISNU’s Librarian & the ‘Great War'” exhibition

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Dr. Kennedy at Milner on Veteran’s Day

Dr. Kennedy explored the political, diplomatic and military interactions of the July Crisis of 1914 that led Germany, Russia, and Austria-Hungary into the beginning of the Great War.  From the June 28, 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the major European powers moved closer to armed conflict until by early August war had been declared.

Dr. Ross Kennedy, Professor of History specializes in 20th century American foreign relations and political ideology.  He has a Ph.D. in  history from the University of California at Berkeley, and is the  author of the books “A Companion to Woodrow Wilson” (2013) and “The Will to Believe: Woodrow Wilson, World War I, and America’s Strategy for Peace and Security” (2009).

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