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fall 2014 graduation

Now they are History Department Alums.

Photo snapped by Dr. Noraian right after graduation ceremony,

Saturday, December 13.

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.

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