Lecturers for International Seminar on Decolonization Set

The National History Center of the American Historical Association has announced the lecturers who will speak in conjunction with the Eighth International Seminar on Decolonization, July 8 through August 2, 2013.

Elizabeth Borgwardt, associate professor of history and law at Washington University in St. Louis, will give the first public lecture, scheduled for 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, in the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. Her topic will be “Present at the Creation? Human Rights, NGOs, and the Trusteeship Debate at the 1945 UN San Francisco Conference.”

Kenneth Pomeranz, University Professor of History at the University of Chicago and president of the American Historical Association, will deliver the second lecture, scheduled for 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23, also in the Jefferson Building. He will discuss differing perceptions of Chinese re-assertion of control over parts of their far west that had threatened to become either independent or dependencies of other empires after the break-up of the Qing dynasty in 1912.

Each talk will be followed by an informal reception. Further details will be released in coming weeks.