Martin Sherwin to Give Inaugural History Seminar Discussion at Wilson Center

As part of the jointly sponsored Weekly Seminar: Historical Perspectives on International and National Affairs between the National History Center and the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Martin J. Sherwin will give the inaugural seminar.

Monday January 25, 2010
3:45 for 4:00 p.m.

4th Floor Conference Room, Woodrow Wilson Center
Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Federal Triangle Metro Stop

“The Cuban Missile Crisis Radix and Redux”

Martin J. Sherwin
Woodrow Wilson Fellow and George Mason University

Martin Sherwin writes: “The title is meant to get your attention, but it also explains the book I am writing about the “Long” Cuban Missile Crisis (1945-2012). Radix means the source of something and redux denotes a new interpretation. I will discuss the different perspectives on the Crisis that emerge from such a broad view, and also my conclusion that Adlai Stevenson and the UN played a far more important role in peacefully resolving the Crisis than has heretofore been credited.”

A 2009-10 Wilson Center Fellow, Martin Sherwin is University Professor of History at George Mason University. His prize-winning book, A World Destroyed: Hiroshima and Its Legacies, is now in its third edition. His recent volume, American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer (with Wilson Center Fellow Kai Bird) won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

The seminar means to advance historical knowledge, ancient and medieval as well as modern, in relation to contemporary affairs. It meets weekly on Monday afternoons 4:00 p.m. January-May and September-December.  Wm. Roger Louis and Christian Ostermann are the co-directors.  To see a complete listing of the speakers as well as video presentations of the seminars, please click here.

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