This coming year we will continue the theme and extend beyond WWI, with broader attention given to civil liberties and social justice and to U.S. international relations from the founding through the present. We ask, for example: In what ways has warfare and international crises enshrined obligations to the state? What are the historical and contemporary challenges related to the U.S.’s grand strategy in its international relations? How do questions of local allegiance to country, perspectives on civil liberties, and newer conceptions of a “global citizenship” figure into the most pressing political questions of our time?

Exciting events we are planning for the coming year to be on the look out for include: a master class with renowned teacher John Hunter on the World Peace Game; a focus on civil rights and responsibilities, including panels and talks addressing the history and legacy of the  13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution and about the prison industrial complex; programs on the future of U.S. conflicts and the “past, present, and future” of Veterans coming home; interdisciplinary panels dedicated to key issues for the upcoming presidential campaign; film viewings and discussions keyed in to WWI themes; and an multi-day international conference on rethinking American grand strategy.

Some 2016-2017 highlights will include:

Fall 2017

Monday, September 18, 4:00 pm. "Constitution Day - The Presidency and the Constitution"
Panel Discussion
Memorial Union, Journey Room 104. Free and open to the public

Wednesday, October 11, 4:00 pm. "The Politics of Surveillance, Past, Present, and Future"
Panel Discussion
Memorial Union, Journey Room 104. Free and open to the public

Monday, November 6, 6:00 p.m. "Freedom on My Mind: The Story of Freedom Summer"
Films Screening. Milam Hall 318. Free and open to the public. Pizza provided.

Wednesday, November 8, 5:00 p.m. "Voting Rights Then and Now" Panel discussion hosted by ASOSU
SEC Involvement Lounge, 112. Free and open to the public. Lightly catered.

Spring 2017

  • Sunday, April 16 at 2 p.m. "The U.S. Goes to the Great War: What Happened, Why It Matters Today"
    Presented by Dr. Christopher McKnight Nichols
    Free and open to the public
    Portland  Oregon Historical Society
  • Tuesday, April 18 at 2 p.m."100th Anniversary of WWI War Against War: The American Fight for Peace, 1914-1918"
    Lecture by Georgetown Professor Michael Kazin
    Memorial Union Journey Room 104, lightly catered

Fall 2016

  • Monday, October 3 at 7 p.m. FILM SHOWING, PANEL DISCUSSION at the Oregon Historical Society. American Umpire - Panel discussion with Dr. Elizabeth Cobbs and Dr. Christopher McKnight Nichols


  • Monday, October 10, 6-8 p.m. Corvallis Science Pub "Grand Strategies in U.S. Foreign Policy and the Election"


Summer 2016

  • August 1-5, 2016, Workshop and Teacher Training on the World Peace Game with John Hunter.

  • August 5, 2016,  Film and panel discussion with John Hunter.
  • Constitution Day (Sept. 16, 2016) –"What is Free Speech? The First Amendment and the University."

Spring 2016

  • April 12: "The Gender Pay Differential" | Venue: MU La Raza Room, Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR)

  • May 09:  "A Queer Singer for the Nation: Voice, Gender, and Politics in Chavela Vargas?" | Memorial Union, Journey Room, Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR)
  • May 12-15: “Rethinking Grand Strategy International Conference and Public Forums (Including 20 scholars from around the world, likely televised and radio coverage) 
    Keynote Lecture (Corvallis, OR) Friday May 13 7pm with Frederik Logevall.

  • May 16: “Grand Immigration Strategy: Three Perspectives on Past Policies and Practices” | Venue: Oregon Historical Society, Portland, OR

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