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Kennedy Center hosts Book of the Semester lecture, panel discussion

The David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies at Brigham Young University will host a panel discussion about its book of the semester, “Surprise, Security, and the American Experience,” Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 3 p.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building.

The Kennedy Center will also sponsor a lecture by the book’s author, John Lewis Gaddis, Wednesday, March 15, at 3 p.m. in the Joseph Smith Building Auditorium.

Admission is free to both events and open to the public.

Panel members will discuss topics raised in Gaddis’ book, such as the doctrine of pre-emption and its history. BYU faculty members on the panel will include political science professors Earl H. Fry and Valerie M. Hudson, assistant professors of history Mark I. Choate and Andrew Johns and assistant professor of Germanic literature Alan F. Keele.

Gaddis, the Robert A. Lovett Professor of History at Yale University, teaches courses in Cold War history, grand strategy, international studies and biography, and is best known for his analysis of the containment strategies utilized by the United States during the Cold War.

Gaddis has also written numerous publications, including “The Cold War: A New History,” “The Landscape of History: How Historians Map the Past” and “We Now Know: Rethinking Cold War History.”

A former senior fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution and fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., Gaddis received a doctorate in history from the University of Texas—Austin.

Both the panel and lecture will be archived online. For more information about Kennedy Center events, visit kennedy.byu.edu.

Writer: Brian Rust

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