Graduate School Hosts its Next Tercentennial Lecture

The Yale University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences will host a lecture by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy on February 2 at 4 p.m., Yale Law School, 127 Wall St.

Kennedy’s talk, “A Tale of Three Cities: How the United States Won World War II,” is the third in Yale’s Tercentennial lecture series, “In the Company of Scholars,” organized by Susan Hockfield, dean of the Graduate School. During the University’s Tercentennial year, 2000-2001, each speaker in the series is an alumnus of the Graduate School.

The talk is free and open to the public. A reception in the Common Room of the Hall of Graduate Studies, 320 York St., follows.

Kennedy earned his Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale in 1968, after completing an undergraduate degree at Stanford University. In 1967 he returned to Stanford, where he is now the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History. He teaches 20th-century American history, political and social thought; American foreign policy; American literature and the comparative development of democracy in Europe and America. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a former Guggenheim Foundation Fellow.

Kennedy won the Pulitzer Prize in April 2000 for his book “Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945.” The 858-page book, fourth volume in the Oxford University Press History of the United States series, provides a comprehensive examination of the Great Depression, the New Deal and World War II. “Freedom from Fear” is the product of 11 years of research and writing that included reading hundreds of published accounts and visiting major battle sites of World War II, including Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands, Anzio and Salerno in Italy and the beaches of Normandy.

In 1981, Kennedy’s book “Over Here: The First World War and American Society” was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. In “Over Here,” Kennedy used the U.S. involvement in World War I to analyze the political system, economy and culture of early 20th century America. His 1970 book, “Birth Control in America: The Career of Margaret Sanger,” explored the medical, legal, political and religious dimensions of birth control and helped to pioneer the emerging field of women’s history.

With Thomas A. Bailey, Kennedy was co-author of the seventh edition of “The American Pageant,” a history textbook that is widely used in college courses and Advanced Placement courses in high schools throughout the country.

The next talk in the Graduate School’s “In the Company of Scholars” series will be a lecture by Robert Birgeneau, president of the University of Toronto and former dean of science at MIT, on April 9. He earned his Ph.D. in physics from Yale in 1966.

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